Aaand Book number 5 is done!

Already?

Oh yeah! I wrote 5500 words in the last two days but it’s done! I spent all day on it on Monday trying to finish it. 7 hours later i realised i still needed a few more hours on it, so i had a kip and woke up ready to destroy this book…And destroy i did!

Winner! How many words is this one?

Just over 54000. Normally when i do my second and third drafts i add to the story (to make it flow better) as well as changing stupid grammatical mistakes i have made, so don’t be surprised if this one surpasses 60 thousand!

Wow, you truly don’t have a life do you?

Well, i do teach as well, the other day i was teaching another winner, For some reason whilst giving a long speech (in one of the exams these students have to take, they have to talk uninterrupted about a specific subject for about 2 minutes) he kept saying ‘come and go’. So naturally i burst out in a legendary rendition of ‘Karma chameleon’, complete with the clicking of the fingers and closing my eyes as if i was performing it live….I suppose i WAS performing it live, except it was to an unimpressed student who clearly didn’t get the reference. Why am i still employed? Answers on a postcard…

Yeah, Why DO they continue to employ you? I saw the thing you wrote on the board in your last blog…

All jokes aside, I do care about my job. And without trying to blow my own trumpet (ironically doing exactly that!) i AM very good at it. The students like me and i have a high pass rate. I just try to have fun with it because i hate being professional all the time, it’s simply not me…

Lies, all lies… Have you been up to anything else?

Actually yes, my school had a thanksgiving dinner. It was really nice of them to make it for us. They’ve nearly got the gist of what the holiday means; a few years ago they insisted that it was a Christian holiday and it was our way of saying thanks to Jesus (Yep, you read that right…) Now they’ve slowly phased out the Jesus part, but they had a big board displaying William Shakespeare quotes promoting Thanksgiving. So they’re nearly there, give them a few more years, and at least they are making an effort, some places won’t acknowledge another culture at all! So at the end just as i was leaving i shook the big boss’s hand and thanked him for his hospitality, saying i really appreciated it.

What was the food like?

It was good, but I nearly missed it completely! Me and another teacher were sitting in one of the classes talking about the finer things in life when i happened to mention that the buffet may have already started. He said we should look just in case and we were lucky we did! They had already annihilated one turkey and were half way through the other one. The evening ended with this random girl (i think she was about 14, but in Thailand it’s difficult to tell. A lot of my students are in their mid-20s and they barely look 18!) singing some karaoke. And she was amazing! She hit the notes effortlessly. I wouldn’t be surprised if i see her on TV in Thailand in a few years time.

Also last Thursday was the last night my family were here, so we went to the bar, along with Dave The Canadian (see the milk and cookie night blog post) We had a few strong beverages and staggered home at 3:30 in the morning! And finally, we had the puppies over for a few days. There are only two left now as all the others have been re-homed. Damon (The big mofo) came over for a few days, to be honest i don’t know why, but i was happy to see him, and straight after that Runt came over for 2 days. She needed her injections because she had been so ill as a puppy she hadn’t had a chance to have her injections yet, Once she had been stabbed multiple times by a man who had a piece of paper to say he was a veterinarian, she came back to have the s*** kicked out of her by her mum and dad. Yeah, they are really harsh to her sometimes, but it’s a part of the natural way that dogs toughen their offspring up.

DONE! I’ll see you sometime next week.

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