Sunday, November 30, 2008

CONF 579: BACK TO PAPER

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The amount of internet procrastination has been ridiculous this past week. Have somehow reached 13 chapters though & a natural break. Am going to print and stay away from computer for a while. Will clip story into a proper file then work page by page, going into abstract, looking at each sentence, each word, is it needed?

Bye bye, thanks for visiting, come again soon.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

CONF 578: THE ART OF LEAVING OUT

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The demands of work work have sadly meant this has become one of those neglected, wintry blogs that's threatening to fizzle out. Also, thanks to stupid mistake when trying to move the logos from the bottom to the side have managed to wipe out all my links which makes it all extra-chilly and eufff around here.

I have managed a fairly full writing day today. No great wordcount strides forward to show for it as have been practicing the wordy equivalent of the Art of Leaving Out. Cut, cut, cut - satisfying in its own way I suppose but still a way to go.

When it is time to move onwards am greatly looking forward to using Chicklitworkinprogress's
possibly best in the world writing tool discovery there's ever been EVER: Dr Wicked.

Just let me polish off a few thousand good ones in an hour and I'll be up and running again, links back in order.

Bye bye, thanks for visiting, come again soon.

Monday, November 10, 2008

CONF 577: PETER PAN



Have reached the 5K target in my running schedule. The new longer route through Kensington Gardens across to Hyde Park and then back along the Serpentine passes the Peter Pan statue
which is in a lovely dingly dell spot hidden away from the main drag. Lots of things I didn't realise about this. That there were 2 Peter Pan books before the famous play, both set in Kensington Gardens. The statue was commissioned by J M Barrie and then placed there secretly one night with no pre-publicity or formal unveiling. Barrie simply placed this announcement in The Times:

Link"There is a surprise in store for the children who go to Kensington Gardens to feed the ducks in the Serpentine this morning. Down by the little bay on the south-western side of the tail of the Serpentine they will find a May-day gift by Mr J.M. Barrie, a figure of Peter Pan blowing his pipe on the stump of a tree, with fairies and mice and squirrels all around. It is the work of Sir George Frampton, and the bronze figure of the boy who would never grow up is delightfully conceived."

That this was the very spot where Peter Pan first landed after he flew out of the nursery in The Little White Bird makes it so much more interesting. Peter Pan In Kensington Gardens
says that Peter Pan still, in fact, lives there, on the island in the Serpentine. I took partner back there for a walk one sunny day in London last week (I know), before I knew all this. Walking back to the car park we came across a bird man with a bus conductor's hat and bag tweeting to a bush. Blue tits fed out of his hand and 2 jays, a squirrel and a brown rat hovered expectantly at his side. And today, after partner had taken this pic,




I read this:

'Now, except by flying, no one can reach the island in the Serpentine, for the boats of humans are forbidden to land there, and there are stakes round it, standing up in the water, on each of which a bird-sentinel sits by day and night."

J M Barrie, Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens 1906





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Tuesday, November 04, 2008

CONF 576: TAKING TIME

Note to self: Get It Right.

... a pleasant surprise for the poet Peter Daniels. Though barely previously published, he has swept the board at the Arvon International Poetry Competition this year with Shoreditch Orchid, a 50-line poem on which he has been working since 1994.

The Arvon competition, founded in 1980, offered an extra prize this year to mark the 10th anniversary of the poet Ted Hughes's death.

The judges - Andrew Motion, Alice Oswald and Moniza Alvi - chose Shoreditch Orchid for both that and the main prize. So six grand - and congratulations - to Daniels, whose poem takes the form of a meditation from the back of a bus.

"The orchid has much more to do with the longer-term change that will one day take Shoreditch back to nature," he says.

Telegraph 1.11.08