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Gah!

Yeah, that’s all. Nothing more. Just lamenting the lack of an Xbox 360 for the next two weeks.

Oh fine, here’s an unrelated… thing: Eddie Izzard, mass-murdering fuck-heads, tea and cake.

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Same as last year, the days/weeks leading up to the NaNoWriMo event are once again entirely devoid of blog posts. That’s because any spare time I may have had in the the two or three weeks leading up November were mainly taken up by plotting. Same as last year, I’m working on a sci-fi story. This time, though, it’s based on a short story I wrote during the summer. It’s the same underlying concept/problem, but completely different set of characters (one of whom is named after a friend’s newborn kid) and a different resolution.

As opposed to last year, when I spent a lot of time on the concept behind the story and no time at all on actually plotting out the flow, this year I’ve jotted down the summaries of all the scenes, ahead of time. So now all I have to do is allot the required number of days per scene (about 2.5) and the story feels like it’s writing itself. It’s a much less stressful and more enjoyable NaNo experience than last year’s. And hey, I’m already at 10,000 words. I missed a day last week due to excessive alcohol intake (Trivia Tuesday, you understand) but aside from that I’ve been writing regularly, every day, about 1.6 thousand words, the required amount for me to coast through November and have 50 thousand words by December.

Speaking of alcohol intake, I’m considering not having less booze than normal, as I’ve found that writing while intoxicated just doesn’t cut it for me. At that point, I’d rather be listening to Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin or playing GTA: IV. Not exactly a good writing atmosphere.

And speaking of music (yes, this post is taking on a very tangential motif, but what the hell do I care?!), I’ve recently discovered Led Zeppelin and I gotta say: shit, I’ve been missing out! “Ramble On” is one of the best songs I have ever heard. Period. (Have you noticed that it starts out kinda like The Guess Who’s “No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature”? It’s weird, but I constantly think I’m going to hear “no sugar tonight” just as the song breaks into obvious Led Zeppelin.)

Sadly, I don’t expect to be writing much here until way after NaNo is over. This post itself is being written in between lunch and watching “Back to the Future: Part 2”. After that, probably going to head out to a coffee shop to get the day’s allotment of sci-fi written up.

From the very magical intro to the wonderful presentation of such favorites as “Yellow Submarine”, “Octopus’s Garden” and of course “I Am the Walrus”, the game simply looks awesome. Gameplay is stellar, as usual for Rock Band titles, and the collection of Beatles songs makes it all the better. Single-player quickplay mode (that I’ve seen so far) is very nice, simply based on the fact that the songs start and end with the group in a recording studio, but the middle is taken over by elaborate and inventive (probably LSD based, hehe) animations, known as Dreamscapes.

My only gripe with the game is the small collection of songs, though of course I’ll try to remedy that by buying any and all additional tracks that are released.

Just three post-cards to examine today.

liam_smaller

Well, if you’re gonna believe in God, might as well believe in one who sounds like freaking Liam Neeson. Personally, I might have also tried Sean Connery, James Mason or Jeremy Irons, but yeah, it essentially has to be someone with a British-like accent. Ooh, I almost forgot: Alan Rickman.

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OK, that’s just… fucked up. I’ve heard of lots of messed up things that happen to kids, and this mind-fuck is seriously weird. I’ve got no idea why they did this (and trust me, I’ve been contemplating theories since last night), but I’d just like to slap this guy’s parents around like two pinatas.

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A popular motif, where one of the partners is going to leave just as soon as the kids are gone, all someone cheats, or they’re ready for it economically. I wish them the best of luck, of course. Whatever it takes to be happy, right?

Currently listening to: Led Zepellin‘s “Stairway to Heaven“, “Whole Lotta Love” and “What Is And What Should Never Be” and of course Pink Floyd:

We went out on a double date,
Me and Edith, you and Kate.
Before we got past their front gate,
There you were making eyes at Edith
While you were making time with Kate.

You can’t have your Kate and Edith, too.
You, rascal, you. Yodel-ay-hee-hoo.

Then we went to a drive-in show.
You were kissing on Kate. She wouldn’t let you go.
I looked at Edith, started feeling bold.
I found your big, hairy hand holding on
To the hand I was trying to hold.

You can’t have your Kate and Edith, too.
You, rascal, you. Yodel-ay-hee-hoo.

Edith asked me if I would
Get her some popcorn. I said I would.
When I got back, dad-blame if you
Hadn’t crawled into the backseat with
Edith. And Kate was back there, too!

You can’t have your Kate and Edith, too.
You, rascal, you. Yodel-ay-hee-hoo.

Years have passed since that first date.
I married Edith. You married Kate.
Now every night when I come home,
Your car’s in the driveway, Kate’s in the car
And you and Edith are in the house alone!

You can’t have your Kate and Edith, too.
You, rascal, you. Yodel-ay-hee-hoo.

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