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Most of you probably know, by now, that my day job is writing software documentation. Actually it’s a hell of a lot more than that but that’s a discussion for another place, which nicely brings me round to my topic du jour.

I’ve been blogging for so long now that I easily slip between “work” writing mode and “blog” writing mode. One is conversational and prone to grammatical faux pas, the other is what I use when I’m blogging… These two writing modes are joined by a third mode, which is far more eloquent. Alas it doesn’t deign to hang around with the riff-raff too often and spends most of its time offline in various documents and files.

Over the years my “blog” writing mode has developed into what you see today. I’ve stol borrowed several style ideas from others, obv, but that DOES NOT MAKE ME A BAD PERSON (although I hope that content offers me some leeway). Thanks to anna (obv), heather (CAPS) and Lyle (italicised emphasis used for side thoughts), all of whom, I feel I should point out, trump me on content everytime. And no, I’m not being modest, and no I’m not hunting for platypus.. titudes..

Since starting my other blog, I am finding myself developing yet another writing style which is part way between “work” and “blog” modes and, whilst it’s still very much a work in progress I am enjoying the experience. I’ve mentioned before that it is a bit odd to be starting a new blog, from scratch, after all this time, and I am doing my utmost to remember all those things I wish someone had told me when I started out this esteemed tome that you are currently reading.

Am I allowed to call my own work esteemed? Probably not.

The evolution of a writing voice is best achieved by, you know, writing a lot. It doesn’t always have to be good (refer to my bulging archives for evidence) but the more you do it, the better it gets. Of course the audience plays a part as well, pitching your content correctly isn’t always easy, but some educated guesses will get you pretty far, certainly far enough for most hobbyist bloggers.

And therein lies the crux of the matter. THIS blog is a hobby, THAT OTHER blog isn’t. Not really. It’s self-promotion, it’s open to my peers and so the content comes under more detailed (or at least more consistently detailed) scrutiny. I’ll quite happily concede that I’m using it as a way to find my professional voice with the aim of writing an article or two for publication. It goes hand-in-hand with the reasons behind the move to the “oneman” brand, and with the upcoming re-design of said websites. It may even become part of an MA in future years, but that’s a fairly big decision which can wait for now.

As for the other kind of writing, the more eloquent prose that occasionally spring on you, that will continue to burble away in the background. I do enjoy writing it, and whilst I don’t find it particularly hard, it usually gets a couple of edits before it gets published. Alas it’s wholly dependant on my mood, time available and ultimately it’s not something I can sustain for more than the length of a blogpost.

In other words, no, I am not writing a book.

Yet.

No, it’s not a meme (although I think there is one).

Let’s say that you could download, for free, 25 tracks of music. And, for the sake of completeness, let’s say that this opportunity was given to you by the lovely Lisa of Rullsenberg Rules and that the tracks must be available from emusic.com which has a huge range covering most genre.

What would YOU download?

And yes, if I get 25 tracks from you lot, I’ll download them and.. well… something else might happen.

So, ONE TRACK PER PERSON please, and I’ll try and confirm if it’s available. The trial runs out in 14 days, but you’ll all lose interest WAY before then, so have at it!

P.S. I’m not sure but if you want to participate, I think it’s better if someone recommends you, and as Lisa was generous enough to do that for me she might do it for you too..

P.P.S. Check my Last.fm page if you want some ideas of what I LIKE, not that that will sway any of you, I’m sure…

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OK, I’m cheating on this one, I’m supposed to email several people with this, but I’m too damn lazy.

(One thing about my friend S who sent me this, we both like mashed potato, and I’d just bought The Cold Six Thousand a day before I got her email! Spooky coincidence)

1. LIVING ARRANGEMENT? With my wonderful wife.
2. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW? The City and The Stars – Arthur C Clarke, Harts War – John Katzenbach, Underworld – Don DeLillo.
3. WHAT’S ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? Don’t use one, the joys of an optical mouse.
4. WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE BOARD GAME? Trivial Pursuit I guess, only one we play.
5. WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE MAGAZINE? Q, Focus, FHM… depends on my mood.
6a. FAVOURITE SMELLS? freshly cut grass, concrete after a summer shower.
6b. NON FAVOURITE SMELLS? Aniseed.
7. FAVOURITE SOUND? A river or stream gurgling across rocks.
8. WORST FEELING IN THE WORLD? Feeling lost.
9. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU THINK OF WHEN YOU WAKE UP IN THEMORNING? Do I HAVE to get up?
10. FAVOURITE COLOUR? Blue (any shade really)
11. HOW MANY RINGS BEFORE YOU ANSWER THE PHONE? 2 usually.
12. NAME OF FUTURE CHILD? Boy = Andrew, Girl = ?? (Rebecca?)
13. MOST IMPORTANT THING IN LIFE? Louise.
14. FAVOURITE FOODS? Potato. Any form.
15. CHOCOLATE OR VANILLA? Chocolate.
16. DO YOU LIKE TO DRIVE FAST? Yes.
17. DO YOU SLEEP WITH A STUFFED ANIMAL. No.
18. STORMS? Yes, driving rain, huge heavy claps of thunder, startling flashes of lightning.
19. WHAT TYPE WAS YOUR FIRST CAR? Renault Clio (BUD).
20. IF YOU COULD MEET ONE PERSON DEAD OR ALIVE, WHO WOULD IT BE? Martin Luther King Jnr.
21. FAVOURITE DRINK? Southern Comfort.
22. WHAT IS YOUR ZODIAC SIGN? Libra.
23. DO YOU EAT THE STEMS OF BROCCOLI? Halfway down.
24. IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY JOB YOU WANTED WHAT WOULD IT BE? Zoo Keeper.
25. HAVE YOU EVER BEEN IN LOVE? Yes, still am!
26. IS THE GLASS HALF FULL OR HALF EMPTY? Half empty.
27. FAVOURITE MOVIES? The Shawshank Redemption / Face Off / Groundhog Day / Godfather Trilogy.
28. DO YOU TYPE WITH YOUR FINGERS ON THE RIGHT KEYS? Half and half.
29. WHAT’S UNDER YOUR BED? Dust.
30. FAVOURITE SONG? Too many to list…
31. FAVOURITE SPORT TO WATCH? Basketball (NBA)
32. YOUR FAVOURITE AGE IN LIFE SO FAR? Mid-twenties.
33. SAY ONE NICE THING ABOUT THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS: Caring, loving, funny, smart, ohhh ONE thing… She’s FAB!
34. NAME A PERSON WHO YOU WILL SEND THIS TO AND IS MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND: I’m gonna guess… Jenny
35. NAME A PERSON WHO IS LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND: Stuart

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