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Thriller and suspense reading challenge 2010

Don’t you love it when things fall into place.  A few days ago I was talking about how I’ve not read enough books this year, and I’m going to make myself read lots lots more next year.  Then yesterday I was roaming about the World Wide Web, when I stumbled upon this reading challenge on ‘Book Chick City’ for next year.  What an excellent idea.  Read all about it and join in the fun here.  I’ve never done anything like this, but was inspired so much by Novel Push initiative and NaNoWriMo that I figure it’s a good way for me to go.

The challenge is to read 12 Thriller/Suspense novels from January to December.  I’m already thinking what I’m going to read. Meg Gardiner and John Grisham spring to mind immediately.  I’m a little annoyed I’m reading Digital Fortress now as that would be perfect for it, but hopefully Dan Brown’s new one will work for it.  I’ve read one Linwood Barclay book so this will be a good chance to read some more.  I also think I’ll use it as a way to discover new authors.  BCC is encouraging people to post reviews of the novels they read, so should be able to get some good people there.  Yay. 

In other news, I’ve nearly finished typing up the  bit of Italian Infatuation that was hand written.  By the time I go to sleep tonight it should be all done, I’ll just need to read it before I can print it for the mums in my life for their presents. 

I’ve just bought a magazine to do a review of for my writing course.  I’d like to get a big chunk of that done this weekend.  I’ve done it already, but it was for April/May’s issue, so slightly out of date.  As I know the set up, should be easy.  It’s just time-consuming as I need to count article length etc.

I read a forum a few days ago where people were discussing how long it takes them to write articles.  It made me realise I’m probably thinking too much about the article I’m writing for my writing course assignment.  I just need to do it.  It will take minimal research so really shouldn’t take forever.  Especially not the 8-9 months it’s been hanging around at the back of my mind.  I want to get a chunk of it done this weekend too.  I don’t know where I think all the time is going to come from this weekend – I’m working tomorrow, have a drinking night out tomorrow night, then have Christmas shopping to do on Sunday.  Maybe an early night tonight…

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October’s goals

I hope that I achieve more in October than I ever have before.  I really feel like I’m on a run with my writing course, I seem to be doing lots of reading and now I’ve signed up to the Novel Push Initiative I’ll be doing at least 250 words a day on holiday.  Here we go then:

  • Write 15,000 words.  I’ll be doing at least 7,750 for NovelPI, 20 blogs of at least 250 words gives 5,000 then a few more for other thing’s I’ll do.
  • 20 blogs on WordPress
  • 4 weekend posts.  As I’m going to be writing every weekend for NovelPI I may as well do more posts.
  • Read 2 novels
  • Read 4 children’s books.  I’m quite into the idea of writing a children’s book, so need to do research, research, research.
  • Finish assignment 2 for my writing course.  Hopefully once I get past this project I should be able to fly through the course (maybe not fly through it, but continue steadily with it).

That looks like quite a lot and I’ve actually had to limit myself.  I wanted to set myself much higher goals, but think it’s better to have achievable ones than way far out ones.  As long as I stay motivated through the whole month I should be fine.

Elsewhere.  I’ve now done days 1 and 2 of NovelPI, and done really well on both.  I got just under 450 yesterday and today I’m currently sitting just above 700.  Both days I’ve felt like I can write loads more, and am having to stop myself for fear of burn out.  I’m a little scared that if I write for as long as I want on the project I’ll either get bored of it, or write as much as I can that’s been plotted.  If I get as far as having written everything I’ve plotted, I’ll just have to plot more. 

I need to do that anyway.  So far I have the story planned 90% before the holiday, then once they get on holiday, I’ve only planned about 20%.  The important 20%, but not enough to fill in some blanks and a whole holiday of activities.  I also have made quite a significant change to the family structure of the heroine.  Well, I think I have.  It’s something I can’t decide on right now.

During my lunch hour I’m going to go to the library and send the email (or at least start the email) to hopefully get people to help with my assignment.  I’m not all that confident that will be the way to do it, but that’s all the ideas I got at the moment.  Fingers crossed. 

I’ve started a Twitter account to go in conjunction with this.  I’ve actually set it up so I can check in for NovelPI, but I guess it’s a good idea anyway.  I don’t really know what I’m doing with it, so who knows how much it will be used.  If you want to follow me I’m new2writinggirl. 

I’ve started on novel number one for this month.  I’m going for some chick lit.  Yay.  Cecelia Ahearn’s Thanks for the Memories.  It did that horrible making me cry on the tube thing this morning.  In the first few chapters too.  I don’t even really care about the characters in it yet.  I’m just a soppy so and so.

Too old for children’s books?

I am of course way too old to be reading 5 years+ books from the library.  I was therefore slightly worried they wouldn’t let me take any out – let alone two.  I thought maybe children would have to have their own cards and you could only take them out on that – shows how used to using libraries I am.  They let me, no problem.

So why am I now in possession of two children’s books aimed at the 5+ year old market?  Research.  Research for my children’s book about the number five dog.  I know that to write a book, I need to know what kind of thing they have in their books.  Not sure if I can get away with reading them on the tube? 

I’m going to send an email off tonight to try and get people to volunteer to be interviewed for my assignment.  I hope I get some people coming back saying they’d like to be.

I don’t feel like writing today, having a pretty rubbish day with car problems and worries about travel this weekend without said car.  I’m going to try and make myself do at least something though.

Nearly October… eek!

That is really scary.  Where has this month gone?  I’ve been good this month and not counted up my words written yet.  I think that when I reach my goal before the end of the month I get a bit lazy and can’t really be bothered to do any more.  So this month I’ve purposely not counted.  I know it’s going to be my higher than my goal though – I’ve been on fire this  month.

Yesterday was my day to my self – that I was going to spend (partly) doing some writing.  I didn’t.  But, I did do some good things so I’m not going to beat myself up about it.  I went for a run (the first for about 2 months and I did pretty well – my aching muscles today show that!), ate healthy proper cooked meals and had a spring clean.  I feel refreshed because of it all so hopefully that will propel me on my way to do some writing.

My laptop is possibly on its way out; I know I’ve been saying that for a while, but last night the screen was flashing on and off for about 20 minutes.  Luckily for me I have a lovely boyfriend who A. has a massive external hard disk that I can save my stuff on, and B. a nice new laptop that he is happy to let me use.  I’m going to have to get a new one, just not right now.  I’ll probably get one through a mobile broadband package thing – spend x a month and get a free laptop.  It’s not really something I can afford, but it’s a necessity when I’m doing a writing course. 

Speaking of the writing course.  I accidently read my next assignment yesterday.  Well, part of it anyway.  It genuinely was an accident – I thought it was my current assignment.  Oh well.  It looks interesting anyway.  The course is structured so you do non fiction first, then move on to fiction.  I cannot wait to get to the fiction bit.  Must hurry!  I’d ideally like to have the current assignment finished by the end of the month so when I’m off for that week after my operation, I can work on the next assignment.  That’s the plan anyway. 

I think I’m all ready to interview people for the assignment.  I think I’m all prepared.  I know it’s being a bit of a wimp, but I think I’m going to do these ones via email.  It is me being a wimp completely, I’m scared to do it face to face or on the phone; the way I see it though is it will build my confidence in interviewing so next time I’ll be braver and do it face to face or on the phone!

Oh, finally, I finished The Dirty Secrets Club.  Loved it.  Really happy as now I’ll read the Memory Collector – which was really the one I wanted!  Also I’m now going to read something very chick lit-y.  I haven’t done for ages – can’t wait.

Today’s thoughts

There are not enough hours in the day.  Fact.  If there were more hours in the day I would be able to fit in everything I am dying to do each day.  I’d like to:

Spend lots of time writing random things – free writing etc.

Spend time writing my novel.

Read.  Lots.

Search for a job I’d actually enjoy.

Continue with my writing course.

Sleep more.

Lots of other stuff I can’t remember.

Or maybe if we could have a longer weekend – say three days, maybe even four.  I’d like to go on and on about this, but I simply don’t have the time.

I’m re reading the last modules for my writing course – they teach the nitty gritty behind writing an article.  A thought came to me the other day – writing an article is similar to writing an essay at school: First you research; then you look at all the information you have; you plan the order you’re going to write it; write it; then edit it.  Only hopefully make it more interesting than a school essay!  Having had this thought, I am now feeling more confident about writing one.  I think I’d be even more confident about it if I was happy with the subject matter.  I like it, I’m just not all that sure about it. 

Oh no.  I’ve just found something to take up more of my time – today at least.  Last night the man in my life told me about an idea for a novel he’d had (he is on fire at the moment), but he didn’t think he’d be able to write it.  It’s kind of comedy/dark humour/mystery.  Think kind of Ben Elton-ish.  I also don’t think I’d be able to write something like that, but for something to write today, I’m writing a synopsis for it.  It sounds really good.  Maybe one day…

That’s all folks.  Why oh why do I love that so much?

I was aiming for baby steps… but got huge giant ones instead

I am of course talking about my writing course.  When I was on holiday said that once I got back I was going to seriously crack on with it.  I’m spending loads of money on it, and bored for hours a day at work, so it’s silly not to be doing it.  The reason I wasn’t getting on with it was I was finding the 2nd assignment hard.  I decided I just needed to knuckle down and do it. 

So, first day back – I thought I’d make a start on it.  Wooh, did I make a start.  I’ve spent two hours researching – so far.  I think I have all I can at the moment; I just need to find people to interview for it now and I know how I’m going to get them too.  I am so happy with myself.  I really hope I can keep up the momentum.  If I can get this assignment done and dusted in the next couple of weeks, I’ll be ecstatic.  I cannot wait to get on to a new assignment. 

While I was away I didn’t do much reading, but I did quite a large amount yesterday.  I’m enjoying the book I’m reading, the problem is I really can’t wait to get to the end of it as I’ve got this pile of ‘to read’ books I am dying to start on.  I’m also not too sure if the story is meaty enough.  It seems to be a series of individual incidents put together.  If someone asked me what it was about, I’m not sure how good my answer would be, because, what is it about?  There’s not enough story to get me really interested!  Having said that, it’s a good book to read on the tube etc as you can read just  a few pages and not lose the flow of it. I’m not sounding to positive about it am I?  It is good.  I just don’t know if I’d recommend it to anyone.

Getting ready for the weekend

I’m finally starting to feel better, and that my ‘cluster’ migraine blip has gone.  Just in time for the bank holiday weekend – yay! Weirdly though, I was doing LOTS of writing when I was feeling rough, but now I’m better I seem to have slowed down.  Hmm.  I’ve not actually revisited anything I’d written over the last couple of weeks, so the quality may well be terrible, but at least I was doing something. 

I think I should be able to get some writing done this weekend.  I’m spending it with the man, but I think he’ll be recovering from tonight all tomorrow, so will give me the chance to actually do something productive.  He’ll probably be on my back to get on with the writing course too (he will now I’ve written that). I’m actually planning on re reading the last modules of the course.  I think doing that will give me the inspiration to crack on with this next assignment. 

I’ve really got into this Ben Elton book I’m reading.  It has become a real page turner and I totally can’t put it down.  I even nearly missed my tube stop this morning I was so engrossed.  I think I’ll have it finished by tomorrow – Friday night TV permitting!  I really feel like I’m paying attention to the way it’s written, as well as the story.  They say to be a good writer you have to be a reader, but I’ve been wondering recently, although I read a lot, do I actually pay that much attention to the writing?  It would seem I now do – and it’s not been a conscious decision, it’s come naturally.

I’ve just had a funny thought.  I would be so interested to know how many books I’ve read in the last few years.  Since being an adult.  It must be 100s.  I’d hope it would be 100s anyway.  I might when bored on day sit on Amazon (other online book retailers available) and see if I can get a rough estimate.  I’d never be able to remember all of them; there have been many times when I’ve looked at a book and couldn’t remember if I’d read it or not.   Last Christmas I asked my mum for a book, luckily I was there when she went to buy it, and realised I’d read it a couple of months before.  Oops.

I said the other day I was going to do a review of the Science Museum when I went the other day.  I’ve changed my mind on this.  Partly because I forgot when I was there, so didn’t make any notes about it.  Also because we didn’t really do much there.  We went to a lecture on Ballistics and ate.  Not really enough to be able to compile a review.  Oh well.  I’m going to Notting Hill Carnival on Sunday or Monday, might do one of that.  Maybe.