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I'm currently trying to phrase Finches in three paragraphs. Just the other day, I stumbled into Leaf Books, a Welsh publisher of really short books. They've just opened themselves up to receiving novellas, and I'd like to try them. I haven't finished Finches yet, and there's only so much hair I can pull out about it, but I have recently come upon the possibility of one chapter going on longer than I'd originally thought or the creation of a fifth chapter, or even both. This will help me surpass the 20,000 minimum word limit of novellas, which gives me a fighting chance of keeping this work on its own as a book.

At this point, I can at least give myself the luxury of saying it will be approximately 20,000 words. But I just have to bounce around a decent enough description for my novella to go with my cover letter. Their submission guidelines don't ask for a synopsis, but one would be expected to describe the work somewhere, surely, and that would be the covering letter.

In other news, I am no longer sick, but I am very much an insomniac. I have to stop this, because my drastically reduced daylight hours are really screwing with my concentration. When I need to think about something, I usually work through the problem by dissecting something else. This is why I absorb so much anime, manga and music. Taking apart particularly difficult or layered titles lets me think up my next moves in the background. Of course, when the title in question is rubbish, I feel like I've just tried to eat a cheese ring and go dreadfully green, but it comes with the job, I guess. (And people wonder why I'm so short with things that don't work for me.) When I'm not allowed to take apart something else, for whatever reason, I start taking apart myself. This has very bad repercussions, usually, because I edit myself with a chainsaw more than I would anyone else. Suffice to say that I'm not pleasant when I'm left to idle away my time.

Which brings me to the fact I have just managed to break my favourite pair of headphones. It came with the Sanyo CD player I got for my fourteenth birthday. This is a small, heavy-use set of headphones I've been carrying around with my CD player, my iPod and everything else I could use it with. Over the last two weeks, I was forced to move my computer outside to access the Net. I made the ridiculous mistake of using my headphones to listen to music, even after realizing the wires were just long enough for me to listen to things if I slouched, leaned my neck in and moved with my ribcage constantly pressed against the desk. I have a pair of gaming headphones I could've used instead, with a really long cable, but I didn't bother with them. Naturally, the wires in my favourite headphones eventually loosened, causing me to lose sound in my right headphone.

The reason this pair of headphones happens to get the heaviest use is because apart from their size, they also offered the clearest and richest sound quality over my other pair of small headphones (the standard iPod one). Using my standard iPod headphones, I was completely thrown by how many layers it takes out of my music. It sounds really hollow and tinny. When one considers that this is music whose layers I've been dissecting in my head at night for years, music I put on specifically to hear more layers out of, losing the use of my headphones is a minor disaster. Imagine Yellow Monkey's Awai Kokoro Datte Itte Tayo without the echo of the acoustic guitar coming out of the ether at the start. Or the acoustic guitar in Husking Bee's Kake Button Hama losing all of its warmth. It drives me nuts. I was able to sort of wriggle the wire leading out of the connector on my headphones a bit, and this would return the use of my right headphone, sometimes with a very slight crackle, but over the last day or so, I've realized even this no longer works. Short of actually splitting open the wires to reconnect it, I don't think there's much else I can do with this. 12-year old headphones, man.

Switched to using my gaming headphones (which are full headphones, and roughly the size of my head) to listen to music in bed. It's nice and all, but huge. The sound quality is great, though the volume only goes so far. I'll probably end up using my iPod headphones with the iPod when I head to Bangkok next month, and buy myself a replacement when I arrive. It was only 88 years to turning into a tsukumogami!


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May. 9th, 2007 02:53 pm (UTC)
I was completely thrown by how many layers it takes out of my music.

yeah. Push come to shove, I prefer listening to music from my actual stereo system. I realize that I have a fairly dinky stereo but, in the grand scheme of things, it's still better than headphones or listening off my laptop speakers (which I still do because I am too lazy to put a CD into the stereo system more often than not).
May. 9th, 2007 08:13 pm (UTC)
I have a non-dinky stereo system attached to my PC (like yours truly is attached to her PC), which is what I use for most of my listening. I like the headphones for really listening to the guts of the music though, especially since I listen to most of my music before bed. Nothing like horrifically loud rock music before one goes to sleep. :)

(Can't horrifically louden my music on my stereo system unless there's no one else at home.)
May. 9th, 2007 10:02 pm (UTC)
ah, I listen to my music at a pretty low volume in general... unless I am in the kitchen cooking, then the music gets much louder (the stereo is in the neighboring room).
May. 9th, 2007 10:25 pm (UTC)
*nods* I listen to music on its own, unless I'm working and the music is background noise. :) In any case, people around me often remark that I'm quite deaf!
May. 9th, 2007 03:03 pm (UTC)
i have this really sweet pair of sennheiser headphones i bought a year or so back. sound geeks on my blog recommended them to me, and i got a nice pair that folds away into a case. anyhow, i have also found that they give really fine sound--so much so that i was actually shocked by how crap others i had been using were.

worth a look into, i guess is what i'm saying.
May. 9th, 2007 08:08 pm (UTC)
Sennheiser is guuuud. My father has a pair built for use on planes -- he travels a lot -- and they're nice. I'll definitely be considering them. Thanks!
May. 10th, 2007 05:06 am (UTC)
i am hear to lead us all to the light. the light, i tells you.
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