Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Update

I'm sitting at 34,725 words at the moment and figure that I'll need about 2200 words a day until the end to get this done. I'm happy that I have booked Friday and Monday off work. Unfortunately Friday is earmarked (cool word) for Ginny and I to do our annual Christmas shopping spree. Hear that...it's the sound of me cheering with happiness. Luckily it's not the Thanksgiving weekend here, as it is for my US friends. Don't get me wrong. The Thanksgiving notion is excellent, it's just inconveniently placed in November for the Americans.

Newfoundland novelist Tina Chaulk (listed with other local authors on my sidebar) posted a video by Kristina Horner. A cute look at the NaNoWriMo dilemma. Or was it a conundrum...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xhs-yodZJcw

I typed some real shite at 6:30 this morning in an effort to pad the word count. I shall attach an excerpt from that for your reading *cough* enjoyment. Please don't think any less of me...

Anatoly was even more dejected than the previous night. He left the radio station, having barely spoken to Big Ben Murphy. He caught the number 17 bus downtown, to work another four hour shift at the diner.

His shift went well, as the harbour seemed quiet tonight and there weren’t many sailors or longshoremen dropping in for their gourmet offerings. They had enough time for Donovan to show him how to make ‘Toad in the Hole’. They fried up some sausages and wrapped them in bacon strips and then poured on the mixture of flour, milk and eggs. They baked this in the oven and could cut it up into eight portions. They reworked some of the thick, brown gravy made earlier in the day for hot turkey sandwiches by scraping off the hardened skin and adding chopped onions to the mix.

Donovan noted that they used to eat this back in England. Except that it came in a Yorkshire Pudding format where the sausage stuck out of the muffin like a greasy, brown phallus. Miller wanted these added to the breakfast menu to try to bring in some new customers.

Donovan also showed Anatoly something his mother used to make for him when he was a boy. He called it the ‘Golden Eye’ and it was very simply a slice of bread fried in oil with an egg in a pan. All he had to do was cut a hole in the centre of the bread and drop the egg into it space and let them fry up together, flipping it once to cook the other side. He would have to make this for David at breakfast time one day.

They sat down at a booth and ate their creations, getting up occasionally to collect money at the cash register or to pour more coffee for customers.

7 comments:

Natalie L. Sin said...

I love yorkshire pudding! : )

Danielle Ferries said...

You can do it!

BT said...

I love Yorkshire pud as well! Haven't had it in years. If it's any consolation, I could have padded way more with the carry on about the bus seats and general conditions on the number 17 bus, and I would have gone on and on about the sounds, smells and not being able to find just the right pan during the cooking. I'm looking forward to my NaNo virgin attempt next year as it could be as purple as it comes...

I think you're doing a great job, Al. Keep it up. If you don't quite make 50K this year, what you have achieved is still a great learning experience and a good commitment to writing. Keep up the good work.

Rebecca Nazar said...

I've never tried Yorkshire pudding.

Keep plodding along. You'll make it. Keep in mind, too, it's not the final destination, but the lessons learned along the way that's important. Someone told me that and it made me feel better--a smidgin. ;-)

Aaron Polson said...

NaNo is all about the lessons. You've learned a ton o' them, to be sure.

(by the way, you had me at "greasy, brown phallus")

Alan W. Davidson said...

Nat- Thought that you might...

Danielle- Thanks for the vote of confidence!

BT - Thanks for the support, sir. It has been vey educational. When editing, I will pad out some areas and slash others.

Becca - Thank you. I should have enough time to complete this. The only drawback is that I don't know how to end it.

Aaron - Ha! You are correct, sir. I have learned a lot of lessons during this experience. A lot different than writing short stories.

Anton Gully said...

For some reason I'm really hungry now.