Thursday, 26 November 2009


As you can see from the gratuitously smug picture on the side of this post, I've done Nanowrimo. Thank god.

It hasn't sunk in yet that the mammoth task is over. It's a little disheartening how crap I think everything I've written is (and let me tell you, I think it's dire), but heck, that's why it's a first draft, right?

This time four weeks ago I didn't have anything but an idea, and now, 26 days later, I've got a 50,318 word document, and however shoddy, it's something. And now I shall have an extra two hours a night free in which to do... well, bugger all at first probably, but eventually, something else.

Once I've recovered, I may even go back to it...

But seriously, I've really enjoyed myself, exhaustion and frustration and guilt and self-doubt aside. I hope it's taught me something other than 'why use one word when twelve will do?', since I've loved having something on the go all the time, and the fact it's been a tight, ridiculous deadline has really spurred me on to do it and got me used to working consistently on something daily. Truth be told, however smug this makes me sound, I'm proud of myself for writing 50,000 words worth of twaddle.

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Same old same old.

Still doing Nanowrimo. Meh. It isn't that I'm sick of it because I am enjoying doing it very much, it's more that I'm concerned it's an enormous pile of tripe...

Still, on 42K as of this evening, so only 8 more to go!:o

Just had a nice long weekend, had Friday off from work so it's been lie-ins a go-go!

Not looking forward to getting up early tomorrow, but what can you do? Am feeling a bit meh about everything at the moment, work, life, bleh. Still, I'm sure I'll cheer up soon, I always do.

Slightly depressing blog here, sorry about that, best keep it short in that case. Will update on Nanowrimo shortly when I've passed the 50K mark; hopefully in 4 days!

See the link below for my Nanowrimo page, click the stats tab for an awesome Dave Gorman-esque graph :D

Monday, 16 November 2009

Well, I said I'd blog.

I wrote 4500 words last night, in an unexpected flurry of activity. I started by struggling to do one and a half thousand, then decided to try for two, at which point it seemed logical to try for three, at which point I got a little carried away and realised I'd nearly reached 30,000 words total so I may as well go for it!

Upside: several days ahead in Nanowrimo, reached the scary peak of 30K, totally psyched.

Downside: so psyched I couldn't sleep, very very tired all day at work (many cups of tea helped though) and so only managed a measley 600 tonight. Meh.

Much as I'm enjoying it, I'll be glad when it's over. I want to write, I love writing, and I love doing this. But now my love has been, if not precisely rekindled, then the gas has been turned up higher, I want to write more and different things as well! I want to do articles and more shorts and TEH BIG STOREH who has been more than usually neglected of late. I'm just over half way through the month now, and I'm itching to do more! If only there were more hours in the day. Mind, I'd probably spend them all sleeping.

Sunday, 15 November 2009


I forgot to do a blog today.


I'll do one tomorrow, probably.
(My excuse is that I was writing, so I don't feel too bad)

Monday, 9 November 2009

All Sorts of Stuff

Last week was a depressing and stressy week of annoyance and b*llocks. Yes, b*llocks, but at least I censored it. Last weekend, however, was a beautiful isolated glade of loveliness, in which myself and Kaleidoscope Alchemist went to stay in a beautiful B&B in Mablethorpe for three nights. It was the Cross Guest House and is quite simply one of the nicest places ever.

Nanowrimo wise, it's going OK. There were a few days last week where I couldn't bring myself to do any but right now I'm on 19,000 words which is about a day ahead of where I should be so I'm pretty happy with that. The actual story is a pile of unmitigated balls, but can I expect any more from what is essentially speed writing?

Balls aside, I officially heart Nanowrimo. Even though it's stressy and it takes at least an hour and a half every day when I'm knackered, and even though I kinda hate what I'm writing, I'm still so glad I'm doing it and I look forward to doing it again. I feel like I'm learning an awful lot from it, and that's really the point. Yay!

I recently ended a post bigging up Hula Hoops and Kitkat caramels. This week I end with being annoyed with the Jane Austen Centre.

Anyone who knows me knows I'm an enormous regency bore, and that I can't get enough of the stuff. Which make my intense dislike of the Jane Austen Centre even more worthy of comment, I think. I don't know why I'm still on their mailing list, I guess I enjoy being outraged by the fact that they wouldn't help me with my dissertation (bitter much?), yet they will peddle any vaguely Austen-related crap to squeeze a few more pennies out of one who is already one of the world's most popular authors. Hang your head in shame, Jane Austen Centre. And stop selling so much rubbish.