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Wednesday, 30 March 2011

I Know There's Some Time To Go But...

I'm already thinking about what to write about for NaNoWriMo this year. I want to take part again this year even though I don't really know what I would write about. Basically for those who don't know what NaNoWriMo is - between 1st November and 30th November you write 50,000 words... that's more or less it - it is more fun than I have made it sound. That's what I mean by there is some time to go - it is in November!

Anyway I have a number of options for this year:
  1. Write a sequel to last years NaNo (I suppose it depends on how 'the great edit' is going)
  2. Use one of my ideas from way back when - one's chick lit and the other is vampires (but there's a lot of them about right now)
  3. Or use the deepest lurkings of my imagination to write a novel. My imagination has a tendency to take three or four stories that I have seen on TV and then smash them altogether... in to something completely different. I reckon that I could trawl through that tangled mess and come up with 50,000 words worth of story.
But like I said... I still have a fair bit of time to decide on the details.

Saturday, 26 March 2011

A Picture is Worth 1000 Words - Oops And a Decision

As some of you may have noticed I didn't post anything about my 1000 words challenge this week - that's because I haven't got anything to post about. I have been editing and rewriting some short stories this week, hopefully to send out. Coupled with a full time job and the disasters around the house - water pouring through the ceiling, one of my siblings engagement coming to a crashing end... well I just haven't had time.

So i have come to a decision, in future I will write something for the 1000 word challenge if I am not working on anything else other than my novel - that will always be tootling away in the background.

So like last week, with an edit and a rewrite in the works, I didn't do the challenge - but next week I might if I get the aforementioned pieces polished and sent out.

But I managed it for eleven weeks straight - not too bad I suppose.

Friday, 25 March 2011

Anti-Conning Writers Day

Yes today is Anti-Conning Writers Day.

'What?!?!' I hear you cry.

Well over on her blog - Quiller's Place The View From the Shed - Sally Quilford is trying to raise awareness and help writers share their experiences of being conned out of of their hard earned cash through dodgy publication and writing services.

All you have to do is write a post sharing your experiences. However if you are like me and have been lucky enough to not have come across anything like this, just write a post to help raise awareness.

But remember no naming and shaming unless you have concrete proof - we don't want anyone being sued for libel now do we?

For more information head over to Sally's blog via the link above.

Friday, 18 March 2011

A Picture is Worth 1000 Words - Week 11

Original image by twm1340 on flickr.com
This week's challenge result was actually inspired by an anthology - I am currently in the process of editing it and then I can submit it.

But seen as I don't know if it will actually go in the anthology yet I have chosen a different image to represent my story. The maximum word count is 1200 words as it is a flash fiction anthology. Yesterday on my first rewrite I managed to get bang on 1000 words, although now after my second rewrite it is slightly shorter. Yes, there have been three versions of this in all.

Anyway this story is about what Frankenstein's monster [if you haven't already guessed] does in his spare time... and who with.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

The Best of Intentions and Authors For Japan

Yesterday I made the decision to set aside an hour each day when I would definitely do something to do with writing. Whether it was editing my first draft of my WIP, research, work on a short story; whatever I was going to have an allotted time when that is what I would do - that is all that I would do.

So I decided, for various reasons. That on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays this time would be between 7pm and 8pm. Tuesdays and Wednesdays would be 8pm until 9pm. And Saturdays and Sundays would greatly depend on what else I had to do but it would be for an hour in the early to mid afternoon.

So I fired up my laptop yesterday, got all the other things out of the way that needed doing - Facebook, Talkback, blogging etc. And then at 7.45pm my sister appeared, desperation in her eyes, asking if she could borrow my laptop to type up her work for college and then print it out. What else could I say?

I didn't realise that an hour and three quarters later I would still be waiting for my laptop to be finished with - hopefully tonight will go a little better.

Anyway how I came to this decision was that I was having a bad day at work - it was one of those where I thought - I can't do this forever. The pressure was mounting and I was having to run myself ragged just to keep up. I went out on my lunch and bought a newspaper. When I sat down to read it there was a picture of a woman stood amongst the devastation that was once her home in Japan. And although the afternoon wasn't much better for me I felt that I couldn't really complain when I considered just how trivial my problems were compared to the people of Japan.

So I decided to get on with my writing etc. It won't stop me moaning altogether but I've brought it down a notch.




Now, back to Japan. You may have already heard this - it is doing the rounds on the blogvine but there is a blog that is raising money to help those whose lives have been devastated by the earthquake and resulting tsunami. It is basically an auction - and there all sorts of things to bid - from signed books to manuscript assessment. So get over there and have a good look round by clicking here - make sure to have a look at the FAQ and 'Browsing & Bidding' pages for more information. The auctions close on 20th March 2011.

Friday, 11 March 2011

A Picture is Worth 1000 Words - Week 10

I came across this weeks image of choice whilst I was looking at some of the 'blogs of note' here on Blogger. Over on the blog Amazing Facts there was a post about finding a bee's nest in the BBQ and the subsequent getting rid of it. There were photos of the BBQ in various stages of bee removal. I know it was necessary [you can't have bees in your BBQ] but when the cover was removed and you could actually see the honeycomb it seemed kind of sad and a shame.

Why couldn't they have found somewhere more practical to build a hive?

The picture is a photo of the blog in question - if you don't know what it is of it is the beehive on the BBQ with a pile of dead bees under it - but if you want to see the actual photos click the link above.

So the story I wrote this week is about someone who gets rid of a bees nest in his attic. And then a couple of weeks later he starts hearing a buzzing noise and the bees come back for revenge... MWAHAHAHAHA!!! But hopefully that won't happen to the people over at the Amazing Facts blog - it is a little unlikely isn't it?

Friday, 4 March 2011

A Picture is Worth 1000 Words - Week 9

And here we are at the end of another week!

This week I found a little difficult as I've had my Red Riding Hood story nagging me to re-write it all week. And I still haven't done it! Well I have started rewriting it in my head but that isn't the same as physically getting on with it is it. Hopefully this weekend will bare some fruit.

Anyway this week I got my 1000 words and a little extra. More or less everyone who is sat [or stood] reading this will have had a moment when your computer has gone berserk and frozen or crashed. And you have become frustrated with it and verbally abused it [maybe even physically - in my story my MC just threatens to physically abuse his computer... via the window!].

Well in my story after the aforementioned threat of death by window my MC's computer talks back to him, and then declares that it is going on strike until he starts treating it better, instead of overloading it constantly.

My MC thinks he is going mad, but the computer will not work until he agrees to the computer's terms.

I have a page on this blog where I keep all the pictures that I have used so far. However it would seem that every time I get all the pictures in order, I save it and then they all start playing musical chairs when I'm not looking. So if you visit this page and they are out of order that is why.

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Super Snooper Blogfest

Today is the Super Snooper blogfest as hosted by Alison Pearce Stevens.
All you had to do was describe some of the belongings or surroundings of one of your characters to show a bit about their personality. I wasn't sure how I was going to do this up until this morning.
So hopefully what I have is half decent and actually tells you something about my main character.


Heavy curtains are pulled back, flooding the high-ceilinged room with light. The large windows look out on to the gardens.
A large four poster bed dominates the room; curtains tied back neatly, dark wood polished to a sheen. An unlit candle sits by the bed, drips of wax running down on to the candle stick. The candle will need replacing soon and then the old wax will be removed and the candlestick will be cleaned.
The rest of the room is also made up of dark wood pieces, all recently polished. The carpet has been recently swept.
A large wardrobe stands in the corner, everything in its place, clean and pressed.
Next to the window is a writing desk that allows the person sitting in it to take in the view of the garden. Writing paper, pen and ink are all laid out neatly on the desk. A small bundle of letters recently received peeks out of one of the cubby holes.
Two miniatures depicting a man and a woman in a hinged locket, sits open just inside another of the cubby holes.
The drawer at the front is locked and no key has been left can be seen.
A copy of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte sits on a dustless bookcase, beside a couple Jane Austen’s novels.

So there you have it - my offering to the Super Snooper blogfest.