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Monday, November 15, 2010

Today's the halfway point of NaNoWriMo, so as we speak, I should be on the verge of 25,000 words. Needless to say, I'm not. I'm actually on the verge of having my tea and checking what time 'I'm a Celebrity' starts. But the good news is, it's not my fault.

I had an e-mail on Saturday morning from my old cyber-buddy Captain Fargon, who set out to single-handedly disprove the theory that no good decisions are ever made in the middle of the night, by suddenly deciding to send me a link to an iPad app at 1:45am.

The program in question is called 'NanoStudio', thereby cleverly convincing me that it had something to do with NaNoWriMo, and ensuring that I clicked on the link. As it transpired, it was nothing to do with writing, and everything to do with distracting me from writing...

It's actually a portable recording studio, sequencer, sampler and music creation powerhouse, and may very well be the first thing I've found that actually makes owning an iPad genuinely worthwhile. Although, as previously mentioned, it does have useful babysitting properties.

The bizarre thing, however, is that two or three weeks ago, before diving headlong into the insanity of NaNoWriMo, I actually sat here for an hour, browsing music creation software on Amazon. I'd decided that if arthritic fingers are going to spell the end of my glittering career as a guitarist, then I should basically become the new Basshunter. At least until RSI stops me using a mouse.

Unfortunately, having become bogged down in the pros and cons of expensive software packages with manuals longer than the Bible, I decided I didn't have time for a new career in music, and I should write a novel instead. I didn't tell anyone about my brief flirtation with electronic music production, which makes it all the more spooky that a fortnight later, Captain Fargon e-mails me with a link to exactly what I was looking for. Frankly, we should be going to see him in January, not Psychic Sally.

Anyway, I decided that at just £8.99, NanoStudio would make the perfect post-NaNoWriMo treat for myself, and resolved to buy it on December 1st, as a reward for completing my novel.

I then held out for six hours, before deciding I couldn't wait, and downloading it on Saturday night. When I'm still on 20,000 words at the end of the month, it'll all be Fargy's fault.


Dave said...

Perhaps you could play backround music while we read the first half of the book.