Camp NaNoWriMo – Days 1-5

Hi Wrimos!

I’m a bit late to the Camp party this year – I’d only just decided to do it today!

The main reason I wanted (or rather needed) to do Camp was to try and get some creative stuff happening again. I’ve really done nothing since NaNoWriMo in November 2020, and I really just wanted to finish something and move on. That something is the novel I’ve been editing/rewriting/researching since 2013. Perhaps I was a bit ambitious doing an historical novel as I find myself putting stuff in that’s too “modern” for the era I’m writing about (1916-1926). I don’t want to get things wrong, so that means I’m constantly checking everything. I’m happy with the overall story, my characters etc, but the background stuff has to be right.

Also, I had a mild panic attack earlier today because I thought I’d lost about 20,000 words somewhere in the depths of Scrivener/my MacBook Air. It turns out I was looking at an earlier version of my manuscript, which hadn’t saved properly for some mysterious reason, but I found my current, intact version shortly afterwards (phew!)

Anyway, after all that drama, I managed to get three hours in. My aim is 30 hours (= 30,000 words on the Camp NaNo website) so I’m happy with that.

Until tomorrow, Wrimos!

#amwriting #amediting #CampNaNoWriMo

Hello!  (It’s been a while…)

I know, I know…  I haven’t posted in a loooong time, and I know you’ve missed me terribly!

I don’t really have any excuses, so I won’t try to invent any.  And now, with almost a quarter of 2021 gone, I’ve achieved nothing much at all in a creative sense.  My almost-ready-but-not-quite 2013 NaNoWriMo novel is still waiting for those final tweaks, and when I’ve done that, there are six more drafts waiting for my attention, all written during NaNoWriMo or Camp NaNoWriMo over the last seven years. (Gulp…)

And I STILL have to finish my travel blog of my family’s adventures in the UK and Europe in August/September 2019 (remember those fabulous pre-COVID days?), so it’s fortunate I have over 5,000 photos and my notes to jog my memory, or I’d have no chance of doing it!

In the meantime though, I’ve read some great books (most recently ‘The Clockmaker’s Daughter’ by Kate Morton), watched some bingeworthy dramas (including ‘Bridgerton’ – which has romance, scandal, beautiful people, and the extremely attractive Duke of Hastings), and introduced my Mum to the joys of the Harry Potter audiobooks (read by the wonderful Stephen Fry).

While on the subject of beloved books, during 2019 and 2020, I made it my mission to read/listen to the entire Discworld series by the late Sir Terry Pratchett.  Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, and Tiffany Aching are my favourite characters, closely followed by Death.  So imagine how thrilled I was to discover the website for The Discworld Emporium, a little shop in England specialising in all things Discworld (link below): https://www.discworldemporium.com/

For a birthday present (to myself) last year, I ordered from the Emporium a poster of Granny Weatherwax’s Cottage, by the brilliant David Wyatt, and I’ve just got it back from the picture framer.  It’s absolutely beautiful (see my not-very-good photo below), and has taken its rightful place on my office wall, where it joins my map of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. 

Now it’s back to reality with a big thud as I return to my job-that-pays-the-bills tomorrow after a busy week off – celebrating a 60th wedding anniversary in Melbourne (for my in-laws), a 91st birthday (for my Mum) and spending time with my older sister, who was visiting from Alice Springs. So I suppose I’d better organise myself (ironing etc). Sigh.

Until next time…

Goodreads 2020 Reading Challenge

Good evening, Dear Reader!

It’s FINALLY New Year’s Eve in the year 2020. We made it!

Somehow, amongst all the drama, I’ve read 52 of 52 books for the 2020 Reading Challenge! http://www.goodreads.com/user_challenges/20309835

I’m currently reading “Hollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow”, which is the third book in the brilliant “Nevermoor” series by Jessica Townsend. Fittingly, it’s about a virus affecting the Wunimals in Nevermoor! So 2020.

I’m only up to Chapter Five, but so far it’s just as engaging, fun, magical and beautifully written as the previous two books. If you haven’t discovered them yet, trust me, you’ll love them!

I’m having a quiet night in tonight myself, but if you’re partying, have fun, stay safe, and just this once, don’t kiss a random stranger at midnight…

Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy 2021!

NaNoWriMo – Day 30

Winner! Yay! For the ninth year in a row!

Final total – 50 1/2 hours, with 3 1/4 hours done tonight. This one was really hard, particularly as I did about half my total hours over the last four days/nights. No wonder I’m so knackered!

And although I’m excited to have made it over the line again, I’m also ECSTATIC that I’ve finally finished this novel that I’ve been working on for so long. Final word count – 63,098. “The Players”, by me, will be released into the world in the very near future!*

Now I’m going to bed for a good, long sleep.

Goodnight Wrimos!

(*Somebody read it, please…)

#NaNoWinner2020

NaNoWriMo – Day 29

I really wanted to knock over my last 11 hours today, but I didn’t quite get there. However I added 8 hours, which brings my total to 47 hours.

Now I just have to get those last 3 hours done before the midnight deadline tomorrow!

I’m so close… I know I can get to those 50 hours, but I also want to finish this novel I’ve been messing with on and off since 2013! And I’m finally, almost, nearly there… After all this, I hope somebody actually wants to read it! LOL.

Until tomorrow, Wrimos!

#amediting #amwriting #nanowrimo

NaNoWriMo – Day 26

Another two hours tonight, bringing my total to 27 1/4 hours. I hoped to do three but I had to deal with some other stuff so that didn’t happen!

I don’t have any plans for the weekend so hopefully I can get my hours up and still get to that magic 50 hours!

Until tomorrow, my writing friends…

#amwriting #amediting #nanowrimo