Phew! What a blast NaNoWriMo was! I know regular visitors here will have seen the protected posts kicking around, they’re the temporary storage for the project now formally known as Script WIP. NaNo didn’t so much provide me with a novel as 50,000+ words of basics for a script that I now want to polish up as a TV series for CBBC. There’s a ton and more of work to do on it before it’s anywhere near ready so if I’m not around as much as I could be, that’s what I’m working on. On top of that there’s still 2 of us doing the work of 4 at work, split across 2 sites and the usual chaos that Christmas throws our way.
Christmas, in fact, is now taking up a lot of time. And it seems to be taking up more time the more the kids grow up. We’ve got our eldest in her Primary 7 pantomime on Wednesday, somehow having to juggle 6 of us into the 3 seats allocated – and knowing the space they’re putting on the show, this is going to be interesting as most of the other families going will be doing the same. Last weekend we had 3 parties in 2 days, just about getting the kids tired of seeing Santa. And if I hear “Merry Christmas, Everybody” one more time I’m going to hang the DJ. Aaaaargh! And all of these parties required presents! Not content with the pile of stuff we’ve already bought, we needed an extra set of presents for each kid for each party! Man, our local toy shops do well out of these things! I’d love to say that we’ll be more organised next year and get some presents in advance but my better half hates having stuff clutter the house – and pre-bought presents apparently fall into the category of “clutter”. I’m seriously considering going completely Sheriff of Nottingham next year and banning Christmas.
Several of my favourite Apps have had upgrades whilst I’ve been more offline than usual. Tweetdeck has gone all blue and shiny and I don’t like it. Fortunately, the CSS hacks I wrote about previously still work and I’ll be posting a complete CSS file to replace the one they’ve given us here as soon as I’ve worked out how I’d like my Tweetdeck to look.
Anyway. Stuff and things are happening. I’ll be back to the usual rounds of Galleries, Silent Sundays, Recpie Sheds and Reasons to be Cheerful for the forseeable – doubly so if I can get ahead of myself and write some stuff to go out automatically over Christmas.
Meanwhile, kick back, open a home brew and put on the new Arena album. It’s very, very good.