Friday, 8 February 2013

How can it be Friday again already?

I'm very aware that I haven't posted anything since last Friday (slap on the wrist for me). Been rather preoccupied. But here are the small things I'd like to celebrate this week.
  1. I've written a completely new short story and despatched it for a competition. Before I finalised it, I gave it to my son to look at (Creative Writing graduate). He suggested that as well as reading it aloud myself, I should give it to someone who is rubbish at reading aloud so that any lumpy phrases really stand out. He also suggested running it through a speech program such as Microsoft Sam or even Windows Narrator, so that it has no emotion at all and the words have to do all the work. Couldn't fathom out how to do this, but will put it on my to-do list.
  2. I've revamped a piece of flash fiction and submitted that to another competition.
  3. I've pitched an article to The New Humanist (but I'm not holding my breath).
  4. Had a really good choir practice on Tuesday. One of our members brought in some African drums for us to have a bash on, in an attempt to get us in the mood for something we're singing for the forthcoming local eisteddfod. Great fun!
  5. Bought a massive bar of fruit and nut chocolate and didn't eat it all in one sitting.
  6. Had twice as many students at today's yoga class as I did last Friday.
 Onwards!



24 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great week! I would LOVE to bang on some African drums. Sweet.

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    1. Yes, we got a great 'Hakuna Matata' vibe going.

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  2. Your son shared some great suggestions. Thanks!

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    1. He can be very useful sometimes! ;)

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  3. Congratulations on your story, the yoga class, and all!!! Sounds like a fun and good week!

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  4. May I stop by for a bite of that massive bar of fruit and nut chocolate on my way to yoga?

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    1. Ah,chocolate and yoga: the perfect balance of yum and om.

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  5. Fantastic week, good luck with the competitions!
    I have to say though, as much as I am impressed with all of your accomplishments, I'm salivating for the chocolate that I know I would have chowed down in 5 minutes lol

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    1. A small victory for my waistline. :)

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  6. Wow writing a whole new story, revising an old one, pitching an article - you have been busy!!! Congrats on the more students too :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and for your encouraging comment.

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  7. Congrats on all the pitches and submissions, that's great news! And not eating choc in one sitting IS a BIG achievement ;) For me anyway!

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  8. Break a pen on the stories you've entered. :) Yay on chocolate and yoga. I'm about to go do my pilates.

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  9. Congratulations on the submissions, and for not eating the chocolate all in one sitting. It's a celebration to have some left for another time!

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    1. I've been following an online programme with YogaJournal.com about improving willpower. It seems to be working!

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  10. Very cool celebrations. It's a blessing (and sometimes seems a curse) when you have a reader/student to make use of in the family and get some advice. I truly like how you're spreading your words out there, submitting to contests and such. Good for you!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Nancy, and for your kind comments.

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  11. Hey Julia! Sounds like you had a productive week!
    Did you use the djembe drums?

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  12. Yes, we did. I really enjoyed it.

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  13. Congratulations on such a productive week. I'd never thought of running a story through software like that, what an interesting idea. I had to laugh about someone who is rubbish at reading aloud reading it because that would be me! I hate to read out loud almost as much as I love to read in my head.

    Hope you have a great week coming up, nice to meet you through the Small Things hop. :)

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  14. Nice to meet you, too, Julie. Thanks for stopping by.

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