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Books to Read: Couch to 80K – Week 1 Day 5

This year I am working through Tim Clare’s Couch to 80K Bootcamp– a course where you write for 10 minutes a day.

By following Tim’s prompting, the aim is to work through from basics until you reach the ability to write an 80,000 word novel.

Apologies: it may not actually be that interesting to read…

What books have you not read or should read?

  • A History of Wales John Davies
  • Welsh myths book – The Mabinogion
  • The Last Village – Welsh Scifi
  • Finish Ursula LeGuin series
  • Dune
  • Neuromancer
  • Foundation Asimov
  • The Kraken Wakes
  • Slaughterhouse Five
  • Stranger in a Strange Land – Heinlein
  • 2001 A Space Oddysey
  • War of the Worlds
  • The Forever War – Joe Haldeman
  • Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
  • What I talk about when I talk about Running – Haruki Murakami
  • The Road – Cormac McCarthy
  • The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

Interesting descriptions: Couch to 80K – Week 1 Day 4

This year I am working through Tim Clare’s Couch to 80K Bootcamp– a course where you write for 10 minutes a day.

By following Tim’s prompting, the aim is to work through from basics until you reach the ability to write an 80,000 word novel.

Apologies: it may not actually be that interesting to read…

Make a list of interesting descriptions

His eyes were narrowed, like the business end of a knife.

A blazer, faded from the sunlight of too many summers.

Grime, deeply embedded. Not simply dirt, but the change in colour to skin once the dirt is absorbed. Part of you.

Attached by a string so flimsy, it was surprising the wind didn’t take her hat away with every breeze.

Shiny buttons, shiny enough to show fingerprints, all down his chest.

Her every movement sullen. Resentful. An anger towards each moment that had brought her into this situation, painted on her face.

Its legs twitched, the wolf running in its dreams.

The screen had a hairline crack, running from the bottom right corner to the middle of the display.

His hobbling gait gave the impression of one leg shorter than the other, which was exactly the impression he was aiming for.

To those that knew her, the slight curling of her lip betrayed an irritation she was struggling to conceal.

The trousers were irregular and patchy. No wonder – Calvin Klein still doesn’t make clothing for 3 legged aliens, even though first contact was nearly a decade ago.

It landed silently, legs coiled ready to leap again.

 

 

 

Generating problems: Couch to 80k – Week 1 Day 3

This year I am working through Tim Clare’s Couch to 80K Bootcamp– a course where you write for 10 minutes a day.

By following Tim’s prompting, the aim is to work through from basics until you reach the ability to write an 80,000 word novel.

Apologies: it may not actually be that interesting to read…

Generate some problems

Running away from the ever-so-slightly faster bully at school.

Finding the right sized spanner to adjust the engine torque on the racer. That Kreb racer you just boosted.

Pouring the right amount of sand into the trap to allow your friend to climb free. Enough to climb out, not enough to suffocate.

Choosing the correct opening sentence for your whistleblowing letter.

Three cave entrances. Three possibilities. Two lead to certain death, the other? Escape.

Gasping, reaching, your lungs burning, to turn on the emergency oxygen supply.

The fire roars, in between myself and Agron. Do I try to jump it, or should we escape separately.

“Priority Call” flashes on the display, before being replaced with a red flashing “Low Battery”. Do you answer?

As I turn it once more, the screw starts to bite. Two more twists. It’s hard to get it in any further. Seems solid. But is it strong enough to support a grown man’s weight?

Hands shaking, she reached for the syringe. She hated it and wanted it, in one furious mix of emotion.

Have you ever pushed a car? Like, really pushed it? For miles and miles and miles? I considered just leaving it by the side of the road, but what if someone found the body in the boot…

It hurt, every time she dug the spade in again. There was this area of her hip that was sore from the unfamiliar labour. But how else would they reach the hidden door?

 

Words I like or dislike: Couch to 80K – Week 1 Day 2

This year I am working through Tim Clare’s Couch to 80K Bootcamp– a course where you write for 10 minutes a day.

By following Tim’s prompting, the aim is to work through from basics until you reach the ability to write an 80,000 word novel.

Apologies: it may not actually be that interesting to read…

 

Make two headings. Words you like. Words you dislike.

Words I Like

  • Snazzle
  • Fight
  • Explode
  • Inject
  • Dynamic
  • Heron
  • Overarching
  • Badger
  • Smash
  • Environment
  • Dive
  • Hope
  • Peace
  • Keep
  • Crater
  • Cancer
  • Vermin
  • Volcano
  • Murky
  • Change
  • World
  • Weathered
  • Crimp
  • Cavernous
  • Carrot
  • Potato
  • Speech
  • Campaign
  • Chasm
  • Project
  • Device
  • Post
  • Entry
  • Display
  • Calculated
  • Calibrated
  • Gallop
  • Grim
  • Record
  • Click
  • Silence
  • Knapsack
  • Haversack

Words I Dislike

  • Urn
  • Feel
  • Lime
  • Yearning
  • Cloy
  • Ream
  • Longer
  • Piece
  • Deem
  • Irradiate
  • Clink
  • Stem
  • Canker
  • Sloped
  • Dreary
  • Dim
  • Callop
  • Grizzled
  • Coil
  • Burgeon
  • Dessicate
  • Petunia
  • Soliloquy
  • War
  • Dip
  • Projecting
  • Phone
  • Hanger
  • Set
  • Designed
  • Vinyl
  • Release
  • Select
  • Quiet
  • Bag

Names: Couch to 80K Day One – Week 1 Day 1

This year I am working through Tim Clare’s Couch to 80K Bootcamp– a course where you write for 10 minutes a day.

By following Tim’s prompting, the aim is to work through from basics until you reach the ability to write an 80,000 word novel.

Apologies: it may not actually be that interesting to read…

Couch to 80K Writing Challenge in text

List as many names as you can.

  • William Herbertso
  • Igron Defo
  • Ma’Rie’Taar Seree
  • Tom Williamson
  • Billy McTrinket
  • Dundo Melee
  • The Great Vorg
  • Hilam Sylaget
  • Mohammed Al Assar
  • Arnold Phillip Wimblebury
  • Susan Sanders
  • Elsie McGrieg
  • Ryan Devlin
  • Mr P. Hartington, Esquire
  • Badge Raynor
  • Gee Flinty
  • Flin Longsight
  • Fee
  • Esmerelda Dimongato
  • Sam Smithe
  • Nice Pokes
  • Ecgree-Rynor-Delta
  • Peter Isomole
  • Oragnor Remflip
  • Hilnor Uppingthwaite
  • Daisy Tumbleweed
  • Org
  • Miss Cecilia-of-the-Undergrowth
  • Pintop
  • Harmind Ectinor
  • The Smoothness
  • Bryn Powell
  • Alan Degre
  • Luna DeGresse
  • Semet Ho Fla Go
  • Arkron399
  • #ff~b
  • Clone 7
  • Hussar Marvete
  • Erag Smite
  • Esme Pinthread
  • Goldum Baker
  • Vilhelm Gran de Vin
  • Smarta
  • Clebhorn Nuttle
  • Taz Derrick
  • Boz Smasher
  • Daze Thinline
  • Cazzack Enteraire
  • Felix Lighthammer
  • Felis Edgeleaf
  • Feccle Nutjammer
  • Friar Holdsbare
  • Steve McNair
  • Ivor Randick

Homeland – a poem

homelandI couldn’t sleep last night, and found myself (foolishly) doomscrolling. Something Shane Claiborne posted niggled at my soul:

It lined up perfectly with the text immediately presented to me in the book of Hebrews.

In a manner that is unusual for me, all that thought and emotion suddenly formed into a poem in my brain. At 2am.

Homeland

There is a homeland that I’m searching for.
Not hallowed ancient ground or some distant shore,
But here, so present here, stained feet red raw.
With the pace by which I seek this place

Confused disrupted noise misleads my way.
My thoughts alone enough hindrance to decay.
A life, misspent, or – doubt screams – “Mislaid!”
Hope alone can ease this heaving chest.

Opportunity to return? I don’t desire home;
For good enough is not good enough.
The painful road threads by not received promise.
Disappointed or greeted from afar?

Spirit grant that feet and heart contend,
To step boldly into better country.
Desire instead be of the not ashamed.
By those exiled hands and bleeding soles,
Our city is prepared.

(I’ve included the Hebrews passage below, with relevant words highlighted).

Hebrews 11:13-16

These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. 

If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to returnBut as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.

You Have No Authority Here! RPG

This is a role play game about Parish Council meetings. It’s for 3-10 people who pretend to respect one another.

Together, you are the members of Little Ranting Parish Council – a hotbed of passive aggressive argumentation, and petty discrimination. You will play round a table or via video chat. The meeting is about to start, but before it can, you need to decide who will Chair it! Who would be brave enough to try… and do they have enough AUTHORITY?!

The idea is loosely based on the recent Handforth Parish Council meeting that went viral, with the infamous quote “You have no authority here, Jackie Weaver!”

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