Archive | December 2009

A few important decisions

My goals for September have been set for 2 days, and so far they’re going well.  Yesterday I went on Oneword.com to use their word prompt for a minute’s writing.  Then I decided I’d carry on with that bit of writing to get my goal for yesterday.  I think I made 280 or something.

Today, I had an idea for a children’s story – or collection of stories – so started on that.  500 words later I’m really liking the idea.  It’s cool. I might work on that a bit more for the next few days.  I don’t really know the exacts of what’s going to happen, but I know the set up, how it starts and basically the outline – that’s good enough to work on.

One of my friends sent me some information about a job that she thought would be perfect for me yesterday.  It’s a bit more money, but probably worse hours (I love my 10am start!) and would mean that I’d get paid to work, not get paid to work for a few hours then just look pretty (as the expression goes) on reception for the rest while I surf the net and write. 

I was really torn about whether to apply for it or not, so over dinner last night (in what will probably become our ‘local’  near his new home – awesome food!) I discussed it with my boyfriend.  He pretty much is of the same opinion as me that I’m never in my life going to be in the unique position I am of getting paid for a job where there’s so little work I can write pretty much as much as I want.  If I’m ever going to try to make it as a writer, now is my chance to try.  I’ve always thought that, but when something gets flashed in front of your eyes, it makes you think.  Especially when it would be better money – not loads better, but better non the less.

He said something really nice – that in his eyes, I wake up and want to write, and go to bed and want to write, therefore as I have an oportunity to, I should write.  I like that.  That makes me feel like maybe I am a writer.  In my head a writer is someone who makes money from selling things they’ve written, but that’s not really true.  I’ve just written a novel.  That really should make me a writer, shouldn’t it?! 

That’s the other thing.  I’ve just written a novel.  If I moved jobs now, what would the chances of it ever getting edited be?  Small?  None?  I’ve written a novel, not for my health (I would not have partaken in Nano for my health) but with the intention of trying to sell it.  That is, at the end of the day, why writers write.  I need to try.  If I fail I fail,  but at least I will have tried.  But, I might succeed.  Imagine…

Another thing we discussed last night was his mum’s love of Mills & Boon books.  I said, as an off the cuff comment, that I should give her a copy of my Mills & Boon book for Christmas – he thought it was a great idea, so after a bit of discussion I’ve decided I will.  He thinks that she will give her honest opinion of it, which is really what I need at the moment.  So, I’m going to have to get it into a state where it can be read – in the next nine days.  That means typing up the 2000+ words that are hand written.  I’ve also decided I’m going to have a quick read through just to check it all makes sense.  He he – I’ve found the excuse I’ve been looking for all month not to leave it alone until January.  Woop.

If I’m letting her read it, I feel it would only be fair to let my mum read it too, she’d be gutted if she knew someone else read it before her.  If I’m letting two people read it, I may as well let three.  One of my boyfriend’s friends has asked if he can read it.  As he’s an arty person himself – he acts in small local plays – so I feel pretty comfortable letting him read it.  He even stayed interested in it when I told him it was a Mills & Boon book.  Wow.  I’m letting three people read my, unedited, book! 

Maybe four actually, John from Bikemymoko wants to read it.  Although I think I’d like it to be in a better condition when he reads it – he’s written a novel himself that is pretty damn good I think. 

As a little non writing related add-on – It’s snowing!  In real life and on my blog.  Ahhhhh, I love snow.

Late December’s goals

Over the summer I got into a good habit of making monthly writing goals. Then Nano happened when my only goal for November was 50,000 words and because I was busy with Nano I didn’t review October’s goals, then I was out of the habit (and forgot) to do any for December.  I’m half tempted to say as we’re notw half way through, I’m not going to make any, but having a goal encourages me to write, and as I’m not doing any writing at the moment I am going to make some. 

The second half of December’s goals are:

  •  Write 250 words per day (fiction). 
  • Do 12 blogs.  Include at least one weekend blog.
  • Read 2 novels – Dan Brown’s Digital Fortress and The Chocolate Run by Dorothy Koomson (not on my To Read list, but one I picked up a while ago and have been dying to read since)
  • Write a magazine article for my writing course.

I can do that – no problem.  Hell, if I can write 50,000 in a month I can do this. 

Better crack on with it…

Cold Monday’s woes!

So much for blogging this weekend.  Saturday= hideous hangover.  Sunday= work + helping boyfriend move.  Therefore no blogging or writing. 

I still haven’t made any decisions over what I’m going to work on next.  I want to do holiday, but there’s just something stopping me.  I’d quite like a small project to work on next – maybe a short story or something, but I don’t seem to have any ideas.  Is this the lull that people say can occur after NaNo, or is it just me being lazy?  From tomorrow, no today actually, I’m going to set myself a 250 word a day goal.  I know I can do that pretty easily, I managed it in October anyway, so should be able to do it.  Work’s pretty quiet at the moment so I have the time (although I’ll use the excuse I’m spending a lot of time looking for Christmas presents on the internet so using it wisely!).

I’ve not got very far with the book I’m reading.  It’s Dan Brown’s Digital Fortress.  I like it so far, it’s almost started as a love story, which is a great way to get me hooked!  I’m not sure I’m going to understand it, I don’t understand the synopsis on the back cover, so who knows how I’m meant to understand the book.  We will see.

Meg Gardiner asked her readers on her blog today, what were their favourite books they read this year.  When I first read it I though that would be a great question, that I’d read loads of books, and it would be great fun going through them all to find which were my favourite.  Oh dear.  I’ve actually only read (or recorded here anyway) 17 books this year.  That’s shocking, I swear I used to read about 3/4 a month.  I need to step up on my reading next year. 

I then read through my list of books, and found that I read quite a lot of books that I wasn’t very impressed with, and loved?  Not many.  I wanted to do as other people had done and create a top ten.  I can’t put my hand on my heart and say I have 10 favourite books of 2009.  Out of the 17 I’ve read, I really enjoyed 3 and only loved 3.  6 out of 17.  That’s terrible.  The rest were either terrible (only a couple) or just ok.  The three I loved are:

The Dirty Secrets Club by Meg Gardiner

High Society by Ben Elton

This Charming Man by Marian Keyes

And the three I really enjoyed are:

Singletini by Amanda Trimble

Brown Girls by John Wesley Ireland

Perfect: Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

Not much to show for a year’s reading. But at least there’s six I really enjoyed.  I will read more next year!  Better stop this and go read some….

This week’s writing

It’s FRIDAY!!!  Yay!  Even better than that though, it’s Christmas Party Friday.  One of my favourite days of the year!  Especially as we’re going to a Moroccan restaurant, and I LOVE Moroccan food!

So, writing then.  I don’t feel like I’ve achieved much this week.  Mainly because I haven’t.  I don’t know if that’s me taking a little break after the madness of NovelPI and NaNo over the last 2 months, or if it’s me not having a goal to meet daily so doing the total opposite and doing nothing.

Yesterday was pretty good.  I did a bit of writing from a prompt (I blogged about yesterday) then did free writing for about 25 minutes, which, after a bit of blah, ended up being something that could go in somewhere for something.  It’s about a girl who is meant to be meeting a date.  He’s an hour late.  I didn’t get too far, but it’s writing so I’m really happy with myself for doing something. 

I’ve also been writing the Oneword daily one minute writing challenges this week, so I guess I have been doing something.  Just not much, and it’s really all been towards the end of the week.  Lets hope I can keep it going, and start doing more over the weekend and into next week. 

Saying that though, I’m helping the boyfriend move on Saturday then working at job number 2 on Sunday, so I won’t have that much time.  Actually, after doing NovelPI and NaNo, I know you can always find time to write, even if it’s just 250 words a day.  Something that I now don’t think is that much – not when I did 7k on 29th November!

Short and sweet today guys.  Have a good weekend 🙂

Reading list and an Italian frame of mind?

I can’t get the words out today.  Normally my blogs are the words that spill out my head as I think them (you may have noticed) then just tidied up at the end, but today the words just don’t sound right coming out. 

I’m trying to say that I need to expand my ‘To Read’ list to be a list of books that are more than ‘Chick lit’ and ‘How To’ books.  I’ve just found a list by The Guardian of 50 Books You Must Read.  I need to read some of these.  I don’t want to be a person that hasn’t read the ‘classics’, and more.  Looking at the URL of the website, I’ve found that this list is movie adaptations, even so, it’s still a good list.  I’m going  to take some and add them to my list.  I’ll probably actually do some more research on ‘Classics’ then add them on. 

I’m going to try to read something with a bit more to it every few months.  I’d like to get to this time next year and be able to read over the books I’ve read, and be happier with them than I am this year.  I love chick lit and I could read it all day every day, but I have to read more than that.

I found a really good writing prompt on WordPress today here.  Victanguera found a photo on Flickr of a bottle and coffee on a coffee shop table.  I loved it, so wrote a little on what came to mind seeing it.  Worryingly it was a scene set in Italy (I think the espresso was the hint for that one) with a handsome Italian man and an English woman as the main characters.  Hmmm, where have I seen that before?  Oh, in the book I’ve just written about an English girl falling in love with an Italian man, in Italy.  I need to stop it and find something else to write about – something different.

I’ve started wondering today if I don’t want to go back to ‘Holiday’ now, because the story is set along the same lines as II – girl goes to a wedding abroad and falls in love.  It’s totally different, the story, the POV, the age of the characters, the characters, but maybe it’s a little to similar to be going to straight after II?  I don’t know.  

I think right now I’m going to focus on little things (daily writing prompts etc), not monumental feats, like another book.  Even if I am about 1/3 of the way through it already.

This is going to sound silly, but it’s really only just hitting me that I’ve written a novel.  Ok, so it needs editing to hell, but I’ve actually started and finished a whole novel.  A whole 50,500+ words.  Wow!  I know I’ve been planning on doing that for as long as I can remember, and the actual idea of the novel has been floating round my head for about 10 years,  but I’ve actually sat down and done it. Get me. 

The really good thing though, is that I’m going to do it again.  And hopefully again and again.  They say EVERYONE has a novel in them, well I’m not going to be one of those ‘everyone’s  – I’m going to be one of those ‘writers’ and write more than just one.  I don’t think I’ve really looked at it in the bigger picture terms – I’d just looked at is as a great achievement for November and for Nano, but really, this is a great life achievement.  If I could I’d pat myself on the back right now 🙂

A book, a course and a list

I really really want to read Italian Infatuation.  I don’t know whether to give in to this need, or do as I planned and leave it until next year. 

I’m going to now have another moan about this silly writing course I’m doing.  It’s not silly.  I have enjoyed it, and I’m sure I will again soon.  But for some reason, I’m just really stuck on this article thing.  I can’t decide what to do it about.  I think if I decide on something it will be fine, I’ll be able to do the research and all will be good – but deciding is just hard.  I’m finding it hard anyway.  I need to just shut up about it and do it. 

My step mum’s asked for a Christmas list from me – oooh, exciting, I’ve mainly put books on it.  Yay! 🙂

Short and sweet today!

Word of the day

Today’s WOTD from Wordsmith is Periphrastic.  I don’t know if it’s just me (probably), but I think it sounds dirty!  Boringly it’s not, the definition they use is:

1. Using a roundabout form of expression; wordy.
2. Formed by the use of two or more words instead of inflection. Examples:
“daughter of John” (compared with “John’s daughter)
“It did happen” (compared with “It happened”)
“more stupid” (compared with “stupider”)
“Do you have” (compared with “Have you”)

I do like that.  I really want to learn these words, but I’m sure in a couple of weeks I will have totally forgotten about them.  My Mum’s asked for one of those Brain Training things for Christmas – I totally think I should get one too.

Speaking of ‘Getting’ things.  I got my Wii yesterday – woo hoo.  My boyfriend’s best mate is about to emergrate to Australia so was getting rid of his stuff a few weeks ago.  He sold my man a Wii, broken Xbox loads of games and DVDs.  He already has a Wii, so that was always going to go to me (cause he’s such an awesome person!)  The question was, when?  To help to motivate me to 50,000 words for NaNo, he said if I completed it I could have it now, but if not I could have it for Christmas.  I completed it, so am now a proud owner of a Wii.  Yay.  The probelm is games – we’re going to fight over them.  I’m going to buy Wii Fit or Fitness Coach or something to try to lose some weight before Christmas.  Anything is worth a try!!