Saturday, November 18, 2006

Pet Blog

"A blog is like a pet rock. You promise to always cherish and nurture it, and then you do not." This is a quote from David over at Lorraine Crescent. Anyway I've been thinking a bit (usually at about 4am when I can't sleep) about changing the focus of Marrickvillia slightly... so I can cherish and nurture it a bit more. The girly swot in me doesn't like not doing things properly and sometimes I just don't have time to do what I want on Marrickvillia by way of photos of places in Marrickville and interviews with people.

So I figure, it's my blog, and I live in Marrickville, so why not write about myself? I know there's nothing radical about that, actually it's what everyone does on their blogs! I am my own biggest resource, and I don't have to go out and interview myself to write something, so you can expect more about me from now on - including the two teenagers (daughter and nephew), all the pets, having had cancer, my gorgeous husband of nearly 2 years, my writing & research interests, my work at UTS, my clothes, what I'm having for dinner, my 10 month old godson (who is my husband's biological son and the child of our dear dear friends in London), my headaches, my garden, etc etc...

What's on my mind at the moment - I'm cross that Hugh's skateboard has been stolen. He left it on the front verandah. I forget that he's a country kid and we need to actually tell him stuff like "don't leave things on the verandah". Anyway it's gone now, along with the 2 phones, the ipod and numerous small amounts of cash that he's had stolen this year, mostly from out of his bag at school. Maddening!! The other thing on my mind - I did a word count for my book yesterday (it's a cultural analysis of cosmetic surgery) and realised I need to cut 13,000 words out of it. It's currently 103,000 and has to be 90,000 before I send it to the publisher next week. How to do this I'm not quite sure. Remove all adjectives? Delete entire sections? We will see, and back to it I now trundle...

9 comments:

Dean said...

I also find it's the hardest thing -- to stay within the word length prescribed. I whittle away and reason with myself over every paragraph. But your work is so much longer than what I'm used to, so I don't really have any useful advice.

Julia said...

Poor Hugh. I've just heard about a huge vortex of rubbish that is floating around in pacific - it is reputed to be the size of Texas. What a horror! A good place to look for lost mobile phones and skateboards. I am looking forward to the new direction in your blog Meredith. Re your word limit: can't-you-just-add-hyphens?

lucy tartan said...

maybe you could make up a single groovy word that replaces 'cosmetic surgery' or some other frequently used phrase. eg 'Affluenza'

Meredith Jones said...

I shaved off 3,000 words yesterday just by deleting things from the bibliography. Next I'm looking at headings - do I really need them?

Dorian said...

Ah, just tell them to use a smaller font.

Julia said...

Cosmetic surgery? We only want to see pictures of disaster faces so remove all those wordy headings. I watched a UK program called " I’m a celebrity, get me out of here" on TV tonight. The show features z-list celebrities battling it out against poorly prepared insects and snakes of the Queensland “jungle.” David Gest, of Liza Minnelli fame, is on it. Does he appear in your book Meredith? (BTW, Jason Donovan is doing very well and he is the bookies favourite to win.)

Meredith said...

Yes David Gest is in my book but only because Michael Jackson was his bridesmaid. I'm serious.

FXH said...

put a draft up on the blog - there's enough pedantic idiots roaming the net to get it edited in about 3 hours.

plus i wouldn't mind a squiz for nix.

Anonymous said...

O NO! HUGH's sk8board waz stolen? OMG! lol. jk. Ne-wayz...who's hugh?