thread Guess the airport Bofo's
permalink Darwin?
permalink Not yet -
Ngurah Rai
Just leaving the Costa del Sol of Australia.
I must admit I don't get what Bali is about.
permalink Dunno, I haven't had the pleasure
I believe, much like the Costas, there are really beautiful bits if you head away from the beach
permalink We did this.
but if you wanted to go anywhere (even for dinner outside your villa it was a minimum $15 taxi ride.

I guess we already live in hot and humid conditions, are not big fans of the beach, and see enough Aussie bogans on a day to day basis as it is.
Found a few nice things to do with kiddo though - he at least seemed to enjoy it.
permalink To be fair
You could probably achieve much the same on the Gold Coast! Although Bali is probably closer to you guys!
permalink Wasn't expecting
A minor existential meltdown at my desk this morning, but there we go. Think I've dealt with it constructively. But being asked "what are you long term career goals" is just unfair.

Currently listening to the Polyphonic Spree to cope.

Been listening a fucking lot to the new Alt-J song "3WW" in the last week. I've generally been a bit put off by their stuff before, it's always come across to me as if they think they're much more clever than they really are. With this though i think they may have managed to make something truly outstanding. I keep hearing new details each time. And they've gone for much simpler yet at the same time more intelligent lyrics. I have an obsession here
permalink Oh, yes, it's really exceedingly good isn't it?
I even listened back to the first two albums on Saturday and the progression of the skills and song-writing is incredible.
They may turn out to not be a short-lived gimmick band, and actually be really exciting indeed.
I'm eagerly awaiting the album.
permalink I've made a development action for this year essentially be
"work out what the fuck I'm doing with my life"

So that's progress.

Could be an issue if i fail
permalink I think the answer is
short-term career goal: make it to 5pm
medium-term career goal: make it to Friday 5pm
long-term career goal: make it to Easter holidays
permalink 5pm?
I knock off at 4:45
permalink You'll never achieve your goals
with an attitude like that... etc.
permalink I write quite well.
I was thinking I might write novel to try and avoid travelling all the time.

The thing is, I have no idea what to write about. I am toying with biblical or classical stories, from the perspective of a minor (and invented) character, but I am unsure. I could write about existential dread, in the manner of Crime & Punishment or Knut Hamson's 'Hunger', or I could write from experience, if I had a focus.

I thought I would ask.
permalink I have a zombie horror type plot i mull over in my head occasionally
bu i hate scary films / books so i'd never do anything abou it..

I think books about people taking their clothes off (in the presence of vikings / romans / crusaders) seem to sell a little better than your existential dread ones nowadays... worth bearing in mind.. get dotty to illustrate it.

permalink I am best at prose - I need a vague plot and I can then develop dialogue and story well
I tend toward the wryly amusing, if I am honest.

I just need a plot.

Vikings are fun - I could do an historical novel I suppose - then the outline of the plot is already done.
permalink have you read Quarantine by Jim Crace?
a re-telling of The Temptation via a suite of minor invented characters, quite weird and interesting
permalink No.
If I am honest I do not know The Temptation either.
permalink Oh! THAT temptation
Yes, I know of that - not read the book though.

Biblical is fun, but would not sell well in the US once I had fucked it about.
permalink just write
the transatlantic publishing deal comes later
permalink I always preferred
the Four Tops myself
permalink Adlai's Son's Herds
A Book by Manley
permalink Vague update
today has been dreadful - but then every day was dreadful before and I notice it more now.

I think I am getting better, but I need to find something to do. I genuinely believe I would be a great NED, but I do have to accept that I am not going to make it that far and I need to slow down, so . . .

What are the options for weird, artistic eccentric men? I think I could act a bit, and I can write, but I cannot ask for money well. Anyone need a professional show off? I am mostly good at being affable and believable, understanding problems quickly, making decisions and negotiating.

If only I could apply any of the above to my actual own life.
permalink Are you still employed?
Apologies if I've missed something.

Also: NED?
permalink I am still employed, but I recognise that it is not sustainable.
Non-Executive Director
permalink Ah, right
I thought you were planning a career as a Glaswegian chav
permalink Have you looked into
Motivational speaking / team building etc etc

Seems like the sort of toss. And ex military it exec has a ring to it.

Have you considered sitting around in your pants posting purile photoshops on the internet ?

permalink I used to enjoy doing that.
Sadly it pays poorly. I thought a novel might get me out of work.
permalink C_I has a friend who is a rather successful novelist IIRC
He may be able to advise you on the time it takes to get from having nothing written to having a viable and sustainable income from writing.

You may sense from my tone that I am immensely sceptical.
permalink I think that is a reasonable place to be, but I could write and work for a bit.
See how it goes.
permalink Amy's mate is a novelists
She's had her first book reviewed on Richard and Judy and has now written five or six... she is basically earning less than if she worked in a shop
permalink My friend Chris is 21 books in, 22nd publishing soon, 23rd just finished writing.
At one a year, he does very well.

Getting started took him a few years of writing hard whilst doing other jobs in journalism, and I think it was the third or even fourth novel he finished that actually got him a deal.

He stuck at it because it was what he always wanted to do, and to be fair, he has considerable talent for writing fiction. He only got going because he worked his fucking ass off for a few years without making a penny out of it.

Worth it for him, as he became a full-time novelist and has done very well, but it definitely wasn't an easy thing and required a lot of resilience. He is also much more successful than many novelists... A lot make hardly anything.
permalink does said friend, perchance,
boil frogs?
permalink He has done.
That is the very chap.
permalink Fwiw non fiction is in at the moment
Write a biography , a damatised one at least
permalink Chapter 11 - Weighing my Shit
Chapter 12 - I Have No Engine
permalink The little van that couldn't?
permalink Well I am in city airport this morning
After getting up 2h20m before my flight departs I somehow managed to get here, through security and finished breakfast with an hour and 15 until my flight left, too efficient really.

Tune in later for my thrilling "guess the airport" on the way home
permalink This is why I love LCY.
I once got there on the DLR and discovered I'd forgotten my passport. Luckily I was living in Stratford so I got the DLR back to Stratford, grabbed my passport and got a taxi back to the airport.

I was then through the entrance, through security, to the gate and up the steps of the plane within four minutes, just as they closed the doors behind me.
permalink Sounds frightfully slow and busy
compared to Exeter.
permalink I used Exeter once
seemed a bit big and fancy compared to Newquay
permalink I've never used
permalink amused by this
story abouyt them dropping security checks there

Especially the "but maybe a terrorist would travel to Barra to board a flight to glasgow to try to hijack it so that they can fly a piddly little twin otter into something" line of reasoning. Christ, you'd do barely less damage flying a private cessna into a building