Monday, November 14, 2005

write on

Still haven't had much time to update this, with November being the NaNoWriMo novel-writing month. I've never tried to write anything this long before [50,000 words] and when I got over the 10,000 word mark I eased off a little, meaning I got a long way behind in the second week.

Julie suggested maybe I should break the writing up into two sessions rather than try to do it all in one go in the evening. "You could get in an hour's writing while you're waiting for me to get up," she said -- though not in those exact words!

I tried it today and after a slow start (I haven't mastered typing during breakfast yet, and I took a while off to check the Sunday comics on-line) it wasn't too bad. I got 1600 words done and I was generally quite pleased with what I'd written. Maybe this is the way to go.

I've been downloading quite a few old-time-radio programmes from Otrfan and Otrcat websites this month but I haven't had time to listen to them all. And there's always good stuff cropping up on BBC7.

But I see in this month's Limelight magazine that ABC Radio National has discovered a whole new audience with the podcasting generation.

They put a toe in the water in May offering free downloads of eight of their programmes. In the first week 3700 shows were downloaded. By September there were 18 shows available and the weekly downloads had reached 155,000 a week.

People from all over the world are tuning in to Radio National, and Science Show host Robyn Williams is compiling a series of one-hour specials which will be made available to the podcasting audience. "So far we've just scratching the surface," he said.

It's one way to reach the younger audience who've grown up with FM radio and the internet and may not even know how to find the AM band on their radio.

The finale of the quiz show The Einstein Factor on television this Sunday pitted three champions against each other. One's special subject was Doctor Who, another was an expert on Ned Kelly, while the third chose the Australian novels of Nevil Shute.

The winner, unsurprisingly, was the Doctor Who fan. I half-expected that. When it comes to trivia and nit-picking, you can't beat Doctor Who and Star Trek fans. They stagger outsiders with the number of facts they remember about their favourite programmes.


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