Archive for October, 2007

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.)

My Neo has arrived!

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

My Neo has just arrived. I got a pick up notice from Australia Post in the mailbox today and charged down to the local post office. Thirty minutes later, I'd tested out my brand new Neo, and uploaded the fan-made fonts. Like the font in the picture - Bold. (There's ...

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 ...

www.beerstore.com.au

Sunday, October 21st, 2007

Just ordered two bottles of Floris Chocolate: and two bottles of Redoak Chocolate Stout: from www.beerstore.com.au. I chose them because their freight is less than half of the other online Australian beer store, though they don't have Young's Double Chocolate Stout in stock, and won't have for two weeks (they answered my ...

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 ...

Migrating Whales

Monday, October 15th, 2007

The humpback whales are heading south. I followed several, from headland to headland, this afternoon. Every couple of minutes they'd breach. I guess that tells other whales where they are. I tell you what, whales don't half move. The two white canoes paddling after them started slowing down after a while. ...

First cicada

Monday, October 15th, 2007

While sitting here working at my desk, I've just realised that the regular sound I can hear outside is the chirping of the first cicada. Late September is the earliest I've ever heard one. But that was in the bush, where you get a bigger range of species, including the tiny ...

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 ...

Thousand Layer Wind

Friday, October 5th, 2007

Thousand Layer Wind Originally uploaded by travellingcharl. Thousand Layer Wind is a thin-sliced Chinese terrine of pig skin, served with very garlicky-salty sauce at the Yee King in Sussex Street. Brian, Chris and I went to the city last Sunday especially so ...