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My exciting week of doing stuff!

*collapses into tired heap* Phew! Well, that was a busy week. Here's why I've been largely absent from lj for the last several days, and why I haven't responded to any comments since about Tuesday. I'm not deliberately ignoring you all, honest!

Wednesday was Writers' Club, and the usual committee meeting type shenanigans there, followed by the manuscript night where people read their work out and get con-crit. I haven't taken anything to read for ages, because I refuse to read fanfic out (apart from anything else, it would take too long to explain to people what fanfic is, and why I can't send it off anywhere to get published!).

Thursday we went out straight after work for a very nice meal at an Indian restaurant for a work colleague who left on Friday. I'm a bit of a wuss on the subject of Indian food, so I played it safe and had a korma, but it was very tasty, and pretty much the entire department went, which was nice. Although there may have been a lingering scent of garlic in the office the following day after the excessive amounts of garlic nann that were consumed by everyone! I had originally thought I wouldn't be home too late, and that I could squeeze in some lj time and maybe a bit of writing later in the evening. Unfortunately, I'd forgotten how long they take to serve you at that particular restaurant, and it was gone 9.00 by the time I got home. So I just posted an emergency mansfieldfans Thursday picture and went to bed.

Friday was the biggie. Friday was the day when I realised something that has been a life ambition for ages. For as long as I can remember, Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture has been my absolute favourite piece of classical music (my mum exposed me to a lot of classical music from a young age), but I'd always wanted to hear it performed live by a proper orchestra rather than just a recording on a CD. On Friday the Halle Orchestra were performing the 1812, and a few other pieces, at Nottingham Theatre Royal Concert Hall, and I've had tickets for it since last year because I was so determined to go.

Well, it was absolutely brilliant. I loved it. The performance was perfect, and I managed to make it to the Concert Hall in time for the pre-concert talk as well, which was interesting. The 1812 was the climax of the night, they were also performing a couple of pieces by Borodin, and another Tchaikovsky first. I enjoyed the two Borodins, but discovered that despite the fact that Tchaikovsky is probably my favourite classical composer, not even he can make me like piano solos. The other one of his they did featured a ridiculously long piano solo in the middle of it, and I was just bored. I wanted it to be over so the rest of the orchestra could get involved again. But apart from that it was a brilliant night.

Then, today, I was back in Nottingham for an all day workshop organised by Writers' Club on Writing Romantic Fiction, led by the Mills and Boon author Kate Walker. It was really interesting, and I enjoyed it a lot (and, remarkably, managed to *not* fall asleep in the middle of it after my ridiculous week of late nights and non-stop stuff!). I did learn quite a bit, although a lot of it was stuff I'd already come across in other how-to type books (particularly that book on how to write M/M fiction that I got for Christmas). But it was a great day, and everyone seemed to enjoy it, and we got loads of useful handouts, and a free M&B book!

And now I think I'm going to collapse for the rest of the evening and maybe catch up on a bit of tv for a few hours. Then I need to be getting on with the editing of the Writers' Club magazine, which needs to go to press this week, and I haven't even started it yet!

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lukadreaming From: lukadreaming Date: May 19th, 2012 05:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm knackered just reading this! It sounds like a fun week.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 19th, 2012 05:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
lol! It was definitely a good week, but I'm completely knackered now. To be honest I just want to go to bed and sleep until tomorrow, but I really ought to have a look at that editing.

And I still have birthday fics to write for Cordy and Bigtitch as well *flails a little *
fredbassett From: fredbassett Date: May 19th, 2012 05:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like a great week!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 19th, 2012 08:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
It was fun, but I could have done with a night off in the middle somwhere rather than constant late nights so many days running.
mysteriousaliwz From: mysteriousaliwz Date: May 19th, 2012 06:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
You have been a busy therapod!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 19th, 2012 08:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have! I didn't intend to have such a busy week, but everything just ended up happening all at the same time.
entangled_now From: entangled_now Date: May 19th, 2012 06:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
It sounds like you have had a busy week. I'm glad you enjoyed the performance/concert.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 19th, 2012 08:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
the music was great, I relly enjoyed it. I went to another one of their classical music nights last year and enjoyed that, but I picked up their new season booklet and nothing has leapt out at me that I desperately want to see for the next year.
telperion_15 From: telperion_15 Date: May 19th, 2012 07:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, the 1812 concert was this week! I saw an advert for a similar thing somewhere the other week (is there a tour going on or something?) and thought of you and your tickets!

(I'm potentially getting cultural on Monday, when I'm probably going to see a cinema showing of Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake...)

Sounds like a fun week was definitely had!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 19th, 2012 08:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yep, it was this week. *Everything* seems to have been this week! It really was quite awesome, though, and I'm happy now I've finally heard the 1812 live.

Ooh, Swan Lake. I once saw a Northern Ballet Theatre performance of that many years ago when I was a teenager. Hope you enjoy it.

I'm glad I've booked Monday off work, though. I need an extra day to relax and recover (and actually get some of my own writing done), I think!
reggietate From: reggietate Date: May 19th, 2012 07:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Woot! Sounds like you've had a spiffing time! :-)

I love Russian classical music, so I am envious of your concert experience. I like Borodin, who I think I knew about before the mighty Tchai, and Stravinsky I think I may have heard when I was at junior school, along with Rimsky-Korsakov :-)

I'm with you on korma, too. Never been a great one for spicy food, and I only just got into korma in the last year or so, and making my own mushroom rice after our local Sainsbury's stopped selling the little pots of pre-made stuff I used to buy to eat with their chicken korma.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 19th, 2012 08:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd certainly heard of Borodin, and I'm sure I've heard some of his works before, but I'd have been hard pressed to name any of them if you'd asked me before Friday.

I do seem to like quite a lot of the Russian composers, although to be honest I tend to go for individual pieces that I like listening to rather than going by the composer (as is proven by the fact that I wasn't a fan of Tchaikovsky's thing with the huge piano solo).

My taste seems to be for the more powerful sounding pieces, like 1812, Mars - The Bringer of War, The William Tell Overture, Night on Bare Mountain, Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet, that kind of thing. It just happens that things like that often tend to be by Russian composers!

Edited at 2012-05-19 08:15 pm (UTC)
reggietate From: reggietate Date: May 19th, 2012 08:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think the Russian composers tend to be very emotional and colourful compared to some of the German ones, and they're not as heavy-going. And they're also more modern.

I really need to dig out my classical CDs more often. I listened to a lot of fairly obscure stuff when I was really 'into' it (blame Morse, though he was always a Mozart fan!). I found myself liking things like modern minimalism and British composers on the one hand, and stuff like Mahler on the other :-O

I love piano sonatas a lot, though, so solos don't bother me.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 19th, 2012 08:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
I went through a phase of finding some really good classical compilation CDs in charity shops a while back, so I ended up trying several composers that I'd never even heard of before because they appeared on these CDs. I probably wouldn't have bought them full price without knowing whether I was going to like them or not, but since they were cheap I decided it was worth taking a chance.

Like you, I must dig them back out and have another listen. That's if I can prise the Primeval soundtrack out of my CD player for a few hours!
reggietate From: reggietate Date: May 19th, 2012 08:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hee! I know the feeling. I'm listening to it right this minute.
clea2011 From: clea2011 Date: May 19th, 2012 09:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Gosh, I feel exhausted on your behalf just thinking about it!
Sounds like you had a great week.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 20th, 2012 07:47 am (UTC) (Link)
It was a great week, but I'm now planning to spend the rest of the weekend relaxing and sleeping!
cordeliadelayne From: cordeliadelayne Date: May 20th, 2012 01:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like an excellent time! I'd funnily enough just been reading some really positive reviews of that concert as the Halle orchestra were part of the musical I saw yesterday.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 20th, 2012 07:49 am (UTC) (Link)
they were really good, although I'm tempted to say they weren't *quite* as good as the last classical concert I went to, which was the Moscow Philharmonic orchestra. It was definitely worth it for the 1812, though.
fififolle From: fififolle Date: May 20th, 2012 07:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, that sounds fabulous!! I remember you saying you had tickets, I'm so glad it was good, apart from the piano solo, LOL, I'm with you on that one *veg*
I must have missed you horribly, because I was on the verge of mailing to see how you were doing, which I should do anyway, but. *hug*
I expect lots of romantic m/m now, hee! What would you say was the one main thing you did learn? I'm interested!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 20th, 2012 08:15 am (UTC) (Link)
The 1812 was absolutely brilliant, I'm so glad I went. Although I was slightly distressed this morning to discover that out of all my classical music CDs, I don't actually appear to have the 1812 on any of them! I sense an Amazon spending spree coming on!

*hugs* I was trying to log on and check lj most evenings, but apart from posting the Thursday picture I really didn't have time to read or comment on anything. I was just scrolling through my f-list to see if there was anything *really* important I needed to know about! I'm going to try for a big catch up at some point today or tomorrow.

Hee! We spent a lot of time discussing the importance of character above all else, which I sort of already knew. And a lot of time discussing internal conflict vs external conflct, which again I sort of know, but I hadn't really tought about in such detail before, and Kate did emphasise that the internal conflict should always override the external conflict, otherwise you're just using plot devices to keep the characters apart. That part I did take on board, because I am occasionally guilty of using the plot device (although not as much as Primeval *cough* Caroline *cough* Jack) :-)

And we got lots of handouts, and I took about five A4 sides of notes, so there must have been lots of interesting things being said!

Edited at 2012-05-20 08:17 am (UTC)
fififolle From: fififolle Date: May 20th, 2012 08:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Hmmm, interesting. I think I get a bit too tangled up in internal vs external conflict in my fics, so that's interesting. And rather helpful. Thanks! Woah, lots of notes, cool!

Enjoy your Sunday. xx
nietie From: nietie Date: May 20th, 2012 10:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow! No wonder you're tired.
Awesome you had the opportunity to see the performance of your favourite piece of classical music.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 20th, 2012 03:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've booked tomorrow off work, so at least I'll feel like I've had a proper rest after all that. It was fantastic, though, and I'm so glad I got tickets for the performance.
bigtitch From: bigtitch Date: May 20th, 2012 11:16 am (UTC) (Link)
That sounds amazing! 1812 is one of my faves as well. Glad you've been having a good time away from lj!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 20th, 2012 04:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
It has been a lot of fun, but I kind of wish it hadn't *all* happened in the *same* week!
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