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Today we shopped. You get different stuff up here than you do at home. I bought some expensive Mexican ankle boots. They are tooled and tough looking and made of leather and more leather, and smell magnificent. I am very fortunate.

Tonight we hired Julie and Julia. It was great. My mother and I used to watch Julia Child's cooking programme on tv when I was young; we found her very entertaining, and often, we thought, a little tipsy. She reminded me of our neighbour, Val, tall, kind of rangy and raw-boned, and always finding a way to patch things up without the menfolk knowing what had gone down! I think Meryl Streep was fantastic - she really was in character. However, the thought of cooking Julia's recipes fills me with horror. Chicken livers in aspic, boeuf things, terrines, tomato salads, it's not appealing to me. I really am not a big fan of French cooking. I much prefer Chinese, Indian, Moroccan, Malaysian...

I liked the idea of Julie's blog though, tracking through the recipes for one year. That would be interesting reading, something easy to get caught up in! My blog? Well, I'm going to bed now to do some writing. How interesting is that, team? I have decided to change a lot of Breathing Space - I've changed since I started writing that. I seem to have different needs than before, and my writing is all about what I need *g*. I've done my final final final revamp of Safe and I have sworn to never touch it again. I have deleted probably about 20,000 words of crappy stuff and I'm happy with it now, even though I know it's not what you'd want to publish in a book or anything. I have friends who want to read it now, but I'm scared they'll be disappointed. It's not the ...great NZ novel I think they think I would write. It's just a long story with a reasonable plot, characters I love, a predominantly Kiwi setting and what I think is a happy ending. Done and dusted. Now I am working on Breathing Space from a whole new angle and this might be something that isn't done in a year, for sure. But like people doing cross-stitch or basket weaving, it's just something I like to do. So I'll do it.

And that's it from me. Apart from the boots, I did experience today the sheer joy of cracking into my mother's wireless at last. She didn't really understand that she had it but as soon as I saw a wireless network named Chopin I knew it had to belong to this house!

So I'll be back tomorrow. Have a good... day, night, evening... time.

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moth2fic
Apr. 7th, 2010 10:33 pm (UTC)
Ankle boots sound good!

French cooking like that is great in French restaurants. The natives tend to cook stews and so on like the rest of us!! I am just about coping with my slow cooker but haven't got very adventurous yet, partly because of the difficulty in sourcing ingredients in Portugal.

I would be interested to see the new final final version of Safe. I loved the original so the streamlined model must be very good indeed! Enjoy yourself working on Breathing Space. I am getting a writers' magazine (not Mslexia, another one) and in this month's issue a writer told us that you must write for yourself and your own pleasure otherwise it isn't worth doing and won't be worth reading. I think that's probably right.
natesmountain
Apr. 8th, 2010 10:42 am (UTC)
-a writer told us that you must write for yourself and your own pleasure otherwise it isn't worth doing and won't be worth reading. I think that's probably right.
Well, I like those words!

-I would be interested to see the new final final version of Safe.
Really? Wow. That's brave! You're so kind to me! Maybe I could send it.
I went for a walk today and sorted a whole lot of ideas for Breathing Space which was very rewarding for me! If I don't physically walk away, I don't get any peace at all! I wish I could just be ALONE for a while!!!! OMG!
moth2fic
Apr. 8th, 2010 01:50 pm (UTC)
I suppose you need to create a lighthouse (or 'breathing space') in your mind and learn to retreat to it. I have to say I like being alone for at least part of every day - though not all the time!

I don't feel at all brave or kind, just interested!!
natesmountain
Apr. 9th, 2010 11:04 am (UTC)
-I suppose you need to create a lighthouse (or 'breathing space') in your mind
Oh, believe me, I had a lighthouse in my mind today, driving back with a Finn in the back seat resembling a one-man show of Flight of the Conchords.
moth2fic
Apr. 11th, 2010 06:14 pm (UTC)
Oh, and you've sent me a virtual puppy! I thought I'd comment here - thank you ever so much! I saw something about puppies and was going to investigate after tomorrow - we have to go to London for a funeral and I am a bit 'up to the eyes'. Anyway, he's adorable and I have named him Sam...
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