Some Progress

Todays Featured Photo is of Ynys Fach, the smaller of the two stacks at Trefor – off the coast of the Llyn Peninsula, North Wales. Yesterday, because of technical problems, I was unable to provide the complete settings for the photo of Ynys Fawr. They were f/11 at 20mm and shutter speed 20 seconds. Today’s shot was also at ISO 100 and f/11, but with a focal length of 30mm and shutter speed 1/80 seconds. It was taken earlier in the day before the Sun had properly risen.

I still haven’t tried a different kettle plug because I managed, by jiggling the connector, to get the monitor working again. I don’t know how long it will be before it dies on me next time, but I have managed to upload almost 500 chosen photos onto the WordPress media area. This means that, if push comes to shove, I’ll be able to use my iPad to choose photos to feature. Hurray!

Further progress: I’m now able to backup remotely thanks to the UpdraftPlus support team who replied to my plea for help and were very patient with me.

Now, back to A New Tangled Tango. Moving on, I’ve added character addresses onto my map of Codmanton, completed my spreadsheet for 1938 to 2005, and I’ve started work on the year 2005 detailed spreadsheet and chapter plan. I still have no idea how the story will end, or how we’ll get to that point – but I know what I want to happen. Creative writing is weird. The characters become real and take on a life of their own as you write about them.

I’ve written almost 5,000 words now, but when I read a print version of these first few pages yesterday, I was horrified by the number of changes I needed to make. Because I’ve now got my spreadsheets – compiled after I started writing – I was able to see some improbabilities. I had a character getting married almost as soon as she would have been leaving school; the wrong people were being given lifts because I hadn’t linked addresses to a map; similarly, a character was walking in the wrong direction to the shops. These were things that were easy to change, but there were also huge gaps that needed to be filled. I had to do a lot of re-writing that included two extra short chapters.

Seeing what you’ve written by reading a print out shows these things up much more clearly than by reading from a screen. I wonder if this is because the screen is where I first did the writing and I am still too close to that version, whereas seeing a different version provides a necessary distance. I’ll have to buy more paper and toner.

To anybody who is reading this – have a nice day. It is pouring down with rain here from Storm Francis.

More tomorrow, fingers crossed.

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