Saturday, 31 October 2009


Yeah, so I'm a NaNoWriMo bore now. Woe, woe.

Ten minutes to go..


Would it be an appalling waste of money for me to buy a £200 netbook so I have a more portable laptop and can write on the go? I do think netbooks look a bit silly when people write on them because they're so small and I have enough trouble typing on a full sized keyboard but.... I dunno, am trying not to impulse buy since I can't officially afford it...

Right, I'm off to start warming up my fingers - wish me luck!

Sunday, 25 October 2009

Sunday & Julia Quinn

Thank heavens for the extra hour!

Have gone from being a website bore to a NaNoWriMo bore, woe, woe. But but but, it starts a week today and I am very excited, dying to start! As far as I remember the rules say you can plan as much as you want to as long as you don't write any of the actual novel before the 1st November. I've kinda planned the bare bones but, inkeeping with the rushed and experimentary nature of the whole thing, I'm going to try to do a lot of it off the cuff. Hmm, hope that works.

It's going to be a slightly fantasy-based idea, different to everything on the website, but it reminds me of a fantasy I spent my A-Levels writing instead of revising... That took longer than a month but it was about the same length (45,000 words ish) and I worked on it pretty much every day. It was a pile of rubbish but still, a learning curve. Likewise was the first full length (75,000 words) novel I wrote which took me two or three years on and off and was, bluntly, pretentious rubbish. But we live we learn, and by crikey do I feel like I learned a lot from writing that. It was a regency romance (of course!) in a similar vein to the more pompous eighties Mills and Boon and Silhouette romances my sister and I found in the attic.

From starting off stilted and awkward, it goes on to take itself too seriously and then ends with chattering tearyness. I plan to rewrite it one day, maybe make it readable, haha.

One of the reasons I realised, re-reading it a year later (it was called Summer at Staynthroppe, by the way, a pompous title but I always struggle with titles) that it was a bundle of tripe, was because I had since discovered the wonderful loveliness of Julia Quinn. She writes regency romances which, unlike a lot of others out there, are incredibly relatable. The books are written relatively informally but without talking down to the reader.

Her most famous works are probably the Bridgerton series, a delightful set of interweaving stories based around the Bridgerton family, darlings of high society London, and the various romances of the eight adult children of the family. Before this turns into a love letter to Ms Quinn I feel I must add that while all her books are different they can be a tad formulaic, as well as more than a bit unbelievable, just as any book within that genre can be. Yet the point of the best of this genre is escapism, not realism. If I want historical accuracy and realism I will read a history book. If I want a real sense of romance and regency fantasy I will look no further than here. Comforting reads, less like junk food and more like a big bowl of homemade soup, these are entertaining and exciting, with likeable characters and laugh-out-loud humour. Highly recommended, as I'm sure you can tell.

And I end on that happy note to try and re-jig the current Teh Big Storeh (see, I always struggle with titles!) and get on with some actual writing, not just rambling.

PS, I hope that whoever it was that thought of bringing out star-shaped hula hoops for Christmas got a promotion. They're awesome! Same applies to caramel Kitkats.

Tuesday, 20 October 2009


Not precisely worth waiting for, but as promised!

Am feeling distinctly more chipper, had NaNoWriMo revelation - only ten more days to go!!

-- Posted from my iPhone

Monday, 19 October 2009


Am not feeling too chipper.

Website is up, have written a heap for it, have had postcards printed, started sending them off to agenty-types in that London. Am going to sign up for NaNoWriMo, which involves writing a 50,000 word novel in a month, and takes place in November.

Am scared.

This seems like the kind of thing a proper, real and actual person would do. Not NaNoWriMo, although yes, that too, but in general the whole following the dream, trying to make it and be successful, imagining people would actually want to read what you write is... overwhelming when you only had 4 hours of sleep last night.

Expect a slightly out of focus iPhone picture of my new postcards, professionally laid out on my keyboard, the north and south wallpaper just visible on the screen. In case you were wondering, it's of Mr Thornton looking cross in a mill.

I'm going to go to bed now. I think that's the best thing to do, will feel better in the morning.


Sunday, 11 October 2009


As you can tell by the header on this page, the website it well and truly up! Phew.

Getting postcards and business cards printed next week hopefully, and bought the Writer's Handbook 2010 so yeah... lots still to do!

Best get on with it, really...

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Sort of almost nearly there...

It had been a busy week this week in Miss H land. There was work, and there have been parties and house guests and all things knackering. Hence why I'm blogging from in bed, from which I hope not to rise for quite some time...

Work wise, (because let's not forget that's what we're here for!) I finished short number one (yay!) with a surprising swiftness and that means I only have one more to finish and a chapter to polish before the website can be uploaded and I can finally feel like I've achieved something over the last few months rather than just wasting my time. Start to finish, from no back catalogue of work I'm prepared to share to a website full, this will have taken about six months, if I meet my deadline. When I say I'm prepared to share a website full though it means less that I think everything I do is awesome and more "well I don't absolutely hate it..."

But enough, I suppose I really ought to get up...

-- Posted from my iPhone