Monday, 27 October 2008

M: A - Kickoff Snip Jen called it.

To give you some idea of Before and After, here is a short snip.

Before and After (C) 2008

John handed him a pad.

"I thought you might like to the see the results of the [some test]."

Pads of various sizes where strewn about the table, showing charts, test results, images of scans. Jim pushed them aside to make room for his own and studied the one John had given him.
Unknown metals, some alloys with known ones.

"Where were these used?"

"For the outer skin."

Jim looked at John, astonished. Only an idiot would use those metals for the pivotal part of a spacecraft. But then, whoever built this thing, had found out how to make them resistant to the great strain the outer skin had to endure, and created a lighter material than they could have ever hoped to use.

The door to the room opened and Nadiya slipped in.

"Sorry I'm late."

"The Admiral as well. Here, look at this." Jim tossed her the pad.

"That the results of the material test?"

He watched her reading. Saw her eyes widen more and more and knew that she was thinking the same as he had. She let herself fall into a chair.

"That's bloody impossible!"

"Commander, mind your language please." a voice from behind them admonished mildly.

Mission: Accountability - 27 Oct 08

So, goal for the week:

This week I want to rewrite the crash scene. This will probably not bring about many new words but I don't like the scene as it is right now and have already thought about certain changes.

And I want to finish reading the book I'm at now.

Aaand, I want to finish layouting (is that a word?) a story I wrote a few years back with a friend. My colleague wants to see it and... Well, it needs a tidy layout.

Mission: Accountability

Jen and Jenna had the great idea to start a working group, where we help each other to stay focused and stick to our goals.

More info here.

Every Monday we'll post our goals for the week and the next Monday we'll see how everyone did. I'm already afraid of the punishments :)

Friday, 10 October 2008

Twilight Trailer


Twilight HD Exclusive Trailer

I've already been sooo hooked by the books (the first one actually, I'll either have to wait for the other translations or get around to get them in English), and I cannot wait for the movie. Looks awesome.

PS: For a larger frame see here

Thursday, 2 October 2008

Reading teaches*

My sister paid me a very nice compliment on Tuesday.

She was talking to her English teacher, who told her, that she spoke a good English. And she answered that she was not that good, that she had a sister (me) who speaks English better than German. Which is not true of course - I think you can never speak a second langauage better than your mother tongue - but I was a bit pleased nevertheless :)
And I've been known to occasionally been called the Walking Dictionary...

So you kids out there who think reading is stupid: It's NOT (And I cannot repeat myself too much. It's Not. Not. Not.). Reading can teach you a lot of things, not only languages. And it really pays to do some out of school reading.

* We who read already know this of course.