November 26, 2009


Well, Max Barry did a word cloud for his online novel ‘Machine Man’ so I thought I’d try the same with ‘Railroaded’…takes my mind off rejections anyway.

Using the online service at Wordle you can easily create your own, my one above is also live on their public gallery here.

Quite interesting; Isaac, Amy and Poppy are the main characters, Gerard, Estelle and Julius are other characters.  I seem to use the word ‘one‘ quite a lot, I can’t remember why though.

I also use the words ‘looked‘ and ‘back‘ quite a lot, which makes more sense as Isaac, Amy and Poppy are on the run most of the time and always ‘looking back’.  Maybe I should find other ways to say ‘looked back’ though…’turned behind them?’…no.

I use ‘father‘ more than ‘mother‘.  I use ‘Yes‘ and ‘Yeah‘ much more than ‘No‘.  I use ‘DNA‘ more than ‘Chair‘, which makes sense as DNA is a theme and the characters don’t have much time to sit down.

Now I’ve looked at it for a bit, I’m not sure what it really tells you.  I suppose you only have to worry when words such as ‘Once upon a time‘ or ‘It was all a dream‘ show up larger than most.

blow-job-study With the unveiling of Belle de Jour as a highly educated cancer research doctor the other day, the reactions have varied from surprise that it wasn’t one of the esteemed journalists previous guesses, relief that it’s over and shock that it may glamourise prostitution.

I’m more intrigued about struggling doctorate students having to resort to offering personal services so they may become professionally qualified to look after us in the future.

Apparently this isn’t a new thing, I’m just living in a cave.

So, I’m a citizen of a country that doesn’t fund it’s top students adequately?  I kinda knew that.

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bloke-dog This week I cracked open a brand new notebook and started writing a few notes which will hopefully grow into my second novel.

I’ve had the beginnings of an idea for a while and kept it on Gas Mark 5 in the back of my mind but thought I should concretely start writing as soon as my New Year hangover subsides.

I’m determined that this second one will benefit from the knowledge and confidence that I’ve been through this process already, mainly, I want to finish the first draft much quicker, hopefully by the end of 2010.

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