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Fun to be had...

I've just been to our parish school's fundraiser, an Irish Huili. It was just at the local Village Hall and we had a heap of fun. After the skits, we had the 2-man band Finn McCool. After such a series of crappy days, it was so neat just to dance wildly with lots of good friends, sing Irish songs loudly, laugh a lot at the little plays we did (luckily I was in the first one so I could enjoy all the rest) and just have a really great time. Now it's nearly one in the morning and I guess I'd better go to bed.

I'll find out how Christy got on at her 'semi-formal' tomorrow as she is staying the night with friends. Mass in the morning. And then I guess it's schoolwork and all that. At least the house is halfway tidy. And we have a heap of food that I didn't get round to using this evening.

So things are feeling okay in the Takahe household. Even my boss popped in this afternoon to say hi as she was passing (I had some of my senior girls here helping Christy and her friends get ready - one girl is half PNG and we had to decide what to do with her incredible gorgeous springy afro hair), and I am feeling better about my life in a school than I did on Friday *snort*! I had to miss my writing course for the first time last Saturday because of Catholic Character Review and soccer Prizegiving, and that really hurt. But I just can't fit writing in this term. I'm weighed down under a 'why bother' kind of frame of mind. Maybe the holiday break will fix that, huh!! I'm re-reading The Bone People. It sucks me in and holds me. I know a lot of people hated it, but it has something I can't let go of. I wish I could write something that did that to others. Something powerful. But it's not really my style. Not just now. I write without that kind of pretension. And it is a kind of pretension, her style. Well, I think it is. So maybe I do like what I write. I dunno, too much sipping of wine and dancing with great men - and women - to think too deeply, or even at all OMG! G'night.

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margaret_r
Sep. 21st, 2008 02:55 am (UTC)
The Huili sounds fun and I'm glad you got the chance to enjoy yourself.

I haven't read The Bone People but it sounds interesting - if only to find out why some people like it and some don't!

Of course you like what you write, otherwise you wouldn't bother *g*. Other people like it too, so just carry on the way you are - writing because you enjoy it and have something to say.
natesmountain
Sep. 21st, 2008 06:52 am (UTC)
-I'm glad you got the chance to enjoy yourself.
Yeah, I was leaning against a friend laughing quite hysterically and somewhere inside myself I felt, 'gosh, this is nice to just be so happy, no stress, just having a great time!'

The Bone People deals with domestic violence in a graphic way, but also shows how people misread one another so successfully (!) and what it's like to not want to be close to others. It's clever, and the child is enchanting.

I wonder about my writing, I know it's pretty much okay and stuff, but I also read other books and think, I have to do better. So I'm waiting for the time to 'do better' *snort* whenever that comes!
margaret_r
Sep. 23rd, 2008 07:04 am (UTC)
The Bone People deals with domestic violence in a graphic way, but also shows how people misread one another so successfully (!) and what it's like to not want to be close to others. It's clever, and the child is enchanting.

Think I will have to look it up.

I wonder about my writing, I know it's pretty much okay and stuff, but I also read other books and think, I have to do better. So I'm waiting for the time to 'do better' *snort* whenever that comes!

I’ve been told that the best way of leaning/improving your writing is to read, read, read. But I know what you mean, it’s hard to find the time to “practice” writing or do lots of reading so that you can learn and develop your craft. But, we just have to keep trying because writing is so fulfilling.
moth2fic
Sep. 21st, 2008 10:07 am (UTC)
I know what you mean about The Bone People. I loved it - sucked in, like you. But a lot of litfic has that pretentiousness about it as if the writer is peeking over their shoulder or between the lines saying 'look at me; aren't I clever' and whilst this particular example is clever, it isn't anything I'd want to copy, either. Once I've read a litfic novel, or got well into it, my reactions depend on how far the story distracts me from the style. In The Bone People, it did.

I've started reading Steven King's The Dark Tower. Seven volumes and of course it's genre fiction (a sort of fantasy western) and whilst I know King is an excellent writer I'm amazed at how much pretension there is in The Dark Tower. He excuses it in the foreword by explaining that he began it when he was nineteen and grew as a writer in the course of the series. We waited till it was finished before Gail and I bought it! The story is mesmerising and I am treating the style as a writing class session...

I found full time teaching completely inimical to writing anything other than very short stories and poems. There is so much writing to be done in the actual job and your creativity/energy just gets hijacked. (I suppose a man or a single woman with no kids might manage). It doesn't matter - you are storing up observations and incidents that can be used to inspire writing later. The main thing is to keep time for reading because that has the dual virtue of keeping you sane and keeping you with a focus on how to write.

Enjoy the re-read. Enjoy your holiday. And enjoy your grown-up daughter!
natesmountain
Sep. 21st, 2008 10:50 am (UTC)
Thank you, Mothy, it's like you're ahead of me on the same path sometimes, you understand the whole teaching thing so well. I do want to read. I can't read when I'm writing so right now I'm reading a lot. And I definitely read differently now. It's interesting, reading on more than just one or two levels (like enjoying the book, and wondering how I could teach it in the old days) - so much more now!
I don't think I want to read anything much by Stephen King! OMG. Fantasy western? I can't think of something I'd hate more LOL! But I hope you enjoy it! It sounds good... and I trust your recs!
Thanks for your good advice xx
moth2fic
Sep. 21st, 2008 10:57 am (UTC)
Yes, reading on numerous levels is interesting - and quite tiring! It has made me much more critical so books that still appeal to me are pretty good!!

'Safe' is one of them. Interesting setting, well developed characters, an intriguing mystery and a 'natural' writing style. Be careful not to make too many changes and spoil the style!
natesmountain
Sep. 22nd, 2008 12:16 pm (UTC)
You're so kind about Safe. I have adjusted it a lot but not really changed it. Thanks, Mothy, you give me a lot of confidence to keep going. I have to admit I still love Keeley *g* - and David!
greenpizzazz6
Sep. 21st, 2008 10:43 pm (UTC)
it was so neat just to dance wildly with lots of good friends, sing Irish songs loudly, laugh a lot
I love moments like that! Makes it all worht it :)
natesmountain
Sep. 22nd, 2008 12:14 pm (UTC)
-I love moments like that!
It's one of those times we need sometimes, so we can get a break from all that damn thinking LOL!
(Anonymous)
Sep. 23rd, 2008 06:38 pm (UTC)
Economy & Global Meltdown - What Lies Ahead?
I am getting more and more worried about the economy and global meltdown.

The more things change the more they remain the same. The fundamental challenges we face today have changed little since Chaucer penned his observations on life and distilled them in a set of tales. In the modern city of Canterbury University Students analyse and dissect the meanings conveyed in texts set in that very locale in the 1300’s.

Youngsters face today’s Jekyll and Hyde society not knowing that the Constants remain; love, betrayal, desire, fear. Each story conveys a lesson as we study for our degree in the University of Life, the big diploma mill of which we are all Alumni. We sit grinning like Cheshire cats, thinking we have all the answers.

We call it a success when we pollute our atmosphere shooting down our own Satellite USA 193, Market Street Credibility is our preferred accreditation and recognition from our peers and fellow consumers, we Poison our Planet for Profit. Banks have crashed before and remember – you can’t eat money.

Globalization has consequences. Everything we do has consequences, even something simple like buying firewood. The Oregon ODA advises not to obtain anything from out-of-state because of all the insects and diseases it might carry. That is just a relatively local issue. Imagine all the things that are carried around the world each day – each hour. We must protect our future, just as we should remember our past. All over the world, From the UK to the USA and the Seychelles to Egypt, still, yes, STILL, there is no REAL alternative to fossil fuels.

Are we all going to purgatory in a wheelbarrow telling each other stories to pass the time? Sometimes I wonder!

Sorry guys, I had a long day and feel sick of the world. Rant Over!
natesmountain
Sep. 24th, 2008 10:27 am (UTC)
Re: Economy & Global Meltdown - What Lies Ahead?
Who on earth are you, operating out of Israel??
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