I can’t remember whether it was last year or the year before that I participated in NaBloPoMo (or NaNoBloMo), the blog-based alternative to NaNoWriMo for those of us who are far too lazy and/or untalented to commit to writing 50,000 words in a month. I have neglected this blog appallingly during my MA year, but I really ought to rectify that oversight. A friend just posted on FB that she was doing NaNoWriMo, and it reminded me how much I enjoyed attempting to write something every day of the month last time. So here I go with trying.
However, my life is currently entirely overwhelmed by The Research Project From Hell (OK, it’s not that bad, but it is taking over my life entirely and proving impossive to crawl out from underneath – let’s call it The Research Project from Purgatory). So there isn’t a great deal to say today.
Yesterday being Halloween, we went to the new (‘largest screen in the world’) drive-in at Pinewood Studios and watched The Shining. Not the greatest film ever. Visually stunning and effective, but not great in terms of plot or character development. We also noted Kubrick’s huge debt to Hitchcock.
I am about to go to church to celebrate All Souls’ Day (which is actually tomorrow, but we did All Saints last week), where the Mass will be said for many friends and family of the congregation who have gone ahead of us. Including my grandparents. Should be a good service. Happy All Hallows Day, people.
The golden evening brightens in the west;
Soon, soon to faithful warriors comes their rest;
Sweet is the calm of paradise the blessed…
– ‘For All The Saints’, William Walsham How