I know: I’ve been terrible posting this week. I’ve been too busy writing my book. Why am I posting now, you ask? because my book is finished! ( well – the first draft is done, but that counts: right?) I won Nanowrimo! I managed to write 50,000 words in one month, and now I have an entire first draft of a novel! All 112 A4 pages of it! Woo!
Alright, now that the winner post is out of the way, time to explain other things that have been happening this week. It’s been Emil’s week off this week, so we’ve done quite a lot of stuff.
Saturday was Dr Who night, and was absolutely fantastic, as I’ve already explained. It was wonderful fun and made me all warm and fuzzy inside. We also went to a friend’s house for fika and nattering, which was fun.
On Sunday we found Zelda Ocarina of Time in one of Emil’s drawers and got out the TV and the N64 so that we could play it, however, we discovered that the SCART-RCA adaptor had gone missing. Cue a last minute dash to ICA to buy a new one so that we could play properly. In fact, Zelda was wonderful fun. We played as a team – changing hands every few minutes so that we both got to have a go at the game. It was nice to play something with Emil for once, rather than us sitting at our respective computer screens.
Monday was incredibly cold: -8 degrees and it didn’t even snow! I was very disappointed. I received a letter from Student Finance courtesy of my parents and spent most of the late-afternoon and evening fretting about it because they were getting grumpy because they didn’t know what i was doing. Cue form-filling in, angry letters and searching for evidence to send them. I got all the washing done, and Emil was out for a while, although neither of us can remember where he went! After a bit of discussion we think he went to collect his sheet music but neither of us is certain! We went to the Sci fi bookstore (i think) and then had soup at a little café nearby. I fast remembered how much I hate thai-flavoured things, and how they make me feel really ill after ordering thai chicken soup at an extortionate price. Don’t buy food at the Espresso House on Kungsgatan: our soup was practically cold and even emil’s tomato soup wasn’t brilliant in my opinion ( i tried some too). Their vanilla lattés, however, are wonderful. We also found a shop called knapp karlsson, where they sell some beautiful buttons. The shop is incredibly old, and absolutely stunning, with the custom-made wooden drawers everywhere containing all the buttons. It’s a wonderful shop.
Tuesday was busy: we woke up at 10am having had an alarm failure and nina rang two minutes later – her film had been cancelled so she wondered if she could come over for a cup of tea. Within ten minutes she was at mine, chattering to us happily whilst I was eating my corn-flakes and trying to become less zombie-like. After that we visited Emil’s parents’ house to print off my forms for Student Finance and then headed towards a friend’s house for the first real important meeting of the Steampunk Society of Gothenburg (which I sort of somehow created about six weeks ago and which now has 88 members). Decisions were made and the first steps towards becoming a real, live non-profit society were taken, as well as discussions of what we could possibly do and the types of things we can get done. There was also cake, lots of cake. And tea. I also borrowed a pattern for a waistcoat from a friend, so I should now be able to make use of the fabric Emil bought last week.
On Wednesday Emil spent most of the day at Ironbill and I spent most of the day doing… well… not very much. We’ve both had terrible colds and coughs for the last two weeks and neither of us can seem to get rid of them. I think I curled up and wrote, and procrastinated most of the time.
Yesterday we visited a museum in town ( yep – another one!) and it was a lot of fun. The museum was Röhsska Museum in central Gothenburg. They had a corset exhibit which was why we went originally, but they also have a large assortment of Japanese items, including a few kimono and samurai helmets, as well as a few katana. They also had an interesting exhibition of design through the ages, as well as some beautiful examples of chairs. Definitely worth a visit.