Yay!  With 40 minutes to spare, I just got over the line.  Official word count 50,325 words.  Migraines and family dramas failed to stop me.

I think I lost 15 days out of the month, so effectively, I wrote a 50,000 word novel in 15 days.  Nothing is impossible if you really want it.

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NaNoWriMo – Day 29

Second last day, Wrimos!  4,251 words tonight, bringing my total to 45,908.  Just one more big effort tomorrow night and I’ll be over the line!

Note to self:  don’t make it this hard for yourself next year, Kate.

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NaNoWriMo – Day 28

This is the third last day of NaNoWriMo 2016, and I am really under the pump.  But I made my goal tonight – 4,204 words, bringing my total to 41,657.  Just two days to go.  To paraphrase Bob the Builder – can I do it?  Yes I can!

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NaNoWriMo – Day 26

Yes, I’m still here!  I’ve lost about half the month (careless of me, I know) due to life stuff happening, but I’m back with a vengeance.  I can still do it – or at least have a red hot go!  10,771 words today – bringing my total to 27,417.  I basically scrapped my original idea and am going with a new one – another Kylie Cooper (teenage witch) mystery (this will be her third).  As soon as I slipped back into her skin, I knew the words would come.

So, I’m planning on putting in another marathon effort tomorrow (or rather today, after I’ve had some sleep), and hopefully I can still make it.

Because failure is not an option.

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NaNoWriMo – Day 17

I’m finally back after losing about a week all up so far.  Just wanted to make it hard for myself, you know, because writing 1,667 words a day isn’t enough of a challenge!  LOL!  Anyway, I managed 2,016 words tonight, somehow, and that brings my total to 16, 646 words.

So, a long way behind.  But I haven’t given up.

And it’s ML Appreciation Day (that’s for all the Municipal Liaisons around the world who organise write-ins and get togethers every year).  Thanks to Patricia, who is our Gold Coast ML.  You’re doing an awesome job!


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NaNoWriMo – Day 13

I started my words late tonight.  We spent the day at Supanova in Brisbane, and I’m quite worn out!  But it was so much fun.  My younger kid, Emily, and I had a photo with Nathan Fillion (“Castle” and “Firefly”) and Enver Gjokaj (“Dollhouse” and “Agent Carter”), and my older kid, Luka, and I, had a photo with Natalia Tena (“Harry Potter” and “Game of Thrones”).  They were all friendly and lovely.  You’re in and out of the photo booth in about five seconds flat, but nevertheless I’m sure that I formed a special bond with the “supastars” (and no, that’s not a spelling mistake – it’s Supanova so they’re “supastars”!).   My stepson, Kai, dressed as Batman and had a great time meeting other “superheroes” and posing with them.  Some of the costumes were absolutely incredible, and I love looking at (and buying) the merchandise!

So, now I’m totally geeked out, I can update you on my novel.  Tonight’s word count is 1,697, bringing my total to 14,630.  So, still behind (by about 7,000 words – eek!) but I’ve still got two and a bit weeks and two weekends to get there.  So, no worries!

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NaNoWriMo – Day 12

I have a confession to make.  Day 11 was a write off (see what I did there?).  This is because, instead of writing, I enjoyed a vodka and watched Alexander Skarsgard as Tarzan.

Here is a picture of Alexander Skarsgard as Tarzan.  Him Tarzan, me Kate.


You can see how distracting that could be.

Anyway, tonight, with no distractions, I wrote 2,222 words, bringing my total to 12,933.  My story wasn’t really going where I wanted it to go, so I’ve taken the characters in a totally different direction, and now I’m much happier.  Which probably means that I will have to cull several thousand words at editing time, but hey, I can worry about that later!

I have to go to bed now, because tomorrow, I’m going to Supanova!

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NaNoWriMo – Day 10

Well, I’m finally back after a few days of work and family dramas.  Hopefully I can get back on track now!  2,091 words tonight, bringing my total to 10,711.  If I average 1,800 to 2,000 words a night, I should still be okay.  Still very doable!

It is a bit of a struggle though.  I’m just not feeling the story as much as I’d like!  I think it’s a bit too serious or something – I don’t think I do serious as well as I do funny.  Maybe that’s why I’m struggling so much – trying to go against what my heart really wants to write.  Perhaps I’ll shake it up a bit tomorrow and throw in some clowns or something!

Which reminds me of that old joke:

Two cannibals were eating a clown, and one cannibal turns to the other and says:  “Does this taste funny to you?”

Sorry about that.  #amwriting #NaNoWriMo




NaNoWriMo – Days 5 & 6

Due to other commitments, I have not done any writing on my novel this weekend! Dammit.  But I will get back on track this week.  Because failure is not an option.

But it wasn’t a totally wasted weekend – because on Saturday I met up with my fellow Ten Penners and we discussed our upcoming anthology of adventure stories.  So lots of writing to do!