More snow during the night, but the wind was not so sharp. Even if we did not have Covid lockdown, I guess we would have snow lockdown: flakes on the line and all that jazz. I ventured out to the paper shop and felt like an intrepid explorer. I saw the fox in the garden. It is slightly lame and I feel a bit sorry for it but Rod says it is a wild animal and must fend for itself..
My main task today was to produce a 2 minute video for inclusion on the Arts Society Directory Day. Normally there would be a massive bunfight in the Westminster Hall but now of course everything is virtual. So in 2 minutes I had to introduce myself and my talk on the Gold Lyre of Ur. And record it, convert to an MP4 and submit. Easy. Except it isn’t. For a start I had to reduce anything I wanted to say to the essentials. I practised it and timed it. Then I had to put on a smart dress, make-up, earrings, balance the laptop on 2 dictionaries, set the lighting, turn off the phones, remove the pictures so as to have a neutral background…….I had a few practice runs. One error: pressed the timer to ping at one minute. Delete that one. Then stumbled over my own website address. Delete. I know now why film makers have so much stuff on the cutting room floor. Anyway, it is done, submitted, accepted: here’s hoping I may get some bookings.
I have also been doing proofreading for the angling anthology which Rod and a friend are co-ordinating. All very diverse and interesting anecdotes, a great variety of styles. But even from professional writers, many errors in spelling, punctuation, grammar. I can only assume they rattled the stories off in a great deal of haste. A little way to go yet before it is ready for publishing but nearly there.
I have finished watching The Dig. I thought it got better as it went along. Something else I really liked on Netflix was The Queen’s Gambit: do watch if you can. The music is great too: this is the opening sequence which I feel conveys the tension of the whole drama.