Ladies and Gentlemen, I am delighted to introduce you to Alejandro Jorge Pedro Maria Elbúho, a humble Menorcan owl, who has wisely devoted his life to hunting adventures. I know what you are thinking, it rhymes with hot da duck.
We met Alejandro in Menorca where we holidayed last summer. The moment we saw him on a market stall we were immediately dazzled by his awesomeness. The first thing was how handsome he looked, hanging from a peg and swaying in the breeze. We were immediately struck by a wave of inspiration. The inspiration came from ‘Up In The Air’ literally. The hollywood film of course. One of the subplots involves George Clooney travelling around America with a cardboard cutout of his sister and her husband, taking the honeymoon snaps they could never afford. With that in mind we decided that for the remainder of our holiday we would take pictures of Alejandro everywhere we went. We were quite unsure why, and most certainly concerned that we had both perhaps lost our minds. Simply put, we had a vague idea that we would use the photos for some kind of travel blog.
After experimenting with different blogging sites we settled on a layout on posterous. Where for sometime we quite regularly added pictures along with short explanations of Alejandro’s story in ‘Owlglish’. We also created a Facebook group for him. Initially we wanted to see if the power of the internet would turn Alejandro into a celebrity. However for reasons we could never figure, it didn’t. As our complete failure came home us, we slowly lost interest in the project and stopped updating his blog. We simply left him hanging on the coat rack of failure, waiting for a better day.
Recently we have decided to reactivate his blog. And to publicise him too. As we feel he is just too damned awesome to be forgotten. We still have a stockpile of photos from Menorca and a few other places and it seems a shame to waste them. So Alejandro is back and as he would say ‘ready for big adventure’.
Alejandro Jorge Pedro Maria Elbúho’s travel blog on Posterous
Alejandro Jorge Pedro Maria Elbúho’s fanpage on Facebook
Recently I received an email inviting me to write a blog post for a competition on Redroom.com on the subject of learning a foreign language. You can read my entry by clicking on the following link Polishing my Polish | Scott Andrews | Blog Post | Red Room.
A few days ago I unwittingly celebrated my first anniversary as a blogger. It seems somewhat unbelievable that so much time has gone by and that so much nonsense has passed from my brain to my fingertips and reached your eyes. However, it has, and that is reason alone to celebrate.
A year ago I had no clear idea why I was drawn to starting this site. I suppose mainly it was to give myself an outlet as I drowned myself in editing my first novel. In the year which followed I wrote another book (and actually finished editing it), amassed 95 posts on a variety of topics, gained a surprising number of followers and in turn learnt a great deal about myself. And for that I would like to thank all of you which have been stopping by over the past year.
To celebrate my anniversary I decided to revamp the site. Now it has a shiny clean look, and hopefully a more user-friendly feel to it. I hope you like it. I do.
Yesterday I finished my 50,000 word NaNoWriMo novel. I am now officially a winner. And I am not sure what I feel. The last 5k was somewhat haggard as I hit the wall at the 45k mark. Having quickly realised that I didn’t have time to be methodical I wrote a prologue and an epilogue to help me stagger over the finish line. Today is the first morning where I don’t have to write, yet here I am, a literary crack head.
Every day for the last twenty-nine I have woken up and engaged myself in the life of others. Today I shall not. My plan for the next week is to submit my first novel to the next agent, write nothing and read a little. First I shall re-read the excellent Dice Man by Luke Rhineheart, and then hopefully having grown some distance to myself will I start to look at if anything can come out of November’s madness.
My doubts are not due to the nature of NaNoWriMo but more due to the fact that I have written a novel which finishes in 50,000 words, which in my opinion is far to short for most publishers. Ideally 80k is a minimum. I am not convinced by the idea of increasing the size of the story by an extra 50%, as at 50k the story seems to evolve quite naturally. Whether my opinion will change at some point I don’t know.
Another question is what I do with this blog. Having initially promised myself that I would resign from it on my 31st birthday, here I am. I will think that over through December and make a decision in the new year.
I suppose the biggest positive to come out of November is the fact that I can say that I have written two novels. For the first time I find myself feeling like a novelist as opposed to someone who has written a novel. The only question now is whether they will ever see the light of day. For the time being I can remain confident in the fact that I am, and I probably will always remain a literary failure.