Thursday, October 25, 2007

That's what friends are for!

Listen to Vinita Nayar wonderful rendition of the song "That's what friends are for". Be sure to leave her a comment or write to her. I'll update the post with a recent photo soon. Until then enjoy the song!

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Somebody gonna get hurt real bad!

The first time I heard of Russell Peters was a couple of years ago when we were visiting some friends. They insisted that we watch it with them right away and we did. It had us rolling on the floor laughing our heads off. Later I found a clip of his on Youtube and put it up on this blog. It was about how Indians and Chinese cant do business together. When I went to visit Sangeeta, earlier this year, she said that she hadnt seen it yet. We discovered then that her son Arjun was a fan of Russel Peters too and he soon downloaded the whole episode for us. I think we watched it several times during those 2 weeks and this second clip became a favourite too. It is from the same show and came to me earlier today from Esther (Roshini) on Facebook. I had a good laugh once more. If you haven't already, you have to see this and the earlier one. Thanks Es for the clip.

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Monday, October 8, 2007

Write that novel in November


The one you always wanted to write?? Join thousands online to write your book. All that is wanted from you is quantity - 50,000 words at least. About 1700 words per day. Quality is not a requirement here. There is a time limit though. You've got the month of November to do it in. And if you miss it this year, well, there's always next year or the daunting prospect of doing it on your own! This is to get you jump started. I signed up last year too but never ended up writing :D I dont give up easy and so I've signed up again this year. Want to join me?

Website : National Novel Writing Month
If I'm just writing 50,000 words of crap, why bother? Why not just write a real novel later, when I have more time?

There are three reasons.

1) If you don't do it now, you probably never will. Novel writing is mostly a "one day" event. As in "One day, I'd like to write a novel." Here's the truth: 99% of us, if left to our own devices, would never make the time to write a novel. It's just so far outside our normal lives that it constantly slips down to the bottom of our to-do lists. The structure of NaNoWriMo forces you to put away all those self-defeating worries and START. Once you have the first five chapters under your belt, the rest will come easily. Or painfully. But it will come. And you'll have friends to help you see it through to 50k.

2) Aiming low is the best way to succeed. With entry-level novel writing, shooting for the moon is the surest way to get nowhere. With high expectations, everything you write will sound cheesy and awkward. Once you start evaluating your story in terms of word count, you take that pressure off yourself. And you'll start surprising yourself with a great bit of dialogue here and a ingenious plot twist there. Characters will start doing things you never expected, taking the story places you'd never imagined. There will be much execrable prose, yes. But amidst the crap, there will be beauty. A lot of it.

3) Art for art's sake does wonderful things to you. It makes you laugh. It makes you cry. It makes you want to take naps and go places wearing funny pants. Doing something just for the hell of it is a wonderful antidote to all the chores and "must-dos" of daily life. Writing a novel in a month is both exhilarating and stupid, and we would all do well to invite a little more spontaneous stupidity into our lives.

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