First read-through of my Nanowrimo novel

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#web center_img Related Posts richard macmanus I’ve just finished reading my Nanowrimo novel as a whole piece for the first time. I’m pretty pleased with the story, apart from one thing right at the end (which I’ll address at the end of this post). The whole point of Nanowrimo for me, as a first-time novelist, was to gain confidence in my writing and discover if I could write a novel. A big part of that was finding out whether I can tell a decent yarn or not. I think I proved to myself that yes I can. Still, there are parts of the novel that need tidying up. In particular my description of the cyber world of Social-Kinetics Ltd needs some fleshing out. Some other small chunks of writing need to be polished, but really all of this is to be expected in a first draft. The most important thing to me is that the plot largely sticks together and I developed the characters in interesting ways.Over the holidays I will read Erik’s Nanowrimo entry, plus any other ones I can find. If anyone reading this has posted their Nanowrimo entry online, let me know as I’d love to read it. As 2004 approaches, I’m thinking about how to further develop my writing…and, not unrelated, develop my career in web technology. It’s my goal now to get something published in paper form, perhaps even earn some money from writing. That would be the ultimate goal for me, to earn my living and support my family from writing. But one step at a time, I have a lot of work to do.Now back to the one thing at the end of my novel that needed fixing. I realised a day or two after I’d finished that I’d left Declan typing at his computer while his partner Florrie was getting ready for their date. It didn’t seem quite right, but at the time I was too tired to fix it. However Andrew reminded me of it the other day, pointing out that Florrie was being treated unfairly again. This is a very valid point and one which I have fixed up tonight, simply by adding a few more sentences. I will re-post the PDF tomorrow, but here’s the amended ending which places the final emphasis back on Declan and Flo’s relationship – where it belongs:Declan read the email from the alien a couple more times. He pondered it for a few minutes, his brow furrowed in serious thought. Then Declan’s eyes relaxed and he smiled. He hit the “Reply” button and started writing.“Declan?” Florrie was standing at the door. Declan turned around and smiled at her. “Flo, you look beautiful”, he said and Florrie blushed. Her brown eyes glistened with a mix of tiredness and happiness.Declan saved his email and then switched the computer off. He got up and took Florrie’s hand.“Shall we?” he said.last_img read more

Castro ends debate: It was an air ball, not a pass

first_imgNo more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Cojuangco: PH will end Olympic drought with 5 golds in Tokyo 2020 View comments Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH PBA IMAGESWas it an air ball or a perfectly timed pass for an alley-oop that clinched the game for TNT Friday night?Import Glen Rice Jr., swore that yes, his crucial basket from underneath came off a pass from equally flamboyant teammate Jayson Castro.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games On his way out of Smart Araneta Coliseum, and just after paying homage to the large crucifix near the exit, Castro admitted to reporters he took an attempt at the basket.“It was an air ball,” said Castro in Filipino. “But before that play, I signaled Glen to go underneath and be ready for rebound.”At any rate, Castro said they are happy to put the quarterfinal struggles behind them.“We must be ready because we are in for a tougher assignment,” said Castro referring to the semifinal matchup against Barangay Ginebra.They begin their own best-of-five series on Monday also at the Big Dome.ADVERTISEMENT Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ That basket gave the the Texters a 116-114 lead over Rain or Shine in the last 10.6 seconds which TNT protected on the way to a semifinal berth.“It’s a pass, I guess,” said the son and namesake of the famed NBA superstar amid post-game debates. “He just happened to find me open.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingAs it turns out, he was probably just being nice to Castro, touted as Asia’s best point guard.For the record, Castro, said it was indeed a brick.center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Olympic 2016: IOC concerned about Rio water pollution

first_imgThe International Olympic Committee (IOC) remains concerned about water pollution at the Rio 2016 Olympic sailing venue, the organisation’s president Thomas Bach said. Guanabara Bay remains littered with trash and untreated sewage despite a government pledge to reduce 80 percent of waste flowing into its waters.”We can see significant progress, at the same time we have asked the organising committee to convey our concerns with regard to the issues of the water quality we are still facing in Rio,” Bach told media on Monday, Xinhua news agency reported.”The IOC executive board is watching this situation very closely and we are expecting more information and more reports by the time of our next meeting, next month in Kuala Lumpur. We are approaching major test events in August and we all need to see progress in this regard.””I’m not an expert in water pollution, we have to leave it to the experts to tell us what is achievable, and in which time frame. These experts are telling us it is still achievable to have these competitions in safe water conditions and we have been advised today from the local organising committee that this advice has not changed.”Rio mayor Eduardo Paes said in March that people could be employed to manually clean the bay before the Games if necessary. According to Paes the Olympic sailing course will avoid areas most affected by sewage and trash. The 2016 Games, to be held August 5-21, will be the first time the Olympics are staged in South America.advertisementlast_img read more