Archive for the ‘Literature & Rhetoric’ Category

I won NaNoWriMo 2008!

Monday, December 29th, 2008

Reposted due to a hard disk failure at Hostgator. I won NaNoWriMo 2008! What the NaNoWriMo 2008 winner goodies page said: Through storm and sun, you traversed the noveling seas. Pitted against a merciless deadline and fighting hordes of distractions, you persevered. You launched yourself bravely into Week One, sailed through the ...

NaNoWriMo 2008

Saturday, November 1st, 2008

And I'm off again... I've done NaNoWriMo every year since 2005 and won it each time. Hopefully I'll win in 2008 as well. I've already written over 2000 words today (the minimum daily word count is 1667) so I'm on the right track. Once again I'm focusing on my All ...

Castle Mudcake

Saturday, June 14th, 2008

I finally managed to buy a castle-shaped Bundt cake tin today. My experiments with my cathedral-shaped Bundt cake tin have twice ended with crumbs instead of a shaped cake. But I used the cake tin spray on oil supplied by the shop and voila! It worked! Welcome to Castle Mudcake. But danger is ...

Airport Full Body Scanning

Sunday, June 8th, 2008

I always get stopped by airport security. Maybe it's because I'm small and blonde and don't look like I'd cause trouble. Whatever the reason, I've experienced every form of airport security, from bomb sniffing machines (I asked if he'd ever caught anyone, he said no) to metal detectors. On my ...

First post on Hostgator

Saturday, May 17th, 2008

As Diane's web space on Dreamhost wasn't letting me FTP, I've moved all my sites to Hostgator, which I chose after seeing which web hosting company got the best reviews. No real complaints so far, though my 91 meg database table file took two goes to upload. I'm currently uploading a ...

Book Crossing

Monday, March 10th, 2008

I've been journaling on my computer, rather than on this blog lately. I'm concerned about privacy, and I don't want to spill my life and secrets to everyone. But while listening to the Writing Show podcast today, I found out about something that I have to share: Book Crossing. It's like ...

The Rapture Didn’t Happen

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008

Just when you thought people couldn't get any crazier: I SAID : THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH IS GOING TO HAPPEN, THIS YEAR 2007!! I WAS WRONG!!! Yeah, no kidding! How come the loonier someone is, the more they use CAPS LOCK and font colour changes, not to mention font size changes? But they ...

New Year

Sunday, December 30th, 2007

I'll be offline for a few days because I'm going up north to stay at a friend's beach house. Happy New Year everyone! :-)

Not surprising at all

Saturday, December 29th, 2007

You Are 100% Feminist You are a total feminist. This doesn't mean you're a man hater (in fact, you may be a man). You just think that men and women should be treated equally. It's a simple idea but somehow complicated for the world to put into action. Are You a Feminist? But I ...

Anti-Xmas Song

Sunday, December 23rd, 2007

Here's a dour Scottish antidote to all those bloody comfort and joy xmas songs: We're All Going To Die by Malcolm Middleton

The Future of Reading

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

In a word: creepy.

The Purple Bar Of Win!

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

And here, like every year, are the pictures of what my winning page on the NaNoWriMo.org website looked like: Note the Purple Bar of Win in the top image! :-) Though the bar is nice, I prefer last year's NaNoWriMo.org look - a Flash animated book, with a cover and turning pages ...

I won NaNoWriMo 2007

Monday, November 26th, 2007

A message from NaNoWriMo staff: You Won! So it's official. Our word-counting robots have analyzed your November novel, and they've delivered their final, binding assessment: Winner. You did it! You did it! You did it! This was, without a doubt, one of the hardest years on record for NaNoWriMo participants. At some point in the ...

The Number One Reason People Fail NaNoWriMo

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

According to this graph, the number one reason people fail NaNoWriMo is also the simplest: they never started. (Must post a few words tomorrow morning when NaNoWriMo starts, to avoid the dreaded 'never started' curse.)

A Great Investment?

Friday, October 26th, 2007

Maybe it's the upcoming NaNoWriMo 2007 artificially inflating the prices, but I just saw a second-hand Neo on eBay for US$198. That's only US$1 less than a brand new Neo with the NaNoWriMo discount. As the three year warranty on new Neos must be worth more than US$1, the second-hand Neo ...

Is Australia In California?

Monday, October 15th, 2007

Just had a query about my Alphasmart Neo order: Hello Charlotte, We have received an order for an AlphaSmart Neo on confirmation number xxxxxx done on 10-14-07 with a Visa card. We are showing a shipping address of Rob xxxxxx. We ...

Alphasmart Neo

Monday, October 15th, 2007

I've been researching a device I can take everywhere for writing. My handwriting is too slow and messy for a notebook. I can type at over 70 words a minute, so why waste time with a pen and paper? But a laptop doesn't cut it. They ...

Big Blue

Friday, October 12th, 2007

Just changed Charlotte's Web over to a theme called Big Blue 01. It has widgets (which I setup for the theme dotdotdot yesterday) and a pleasant, easy-to-read balance between space and words. It also marks a blogging change. I'm not bothering with categories anymore. It's tags all the way ...

Odd To Spelling Chequers by Anon.

Friday, October 5th, 2007

From "So You Want To Write" by Joan Rosier-Jones: I have a spelling chequer It came with my pea sea It plainly marquees for my revue Miss steaks eye cannot sea. When eye strike a quay, right a word I weight four it two say Weather eye am wrong oar wright It shows me strait a weigh. As soon ...

Introductory Note

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

Apparently the introductory note for the Táin Bó Cúailnge goes like this: I who have copied down this story or more accurately fantasy do not credit the details of the story or fantasy some things in it are devilish lies or some poetical figments some seem possible and others not some are for the enjoyment of idiots This could be the ...