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Wiesbaden...

I wrote last night until one, after watching Federer win *g* then I got up at seven, saw Steve off to work, took my laptop back to bed with a coffee and wrote for another two hours. It felt great, all the children still asleep, sun streaming in and my story to work on. It's amazing, when you look back at something you have written with a clinical eye, you can see how you've used a certain phrase too often, or made someone just too nice or whatever - now it's not like I wrote it, it's like I'm editing someone else's work. And the story is feeling pretty complete now. All I need is a journey back to Wiesbaden *snort* . I wrote the story when my trip there was much fresher in my mind, and I always had counted on a friend who lived there to check the details. Still, I guess now it'll just have to be as I remember it from our two amazing journeys there. It is such a beautiful town, with paved streets, curving round the shopping centre, beautiful parks, buildings that survived all the troubles and even Roman ruins. I am glad Keeley and Lucas were working there *g* Keeley and Kristian never wanted to live in Frankfurt, but a lot of their work was there as well as the International Airport, so it was nice to have a base just out of the big city. It's not a tourist town either, so that made it even more special to us (although harder to get anything to eat on a Sunday! Their shops would close at lunchtime Saturday! We weren't used to that the first time!).

In other news in my little life... John Grisham has a new book out, and you can read the first chapter here (although you may have to be a member to read this, I dunno...) http://www.randomhouse.com/features/grisham/main.php?isbn=9780385515047&view=excerpt&ref=news&name=Appeal0108

I told Christy not to use the phone as I had to book a priest and she exploded, "See, normal mothers don't say things like they have to book a priest!"
Christy is off to Parachute today with the *gasp* Presbyterians from her friend's church in Lower Hutt. It's a three day festival of Christian rock music!!! She will be sleeping in a big tent with lots of others! No hair straightener or hair dryer, no private hot showers, no iPod at night, no electricity to charge your phone(s)!
And she says thank you to all of you who wished her well after her exam results! xx

Finn and Asher are trying to build a go-cart. I feel like I'm trapped in a scene from something between Stand By Me and The Little Rascals...

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greenpizzazz6
Jan. 24th, 2008 03:07 am (UTC)
The writing sounds nice. I'm so glad you have time for it again!

Parachute? Does it actually involve parachutes? I'm confused...
natesmountain
Jan. 24th, 2008 05:13 am (UTC)
-The writing sounds nice. I'm so glad you have time for it again!
Thanks! I hope that doesn't all dry up when school starts!

Parachute is this
http://www.parachutemusic.com/home.php
I have no idea why it's called Parachute, but it's very well known here amongst all the teenagers! Christy's friend went last year and survived, so they're off together this year.

greenpizzazz6
Jan. 25th, 2008 01:24 am (UTC)
I hope that doesn't all dry up when school starts!
I hope not too!

Parachute looks like fun, I'm sure they'll have a great time!
moth2fic
Jan. 24th, 2008 09:41 am (UTC)
Going back to your writing after a 'gap' is a)recommended b)interesting and c)empowering! Enjoy!

I read, on first quick skim, that Christy was going to parachute (small p) and gasped at that instead of the Presbyterians!!

All Germany closes down Saturday lunch time. They really disapprove of the rest of us! You might be able to get some tourist office info to help with any checking you need to do for Wiesbaden but I'm sure you had the details the first time.
natesmountain
Jan. 24th, 2008 09:51 am (UTC)
-but I'm sure you had the details the first time.
Google was great for double checking, and we had some good maps from our trips that helped with the street names. And a friend I had then sent a great poster that had most of the buildings sketched in 3D. I think it's worked out pretty well.

-All Germany closes down Saturday lunch time. They really disapprove of the rest of us!
Heh. We used to get teased, NZ closed on weekends. That was over twenty years ago. Now we're open all the time, Pak'n'Save is open 22/24 hours a day, and Germany is closed for the weekends! I can't really believe they are all that religious are they? *shrug*

-I read, on first quick skim, that Christy was going to parachute (small p) and gasped at that instead of the Presbyterians!!
Yes, going away with Presbyterians is much more of a worry than any kind of parachute or Parachute! OMG Protestants!!!

-Going back to your writing after a 'gap' is a)recommended b)interesting and c)empowering! Enjoy!
It really is such enormous fun. Sometimes I hung onto things that I thought just had to be there even though they made me squirm. Now with a flick of the delete button, they're GONE! And it makes me view my work with more confidence.
moth2fic
Jan. 24th, 2008 10:00 am (UTC)
I think Germany are more outwardly wedded to tradition, and perhaps more family conscious than some countries. They have different majority religions in different areas - and part of individual income tax has to be given to the church of choice - so there is a strong Christian element in law making - whether it reflects actual belief is another matter.

We can only have shops open for six hours on Sundays so they close late Saturday night, open for a little while on Sunday and re-open Monday morning. The shop assistants' unions want more closure rather than less, and that might also be a factor in Germany. The problem is that some of the big supermarket employers put a lot of pressure on their staff to work overtime and work on Sundays whereas the government had envisaged it as optional...

Must log off now - mustn't miss train to Manchester!! And the heavy rain stopped - for now!!!
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