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ROW80 Check In

I seem to have skipped the last check-in, due to some confusion about the day it was meant to go online.

Never mind.

Here’s my Sunday Update for A Round of Words in 80 Days and National Novel Writing Month. It’s brought to you on the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, and that means today is a very special day here in Germany.

My NaNoWriMo project is coming along nicely. On Day 9, I currently have 15,968 words written down for it. However, on Wednesday, I had a plot bunny run riot in my mind and I came up with a little scene that’s perfect for Book 4. The problem is that I’m currently writing Book 2…

I’ve been writing every day, and my collection of short stories is steadily growing.

My studies are going better now. The facilitator of my first course (Persuasion) was not responding to emails. Considering that my emails contained questions regarding an assignment in Module 1, I couldn’t do much until I got an answer. Well – I still don’t have an answer, so I let the university know and they have now enrolled me in a different course (Cross-Cultural Communication). I can finish Persuasion at a later date when a facilitator is available. So that’s a success.

I’ve also set up a deal with a friend. Every Monday, we will meet for coffee and I will show her the assignments I completed, as well as what I’ve written for ROW80 and NaNoWriMo. If I can’t produce anything, or not enough (in her opinion), I have to go buy a glass. She will be keeping the glass(es) until I finish my degree, and hand them over once I’m done. This is to motivate me to get stuff done, as I’d end up losing money for my own laziness. We’ve got our first meeting tomorrow, but this is just to fine-tune the terms as well as give her an overview of my modules and when to expect what.

A few minutes ago I received an email, telling me I’ve been accepted to contribute reviews to a Fandom TV show/Film review site. They are building up a data base of various TV shows (so far Doctor Who, Sherlock, Once upon a time, Castle etc.), even those that are no longer airing. They just want something written about every episode, by someone who has knowledge of the show and can give in-depth analysis. While I am a Sherlockian and Whovian first and foremost, I do know my way around quite a few shows, films and fandoms.

The ones I suggested are: BBC SherlockDoctor Who (“New” Who), The Almighty Johnsons, The Lord of the Rings / The Hobbit (Tolkien in general), Bones, The Big Bang Theory, Buffy, Angel, X-Files, Harry Potter, Fargo (TV), CSI:NY, CSI, CSI Miami, NCIS. 

I think this reflects me quite well: My love for detective stories and criminology (Sherlock, NCIS, Bones, CSIs, X-Files, Fargo), comedy (Big Bang Theory) and fantasy/supernatural/paranormal stories (Tolkien, Harry Potter, Buffy, Angel, X-Files, Doctor Who, Almighty Johnsons).

Now, I don’t obsess about all these shows/films, but I enjoy them enough to know who is who and hold my own in a conversation about them, which is more than enough knowledge to review them.

Thanks to that and me growing up in the ’90s and early 2000s, you are now looking at the principal reviewer of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and X-Files!

This past week has been very stressful. It was my gran’s 89th birthday on Monday, and I went to her house straight after work. Work is busy until tomorrow, as I work in accounting and we have to have everything booked by tomorrow. The first 10 days of every month are really hectic. Mum fell ill on Thursday, so I had to look after my gran again. Friday I was Maid of Honour at a friend’s wedding as well as wedding planner, photographer and driver, so that’s kept me busy. Yesterday I had to take my car for an inspection and it’s still in the garage now. I also managed to sit down and study a bit. Today, my fridge broke and my kitchen flooded.

I can’t wait for this week to be over and a fresh start tomorrow. Until then I still have to finish my Writing Fiction lessons, copy my MA study material so I can print it out, make a new study plan and write my Sunday ROW80 story. I’ve got less than 2 hours until midnight. I’d better get cracking.

Click here to see whether the other ROW80 participants had a better week.

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7 thoughts on “ROW80 Check In”

  1. Wow, it sounds like you’ve had a hectic time of it! I think the agreement you’ve made with your friend is wonderful, and what a positive way to start a brand new week. I can completely relate to that dastardly plot bunny interrupting – not a scrap of patience that one! Your word count for NaNo is awesome…happy writing this week 🙂

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    1. October 3 is the Day of German Unity. And yes, that’s the official holiday, October 3, 1990 the GDR ceased to exist. November 9 is sometimes called Germany’s Fateful Day, as many political events seem to fall on that day (November Revolution 1918, the failed Beer Hall Putsch 1923, Night of Broken Glass 1938 and the Fall of the Berlin Wall 1989 being the main ones).

      You are right that November 9 is the anniversary of the Reichskristallnacht (also known as Night of Broken Glass) 1938. Normally, we only celebrate German Unity on October 3 (the date was deliberately chosen, Nov 9 had been proposed as it is the actual anniversary, but out of respect for the victims of the Kristallnacht, it was decided to move the celebration to another day).

      The reason we celebrate this year is that it is an important anniversary. 25 years. The last celebration was for the 20th in 2009, so I’m expecting the next one to be in 2019 for the 30th. It was coincidence that the fall of the Berlin Wall and the opening of the border posts fell on this particular date.

      So no, you haven’t been lied to, but under the circumstances we’ve made an exception to celebrate the coming together of the two German peoples on a day on which we usually remember what drove German citizens apart 76 years ago.

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