Ichabod is itchy

November 7, 2006

Flourishes galore

Filed under: writing — by ichabodisitchy @ 8:53 pm

Minx has been talking about handwriting— bemoaning the general loss of penmanship as an art… I mentioned that when I was at school in Brasil, we were taught to write with lots of ‘swishes and swirls’ (always using a fountain pen rather than a biro of course) and Minx requested a sample.

So here it is– hope you can make it out on the photo…

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October 25, 2006

The creator of Mma Ramotswe

Filed under: literature,writing — by ichabodisitchy @ 7:57 am

My mum and dad are in town this week. They live in Mexico, so we don’t get to see them as often as I’d like and I must say that I absolutely love it when they come to stay. We don’t generally take advantage of all the wonderful things London has to offer in our usual life, so when the parentals come for a visit we always get a good dose of ‘culture’– theatres, exhibitions etc.

Last night my  mum and I went to a talk, sponsored by the hay festival, by Alexander McCall Smith– the creator of Mma Ramotswe and the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency, among many other characters.

It was a true delight. McCall Smith was hilarious– an archetypal English gentleman (although born and bred in Africa). He was exceptionally ‘jolly’, with slightly mad professorial hair and a definite twinkle in his eye. He is a definite story-teller and delighted the whole audience with endless tales that often had little to do with his books or his writing, but that were, never-the-less very entertaining.

I love the Mma Ramotswe books– so simply written, yet so evocative– and full of wonderful characters. Mr. J. L. B. Matekoni is a favourite. He’s already published 7 Ramotswe adventures, but I was pleased to hear he’s signed up to definitely produce another 4…

October 10, 2006

Stop procrastinating!

Filed under: writing — by ichabodisitchy @ 8:21 pm

I’ve come across this document– 50 strategies for making yourself work. It’s aimed at writers and has a list of suggestions to motivate yourself to get down to some writing.

The suggestions vary from the absurd–paper your wall with Playboy foldouts– to the impractical– read a book a day for inspiration (if you read a book a day, what time would you have left for writing?!). But the author also includes some interesting techniques. For example, I quite like the idea of setting up a support group and tracking your output on a public site– I can imagine getting quite competitive if I saw that the rest of the group were getting way ahead of me!

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