Midweek Update for ROW80

This week’s update for ROW80 really is short and sweet.

It’s all going according to plan, more or less. I can almost see the finish line for NaNo, only about 11k to go until I hit the 50k. I approached it all differently this year, writing individual scenes instead of one continuous narrative, so it’ll need a lot of editing and re-jigging etc. but I can focus on one scene while I write and that helps.

My ROW80 stories are going well. I’ve got a whole list of prompts, and try to write down a Story Title based on the prompt. One for each day. Then I go, read the title, and base my short stories on that. It seems to be working.

The blogging is going very well, as you can see. This blog is going from strength to strength. Tomorrow is Throwback Thursday, so I’ll promote some of my old work. I’ve also had a few emails about my Frankenstein Review last week, from people telling me I should look into reviewing theatre shows as a career. So I take it that means they liked it. I’m going to see the Role Reversal tomorrow night and review that as well.

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Yes, they DO know it’s Christmas-time!

It’s been 30 years since Band Aid recorded the original “Do they know it’s Christmas.

Yes, I know the song is catchy and the proceeds are meant to help in Africa (with a new focus on the fight against Ebola this year, as compared to the Ethiopian famine of 1984). The song and all its incarnations as well as the Live Aid and Live 8 concerts raised millions for good causes in Africa and made the world aware of the problems that continent faces. But I still think that the song’s lyrics are simply ignorant and condescending.

I also can’t help but notice that Bob Geldof continues to sit on his millions and donates his “time” on a weekend to re-record a song, while the public is meant to dig deep and part with actual money. He recently publicly blamed singer Adele for not getting involved in Band Aid 30, criticising her for raising a family instead of writing or recording songs. She chose to get involved privately – with a direct donation.

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