I haven’t blogged for a few days, what with NaNoWriMo and all the other stuff that’s going on, not to mention the shredding. Oo! Did I tell you about the shredding? I have an ever-growing pile of cuttings and prunings at the bottom of the garden and no idea what to do with them, so I went on Streetbank
and asked to borrow a shredder – and lo and behold! some kind soul who turned out to be the gardener from the Martyrs offered to lend me theirs. They even brought it round – so on Sunday I got it out and fired it up. It started for about a second and then stopped and refused to do anything. ‘Oh, no!’ I thought. ‘It’s the lawn-mower all over again!’
but then I opened it up and saw that a wedge of wood (not Wedgewood) was stuck in the blade, and having freed that, Bob was well and truly my Uncle. It’s very satisfying getting branches and twigs, sticking them in the top and seeing them vanish as they are chewed up and spat out the other end as mulch. Lovely.
Back at the laptop-face, I have been keeping up with my Nano word count and I’m now up to 23,700 words; about fourteen chapters. I’ve had a court case, an artists’ meet-up, a political meeting and a bust-up with a friend, so I’m quite happy.
What do you think of the new profile pic? In some ways I prefer the old one, but I chose this one for the Mslexia blog. I was going for highly intelligent and slightly scary. Does that work?
In other news, my bid to run a workshop at Embrace Arts has finally succeeded. It pays sometimes to ask people why they’ve rejected you! And last night I went to a meeting of the literary caucus of the planning group for next year’s Clarendon Park Artbeat. This is a (very) local arts festival and was terrific this year: next year I am leading a poetry performance workshop, organising a poetry breakfast called ‘Poetry on Toast’ and setting up guerilla poetry on Queen’s Rd. All good stuff!