Camp NaNoWriMo – Day 31

Hey Wrimos!

I hope you all did better than me during Camp. My planned 30 hours ended up being a grand total of – 4. That’s right – 4 measly hours. Sigh.

I managed a small burst of 3/4 of an hour on Day 25, but since then – 0. And with only 1 1/4 hours until Camp officially ends, I think it just might be too late to catch up (#sarcasm). Unless Doctor Who turns up in the Tardis and whisks me back to 1 July – now THAT would be cool!

However, tomorrow is the first day of a shiny new month, so there’s nothing to stop me (except me!) from dusting off my Macbook Air and doing what I should have done during July…so that’s what I’m going to focus on now.

So, congratulations to the winners, commiserations to the non-winners, and let’s not give up, because the world needs our stories!

I’m going to end this post with the following cartoon, because it made me giggle, and laughter will help us get through these extraordinary times.


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Camp NaNoWriMo – Day 10

So, Wrimos, I’m going well so far (#sarcasm).  This past week has pretty much been a “write off” (I may have used that joke before – sorry) but I’m back now!  2 1/4 hours tonight, so my grand total is 3 1/4 hours.  I should be at ten hours, but we won’t talk about that…  I can always catch up, right?

But now it’s time for bed – tomorrow is another (writing) day!

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Camp NaNoWriMo – Day 2

Well, I’ve made a start.  One hour with 29 to go!

I’ve been working on this novel for way too long.  It’s time to finish it, once and for all.  I think it scares me a little because it was such a mess to start with, and I’ve changed it substantially since that first (very rough) draft (in 2013!), and now I’m worried that it’s been a waste of time.  But the only way to find out is to finish it and ask someone to read it!

I read the first few chapters to my Mum (who can’t see well enough to read to herself now).  She’d read a very early version, so I wanted to get her opinion on whether it had improved (please, please say yes).  She seemed to enjoy it, and was definitely encouraging (she didn’t fall asleep, anyway!) – but she IS my mother, so…

Anyway, bedtime now.  See you tomorrow, Wrimos!

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Camp NaNoWriMo – Day 1

Hello Wrimos!

Here we go again! This time I’ve set myself an easier goal of 30 hours editing (not 50) in the hope that I can find one hour per day and get back into a habit. My creative mojo has been missing lately, but I’m hoping July Camp will give me the boot up the bum that I need!

Day 1 has started well – with 0 hours. 🤣 But in my own defence, I only decided about ten minutes ago to participate… (Seriously though, there was never any real doubt that I would sign up again – it’s my addiction…)

So I’ll start properly tomorrow…

Camp NaNoWriMo – Day 30

Hi Wrimos

I had to make a decision yesterday – would I try and cram in ten hours of editing in the two nights I had left, or admit defeat?

Well – the bad news is, I gave up – not on my story, as I’ll continue working on that – but on my Camp goal of 50 hours of editing.  I just couldn’t find those ten hours…   If I’d chosen “words” instead of “hours”, I probably could have done it (as I have in the past).  But you can’t “make” more hours… And the pressure I was putting on myself was sucking all the joy out of the creative process, and that’s not what it’s about.  

So I ended up with 41.5 hours (not bad) – and a plan to finish this book.  I know it’s very close to finished (I thought it was closer until I re-read it!) but now I know what I need to do.  And by Monday evening, I want it to be DONE (by which I mean it needs to be ready for someone else to read).  And it’s a long weekend here so I’ve got a bit of extra time…

Anyway, I hope you all achieved what you set out to do during Camp NaNoWriMo.  And if you didn’t quite get there (like me!) – there’s always Camp in July.  Or the big one – NaNoWriMo in November!

I might see you there…

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Camp NaNoWriMo – Day 28

NOOOOO!  I only got two hours done tonight!  I blame the dog.  Just bear with me for a moment…

So, our dog, Winnie, is a Chihuahua/Fox Terrier cross.  We rescued her from the Animal Welfare League in 2007, when she was (we think) about one year old.  So that makes her nearly 14 now.  A few years ago, Winnie had some “tummy trouble”, and ever since then, she hasn’t been able to eat commercial dog food.  So every month or so, I make her up a big batch of boiled chicken, rice, peas and corn.  It takes a couple of hours by the time it’s cooked, cooled down and sorted into batches to freeze.

Well, I had to do that tonight or Winnie would have had no food tomorrow.  And I couldn’t be responsible for that, could I?  And then I had to wash all the dishes…

Now I have only TWO NIGHTS LEFT to make my goal of 50 hours.  And I have a day job so I will have to find nearly TEN HOURS after work.  TEN HOURS.  Aaaaagggghhhh!

Or, alternatively, I fail…


Going to bed now to cry – but at least Winnie will be happy!

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Camp NaNoWriMo – Day 27

Three more hours added tonight – and some new words!  My total is now 38.25 hours.  So I’ve got to find around four hours for the next three nights if I hope to reach my goal of 50 hours…

I’m exhausted just thinking about it!  But – I’m so close…

Now I have to get some sleep though – so goodnight fellow Wrimos!

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Camp NaNoWriMo – Day 26

Hi Wrimos!

I’ve been crook for a few days so I’ve only just got back into the whole wrimo-ing thing…adding five hours tonight.  As my total is now 35.25 hours, I have to find 14.75 hours over the next four days to reach my goal.  Talk about making life difficult for myself!

Well, I’ve done it before and I can do it again (I hope).  I’ll give it my best shot, anyway!

But now I must sleep as it’s back to work (remotely) tomorrow…

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ANZAC Day 2020

ANZAC Day will be celebrated a little differently this year.  Instead of joining the crowds lining the streets, I, like many others, will be standing at the end of my driveway at 6.00am to remember those who served and continue to serve, and to show my gratitude.

ANZAC Day has always been special to me and my family – my great-grandfather, William Berger, fought and was wounded in France and Belgium; my 2nd great-uncle, John Campbell, was killed in action in Belgium in 1917; and my husband’s grandfather, Frederick Russell, fought at Gallipoli – an original ANZAC.  Paul and I discovered that my great-grandfather and his grandfather were both in the 22nd Battalion – but his grandfather was only 19, and my great-grandfather was a married man of 40 with eight children!

Last year, before the coronavirus shut the world down, we were privileged and honoured to visit the battlefields and memorials in Belgium and France.  Paul’s grandfather’s uniform is displayed in the museum at Villers-Bretonneux, and we were also able to visit the gravesite of John Campbell, whose remains rest at the Hooge Crater Cemetery at Ypres, Belgium.

The cemeteries and memorials are truly beautiful, and the lines of white headstones are a stark reminder of all those who were lost.  It was a deeply emotional experience for all of us.