Archive | October 2009

No blogging for a couple of days

That’s right, I’ll be totally off-line for the next couple of days. As off-line as you can get actually – I’ll be in hospital. It’s just a minor little thing so will be out by next week, but will be ‘recuperating’ at home for another week or so.  By recuperating I hope I mean writing!

I’m a little worried that this means I’m going to fail on NovelPI as I’m not sure if I’ll get a chance to write tomorrow and Saturday.  I’m sure I will so am worrying about nothing, but having never been into hospital before I haven’t a clue.

I’ve just bought a couple of books – Flash Forward by Robert J Sawyer and No Plot No Problem by Chris Baty.  I think my timing is terrible – because of these postal strikes I’ll probably not get them until Christmas!  But they’re on their way.  Yippee. 

I also went to the library to return a couple of books, and ended up getting a few more out (shhhhhhh, don’t tell the boyfriend – lets hope this is a blog he doesn’t read properly!).  They are all in the name of research though, so I’m fine with it; they’re all Mills and Boon books. 

I’ve spent a lot of time on the NaNoWriMo website today – looking at and commenting on the forums.  I think that might be my downfall during November, but I’ll try to stay away!  I did find a couple of people who will also be writing Mills and Boon books, so I feel it was all worthwhile. 

See ya in a few days!

Last NovelPI days

Sadly it’s coming up to the end of the NovelPI October challenge (to write 250 words a day – every day).  I can’t believe this time last month I was only thinking about it, and that I thought I wouldn’t be able to do it everyday – and yet now I’ve signed up for NaNo.  What?  Crazy.  There have been a few days where it’s been a really challenge to write, but generally it’s been ok.  I’ve even managed to write with a hangover a couple of times! 

It’s been a really good thing for me to do.  I never would have believed I could write so much in such a short length of time – I don’t know my word count for it, but it mus be pushing 20,000 – well over the 7,500 goal.  I didn’t even think that I’d have the motivation to write EVERYDAY, but happily I’ve proved myself wrong.  There are times I’m happy I’m wrong!  Thanks Kait for organising this – it’s been so beneficial to me!

I’m going into hospital on Friday so have no idea if I’ll be able to write then or on Saturday – I’ll give it a go, but can’t promise.  I also don’t know how long I’ll be in there, so don’t know if I’ll even be able to start NaNo on Sunday.  I really hope I’m out by then – not just for the sake of my writing, also because I don’t want to be there – I think I’ll get better much better at home!

I’ve finished reading the first of my collection of Mills & Boon books.  I  know they suggest that you read a selection of the different series’ to know which one you’d rather write for, but I know ‘Romance’ is the one for me, without a question.  I actually knew when I was in the library looking at them, but after reading this one I know for sure.  And my idea for ‘Italian Infatuation’ fits in with it perfectly.  I’ve worked out the hero’s internal conflict – I wasn’t sure about it before, but I know it and it’s going to work so well.  I’m really excited about starting it now. 

My boyfriend said this morning he’s going to start throwing my books away – one per week.  It sounds really mean, but I know it’s his way of saying ‘get on and read through that massive stack of books you have’.  I can kind of see his point my book shelf is now full and has a growing second layer of books.  Oops.  Hopefully next week I’ll get loads of reading done.   Hopefully he won’t keep to his threat!

I’ve just checked the TV guide for next week.  I’ve been hoping that Diagnosis Murder is on (it sometimes is sometimes isn’t).  I wasn’t too worried though, cause when it’s not on, Murder She Wrote is.  They’re both on!  Woo hoo!  That’s a couple of hours of trashy TV I’ll be watching a day next week.  I’m never going to want to come back to work (I think I know that already!).  How sad am I.  Happily sad though!!

Nano worries

Good morning.  I’m feeling surprisingly refreshed for a Monday morning.  But then the sun is shining, the birds are singing (I imagine, I can’t say I’ve seen any in central London this morning) and best of all, I’ve only got 4 working days this week, no working days next week and then 4 the week after.  Nice. 

I am however starting to get terrified about NaNo.  I’m going to have to write 1667 words on average a day.  What have I let myself in for?  This weekend I managed about 500 total.  It doesn’t help that I didn’t have a computer all weekend so I had to write by hand, which I hate doing.  I’ll have to make sure I ALWAYS have a computer with me in November.

This week I’m going to aim to do as many words as possible a day – warm myself up for Nano.  Also to get through as much of ‘Holiday’ as I can before I have to give it up for a month.  I’m going to be sad to leave it as I’m really enjoying it.  Although at the moment I’m writing scenes where the MC gets dumped and doesn’t get the promotion she was expecting, so it’s a little sad.  I did get pretty emotional writing it as I had to remember how it felt to get dumped then imagine on top of that  losing out on a promotion to an arch rival.  I hope the emotion I felt comes through when it’s read.

I guess I should also do some more planning for my Nano novel.  There’s just not enough hours in the day!

1837 words – more than NaNoWriMo

That’s how many words I wrote towards ‘Holiday’ yesterday.  It felt like a lot.  But doable.  Doable once anyway, I have no idea how I’m going to manage to do nearly that amount A DAY in November.  Eek.  (Eek by the way is my new favourite word, since I signed up to NaNo I’ve been using it A LOT!).

I think I’ve linked twitter up to this blog.  I think that means when I post this blog it comes up on Twitter (I’m new2writinggirl over there).  No idea if it will or if I’ve actually managed it.  I used to think I was pretty good with computers, but it seems technology and programs have moved on quicker than me (I’m only in my late 20’s it’s not like I’m old and having problems!).

I’m starting to have major worries that my writing doesn’t give enough descriptions of places, people etc.  I’m terrified to go back and read what I’ve written recently now in case I want to re write it now.  Untl now I’ve been quite happy doing this ‘just write’ thing and edit later.  I know people have problems doing it, but I manage it quite well – maybe because I’d read people suggesting to do it that way before I started writing so it’s the only way I know.  It’s only now I’m having doubts.  I’m resisting though.

I’m starting to get more ideas for my novel for NaNo, and nicely they’re just coming to me, I’ve not spent that much time actually sat down plotting.  I’ve also been exploring the NaNo website more – it’s great.  You can register where you live then there are ‘meet ups’.  It’s so exciting.  I’m now gutted I’ve got my operation next Friday as there are a couple of Kick off parties that I think would be fun to go to.  There’s one on Thursday I’m debating going to, not a good idea I know when I’ve got to be in the hospital at 7.30 the next morning (especially as I’ve banned my boyfriend from going out that night – I need a shoulder to worry on!). 

The weekend is nearly here.  Yay!  My last weekend until December that I don’t have to do loads of writing (well, 250 a day for NovelPI is still a lot I guess, but not 1667!) and I’m going to make the most of it.  Happy weekend everyone! 🙂

Character Names

I’ve just decided that I need to get all the character names in ‘Holiday’ sorted.  I know I’ve said this before, but it’s really annoying me now having (FRIEND) (STEPDAD) etc all over my writing.  I also need to have written down who all the secondary characters are – something I’ve not done until now.  I’m having problems with the names.  I know some people have names already, and I thought I knew them, but now I’ve come to write them down, I’ve forgotten who’s who.  I want to be at home right now to go through my 20 or so pages of notes to find out.  Presuming I’ve written them down.  I hope so.

I had a little count up of how many words I’ve written for ‘Holiday’ today.  With what I’ve written today (so far) I’ve done just over 19,000 words.  WOW! I hope to get to 20k today.  On the last attempt of writing a novel I got as far as 6k and kind of gave up.  I’m really happy I’ve done so many.  I guess I’m aiming for 80 – 100k when it’s finished, so I’m about 1/5 – 1/4 done already.  Go me.  The majority of these have been done in the last four weeks.  That’s pretty good.  About 4 or 5k need to be completely re written as they’re written 3rd person and it’s now going to be 1st, but that’s not something I’m worried about.  I may have to rewrite it all when I’m done so really it’s not something I’m worrying, or even thinking, about now!

I read through the Mills & Boon website the other day for info on their different series’.  That coupled with me going to the library and actually looking at some, and reading one presently, I think I know which one I’m going to aim my NaNo novel at.  The ‘Romance’ series is right up my street.  The more I read them, and read the synopsis’ of them the more I think it.  That’s a big weight off my shoulders, I was worried about that.  No need!

My boyfriend is sorting my broken laptop problem.  He got a new one himself a couple of months ago, so is going to let me have his old one (which in turn was given to him by a friend who got a new one). YES!!!  I was getting a bit worried about how I was going to write my novel for NaNo when my laptop’s not in a very useable state.  Such a relief.

Research

I’m working an early shift today; somehow I always seem to get more writing and writing work done during these shifts.  By 9am I’d already written my 250+ quota of writing ‘holiday’ for NovelPI today.  9am!  I’ve done loads of surfing: twitter, WordPress and the NaNo website.  And, I’ve now worked on the plan for my novel and done some research for it.  It’s a very quiet day at work!

The research has been good fun – looking at how to get married in Italy (always good to throw a little wedding stuff into the day – scare the boyfriend a little, he he) as well as holidays, villas, flights etc to Italy.  I wish I could go there for some real research.

I came up with a working title for my NaNo novel – ‘Italian Infatuation’.  I’m a bit happier with that than the working title for ‘Holiday’ – I hate that. I have a small issue with this new one, I once started a short story I called ‘Citrus Affection’ and in my mind they are very similar.  It’s only a working title so I’m not going to worry about it.

What I have just realised I might need to worry about is the fact that the novel I am currently writing and the one I’m planning both feature a wedding as a major part of them.  I’m wondering if they’re too similar.  They’re not at all, but they could be seen to be.  I’ve always said that if I wrote any Mills & Boon books I’d use a psudo name, and kind of think I will use one for my other writing.  So probably nothing to worry about.  I will for a day or so anyway though. I always do.  Sigh.

NaNoWriMo

I’ve done it.  I’ve taken the big plunge.  I’ve signed up for NaNoWriMo.  I think I’m mad, I must be mad.  I don’t think I’ve written 50k words IN MY LIFE, but now think I can do it in a month.  What have I done? 

In all seriousness, although I’m terrified at the same time I’m quite calm about it.  I have 7 working days off work to recover from a minor operation so figure I can do a whole load in those days.  I’m half thinking I might take 30th November off, just in case I need to have the day to complete my word count; I do have a couple more holiday days to take this year! 

I guess if I was going to worry, I should worry more about what I’m going to write.  I have a basic idea for a novel – a Mills & Boon style novel – but only a basic idea.  To write 50k words in a month, I need a lot more that a basic idea.  I also need to do a lot of research of Mills & Boon books – but I love reading so that’s not a problem.

I’m kind of cut up that I’m getting on so well with ‘holiday’ and I’m going to have to leave it in a couple of weeks, but it is only for a month.  As soon as December hits I can get back into it.

Speaking of ‘holiday’ I checked my (and everyone else’s) word status for week 2 of NovelPI yesterday.  I did even better in the second week, I wrote 6,572.  I’m really happy with that.  It’s not the 12,000+ I’ll be needing to write for NaNoWriMo, but it’s much, much better than the 1,750 I’m aiming for during this NovelPI.  Go me. 

I need to go to the library to take some books back today.  I’ve lost track a little with the books I’ve got out and the ones I’ve taken back – oops.  I’m taking back a couple of children’s books I got out for research.  With signing up for NaNoWriMo I’ll put the idea of a children’s book on the back burner!  While I’m there I’m going to pick up some Mills & Boon books.  I love being a library member!

The A – Z game

It’s been really hard getting myself motivated to do some writing today.  First I was reading, then going for a run, then shopping, then cooking.  Now I find myself very slightly tipsy after dinner with 250 words to write.  Damn.  Maybe there will be a rewrite tomorrow.

For today’s blog, I thought I’d post my shot at the A-Z game posted by Merrilee Faber over at Not Enough Words.

The rules are this: write a story that is 26 sentences long. The first sentence must start with the letter ‘A’, and every following sentence begins with the subsequent letter of the alphabet, ending with ‘Z’.

It’s not my best work, so I’m not sure why I’m posting this as a first piece by me, but it’s the game I guess.  I’d love constructive criticism….

All around her were strange noises;

Birds squawked and squabbled among themselves, small animals moved quickly between the trees, ignoring her. 

Cally wondered what she was doing here, would he turn up, would he actually like her once they got together?

Does she know him well enough to be traipsing about here alone?

Enough to trust he’ll look after her once she finds him, look after her for life hopefully. 

‘Fairies may exist’, she thought, ‘they’ll look after me’. 

 ‘Guide me to him’.

 Hoping this was true she carried on;

 Ignoring the strange noises. 

Jumping suddenly, she heard a bang behind her.

Kneeling down she hid from the threatened danger.

Looking through the long grass she saw nothing.

Maybe he’s changed his mind, she thought.

Never!

Over on her bottom she turned to get herself back on her feet. 

Panic came over her as she got closer to the clearing and heard music, could she finally be at the end of her quest?

Queen’s music was playing from an old gramophone so close to her.

‘Racing heart slow down’ she told herself.

Staring through the trees she saw him, leaning away from her over a set dinner table.

Trembling all over she edged closer to him.

Unbeknown to her, he had heard her coming and turned to kiss her.

Vainglory – she’d been through so much, but she’d got her man eventually.

Winking he sat her on the chair next to him.

X-rays couldn’t help her see deeper into his heart right now, she knew it was love.  

Yawn, she was so tired, it had been such a long journey to get to him.

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz: She fell asleep in his arms

Back to normal today

After yesterday’s blog on Climate Change for Blog Action Day yesterday, I’m back to writing about writing today.  Sod’s law though, yesterday I had loads of writing things I wanted to write about, today I can’t think of any – yet!

I’ve done the number of words I need to do for NovelPI today, which I’m happy with, but want to do more.  I’m working from another office today, so not had the chance to do as much as I would like; I’m going home tonight, but don’t have my laptop (or boyfriend’s laptop) to do more.  Everything I’ve done today is written by hand, so I could carry on with that, but it’s so much slower than typing and I know that at some point it will have to be typed up, I feel like it’s a waste of time. 

I might do some more planning on one of the other novels I’m thinking about doing.  The Mills & Boon style  book I’m doing has three alternative ideas, I can’t decide which I like the most.  I think I know which will work better for the market, but it’s not as well planned as another idea.  I don’t know.

I was chatting about writing today to someone I know who’s just done a journalism course.  I feel really comfortable talking to people who do or want to do anything related to writing about writing, but not my non writing friends.  It’s weird.  Other than my boyfriend and two of my closest friends, no one knows I’m doing my course.  That might be because I got a negative reaction about it from one of my friends, and I don’t want that again, I need positive people surrounding me for this, not negative ones.  Only my boyfriend, and now this guy I was chatting to today, know I’m writing a novel.  And yet I don’t have a problem telling anyone that wants to see on WordPress, or indeed over on Twitter.  I guess that’s just a confidence thing – I’m not confident about my writing yet, so on here I can hide behind the anonymity of Newtowritinggirl. 

Which brings me on to my writing.  I will post this A-Z game I did the other day, I was going to today, but I don’t have access to it over here.  Damn.  I’ll post it over the weekend, or early next week.  I need to get over this fear of showing off my work – and the sooner the better if I want to get my work published at some point.  

I realised yesterday, I’ve been so caught up this month on NovelPI, forcing myself to write at least 250 words a day on ‘Holiday’ that I’ve forgotten about my writing course.  Not even putting it to the back of my mind, but genuinely forgetting about it.  Oh dear.  I may try and work on it this weekend.  Or I may try to focus my energy on writing a more detailed plan for the next novel.  Especially if I want to do NaNoWriMo.  I’m working a whole 8 hours at the second job tomorrow which I don’t want to do, but I really need the money.  Because I’m always exhausted after it writing tomorrow will be really hard.  I’ve not failed a day yet in October and am not planning on starting now!!!

Climate Change: A blog for Blog Action Day 2009

A bit of a change from the usual blog about writing here guys.  Today is Blog Action Day, where people from around the world unite to blog about one subject – this year being Climate Change.

When I first heard this was the topic it worried me a little, what can I write about Climate Change?  I thought I’d have to do loads of research on it.  But then I realised that wouldn’t be in line with my blog.  My blog is about how I’m feeling, what I’m doing etc.  So that’s what I’ll do.

Climate change is something we should all think about, but do we really?  I’m thinking about my life and how much I do to stop, or help limit climate change.

I live in London, so travel most places by public transport.  I think I must drive about 2 or 3 thousand miles a year – a lot less than the 12 or 13 I used to drive when I didn’t live in London.  That’s quite a substantial drop that must help.

I ALWAYS do my washing at 30 degrees C.  That definitely helps.  If I had a machine that cleaned at a lower temperature (like these new ones that clean at 15) – and they definitely worked – I would reduce it even further.

I’m quite good with my heating in my house, in the winter we use the timer so it’s only on when it needs to be on, and we try to avoid it the rest of the year.  It’s mid October now, and we only have it on in the morning now – we just kind of get on with it in the evenings. 

I still fly – and I think I always will while it remains accessable to the people.  I love exploring new places so that’s one thing I won’t be giving up.  When I do fly, and there is the option to pay for your carbon footprint to be reversed, I always make that payment.  It’s really bad to say, but I don’t know what they do to reverse it.  I feel like I should.  Oops.  That’s something I’ve got from this Blog Action Day – I’ll find out what airlines do when I pay extra for this. 

So that’s me.  A little about me and climate change, or rather what I’m doing to help limit any further drastic climate change.  The point of Blog Action day is to get people talking about the subject.  So readers, do you have anything you’d like to say about it?

*Normal writing blog will return tomorrow – I thought this was an important subject that should be addressed, and blogged about on a day like this!*