Dogs, Dentists, Blogs and Symi film news

‘Twas a little blustery overnight Thursday to Friday and a disturbed sleep was had. The late night dispute over next door’s dog didn’t help, though I have no idea what time that was. Might not have been too late but there was a lot of barking outside, from both humans and dogs. I wouldn't have noticed by it was the first night without the fan on, that’s how much cooler it felt. [caption id="attachment_12993" align="alignleft" width="300"]Symi Greece photos Boat in the harbour[/caption] The early morning rise came without a shine as the sun is not even thinking of getting up at 5.45 when we do. It was doing its pre-rosy-fingered-dawn thing as we reached the top of the village at six, and by the time we were coming back down from ‘To Vrisi’ it was just about light enough to see the goat and sheep poo we’d been trying to avoid on the way up. The yappy dog-monster was a bit over excited as we passed him, just past the cemetery. He was out of his enclosure but still on his chain (doxa to Theo), though still came at me with the jaws of Cerberus wide and ready. I did the same back to him and he ran back into his enclosure in shock. On the way back I held aloft (but did not use) a piece of wood I’d found and he was quiet until we passed. Only then, when my back was to him, did he come lurching out at me snarling, as if to say ‘put ‘em up, put ‘em up’ in the manner of the Cowardly Lion. He got as far as the first ‘puy ‘em up’ when he ran out of chain and kind of went ‘Grafhg-ug’ and that was the last I heard from him. No doubt he will be there the next time we pass. [caption id="attachment_12994" align="alignright" width="300"]Symi Greece photos Ready for a party on Nimos[/caption] I am off to the dentist again today, well there’s a surprise. This time a little earlier and for the fitting of my new crowns. I want to say teeth but that makes me sound far too ancient. It was fun watching the boat coming in the other day and saying, ‘I wonder if my teeth are on that boat.’ They weren’t, they only arrived on Friday morning, so the dentist informed me. So, I am looking forward to an hour in the chair and hopefully no more pain when I eat. One of the teeth doesn’t have anything on it so it’s been a bit exposed. Thankfully we have Depon Max in the house. (That’s a pain killer by the way, not the name of an adult film star.) [caption id="attachment_12995" align="alignleft" width="300"]Symi Greece photos An example of one of the random headers for the new blog[/caption] The photos today again are from Neil and his recent works and walks. I have been working on some of his images to use on the new look blog, which will be along at the end of October or the start of November. Here’s a sample of one of the headers. They are going to change as they go, at random, some will have quotes and things on, some will not. The new look blog is going to be, simply, at but no point going there now as you will only end up back here. When the new one takes over, this one will stay at as it is now, so you will still be able to access the pages and old posts that are here. The new one will still be about living on Symi and will carry on in the same vain vein as this one; all about me and what I get up to, my writing, my observations and our photos etc. [caption id="attachment_12996" align="alignright" width="198"]Symi Greece photos Photo walk photos[/caption] Oh, but changing the subject, and before I forget. I saw the first rough cut of ‘The Judas Curse’ yesterday, only the first 40 minutes, edited (roughly) and put together. The sound has yet to be done and the music yet to be written, ditto the titles and there are some parts to insert and some discussions to be had, but I can tell you that it looks wonderful, so far. Very different from the book of course, but the characters and locations are the same, with some slight changes, and the whole thing is going to look stunning when done. Just wanted to share that with you, and particularly with all the backers.
Saturday, September 20th, 2014 No Comments
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A bit of Symi and a lot of word-ramble

September brings cooler weather, though not cold, I am wearing a shirt at the desk in the mornings again, for the first time in a couple of months. But both the balcony and side doors are open and the cat is still trying to sleep on my feet as I work, which is a sure sign that it is still hot enough. When it gets cold he prefers to go and sleep elsewhere, for a reason only a cat would understand. [caption id="attachment_12986" align="alignleft" width="300"]Symi Greece photos Oops, someone left the water running.[/caption] But, while I am at the desk I wonder what the oldest word in the English language is. Why do I wonder this? I have no idea, it’s one of those things only a writer would understand, I suppose. I did a search, online, to see what would come up as the oldest word(s) in the English language and the two top results caught my eye. One was from the Daily Mail and I thought, ‘What would they know? They will probably suggest ‘scandal’ and ‘tripe’ or somesuch, and the other was the BBC. So, caught between a rock and a hard place I went to the BBC first. [caption id="attachment_12987" align="alignright" width="300"]Symi Greece photos How many village bar owners in one place? (Opening of the Jean & Tonic)[/caption] Well, remind me not to apply to Reading University if I want some thrilling word action. “Reading University researchers claim "I", "we", "two" and "three" are among the most ancient…” I was hoping some something like ‘Frahduk’ or ‘Gristwell’, ah well. Apparently the clever folk at the university used computers to analyse the change in words over time and also predicted some words that would go out of use first. They came up with the likes of ‘Squeeze’, ‘Guts’ and ‘Stick’ for reasons only university researches would understand. I was rather hoping for ‘Daly’ and ‘Mail’ and ‘Referendum’ but it looks like they are here to stay. The rest of the knowledgeable BBC article was about scientific research on word development and the use of computers to calculate the rate of change in…. [caption id="attachment_12988" align="alignleft" width="198"]Symi Greece photos At a party on Nimos recently[/caption] When I woke up, I went to the Daily Mail, pausing en route to wonder about anagrams (Milady Ali, I aim daily, A laid Limy, et al) for no reason at all. And wouldn’t you know it? It was the same article as the BBC, only told in a little more depth. Example: 'If you look at "thou", "I" and "who", we can now tell they are probably at least 15,000 to 20,000 years old. The sounds used then for these meanings were probably very similar to those used today.' Interesting but still not the fun read I was hoping for. I went back to my search results: Fart – Wikipedia. Yes, well I’d probably agree with that, and there are some people who do indeed live, breath and probably fart Wikipedia, and someone with no life on their hands but plenty of time has made up a whole page about Fart and claimed it is ‘one of the oldest words in the English vocabulary.’ I’d like to see their source for this claim. Apparently it is kin to the word ‘Ferzan’ which is Old High German. Poor old Germans always get the blame. I smelled (or smelt) a rat though, and things became more complicated on this Fartipedia page as I was told that this word appears in the old English song, ‘Summer Is Icumen In.’ “…where one sign of summer is "bucke uerteþ" (the buck farts).” So we’ve gone from Ferzan to something that sounds like a cat producing a fur ball, ‘Uerteþ!’ And I am not even sure what a ‘þ’ is. [caption id="attachment_12989" align="alignright" width="225"]oldest english words Oldest English words[/caption] Hope is restored as I look at my fourth and, you will be pleased to learn, final search result. “The Project Gutenberg EBook of A Dictionary of the First or Oldest Words in the English Language, by Herbert Coleridge.” Well, at least he has a literary name. So impressed am I by this and by the fact it is completely free, I have even copied the link, so click here if you are a) interested, b) bored, c) still awake.  I’m not going to list them all (phew!) but it starts with Aback, has some gems in the Ws, suck as Wluine, Woht and Wlatful, and ends with Ȝulping. I can only assume that ‘Ȝ’ is a Z. But that’s enough Ȝuling (yeling) from me, I detect a Ȝonie in your voice (yawn) so I‘m off.
Friday, September 19th, 2014 No Comments
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Some creative update news today

Shocking The Donkeys, my (co-written) screenplay, is heading for the London Greek Film Festival as you may know. We entered this for the screenplay competition after Anne Zouroudi suggested it to me; I’d not thought of doing that before. [caption id="attachment_12980" align="alignleft" width="300"]Symi Greece photos Random Neil Gosling images today[/caption] It looks like it’s one of the oldest screenplays in the competition, having been written in 2011, but that should make no difference to its chances. It also looks like the scripts get voted on by members of the Greek Film Lovers Club, but to join that you have to sign up for a year and pay. So I'm not asking anyone to do that, it would seem unfair if fiends and family voted as the script with most votes wouldn’t necessarily be the best one, simply the one belonging to people with lots of extended family. So, the script will stand on its own merits. There will be a synopsis and more information about it at the Festival website soon, they tell me. Meanwhile the programme of events has been announced on their site. [caption id="attachment_12981" align="alignright" width="198"]Symi Greece photos Ruin with a view[/caption] I had a reply from a publisher who had asked to see the first three chapters of ‘The Judas Inheritance’. They have now asked to see the whole manuscript, so I need to prepare that. I am a bit sceptical about this particular publisher and won't name them. They have a two-tier system. They publish in the traditional way, small advance or no advance, and you get a percentage of sales etc. And they also ‘vanity’ publish, which is something I won’t do. I suspect they will um and ah over the MS and then write and say they’d love to publish it if I will send them £750 or something, in which case I will say thank you but no thank you, I've already got it for sale at no cost to me. And while that’s going on I think I might have found a course that would suit me. I was looking for an MA as you know, but that’s too expensive for me, even if I did get accepted. But I have found a course through the Writer’s Workshop that says it’s more of a mentoring setup; work with a published author on writing a novel, take as long as you need, within reason, and pay in stages, completing the course when you have a publisher ready novel completed. I’ll be looking into this a bit more over the coming weeks as I save up. [caption id="attachment_12982" align="alignleft" width="253"]Symi Greece photos No idea what this is (oh, I just worked it out. Click to enlarge.)[/caption] The other thing I have been working on, ‘Lonely House’, is still being checked by my editor friend in the UK while I am still sending out letters to agents about it, though I've only written to three so far, none of whom have replied as yet. And as for the film, ‘The Judas Curse’, I have seen the first three minutes of edited and sound-edited footage and it’s looking very good. It’s going to take a while for them to complete it of course, but it should look great in the end. And that’s my current creative news. In the real world, work at the shop continues, the sale is still on, Neil has had nice numbers on his photo walks recently and they are carrying on too, bar work continues and it’s proving hard to get away from it at times, after work I mean, so it’s a case of ‘must try harder’ which I am doing. Let me see, I think that’s it… the cat is okay, the bedroom window still has not been fixed (landlord’s responsibility) but it’s only been five months since he saw it, the ground cover plant thing in the garden has taken off, there’s lots of drilling and banging going on over at Vila Hani and the neighbour’s son has become fixated on 1980’s Rock music, but I can put up with that. It’s all Guns N’ Roses (shooting season has just started) and Bon Jovi at the moment, but I can cope, I'm a Survivor.
Thursday, September 18th, 2014 No Comments
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