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Reading… Writing… And Thanks…

I’m not a happy bunny today! When I left work yesterday, one of the computers crashed. Apparently EVERYTHING on the hard disk has been lost. Let me repeat EVERYTHING. So all the writing I’ve done over the last few months that I’ve not emailed to myself or saved in my email drafts, or done on another computer has been lost. The worst thing about it is that I was going to save everything yesterday to my USB stick, but it didn’t work. How typical.

I think it’s not as bad as I’m imagining. I think most of the time I either email myself what I’ve done, or store it as a draft. But I can’t remember what was on there to remember to look for it. How annoying.

The thing I’m most annoyed with is a 2000 odd word thing I’d written about meeting a stranger in an airport. I really liked it and thought it could maybe fit into one of my novels, ‘Holiday’. Because it was so long and took me a few days to do, I thought it must be saved somewhere on my emails (I work on 3 different computers at work so am constantly moving round), but I can’t find it. I think I saw it yesterday on the computer that crashed. Damn. I’m sure I’ll find it, but it’s so annoying. I hope I will anyway.

I finally sat down last night and did the 1st draft of my story for Rowan Coleman’s Short Story Competition. 907 words. I don’t think I read it back, so I have no idea what it’s like. I’m going to leave it today, then go back tomorrow (when, fingers crossed, I’m less tired and it’s not ‘fresh’ in my mind).

I wanted to re-read the module on my writing course about short stories before I wrote it, but typically can’t find that booklet. I’ve written to my tutor to get an online password so I can access it online. I thought I’d done that but neither of my email addresses worked. Sigh.

Which reminds me, writing course. Damn, I had a goal to work on that for at least 2 hours a week (I think). I failed miserably on that one. Oops. It was my birthday week though, so I think I can let myself off on that – I’ll try to do double this week to make up for it!

Speaking of Rowan Coleman, I’m going to the library to get one of her books today. I figure seeing as I’m entering her competition I should read some of her work. I’ve read one of her mini novel, quick read things, which is how I heard of her, that was great. I’m planning on walking out with one book only. Lets see if I can manage that (I bet not!).

That’s a complete lie. I’ve just been through the list I have on Ubernote of books I’ve heard of that I want to read (yeah, I’ve got a different list to the one on here – I should update this one!) and found that my library has one of the books on my list. What am I to do? I’ll have to get that one too. So 2. MAX. No more. Just 2. We’ll see…

I wrote my 500th comment last night on this blog. I know I’ve not actually had 500 comments, I know a lot of them are mine, but still, I must have had a lot. I like to reply to them all, but sometimes I group reply. Thanks everyone who comments, it’s so nice to know people care enough to take time out of their day not to just read my blog, but to comment too 🙂

1,000 views – my first milestone

I was looking at my blog stats the other day and noticed I was only a few views away from 1,000 people visiting my blog.  Today I’ve hit it.  Wow.  Even if I take away my boyfriend and Mum’s visits, that’s still loads. 

When I started this blog about eight months ago I had no idea what I was doing and not much more of an idea why.  My other half suggested it to go along side my writing course as a kind of on-line diary of how I’m getting on.  I can’t belive I’ve actually started to enjoy it, to look forward to writing (nearly) daily.  I guess this is just like writing diaries – I did that constantly when I was younger.  Except this is in the public eye, which is kind of scary when I think about it.  But fun.  It gives me a buzz when I see people have visited my blog.  So, to all of you that have visited, and visit regularly, THANK YOU.  You guys make my day 🙂  Also those guys that make comments, THANK YOU, it means so much that you take the time not just to read, but to comment too.

Moving on.

When I stop and think how well I’m getting on with my novel ‘Holiday’, I’m really pleased with myself.  I’ve not done a word count recently, but am hitting over 500 words most days.  Today I was aiming for 1,000 and hit it without realising.  I’m going to try to finish the scene now instead, should be 1,300 ish.

However, when I look back at it and see how much red there is, it depresses me slightly.  Red means something I need to go back and add in later.  Either a time frame, a name, a little background to the story, or some extra boomf.  But, I’m getting the words, that’s the main thing.

I’m still thinking about NaNoWriMo.  I really want the challenge to keep me motivated.  But think it’s unlikely I’d hit 50,000 words.  Not when I’ve been hitting around 15k a month.  Also, I’m really getting into ‘Holiday’ so don’t know if I’ll want to put it down and work on something new.  Something new that incidentally I only have a very, very rough draft for. I think I may set myself a challenge:  Write the next 50,000 words of my novel in November.  I could call it NoNaNoWriMo (NOT National Novel Writing Month).  Ha ha.

Reason for loving Twitter number one:  You discover fun things to do to stop you concentrating on work, or writing novels etc.  I found a writing game here at Merilee Faber’s blog where you have to create a story 26 sentences long, each one starting with ascending letters of the alphabet.  I have to give this a try. 

You never know, one day I might post something I’ve written on here.  Show you guys I’m not all talk.  Scary thought.

Too many choices

I found out this weekend that more people read my blog than just my other half. This really excites me, but also really scares me. People are reading what I write. This is the thing that scares me about writing – other people reading it. This is the reason that only the man and my Mum know about my blog. This could create a little problem when trying to sell writing and novels. How can I be scared of my biggest ambition? I do worry myself sometimes. (Thanks to the people who are reading this – hopefully over time I will conquer this fear!).

I’ve now done 2 different versions of assignment one. Over the weekend I went clubbing to Pacha (Hed Kandi – woo hoo!) and for the whole night I couldn’t get the thought out of my head about what I would write if I was reviewing the night (the assignment is to review a place I visit that interests me). I wasn’t sure if reviewing a club would be appropriate for a writing course, but then realised that people do review club nights in magazines, so why not give it a shot? So yesterday I wrote assignment 1 – mark 2. This time I managed it in the right number of words (just – only by cutting out the last sentence).

Now I need to decide which version I should send as my assignment. Decisions decisions. I’m going to read through them both tonight (maybe re write the Science Museum one to cut down the words – maybe go through cutting out words) and see. My problem will come if I read them both and like them both. I have never been good at making decisions on things like this (I can’t think when I would have been in the position to make that kind of decision before). If something’s good I want to use it. Lets just hope one of them isn’t good.

My other problem (I swear I just make them up for myself) is knowing whether to ask other people’s opinions on the articles to see which they think I should send in (or what they think of them). I really think I should make the decision myself as the course is all about me so I should be deciding. But I want opinions. But then if I get opinions I might change things to go with their opinions, which might make the course pointless as they are giving me judgement and help on my writing, not someone else’s.