Blog for budding Sheikhspeares entering National Novel Writing Month 2006

November 06, 2006

Done - 2031

Running total 10,156. I only managed it because bloody snow white managed to get past the 10k mark earlier today, and that spurred me on! There's nothing like fierce rivalry to motivate oneself ;)

Tonight's snippet - The Oriental hotel, one of the non-human stars of the book:

If the set designer of a 1970s sitcom had been let loose on a five star hotel with a fairly generous budget, the final result might have looked a bit something like The Oriental. No hotel could have embodied "faded glory" more. Three decades ago it must have clashed even more violently against the tiny village building of Abu Wadi. Now, encroaching shabbiness made its pretentious exterior jar slightly less.


Nothing could have prepared Phoebe for the brown and orange psychadelic interiors of The Oriental, or the vast, yellowing, retro-futuristic chandelier that hung in hideously oversized fashion from its ceiling. Its dusty crystals cast only a sickly light over the darkly-furnished lobby, leaving it as dim as a gentleman's club.


Blogger Susie Dee said...

I love the way you write!

You're so prolific... sigh.

06 November, 2006 04:55

Blogger Al Ain Taxi said...

Hmmm, I can just see it now with Lawrence Llewlyn Bowen floating around it. Did you know that he has an interest in RAK ceramics?

06 November, 2006 19:22

Blogger secretdubai said...

Lol - sadly not prolific enough! And you could try reading the bits I can't bear to post publically.

As for LLB - I didn't even know they had ceramics in RAK. Except for industrial ceramic factories (or is that what you meant?!)

06 November, 2006 19:30

Blogger Al Ain Taxi said...

Yep, that's RAK ceramics!

07 November, 2006 07:03


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