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  • Writer's pictureMaria Vandenburg

Don't Give it Up...

There is so much going on at the moment.

I started a NaNoWriMo novel (National Novel Writers Month). It's a "competition" where every year, crazy people (ahem.. I mean writers) commit to writing a brand new 50,000 word novel during the month of November. I started late, on day 6, but have managed to write 35,000 words in the last 18 days.

Now? Now I just need to figure out how to try and write the final 15,000 in addition to the 1,500 word portfolio that is due for my school in the next 5 days (oh yeah, and then there is also the fact that I work 40 hours a week as well). It's alright, I already knew I was kind of nuts.

So there's that. But first things first.


Muppet: dork

Lairy: loud, in your face or out of control. Said like "that person or that coat is a bit too lairy"

Garden Peas: regular normal peas that the civilized world should be eating

Mushy Peas: nasty/mashed up pea stuff that is apparently served over here (can you tell which type of peas I prefer?? -insert angel face-)

Jammie Dodger: a type of "biscuit" (cookie) that everyone grew up on. I've apparently had a horrible education because I had no idea what the hell they are.

So since I wrote last, I managed to write at least the opening parts for my Croydon / Metropolitan Police project. While I do feel a lot better about it, there is still a lot of work to be done to get the paper from where it is now to a point that we can submit it for review.

It's actually really tough trying to translate our big idea/vision into 1500 words. The goal is to try and have that completed by the end of the week.

I have also now been to my very first concert in London.

Music has always been a huge part of my life, for as long as I can remember it was a part of my career as well. It's a bit strange to not be working around it.

I saw my favorite New Zealand group - Six60.

I'd actually met them a few years ago after a small show in Portland, Oregon.

There were only a few of us in attendance at that show, so idiot Maria didn't expect a sold out house for the show in London. I also expected them to be the openers (face palm).

I showed up on Thursday at 7:30pm (doors opened at 7:00pm) expecting them to take the stage soon. I had just gotten over being sick and wanted to check them out and then go home and go to bed. I get there only to realize that they are freaking headliners. So much for early bed!

It was a great show though. Nico & Vinz opened it up and then Six60 closed us all down.

There's such great energy in good live music, I think I loved the energy of the crowd almost as much as the show (except for maybe all of the random boobs that were being shown off... the lead singer of Six60 really isn't all that hard on the eye).

Anyway, despite my mistake in the order of the line up, I loved my introduction to the music scene in London. I also kind of loved that I went alone.

And now, my current view is the following:

Not a bad setting as I try and figure out how to make an author out of myself... well that and finish my first big school assignment (while sipping on coffee and eating black velvet cake of course).


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