Monday, 14 December 2015

Half-way through December already?

I've been busy. I've been meaning to blog for ages - my last post (that wasn't a book release guest post) was on 2 November, when I announced my intention to take part alongside NaNoWriMo.

Two days later, I was offered the opportunity to include extra short stories in my collection with Vine Leaves Press next year. So I got busy with that - writing and rewriting - and didn't actually get anywhere near the 500 pages I was hoping to. I do, however, now have four new stories and another couple in very early-idea stage.

I've got a couple of other exciting things in the pipeline, but they're not relevant at the moment. I'll be sharing some time in the New Year, though.

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There has been much excitement in the Crawford household over the new Star Wars film. Yesterday, we spent the day watching all the previous films apart from Episode I. We followed what's known as the Machete Order, where you watch IV, V, II, III, VI - missing out the first one entirely because it's pointless.

I first heard about this order in an episode of The Big Bang Theory, but apparently - with acknowledgement to my librarian friend who has to research everything! - it dates from a blog post written in 2011. If you're curious, the blog post is an interesting read, and explains things much better than I can (mostly because it's 4600 words long!)

We will be watching Episode VII on Saturday. We've had our tickets for ages!


31 comments:

  1. Glad you got a lot of stories written.
    We are all set to see the new Star Wars this Friday. And there's a trailer for the next Star Trek - double bonus!

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    1. I was stupidly excited to see the red carpet footage on the news today :-) I hope you enjoy it!

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  2. So many exciting things happening for you. Good job on writing those new stories! Okay, don't be mad, but I have yet to watch the star wars movies:P I hope to do so in the new year. I want to know what everyone is talking about:) Enjoy the new movie.

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    1. I've about these people you speak of, who have not seen the films. I always thought they were just a myth :-D

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  3. glad the writing life is in a positive gear - good for you. Star Wars has been hyped to high heaven - sure hope it exceeds expectations. Good to have a family gathering

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    1. It's good to get the words flowing again. I hope it exceeds it too :-)

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  4. Hi Annalisa - well done you - on getting all the writing done and new projects for 2016 - that's good preparation. Gosh you watch the films backwards or whatever the magic way is ... on Thursday here they're opening our local little cinema for a late night viewing - I shall be here!! You're going to have so much fun - and lots to talk about - does Christmas feature??!! Cheers and enjoy - Hilary

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    1. Too much going on, at the moment, to think about Christmas. Once Star Wars is out of the way, then it'll be Christmas :-)

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  5. Four new stories is awesome! Have fun at the movies!

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  6. Well done on all the writing achieved this last few weeks. I know what you mean though - where has the time all gone?!

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    1. Thanks Suzanne, it was a landslide of ideas :-)

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  7. Congrats on those stories. Let us know what you think of the movie.

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    1. Thanks Lee, I will, without spoilers of course :-)

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  8. I am excited for January. To the future! Happy Holidays.

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  9. We have our tickets too!! I've never heard of the machete order. We may need to do that. I have a niece who has never seen any of the movies! Can you believe that? We're supposed to get her up to speed between now and then.

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    1. Then you definitely need the machete order for your niece! It keeps all the cliff-hangers in tact! Enjoy :-)

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  10. Congratulations on the short stories. That is so exciting!

    I have never heard of the machete order. Now I am most curious about it. I hope you all enjoy VII!
    ~Jess

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    1. Thanks Jess. The machete order works well - although doing in one day gave me a jet-lagged feeling!

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  11. Hi Annalisa,

    It's all going most optimistically for you on the writing scene, Annalisa. Well done, you! :)

    The new Star Wars movie, indeed. May the farce, um, force be with you.

    Gary :)

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    1. Thanks Gary. I've got my fingers crossed that my writing continues this way. I'll be restarting my next novel again soon, so I need all my optimism for that :-)

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  12. That's awesome about the new stories; you're certainly prolific! I've heard a lot about the new Star Wars movie, but I think I might wait until I can rent it, just so I can save money. I might watch the new James Bond movie, though, because Daniel Craig is mmmm....:)

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    1. Oh, yes, Daniel Craig has a lovely twinkle in his eye ;-)

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  13. I would go see it if we could afford a babysitter! Are you free this weekend? :)

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    1. Take your son with you! I would babysit, but I'm busy... watching Star Wars :-)

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  14. Hoping to see Star Wars this week.
    Many congrats on the short stories!

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    1. Did you see Star Wars? What did you think?

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  15. I hope you enjoyed the Star Wars film, we're hoping to see it at some point this week. I also hope you've had a great Christmas Annalisa x

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    1. Have you seen it yet? I hope you had a great Christmas too :-)

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  16. Yay on the stories. :) I haven't seen a Star Wars film yet, but I've been meaning to watch them.

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