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New words: 1033
First new line written: Men from the abbey, men from Dyfed, men from Ceredigion gathered in groups of four and five to search.

On the beach, a white dog with red ears is barking its distress and Owain is blaming himself.

Writing meme day 6. Where are you most comfortable writing? At what time of day? Computer or good ol' pen and paper?

I was a pen and paper person for many many years -- LWG went through two complete drafts in long hand. I wrote all my academic stuff by hand first, too, until Welsh Kings, which was partly written from pre-existing lectures. Bits and pieces of Grass King were written long hand, but most of it went straight onto computer, which seems now to be my process. I write best mid-morning (between around 9.30 and noon) and early evening (16.30 -- 19.00). And I mostly write on the PC at my desk in the alcove under the stairs in the marquis' and my bedroom, with my dictionaries and text books and reference materials to hand (and Mooncat on the desk, as often as not, though right now she's on the boiler downstairs, and Ish is managing me from the windowsill). The laptop gets taken out for visits and train journeys and writing dates, but I don't have the coffee shop habit. (I can imagine writing in a couple of our local pubs, but I'm not convinced that it would be good for my output.)

No builders today (and no skirt, either -- I'm in jeans). Meanwhile, I'm two thirds through Real Kung Fu, which is full of grand old actors from the 70s and 80s demonstrating that they still have it in their 50s and 60s (and maybe 70s, in the case of Lee Hoi San). A lovely, lovely pole fight between Yuen Biao (who would have been 47 when he made this) and Leung Kar-Yan in episode 11: beautiful choreography and speed, and Biao does the most elegant one-handed twisting back cartwheel (holding the pole). I asked the marquis, who is 45, if he anticipated being able to do such things at 47, to which he replied, 'As much as I've ever been able to'. Leung Kar-Yan, who was 60 last year, was never formerly trained and has signs of arthritis in his hands but still has the moves and has become a more nuanced actor than he was in his late 70s heyday. Other high points include a terrific contest between Leung Kar-Yan and Kok Jing-Hung (who would have been 37); and a Yuen Biao -- Liu Chia-Hui hand-to-hand in episode 14 which is hugely fast (and not undercranked).

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lil_shepherd
Jul. 23rd, 2010 05:49 pm (UTC)
Ohoh - a white dog with red ears, eh?

Apropos of same, Ina and I have often wondered if that came from what is now the Ibizan Hound, which is often that colour, and has been used for hunting rabbits and hare since Roman times.

http://aboutpedigreedogs.com/dog%20pictures/Ibizan%20hound%20415045.jpg

la_marquise_de_
Jul. 23rd, 2010 06:02 pm (UTC)
That's an interesting thought. I have no idea where the trope began -- you get references to white cows with red ears, too.
Of course, it may just be that early mediaeval Wales was overrun by Turkish vans.
klwilliams
Jul. 23rd, 2010 06:52 pm (UTC)
One of the nice things about aikido is that you can do it well into old age.
la_marquise_de_
Jul. 23rd, 2010 10:04 pm (UTC)
Lee Hoi-San, who is the oldest cast member, does Wing Chun (beautifully) and Liu Chia-Hiu's preferred martial style is Tai Chi (he's 55). Yuen Biao is one of those sickening people who can pick up more or less anything. He's not quite as acrobatic as he was in his 20s and 30s, but he's still hugely impressive. (There's a tribute reel to him here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1JY4tWdD7o of stuff from 1978-1989 -- and he's still doing most of it today.)
klwilliams
Jul. 24th, 2010 12:55 am (UTC)
Wow, he's amazing. Thanks for sharing the link.
la_marquise_de_
Jul. 24th, 2010 01:34 pm (UTC)
Isn't he, though? When you are over, we will do some Biao watching. I think you'll enjoy it!
sartorias
Jul. 23rd, 2010 06:56 pm (UTC)
Oh yes for the handwritten stories!
zaan
Jul. 24th, 2010 12:00 am (UTC)
Wherever the desk top is, currently in the bedroom for the last 2 years of camping with Jackie n Kai.
I write in pencil on paper when beginning a novel, till I know THIS IS IT! to paraphrase M Jackson, lol. Gone through 5 non-starter beginnings for one book but the 6th finally worked. I feel more n touch with the creative process when hand writing a beginning or a tricky part to write. This is because I was brought up in Art for years so pencil and paper meant drawing and very creative.

Time of day is mostly the wee small hours when it is quiet all around me as the "world" snoozes.....But having once spent 7 years writing as a pro, from 10 am till Kai got home from school at about 430 pm, then from when he went to bed, which was obviously on a sliding scale as he got older, so roughly 8 pm until at least 3 am. Yeah, that's right, about 13 hours a day 7 days a week I did back then... I do not recommend it, I got burned out for a year or two, part of the problem of not being able to immerse myself enough to write when I moved to the USA was that too.
Nowadays, hum.... only did rework and page proofs since I started college a year ago come mid August so not a clue when I will be able to write,. I think only really weekends with some scribbling as "light reading" so to speak, when I finally go to bed.
la_marquise_de_
Jul. 24th, 2010 01:32 pm (UTC)
13 hours would be beyond me, even with non-fiction, I think.
korintomichi
Jul. 24th, 2010 04:27 pm (UTC)
Will have to look out for Real Kung Fu. I'm not surprised that Yuen Biao is as amazingly talented as he ever was.
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