This is the end

Tonight I finished by book. My first novel. The first time I have ever finished writing a whole frigging book. There is a book in the world now, a story with a beginning and middle and, best of all, an end, that wasn’t there before and I created it.

I knew I was getting near the end this week and my deadline of sorts to finish was by Sunday. Why Sunday? Because on Monday mine and Fiona’s family start to arrive from England, Spain, Australia and South Africa because next Saturday is our wedding.

My to do list this week has been 1) write wedding vows 2) find nice wedding shoes 3) finish last week of school with sanity still intact 4) finish writing novel.

The week after our wedding we are going on a holiday in the south of Turkey. I am gonna read a million books, drink white wine in the sun, cuddle my wife and finally, finally relax.

For anyone else who has finished writing a book did you find you were really hungry afterwards? I think it might be the adrenaline leaving my system and making me woozy.

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Word Count (19.06.13)

Words Written Today:

3,237

Overall Word Count:

168,568

Favourite Lines I Wrote Today:

The End

Lines I Wish I Had Written:

If you want a happy ending, it just depends on where you close the book.

From Orson Welles 

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Word Count (18.06.13)

Words Written Today:

822

Overall Word Count:

165,254

Favourite Lines I Wrote Today:

Again too spoiler-y

Lines I Wish I Had Written:

“I wish your revolt well, my friend,” said Bakhtin, “but beware that you don’t end up merely repeating the same old story. The state abhors only one thing in the end, and that’s the sound of laughter. Violence it can understand.”

From Saints and Scholars by Terry Eagleton.

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Word Count (17.06.13)

Words Written Today:

631

Overall Word Count:

164,501

Favourite Lines I Wrote Today:

Can’t really print any lines without giving away spoilers.

Lines I Wish I Had Written:

Non-violent resistance implies the very opposite of weakness. Defiance combined with non-retaliatory acceptance of repression from one’s opponents is active, not passive. It requires strength, and there is nothing automatic or intuitive about the resoluteness required for using non-violent methods in political struggle and the quest for Truth.

From Ghandi

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Word Count (16.06.13)

Words Written Today:

3,170

Overall Word Count:

164,803

Favourite Lines I Wrote Today:

‘This is my last suit that doesn’t have wine stains, food stains, cigarette burns or the alluring aroma of flop sweat all over it.’

Lines I Wish I Had Written:

If you want to change the way people respond to you, change the way you respond to people.

From Timothy Leary

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Word Count (13.06.13)

Words Written Today:

531

Overall Word Count:

160,700

Favourite Lines I Wrote Today:

‘When I was young I would get into bed, lie down and close my eyes. I would imagine a car park full of different coloured cars. Then, I’d imagine each car starting up and leaving the car park one by one. After a few cars I would be fast asleep. Try it tonight.’

Lines I Wish I Had Written:

The successful revolutionary is a statesman, the unsuccessful one a criminal.

From Elrich Fromm

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Friday Fictioneers: Adventures/Techniques

A couple of throws of the dice today.

Two stories for Friday Fictioneers with a prompt from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.

Please vote for your favourite.

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I got dressed for my game of psychedelic golf and climbed into the piano.

I fell for a thousand years and landed on a marshmallow the size of a flatbed truck.

I was helped down by wood nymphs, land-maids (like mermaids but fish on top, woman on bottom) and goat men.

They pointed me in the direction of the spiral tree forest and gave me a map printed on the back of a 10 Euro note.

I got lost and asked some evil hypnotists for help.

They entranced me and took my nine iron.

When I awoke they were gone.

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TECHNIQUES

In order to play Rachmaninoff’s Sonata No. 2 a pianist must have 14 fingers.

To play Mozart’s unpublished Mega Requiem the player must first forsake his earthly belongings and besmirch his wife in public.

J.S. Bach, for fun, often composed pieces that only suited for players who played with their feet submerged in a mixture of ground up corn cobs, milk and suet.

Prokiev’s Vanya and the Duck must be performed while being stalked by wolves in tuxedos.

Beethoven wrote a piece in his later years that can only be played correctly from inside the piano, while wearing checked trousers.

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Word Count (12.06.13)

Words Written Today:

1,527

Overall Word Count:

160,103 (Which apparently means my book is about 500-600 pages long)

Favourite Lines I Wrote Today:

‘Do you ever have that thing when you’re so tired that you spend the whole day thinking about going to sleep but when you get in bed sleep doesn’t come? I just spent half an hour lying there with my eyes squeezed shut, willing myself to doze off.’

Lines I Wish I Had Written:

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.

From P. J. O’Rourke

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Word Count (11.06.13)

Words Written Today:

1,548

Overall Word Count:

158,610

Favourite Lines I Wrote Today:

‘I’ve found my calling,’ said Hal. ‘It’s asking people for money.’

‘A skill the homeless citizens of this country mastered a long time ago,’ said Lizzie.

Lines I Wish I Had Written:

Revolution is impossible until it is inevitable.

From Leon Trotsky

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Word Count (10.06.13)

Words Written Today:

1,538

Overall Word Count:

156,996

Favourite Lines I Wrote Today:

Now, if it was up to me I would kick you out of that door so hard your kids would be born with my boot prints on their asses.

Lines I Wish I Had Written:

I am aware that many object to the severity of my language; but is there not cause for severity? I will be as harsh as truth, and as uncompromising as justice. On this subject, I do not wish to think, or to speak, or write, with moderation. No! no! Tell a man whose house is on fire to give a moderate alarm; tell him to moderately rescue his wife from the hands of the ravisher; tell the mother to gradually extricate her babe from the fire into which it has fallen; — but urge me not to use moderation in a cause like the present. I am in earnest — I will not equivocate — I will not excuse — I will not retreat a single inch — AND I WILL BE HEARD.

From William Lloyd Garrison

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Word Count (08.06.13)

Words Written Today:

3,011

Overall Word Count:

155,459

Favourite Lines I Wrote Today:

Kennedy would become president and if James worked for him that would be four years guaranteed in America, eight years if he got re-elected, twelve if he got them to give him a third term. James tilted his head in thought, if Kennedy became a dictator and declared himself President-for-life James would never have to leave.

‘Fingers crossed,’ he muttered to himself.

Lines I Wish I Had Written:

Old Man: You’ve done a nice job. She looks peaceful.
David: Well, she is at peace now.
Old Man: If there’s any justice in the universe, she’s shoveling shit in Hell.

From Six Feet Under by Alan Ball
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Friday Fictioneers: God at Play

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When God was young his parents built him a playroom that was the size of the universe. In this room there was a toy chest that contained everything that had ever existed or did exist or would exist.

God’s favourite game was to take some of the varied animal parts from the toy chest and rearrange them on his play mat. Some days it would be an elephant with bat wings or a shark with a lizard’s tongue and sometimes, when he was really bored, he would smoosh together five or six different animal parts just to freak people out.

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Another Friday Fictioneers story with prompt supplied by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.

 

 

Word Count (06.03.13)

Words Written Today:

1,502

Overall Word Count:

152,448

Favourite Lines I Wrote Today:

‘I should have brought a camera,’ said James.

‘Do you own one?’

‘I should have bought a camera,’ said James, ‘and then brought it.’

Lines I Wish I Had Written:

Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.

From Leonardo da Vinci

The library that has been set up in Gezi Park. A beautiful thing.

The library that has been set up in Gezi Park. A beautiful thing.

 

Word Count (05.06.13)

Words Written Today:

1,592

Overall Word Count:

151,012

Favourite Lines I Wrote Today:

[John] Wayne adjusted his tie and hiked up his trousers. ‘Now, Jason, that’s a great question. This fine country of ours was built on hard work, determination and good, old-fashioned American grit. Those settlers got here and found this country to be a howling wilderness. They didn’t find it to be a paradise of convenience like the Negroes and the Mexicans do when they climb over a fence or float over on a boat made out of a door. No, they found a desolate land full of toil and hardship and also some painted face fellas who wanted to selfishly keep all the land for themselves. When they saw they had arrived here, in America, they had nothing but the shirts on their backs and they still looked to the sky and said, “Thanks God, we’ll take it from here.”’

Hal said, ‘I think I’m going to vomit.’

Lines I Wish I Had Written:

Men seldom, or rather never for a length of time and deliberately, rebel against anything that does not deserve rebelling against.

From Thomas Carlyle

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Word Count (04.06.13)

Words Written Today:

1,538

Overall Word Count:

149,419

Favourite Lines I Wrote Today:

‘Who wouldn’t want to spend all day with you, Sam?’ Said Hal.

‘I know, I’m a fucking delight,’

Lines I Wish I Had Written:

The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who is able to think things out for himself… Almost inevitably, he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, and intolerable.

From H.L. Mencken

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Currently…

This is something I wrote for The Istanbulletin and thought I would share it with you guys too.

The Istanbulletin

You may have noticed that a lot of political posts keep appearing and then disappearing from this blog. It’s not government intervention removing them, we are taking them down by choice. Here at the Istanbulletin we have decided that the best thing we can do in this situation is not provide fuel for Eroğan’s argument that it is foreign dissenters riling people up and spreading lies about his government.

If you want information about the current situation, use #occupygezi on Twitter and Tumblr in order to find up-to-the-second news about what is happening in Turkey.

Spread the word as much as you can. If you hear that something is happening (i.e. fresh gas attacks or internet being cut off) tell as many people as you can.

In fact fill up your Facebook news feed with information and make every conversation you have be about this rebellion. Post pictures, make signs…

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Word Count (03.06.13)

Words Written Today:

1,503

Overall Word Count:

147,806

Favourite Lines I Wrote Today:

‘I was gonna watch some TV, feel you up a bit, maybe have a midnight snack. I had a whole thing planned.’

Lines I Wish I Had Written:

You measure democracy by the freedom it gives its dissidents, not the freedom it gives its assimilated conformists.

From Abbie Hoffman

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Word Count (02.06.13)

Words Written Today:

2,075

Overall Word Count:

146,299

Favourite Lines I Wrote Today:

‘I’m in a good mood, I feel like a drink. Plus if you drink beer on a sunny day it doesn’t count as alcohol.’

‘Is that fact?’

‘It is,’ said James.

‘My mother says the same thing about drinking wine in the bath.’

Lines I Wish I Had Written:

You can’t lead the people if you don’t love the people. You can’t save the people, if you don’t serve the people.

From Cornel West

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Word Count (01.06.13)286

Words Written Today:

931

Overall Word Count:

144,286

Favourite Lines I Wrote Today:

‘No, I think that when something like that happens. When someone like John Kennedy gets killed, people can’t handle the idea that a single bullet could kill a great man. It has to be something amazing and unique. Kennedy shouldn’t be killed by one man with one gun. No, it has to be, and no offence, Hal, the whole mob or the CIA or aliens or Jack the Ripper.’

Lines I Wish I Had Written:

I see a beautiful city and a brilliant people rising from this abyss, and, in their struggles to be truly free, in their triumphs and defeats, through long years to come, I see the evil of this time and of the previous time of which this is the natural birth, gradually making expiation for itself and wearing out.

From A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

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Word Count (31.05.13)

Words Written Today:

1,558

Overall Word Count:

143,356

Favourite Lines I Wrote Today:

Hal had got his breath back and celebrated by lighting a cigarette.

Lines I Wish I Had Written:

People shouldn’t be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people.

From V for Vendetta by Alan Moore

Protesters in Istanbul crossing the bridge. Çok guzel!

Protesters in Istanbul crossing the bridge. Çok guzel!