Wednesday, January 20, 2010

in character

In my effort to get rid of the blues, I went to a reading/author meet-and-greet the other day. And it was one of the funnest/inspiring things I've done in awhile.

The writer - Sarah Butler, read a piece from one of the stories she wrote for a series she did with the London Underground. It's from a project called Central Line Stories. I absolutely loved it! (Read "Talking about the weather" on page 33)

Well people go to these things to sorta meet other writers, network and all that jazz. But I just needed to be inspired. I needed to just hear and be a part of an outside world for a bit, and it was good.

I might not be as outspoken as the 16-year old writer or the one which has already written 9,000 words of her novel. I might not get why everyone in that room spoke with a British accent seeing as they were all Malaysians.

But I connected with writers who i realise have the same problem in writing. Loss of flow, an under-developed character, or a too personal reflection of a character. Maybe even working on a story that seems to never have an ending. But the one advice Sarah gave to us that night, was a quote by someone named Jack Heffron, who said: "If you want to write, you must begin by beginning, continue by continuing, finish by finishing. This is the great secret of it all."

And so i'm writing again. Developing characters and trying not to make them so twisted but so far this one character reminds me of Edie Sedgwick. heh.

But I'm writing again, so for now, I think I'll enjoy that for a moment.

:)

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

making room for words

There's something annoying about staying home alone. I almost always have the tendency to seek out misery. This time, 'misery' came forth in a little DVD called Talentime. Yes the very one I bought last month, which was directed by the late great Yasmin Ahmad. I was whining before about how its a multi-language movie with NO SUBTITLES. But anyway, like I said, I sought to be miserable so I watched it. And right on cue the waterworks began.

It is truly an awesome movie. I mean all the important parts were in sign-language or Tamil and I still managed to cry buckets. But, plus side is... I probably understood like 40% of the Tamil conversations in that movie! Not bad I'd say!! :D

Now it's time to go read something happy. owhh and btw, Happy Ponggal everyone!

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Friday, January 08, 2010

Mind your language

The following questions and answers were collected from last year's British exams and are actual answers given by British students writing their fifth form (Year 11) GCSE Exams. Remember these are genuine responses!!

Geography

Q. Name the four seasons?
A. Salt, pepper, mustard and vinegar.

Q. Explain the processes by which water can be made safe to drink?
A. Flirtation makes water safe to drink because it removes large pollutants like grit, sand, dead sheep and canoeists.

Q. How is dew formed?
A. The sun shines down on the leaves and makes them perspire.

Q What is a planet?
A. A body of earth surrounded by sky

Q. What causes the tides in the ocean?
A. The tides are a fight between the Earth and the Moon. All water tends to flow towards the Moon, because there is no water on the moon, and nature abhors a vacuum. I forget where the sun joins in this fight.

Sociology

Q. What guarantees may a mortgage company insist on?
A. If you are buying a house, they will insist you are well endowed.

Q. In a democratic society, how important are elections?
A. Very important. Sex can only happen when a male gets an election.

Q. What are steroids?
A. Things for keeping carpets still on the stairs.

Biology

Q. What happens to your body when you age?
A. When you get old, so do your vowels and you get intercontinental.

Q. What happens to a boy when he reaches puberty?
A. He says goodbye to his boyhood and looks forward to his adultery.

Q. Name a major disease associated with cigarettes?
A. Premature death.

Q What is artificial insemination?
A. When the farmer does it to the bull instead of the cow.

Q How can you delay milk turning sour?
A. Keep it in the cow. (He got an A.)

Q. How are the main parts of the body categorised? (e.g. abdomen)
A. The body is consisted into three parts - the brainium, the borax, the
abdominal cavity. The brainium contains the brain, the borax contains the heart and lungs, and the abdominal cavity contains the five vowels

Q. What is the Fibula?
A. A small lie

Q. What does "varicose" mean?
A. Nearby

Q. What is the most common form of birth control?
A. Most people prevent contraception by wearing a condominium.

Q. Give the meaning of the term "Caesarean Section".
A. The caesarean section is a district in Rome.

Q. What is a seizure?
A. A Roman emperor

Q. What is a terminal illness?
A. When you are sick at the airport

Q Give an example of a fungus. What is a characteristic feature?
A. Mushrooms. They always grow in damp places and they look like umbrellas.

English

Q. Use the word "judicious" in a sentence to show you understand its meaning.
A. Hands that judicious can be soft as your face.

Q. What does the word "benign" mean?
A. Benign is what you will be after you be eight.

Technology

Q. What is a turbine?
A. Something an Arab or Sikh wears on his head.

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Monday, January 04, 2010

Scrumptiously Crunchable Turns 6!

My blog is officially 6 years old today!

Well I know I haven't been 'around' here much lately. There's just been soooooooo much going on. What with Christmas and New Year and owh wait a minute... HAPPPY NEW YEAR!

Well yeah a lots been happening. Some enlightening, some downright boring, some depressing while others; life changing. I've been thinking of a way to sum up 2009 and all I can say is... it's gone.

Mistakes made, words spoken, love lost, chances missed, they're all gone. Our failures in 2009 will NOT need to be re-lived. They're simply GONE.

2010 however marks another new beginning. Yes we're given new beginnings that often. What suckers we are to waste it. Well THIS new beginning will be filled with new days, new hopes, new dreams and new notebooks to fill in.

I shared at watch night service my hopes and dreams for 2010. It was more of a you-had-to-have-been-there moment. I can't quite bring to mind the exact words but I think what I rambled on was about having dreams and living it out.

So you guys, my One reader or according to Site Meter 22 readers occasionally and 45 readers on a good day, thanks for visiting and I hope you are ones that dream.

Yes, I hope you dream.

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