Friday, September 30, 2016

Writing ...

I'm always nervous of stating outright that I've come up with some kind of solution to help me with the writing process, because invariably it bombs out and I end up just diarising or writing bollox again.   But I am quite encouraged with the methodology I've stumbled upon - I've  started dictating my 'story' ideas or passages of rough drafts to voice recorder and then listening to it until it's how i like it.  After that I transcribe the audio (which is what I do for a living anyway), editing the text here and there and voila! I end up with a half-decent finished draft of a completed section, ready for proofing.  
What makes this really interesting (for me at any rate) is that I seem to be able to get a better grasp of where I am with the overall content.   I was finding that re-writing just wasn't helping me, I was getting lost in the details or facts - now I can concentrate on looking at my notes, extracting the bits that I need and going with the flow.  Also speaking the words out seems to translate to making it easier to read when it's typed out later on .. if that makes sense, it has a more chatty vibe to it, which is what I'm going for with my latest project.        

Friday, September 23, 2016

September 2016, where are we then?

Some astonishing scientific news items have been released into my newsfeed this week. Notably,  Titan, Asian hornets in Britain, Aboriginal Australians and my personal favourite this week ...

Tool using Crows
I have slowly begun to fall head over heels in love with crows ... there are hundreds of thousands of them in Britain, you can watch them at any time of the year and they are amazing creatures.




It's been known for some time that New Caledonian crows (native to the South Pacific) could use tools that they form into hooks to fish for food.   New research has discovered that Hawaii crows also use implements.   What's even more poignant, as far as I'm concerned, is there are only 131 Hawaii crows left alive today (according to the article that I link to in the heading above) and it appears that all are in captive breeding centres or zoos. 

I try not to follow the main news feeds anymore and I've completely given up on so-called 'entertainment' news.    More and more I'm finding that my clicking habits are focusing on science based news artices.   I wonder if other people are doing this as well?