Saturday, 31 October 2009

Nag me for NaNoWriMo 2009

Following on from this brilliant idea last year, I'm going to keep tabs on my progress in this year's challenge right here.

To all those friends and family who I have pointed in this direction, please keep an eye on me here and feel free to give me a hard time if I am looking like I need one. Have a look at my Progress Report if you are interested in the details. Please leave a comment here, give me a ring or a text message, send me an email or knock me over in the street with your car. Anything to remind me what I'm supposed to be doing.

As with last year, there are some pretty little images to show how things are going:

Country vs City Word War, Elsewhere in Australia vs Perth, North


North vs South Word War (race, really), Me in Esperance vs Kamu in Port Hedland:



As of just before midnight on 31st October none of these links and clever images are working. I'm sure the NaNo servers will get with it eventually! - Done. Images working now. Sweet. (edited 2009-11-06) - Of course now that this NaNo is well over and done with the images aren't available at all. I might have to remember to save them in future. (edited 2014-05-08)

Soundtrack for 2009

For an interesting exercise, I've created a soundtrack for the forthcoming film of my 2009 NaNovel.

We can dream can't we?


  • Love Lies Bleeding - Elton John

  • Julie's Been Working for the Drug Squad - The Clash

  • She's Invisible Now - Eurythmics

  • Would You Believe? - Roxy Music

  • Superman Main Title Theme*

  • He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother - The Hollies

  • You Know I'll Always Love You - Budgie

  • Flames of Fire - Machinae Supremacy

  • Super Steve - Machinae Supremacy

  • Laura - Flogging Molly

  • Liar - Queen

  • Blood Brothers - Iron Maiden**

  • Liar, Liar - Castaways

  • For All Tomorrow's Lies - Berlin

  • Ride of the Valkyries*




* I apologise in advance for the use of the Superman Theme and the Wagner. It was just too hard to leave them out, being a superhero story and all (My MC can't even fly!)
** I also apologise for the Maiden. But I'm fairly convinced that my muse comes disguised as Eddie, so I'd best make this small offering for the sake of a smooth and comfortable November.

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Violet Crumble Cheesecake



Here's a nice recipe, minimally converted from a Tim Tam Cheesecake recipe to use Violet Crumble instead and to add some thermomix directions. It was a big hit with children and wife. Mum too, but she made me put more Violet Crumble in it the second time I made it (quantity below is this higher amount).

I love the way the honecomb "melts" if you leave this in the fridge for a while. I've never really been a big cheesecake fan myself (this was made primarily for my darling Linda, and then for Mum when she requested a re-do), but I could manage to eat lots of this I think.

Please excuse the copy-and-paste image. I'll update the post with a photo taken of the real thing once I get the camera emptied onto the computer.




Ingredients:

  • 250 grams plain chocolate biscuits

  • 80 grams butter melted

  • 375 grams cream cheese cubed and softened

  • 1/2 cup caster sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence

  • 1 cup thickened cream

  • 3 teaspoons powdered gelatin dissolved in 1/4 cup boiling water

  • 200 grams white chocolate melted and cooled

  • 150 grams Violet Crumble chocolate (3 regular bars)





Method:

  1. Place biscuits in a blender and process into fine crumbs (10 seconds in thermomix on speed 7)

  2. Add the butter and process to combine (5 seconds in thermomix on speed 5). Press the mixture into spring-form baking pan and refrigerate 30 minutes.

  3. Beat the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla with an electric mixer until smooth.

  4. Beat in cream.

  5. Melt chocolate (in microwave, give 1 minute at 50% power, repeat until soft). Beat into mixture.

  6. Dissolve gelatin in boiling water and beat into mixture.

  7. Chop the Violet Crumble and stir into the cream cheese mixture then pour over the biscuit base.

  8. Cover and refrigerate until set.

Thursday, 8 October 2009

Something to hate...?

Via Lifehacker, I was directed to an article entitled "Give Me Something To Hate". Go read it. Bottom line is much the same as the NaNoWriMo philosphy: better to get something down on paper that you hate (but can improve later) than procrastinate and obsess over and end up with nothing. Love it.