And now for something completely different (sort of)…

I finally ordered some stock of my first novel, Shadow of a Soldier, written during NaNoWriMo 2012 and published in 2013. I thought I should have some on hand in case, you know, someone with excellent taste in books decide they desperately need a signed copy from the author. (That’s me.) Sure, you can buy it on Amazon and Kindle (please do that too!) but for that personal touch, buy one from me! Hurry – before I’m too famous!

Also, as I’m in the middle of NaNoWriMo for the 7th year in a row, but Shadow is the only one of my books that I’ve actually edited and published, I figured it was time to remind myself that nobody can read my brilliant novels if they stay on my laptop and never make their way into the world. So that box of books reminds me of what I can do, if I really want to.

So watch out for the rest of my books soon(ish). There are six of them – plus the one I’m in the middle of right now for NaNoWriMo 2017. I need to set them free, because the world needs my books! And by ‘the world’, I mainly, probably, almost certainly mean, my Mum!


NaNoWriMo – Day 13

A late start tonight, but I was determined to at least get the minimum daily total done (which is 1,667 words in case you didn’t know…).  I managed 1,756, so yay!  My total is now 17,170.

Hopefully tomorrow I’ll sit down a little earlier and make a bit more headway, but for now, I’m happy with that.  Onwards and upwards!

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NaNoWriMo – Day 11/12

I’ve skipped a few days, but I thought, that’s OK.  I’ll catch up on the weekend.  And it’s the weekend.  So I worked out that I need to write around 12,000 words over the two days to catch up.  That’s 6,000 words per day.  Sure!  I had hours ahead of me.

Well, it’s 1.39 am and I managed 4,291 words.  I had a later start than planned what with one thing and another (*procrastination*) but I finally got going.  My total is now 13,246 words.

Hopefully I get a few thousand words down tomorrow.  I really want to catch up to where I should be so I’m not putting extra pressure on myself – but I will just have to see how I go.  My novel is growing steadily and that’s the main thing.

Goodnight!  #amwriting #NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo – Day 9

1,814 hard won words tonight – bringing my total to 8,955.  Still a bit behind – but that’s OK.  I plan to catch up over the weekend, and hopefully have a more solid plan in place of where things are going.  I found some photos to inspire me tonight and put them on Pinterest (and no, that doesn’t count as procrastination because it’s research, OK?  Research!  Don’t oppress me…)

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NaNoWriMo – Day Seven

I got back into it tonight after slacking off last night – 1,820 words, bringing my total so far to 7,141 words.  I got lots of juicy ideas tonight too as I was writing – the plot thickens – so hopefully that will keep my momentum going!

So – to give you a teaser – an ageing soap star has died under mysterious circumstances, and she was a hoarder, so my character, Billie Maxwell, (a biohazard cleaner) has been commissioned to clean the house.  There are going to be family secrets, missing jewels, crazy neighbours (or are they?) and other good stuff I haven’t thought of yet, plus Billie’s family life and love life and whatever else I can throw in there.  Because it’s NaNoWriMo and you’ve just got to make stuff up as you go along.  Maybe one year I’ll actually have a plan before I start – but where would be the fun in that?

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Another epic fail…

So I took procrastination to a whole new level tonight, resulting in a total of 0 words for NaNoWriMo Day Six.   I watched the latest episode of ‘Outlander’ (so good).  Then I did some ironing!  That’s how desperate I was  to avoid sitting down and actually writing. 

So when I realised it just wasn’t happening, I decided to watch ‘Me Before You’.  I read the book some months ago and loved it although it made me ugly cry.  And the movie did too.  Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin were just PERFECT.  I’m still an emotional wreck.  

So I’m going to bed now.  Tomorrow – there will be words written!!!

NaNoWriMo – Day Five

Yay!  I’m back.  I didn’t get any words done for Day Three (because I was preparing for our book launch on Day Four), and then I was too knackered on Day Four!  I planned to catch up tonight but it just didn’t happen, but I did get 1,844 words down, which brings my total so far to 5,321 words.  I’m not too far behind – yet – and I don’t want to put myself under as much pressure as I have in previous years either.  So (note to me) don’t skip any more days if you can help it, me!

Goodnight all!

NaNoWriMo 2017 – Day Two

I was a bit smarter tonight and started writing a little earlier – and I managed 1,726 words, bringing my total to 3,477.  Yay!  I’m ahead of schedule!

But, again, it’s much later than I wanted it to be and I need to go to bed.  Goodnight!

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