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Writing too early and writing too late

Definitely off to a good start word-count wise on day 1. Between a full day at the office, so I'm pretty happy.

Basically, I got up at 5am to write (not on purpose ... my body clock still thinks I'm an hour ahead thanks to DST kicking in on Sunday, so I just thought, well, why not put that to use?) And then I really wanted to finish the chapter when I got home (at 9.30pm, boo) so I kept writing, and now it's almost 11pm and I seriously need to go to bed.


NaNo, tomorrow!

I'm really nervous because although I've got everything all plotted out, it's STARTING TIME. Also, it's the busiest day of my entire week. Go figure.

My target is 2,000 words a day. I don't know how well I'll be able to hit it on the first day alone, but hopefully I'll made a decent inroad over the course of the whole week!


Gearing up for NaNo

I don't know how often I'll actually end up posting here while I try to do NaNo while PhD-ing and doing my lab assistant work, but as long as I'm here now, here's my word counter (I think the link will work. Hope so, anyway!)


HP and the Cursed Child TONIGHT!

I am going to a midnight release party for the first time ever! Definitely not something I thought would ever happen, given that I only really got into the fandom after HBP, and when DH came out ... well, thanks to my previous time zone, '8am release' just doesn't have the same ring as midnight release.

I've heard all sorts of rumours and seen some spoilers about the Cursed Child script, so it will be interesting to see how it goes.

My friend Erica is all amused because I'm going to be up and interacting past midnight, which is rare for me (though this past week I've been sleeping waaaay past my bedtime ... I'll explain why in a minute). And so she's tickled by it.

My bedtime reading has been keeping me up ... I've been reading a next-gen fic series that's sort of in the vein of the original HP canon, only it's Albus Potter. It starts with this one, Albus Potter and the Global Revelation. I was surprised to like it so much, actually. It's not the typical fic I tend to like, especially as it springboards very hard off of canon, but it's immensely creative, manages to pull off a complicated plot pretty decently, and is well-written with a lot of effort put into characterisation, the narrative, and story development. Basically it's like a new world beyond the magical world, and done in a way that eased me in rather than bombarding me with all these things I usually would just roll my eyes at, so that by the time I realised hm, there's a bunch of things that should be over the top, I was already captivated by them. It's really fast-paced and a great ride, and luckily for me, I found this at a time when it's been completed up to halfway through the final 'book' in the series, so no WIP torture!

Anyway, it's something pretty good to sink your teeth into, if you want a nice plotty read.

One more survey!

The toughest thing about a MSc dissertation is participant gathering. Fortunately, I'm nearly at the end. Unfortunately, I seem to be hitting a wall with getting responses.

On the off chance that anyone is seeing this who has 10 minutes to spare to help out, here is my third and last survey:


Much thanks and cookies to you!

More dissertation help!

Eep, I can't believe I forgot to post this here!

I'm onto my second experiment for my dissertation, so if anyone lurking has 5-10 minutes, here's another little survey:




The UK is leaving the EU after all.

Colour me surprised ... I really thought it wouldn't happen, that we'd be too fond of status quo, but wow, looks like change is coming this way!

And speaking of change, now would probably be a good time for currency exchange ... always assuming the pound doesn't keep plummeting in the subsequent three-year period that I'll be here.


Public request for help

Not sure if anyone is actually following around here, but on the off chance I get some responses ...

This is the first of three surveys I'm doing as part of my Masters dissertation. If you have 15 minutes to spare to look at some food labels and answer questions ... please help!


HP reread with a twist

I thought it'd be good to have an index of sorts for the little project I've embarked on. I've done four so far, and I'm slowly churning out a fifth. Let's hope I make it through at least the first book!

This is a collection of writing based on a re-read of the Harry Potter series. I'll read one chapter and then write a little something that was inspired by the chapter. (Doesn't mean I won't bring in stuff from elsewhere in canon, I'm just using that chapter as a springboard.)

PS/SS - 14/17

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So yesterday I was musing about chapter-by-chapter ficcing. And I know it's bad timing and there's no one left to read, and it's been five years since I've written anything HP, not to mention before this year I didn't really write fic for about three years or so. But what the hell.

I reread the first chapter of PS/SS, and the question it left me with was ... how on earth did Minerva end up at Privet Drive all day?

It was the day after Hallowe'en. It's even given as a Tuesday, which I assume means there was meant to be lessons at Hogwarts. Now, it's been way too long so I can't for the life of me remember if the day after the Hallowe'en Feast is meant to be a holiday for the students, but I'm thinking it wasn't? So I decided to fic my attempt to figure this out. Except I couldn't really get her all the way to Privet Drive. But hey, it's a start at writing again. I'll take it!

Ficlet right over here: Rumours

I am so super rusty. And not that thrilled with the output, but if I do keep this up, it will be lots of ficlets, so I'll get back into the swing of it, right? Here's hoping, anyway.

100 Photos: A Photo a Day Challenge

Remember this?

{Take the 100 Things challenge!}

I have not given up on my 100 sailing things challenge, just that I need to put that on hold for a while. However, I wanted something else to post about, so here we go - shiny new idea!

These posts will be a lot more random, featuring one photo and a lot of rambling about the photo. It could be a picture of a book cover and include talk about the book. Or some interesting artefact and how I came about it. A screenshot from a show that I found compelling. I don't know, I'm not going to confine myself. But I think it'll sufficiently random and pain-free blogging!

Although I highly doubt it will be a continuous photo-a-day because I know better than to think I can manage to post for 100 days straight.

(I'm keeping this as a 'master page' for the sake of organisation and will pick my photos in another post. Also, this post is unlocked but actual challenge posts will stay flocked since I have a tendency to combine private stuff in posts as well as forget to un-default the lock status.)

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The title of this post probably has you flabbergasted. The rudder, along with the sails, is one of the things most landlubbers will recognise about a boat. This is the direction control, our 'steering wheel', so to speak. So I'm expecting the question running through your mind is how the hell do you steer the boat without a steering device?

(I demo-ed this for someone today, and they were certainly wondering how it was possible before I showed them.)

This is definitely a more advanced bit of sailing I'm explaining here, but I also think it's awesome fun.Collapse )


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Masterlist; Progress: 64/100


A replay of the Olympics opening ceremony is on TV at the moment. I'm waiting for Singapore to march in to see if I can spot my friends. I missed the first bit of the replay because I got home after it, though. Pity, I heard JKR gave a reading!

(Eep, just as I typed that there was a sudden crash of thunder. Eerie.)

ETA: Caught it! Saw Betsy just before the camera zoomed out, but I didn't spot my other friends. The commentator named them, though, and managed to mispronounce Colin's last name. Wtf is wrong with our media?! (It's a Singaporean channel and commentator.)
This is one of my favourite things to do when sailing. It is, fortunately, part of our training because we have to do it in racing. :)

I should specify, though - I think the reach with a spinnaker is cool when there's enough wind. If it's too light, it involves me crouching inside the boat or on the leeward deck, craning my neck under the main sail ... not quite so fun or cool any more.

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Masterlist Progress: 62/100
This is one thing that particularly sucks when you live in Singapore. The reason will become evident in a moment, but let me expain the basics first. When I say container packing, I'm talking about those big 20 to 40 foot containers that get trucked around and put on ships. They are how we get our boats from one country to another because aside from the fact that dinghies aren't exactly ocean-worthy, it would take forever to sail to a place even if they were.

Packing boats into the containers is, however, a tiring and sweaty job.Collapse )


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The gasket is quite simply a piece of plastic, slit in half, that forms a sort of overlapped opening for the centreboard in a 470 (and several other centreboard dinghies) to slide in and out of the boat. Its purpose is to block water from spouting up through the centreboard casing and flooding the boat while sailing. So it's a pretty good little thing ... except when it gets damaged. And then it's a real bitch to repair!

Torn, ripped or unglued, gasket repair always sucks.Collapse )


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Masterlist Progress: 57/100

Photo not mine; from Google search.

Capsizes are generally not fun. There are quick ones, sure, and silly ones, and spectacular ones, but also messy ones and the ones that go over again and again. It's usually in strong winds that this happens. (Though believe me, if you do stupid things you can make the boat capsize in no wind at all.)

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I think it's time I got back to the challenge, after a week off. Because I have at least one more sailing-free week, I am going to remind myself of the sucky things so I don't get too antsy to be back. :P

So things that kinda suck about sailing ... let's talk T-bones.

You guys probably know this as a kind of steak, but in sailing terms, this is what we call it when one boat puts its bow through the side of another boat. Kind of like forming a T when they crash.

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First ten-things series completed! This is the last of 10 things you should know if you want to take part in a sailing race, and it's one final rule.

Yeah, I know - what, more rules? But Rule 42 is important because it's a rule against specific forms of 'cheating'. I referenced this rule briefly when talking about nautical flags, because in my class there are certain conditions where some aspects covered by this rule are no longer considered cheating.

Sounds confusing, right? Well, let me explain more about this rule, then.

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I think it's time I finish off some of the ten-things series ... may as well finish my racing things during my last Europe regatta.

So ... remember all the other 8 racing thing posts? After all those things I've talked about are done and we've gone out racing, who wins? I'm sorry to say this may be the most boring part because it involves ... mathematics.

Oh yes. Because competing in a sailing championship involves a series of races. And scoring it at the end of the day is a matter of how many points you get from the whole series.

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Masterlist Progress: 40/100

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