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The Halfway House
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
What a comfy place it is, this halfway house. Seeing its lights glowing warm and welcoming after the long, uphill struggle is too good for words. And now that I'm here I just want to sit back and put my feet up for a while with a vodka and lemonade (or two) before starting out on the next leg of the journey.

I won't be able to stay long because I can hear Leo calling me. He knows he's losing Sherry and without my help he has no chance of winning her love. The poor man; you can't help but feel for him, can you?

When I dusted off the original couple of thousand words I'd written of this manuscript I decided I'd finish it within 100 days. I've now worked out that for me to keep to that deadline I'll have to write an average of about 500 words per day from now until 9th June. Can I do it? I don't see why not because during the past 18 days I've averaged 690 words a day even though 7 of those 18 days were non-starters. I've said it before but I'll say it again. I will finish it! I will, I will, I will!

Cherry. This is for you. The film, An American Haunting, was... different. I found it quite spooky in places but the bits that were meant to be really scary weren't. Although it did almost make me lose my popcorn a few times thanks to the combination of unexpected movements and booming sounds. Waaahhh! Blimey - is that all it was? Recognise it?

All in all it was a decent enough film albeit somewhat 'Exorcist-y". Sissy Spacek played her role well as did Rachel Hurd-Wood in her role as the daughter supposedly being tormented by some kind of entity (I won't say too much because it'll spoil the twist in the tale).

If you like classic horror films that are based on keeping you on the edge of your seat rather than the shock factor of blood and guts, go for it. Otherwise forget it.

Ok folks. Can't sit around here all day.

Tatty bye for now.
Posted by Sharon J on 8:24 AM   

Blogger skint writer said...

Thanks for the comments on my blog - you write with a good voice -

12:05 PM   

Anonymous Sharon J said...

Thanks. I just hope there's an editor out there who agrees with you :-)

3:01 PM   

Blogger Minx said...

Your novel/word counter now looks like a pregnancy test! Very apt!!

11:05 PM   

Anonymous Sharon J said...

Oh no! Don't tell me she's gonna get herself up the duff? And to think I've just written the scene where Leo's upstairs looking for condoms!

11:12 PM   

Blogger Minx said...

Tell him that they've slipped down behind the bedside table - I wouldn't want to be responsible for an un-planned pregnancy!

9:20 AM   

Blogger Fiona Lowe said...

All the best with your goal of 500 words a day. Nothing like a goal to motivate. I always find when I set a target, I generally exceed long as the target is reasonable:-)500 words a day is really achieveable. I'm sure you'll make it and then we can trade final chapter experiences!

11:02 AM   

Anonymous Sharon J said...

Minx. You're in luck. He found them. Babies aren't featuring in this story so if he hadn't been able to find them, he wouldn't have got his leg over I'm afraid.

Fiona. Thanks for the encouragement, Fiona. I more than doubled the goal yesterday but there will always be days when I don't have time to write so those extra words will be good for keeping the average up. ~Sharon

11:21 AM   

Blogger Cherry Rolfe said...

You will, you will - so many people believe in you it will happen!

5:59 PM   

Blogger Cherry Rolfe said...

Thanks so much for the film review. I wish Jonathan Ross was as unpretentious (I've gone off him since I learned how much he earned!)
I think I'll give it a go - it sounds like my kind of thing. I love a good horror flick for light relief, although I can go a subtitled intellectual marathon when I'm in the mood!

8:11 PM   

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8:12 PM   

Anonymous Sharon J said...

Cherry. I heard him describe himself as 'working class' not so long ago. Maybe his roots were but somebody with his kind of money can hardly be described as working class, can they? Or have I misunderstood this terribly British class system?

10:46 PM   

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