Wednesday, September 19, 2007


Still NaNo-ing on my week off work, and have managed to write a ridiculous 5,000 words a day in the last few days to catch up. I'm now bang on target and haven't done anything creative today. But I have pottered around the flat, eaten toast, not done anything vaguely practical, and managed to not arrange a pending date with a ladyperson as she's busy and I've probably blown it by now.

So I've been searching for crap on Youtube to pass the time. Here's something from my childhood, with it's strange phallic rock and oddly pornographic egg intro. God, this song gives me the tingles...

Ah, cheeky little Monkey with the flying cloud he kept in his hair. Do you remember the sad music they played as an outro? It included the line "They say it was in India", which always amused me for some reason. And the fact that the 'Master' they followed around was played by a quite attractive if completely bald woman, which could've potentially scarred me as a child.
And what about Pigsy? And the boring one with skulls around his neck?

Erm, ok. I'm going to pretend to write.


Huw said...

I miss Chocka-Block with Johnny Ball.

Z said...

They repeated quite a lot of the episodes a couple of years back. I even watched some of them. I could never understand why Tripitaka was or looked like a woman if he was meant to be a Buddhist monk.

Actually, I bought a few of the DVDs. I'm old enough to know better.

londongirl said...

Good on you for sticking to your writing schedule. I look forward to seeing the end result.

Vi vi vi vooom!!!!!!!! said...

Oh I was a MASSIVE fan of Monkey. A group of us used to paint a matchstick to look like his staff and hid it in our ears!

Okay, have I said too much?

My fave episode was when pigsy fell pregnant from drinking water.

Okay, now I have said to much.

Anonymous said...

Oh lord -- and this was something you used to watch?

And now the damned song is stuck in my head.

Clarissa said...

Looking for stuff on YouTube is very creative!

bittersweet me said...

i loved this show so much ... was it really that long ago? sigh

Peach said...

weirdly, Monkey used to spook me out

fwengebola said...

Huw ~ I remember Chockablock with Afroman.
Z ~ It was back on TV? DAMMIT!
I think the idea behind Tripitaka was that he was so pure and decent, he looked like a really fit woman.
LG ~ Thank you, except the end result is largely shit. It will be 50k of a story arc's beginning, middle and end. I will have to re-write heavily for draft 2, research the needing research bits, inject some badly needed humour, and probably pad it out by anohter 25k.
Vi ~ Monkey was great, and you have said too much. I never really understood the stories. I was just in it for the start and end credits, the fight scenes, and Monkey's headgear getting so tight that he yelled 'Nggggadigadigadigadig.'
Or words to that effect.
LFM ~ Yes, it was required viewing in the early eighties. Catchy tune, innit?
Clar ~ I've now upgraded to for more timewasting.
Peach ~ No, that makes perfect sense.

Quote said...

I'm proud of you.

fwengebola said...

Is that a NaNo reference? Thank you ever so much. But it is a) very, very shit and b) about to be scuppered by the Stag's imminent wedding on Friday, a work end-of-year stock take, and a night out tomorrow. I will probably finish it around the 4th or 5th of Oct.

Quote said...

I'm being genuinely sincere.

Although I don't understand what the big rush is. I thought it had to be finished by the end of November.

Have I missed a meeting?

Anonymous said...

I thought writing began 1st November and continued throughout the month... Must be a long preface?

fwengebola said...

Q ~ God, thanks. And 'In a sense'. The official NaNoWriMo is throughout November. Myself and a chum wagered our dignity throughout September. And we're sort of there.
Anon ~ It does. I'm just premature, like so many other things.
WV: Not clicked 'publish' yet.

Tim Clague said...

Look out for a new monkey film! And don't forget that Damon Alban did an opera version of it in Chinese. No shit.

fwengebola said...

No way, a film version??? Will former Wimbledon champion Pete Sampras play the lead role?