Camp NaNoWriMo – Day 31

WINNER! Woohoo! I made it! Final count 1,807 minutes. Yay! Now I can watch “The Bachelor Australia” – but perhaps not tonight, because it’s nearly 10.30pm. So no spoilers, Bachie fans.

Anyway, I think I’ve finally got this novel in the right shape – it just needs some fine tuning and fact checking, stuff like that. It’s set during the silent movie era in Australia, so I have to make sure I don’t make any stupid historical errors. But then, I will release it into the wild to join its sibling, “Shadow of a Soldier” (my first novel – available on Amazon and as a Kindle e-book! #freeadvertising). So look out – “The Players” is coming! (“The Players” are coming? – No, that’s not right.) Oh, who cares! I’m a WINNER!

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Camp NaNoWriMo – Day 30

Nearly there – so close! 150 minutes tonight, bringing my total to 1642 minutes. 158 minutes to victory – or around 2.5 hours, and one more night to get over the line. I could keep going tonight but I’ve been staying up way too late, and frankly I’m knackered.

So until tomorrow, goodnight Wrimos!

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Camp NaNoWriMo – Days 27 & 28

Hi Wrimos!

I couldn’t do an update yesterday because I stayed the night at my Mum’s and she has no internet and a dodgy mobile signal, but I took my laptop and put in a solid 150 minutes! Then tonight I added another 190 minutes, making my grand total now 1,312 minutes! And my novel has grown to 62,624 words!

I need to go to bed now because I have to work tomorrow so no time to search for suitable writing memes. However, here’s a picture of my dog, Winnie, who also slept over at Mum’s last night. That’s Winnie sitting like a little furry queen in the passenger seat of my car. My car’s name is Luna, after Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter, just in case you wanted to know. Goodnight all!

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Camp NaNoWriMo – Day 26

Yes – I know it’s now actually Day 27…

Anyway, I managed just over three hours tonight – 182 minutes to be exact – bringing my total to 972 minutes. Those extra two minutes are very important as we’re getting near the pointy end of July!

I started very late (hmmm – that seems to be a habit) but once I got going I was on a roll…

I aim to do lots over the weekend (fingers crossed) so still hoping to reach my goal of 1800 minutes!

But for now, goodnight Wrimos!

(I may have shared this one before, but it’s such a good one! LOL.)

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Camp NaNoWriMo – Day 25


I’m hundreds of minutes behind my goal – so I’ve got my work cut out if I’m going to reach 1800 minutes by 31 July – especially since, after tonight, I’m only at 790!

Well, I just have to keep going. Nobody else is going to do it for me, after all. I just want to finish this book once and for all and then move on to the other six I have sitting waiting in my NaNoWriMo draft manuscripts folder!


But for now, it’s goodnight Wrimos!

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Camp NaNoWriMo – Day 17

Hey Wrimos! 80 minutes tonight, bringing my total to 700 minutes. And I’ve stopped halfway through a chapter so I can hopefully pick it up easily tomorrow and keep going…

I think I might read for a while now…honestly I have so many books to read I hardly know where to begin! I have dozens in my bookshelves and dozens more on my e-reader. I need to get back into the habit of reading every day instead of just listening to audio books (although they’re great too – especially for the daily commute).

I’m working my way through Terry Pratchett’s “Discworld” novels on audio – currently I’m listening to “Feet of Clay”, which is Book No. 19 in the series. Some books I like more than others though. I particularly love the sub-series of books featuring the witches, and the sub-series where Death is the central character. Death appears in every Discworld novel I think, but he’s particularly entertaining when he’s the star of his own stories. I love him.

Finally, for all those “Anchorman” fans out there, here’s Ron Burgundy…

Stay classy, Wrimos!

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Camp NaNoWriMo – Day 16

I slackened off over the last few days, but now I’m back! 70 minutes tonight, bringing my total to 620 minutes. According to the Camp NaNoWriMo site, I only have do 74 minutes per day to finish on time! Totes doable.

My excuse, if you want to hear it, was that over the weekend I drove down to my hometown of Grafton, NSW, for my 40 year high school reunion. Yes – it’s been 40 years since I was in Year 10! Where the hell did those decades go?

I’m so glad I went. It was great fun catching up with my old friends (“old” being the operative word – LOL – and I can say that because I’m the same age so I’m really just having a go at myself, if you think about it).

Anyway, we partied like it was 1979…

But enough of that. Now I need to concentrate on getting this novel finished!

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Camp NaNoWriMo – Day 11

Well, my laptop decided to chuck a wobbly tonight, but my time was not wasted. I did some research using actual books, not the internet. Yes, children, believe it or not, books are useful too!

The book about the Chauvels is my Mum’s. It’s a fascinating story. The Chauvels really were pioneers of film making in Australia – they even gave Errol Flynn his first starring role!

As for the “Photoplay Treasury”, I found this little gem on eBay. It contains whole articles, photos, stories and advertisements from “Photoplay” magazine, an American “fan” magazine, and it covers the period from the early 1900’s to the late 1940’s. Everyone from Mary Pickford to Rita Hayworth is featured in it. You feel like you’re being transported back in time. It’s just wonderful.

So in the end I added 70 minutes of research to my goal – bringing my total to 550 minutes, so about 110 minutes behind where I should be. But I’ll get there.

Goodnight, Wrimos!

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