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Monday, 31 October 2011

Something Wicked This Way Comes...

Not only is it Halloween... but tomorrow is the beginning of NaNoWriMo - AARGH!!!!!

Happy Halloween!

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Friday, 28 October 2011

Weekly Writing - Not Long Now

NaNoWriMo starts up next week!

I'm excited and terrified both at the same time - but it should still be good.

This will be my second NaNoWriMo (not including the catastrophe that was Camp NaNoWriMo - maybe I'm not cut out for summer writing).

I have a brief 'theme' and a rough protagonist... that's all. I'm just going to go with the flow and see how it goes.

There will be lots of plot bunnies about. Last year's plot bunnies in my historical mystery included a fire, an explosion and a runaway bull (I panicked!).

Next week's Weekly Writing post may be a little out of sync - I'm out all day Friday so I will have to write it on the Thursday. But it should still be accurate as I don't think I'll be doing much writing on Friday anyway.

Anyone else taking part in NaNoWriMo?

Friday, 21 October 2011

Weekly Writing - Aargh!!!

I nearly freaked out today when I went on to the NaNoWriMo site to see the countdown clock telling me there are only 10 days to go until the 1st November. And as you can see the 2011 participant badges are available from the website now.

And this week has been another week of me planning my unplanned NaNoWriMo extravaganza! I've been trying to plug some of the holes in my supposedly unplanned protagonist's back story.

But I haven't done much else this week as I had a cold... a cold that I'm very glad has decided to leave as otherwise I wouldn't be able to have my flu jab tomorrow.

In non writing related news I seem to have become obsessed with customising items of clothing and I've been trying to decide what to wear to the Whitby Goth Weekend. The website says that it's not just Goths who go but also 'Punks, Steampunks, Emos, Bikers, Metallers and people from all genres of the alternative lifestyle'.

So where do I fit in...? I suppose I could go down the Rockabilly root... but most of my vaguely Rockabilly stuff is more for Summer... not November on the East coast of England. The North Sea isn't even warm in Summer - very glad I won't be paddling!

But it doesn't really matter what I wear really - looking at photos from previous a lot of people go as vampires (can't think why... no... it couldn't be because part of Dracula is based there could it? ;) ) so I'll be going as ME!!! :)

Did anyone do any actual writing this week? Or are you all like me and storing it all up for NaNoWriMo?

Friday, 14 October 2011

Weekly Writing - Typical!

It seems the more I try not to plan for NaNoWriMo the more I find myself planning!

Which is typical because if I had intended to plan I would have no ideas whatsoever.

My brain activity this week has involved a lot of:


Oh, what if she does this...


But that wouldn't explain...


Well what if when she was a child...


No, too much of a cliche...


Or how about...


Hmmm, a bit better but it needs work... does it have to be a she?


So it is going to be a sort of horror/fantasy type of story (Horror and Supernatural to the NaNoWriMo site) and so far I know the type of monster/creature that is my antagonist. And I roughly know who/what my protagonist is. And I have a basic setting.

So much for not planning. How was your week?


Friday, 7 October 2011

Weekly Writing - Word Counts, Whitby & Crime Writing

I've spent most of this week getting excited about the fast approaching NaNoWriMo - less than a month to go. And next week the new NaNoWriMo website is unveiled.

I would like, this year, to try and get more than 50,000 words written. I know I got 50,079 last year but I would like to try for a few thousand more. You hear stories of participants ending up with 70,000 words after two weeks... and then ending up with over 100,000 overall... I'm not quite that ambitious. But I've worked out that if I wrote 2000 words a day I could end up with 56,000 words total (I did say a few thousand after all). Now I know, for those mathematicians amongst us, that 30 X 2000 is not 56,000. But that's because there are two days in November that I'm not including.
One is 4th November... my brother wants to go to the Whitby Goth Weekend (but just for the day) so I'm tagging along with him. I'm not a Goth... to be honest my brother isn't a 'proper' Goth, whatever a 'proper' Goth is, either. But it sounds like fun... and it's one of the settings for Dracula. Apparently I have been before (to Whitby, not the Goth Weekend) but I was too young to remember.
So anyway, where was I? Oh yes the other day that I am not counting. Like last year I am not counting 30th November. Because hopefully I will have finished or I'll be using the 30th to catch up. Much like when I wrote my dissertation I like to have a day free before the deadline in case something catastrophic occurs.

In other news, although the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival website said that the events and prices would be announced by the end of September all I can find out about it at the moment are the prices of the weekend packages and the day tickets. Tell me whose going to be there for crying out loud. I want to know which day to go...

So other than thinking about NaNo, becoming frustrated with not knowing event schedules... and the odd short story idea that about wraps the week up. I'm hoping to get a bit of editing done in the weeks leading up to NaNo, so hopefully there will be more activity next week. As in actual physical activity rather than just mental activity.

So how was your week?

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Inspirational Tunes - October 2011

I didn't actually intend to pick this song as October's inspirational tune. I actually have a list with other suggestions that I feel are worthy of the title 'Inspirational Tune'.

However I heard this song on the radio a couple of days ago... and now I can't stop singing it. However I can't download it to my MP3 yet :( I think it's available on itunes... but I don't have an ipod! So I've got to wait until next week sometime to download it (legally).


However it is possible to view the video on Youtube so I have decided, as no doubt I will be singing it throughout October, that it will be this month's Inspirational Tune... I feel as though their should be a fanfare and that the song should appear wearing a cape of some sort... oh well the video will have to suffice! :)

Enjoy!

Stereo Hearts - Gym Class Heroes ft. Adam Levine