Pattern Recognition

by Dhamaka

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"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results"........ Albert Einstein

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"When you're standing on a comfortable rug, you have to expect it to be pulled from under your feet sometimes"
........ Ben Moor
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This is my personal blog, not a venue for saleable images. In fact, because it's here that I share things that are important to me with the members of the moblog community, photo quality's not my priority. Events, occasions, achievements, thoughts, trips and experiments - you'll find them all here. Contact me for the development version of my photo portfolio, for a selection of saleable images or visit my dance photography blog or my website for cuttings. And remember that all photos remain my copyright unless I've specifically said otherwise.

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"Every time I see an adult on a bicycle I no longer despair for the future of the human race"
........ H G Wells

"All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better"
........ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Luck favours the prepared mind"
........ Louis Pasteur

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........ Rebecca Solnit

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........ Isabel Allende

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........ Harold Thurman Whitman

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........ Marcel Proust

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........ Ernest Hemingway

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........ Iris Murdoch

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........ Don McCullin

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Euphro says:

So: work, play, some travelling and very little to eat. Would that sum it up? :D

10th Dec 2006, 20:34

Dhamaka says:

I've eaten loads, but work, pizza express coffee, work, tango (OK, play..) some travelling and now I'm hoping that music & blogging will help me write because the words won't come out and I've a deadline tomorrow morning

10th Dec 2006, 20:37

music . . . always gets the creative juices flowing, that and chocolate.

10th Dec 2006, 20:56

Dhamaka says:

Maybe that's my problem - it has been weeks since I had chocolate cake and there's no chocolate in the house (except for that assigned to a plot blog I'm brewing which doesn't count)

10th Dec 2006, 20:58

Dhamaka says:

not fancy boet - just
the upgraded windows media player

10th Dec 2006, 20:59

Sprocket says:

* hands D some choc *

10th Dec 2006, 20:59

taniwha says:

Oh Dhamaka ... I know that feeling of the looming deadline and the block and then it just dissolves some how. My rule (plagiarised ... not the secret of good writing) is don't get it right, get it written.

10th Dec 2006, 21:00

Dhamaka says:

Thanks taniwha and Sprocket

Trouble is this has been such a brilliant weekend that I'm still processing everything that happened and right now I need to be concentrating on something else.

So getting it started is the problem. All the research is done, I know the storyline and from experience know that e once I have a standfirst that fits the house style the rest writes itself.

Maybe after dinner it'll be easier. If that doesn't work I'll try writing it in pieces and if that doesn't work it'll be time to get the Mate out.

10th Dec 2006, 21:10

MaggieD says:

.... sending 'unblocking vibes' down the line ....

10th Dec 2006, 21:18

Sprocket says:

Feel free to use either of these starters to get the ball rolling:

"It started out like any other Tuesday morning, but who knew that by the end of the day I would find myself knee deep in custard surrounded by a dozen monkeys dressed in evening gowns and singing Abba tunes. . . "

"At the time of concept it had seemed like a rash idea, but now, armed only with a potato masher and a stick of celery, the odds were definitely not in my favour . . ."

10th Dec 2006, 21:25

Sprocket says:

What's the Mate??

10th Dec 2006, 21:26

Dhamaka says:

Thanks guys
Meta Mate blogging

10th Dec 2006, 21:30

Sprocket says:

ah! Not green tea with jasmine then!

10th Dec 2006, 21:39

Dhamaka says:

green tea with jasmine isn't supposed to keep you awake all night and as far as I know it doesn't reduce your appetite either

but it shares ostensible anti-ageing properties

10th Dec 2006, 21:40

Sprocket says:

I could do with some anti-ageing properties.

I don't suppose cold rice-pud straight out of the tin helps keep the aches and wrinkles away, cuz I've just polished one off, and it would be nice to think that it's doing me some good.

10th Dec 2006, 21:42

Jigalong says:

Hahaha. "Time to get the mate out" means something completely different to that in Oz

10th Dec 2006, 23:08

midlife says:

Cool plates on the car and moves on the dance floor. The block is gone!

11th Dec 2006, 02:14

JokerXL says:

Did you get it finished?

11th Dec 2006, 05:52

FilbertFox says:

hope you managed to employ a suitable head plunger and get finished on time

11th Dec 2006, 09:09

I know its too late now but the CD Takk by Sigur Ros always helps me write my insurance assignments! I thoroughly recommend it!
How did you do anyhow - finished?

11th Dec 2006, 09:28

nige says:

i'm betting you worked through the night and are asleep right now...

11th Dec 2006, 09:46

Dhamaka says:

Nige - I did not. I had at least 5 hours and I was in a meeting when you made that vile accusation :P

Thanks jetblack - I'll try Takk next time. I did what I wanted. The deadline's not till tomorrow but I wanted to send the editor a draft with questions today because I've never written for the magazine before

Midlife - thanks and indeed. The block did indeed go

Jigalong, Sprocket, FF - hmmm...

11th Dec 2006, 11:37

nige says:

vile, you say? i pay a compliment and you call it a vile accusation? pfffft!

11th Dec 2006, 11:40

Dhamaka says:

a compliment? staying up all night?

Oh. OK. Thank you for your vile compliment then :D

11th Dec 2006, 11:44

That number plates hilarious. Was it a man or a woman driving the car?

11th Dec 2006, 12:09

Dhamaka says:

BT - sadly I didn't look

11th Dec 2006, 12:42