Camp NaNoWriMo – Day 10

Well, Dear Readers, it’s been slow progress so far. My grand total from Days 1 to 9 of Camp has been – wait for it – 0 hours. However, I’ve finally made a start on my 45 hours by editing for about 1 hr 20 minutes tonight. I’ve changed my goal from 45 hours to 2700 minutes – same amount of time, but you can’t add “part hours” to your progress thingy, so this will probably work better for me. I hope.

I was so determined to get something done tonight that I resisted the temptation to watch the second episode of “Bachelor in Paradise” (Australia). What amazing willpower! Don’t worry though – I’ve recorded it! But no spoilers tomorrow please, fellow Bachie fans.

I’ll have to try and catch up a bit over the weekend – because GOT is coming, and nothing is going to get between me and Jon Snow – I mean, Season 8!

Until tomorrow…

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I’m doing it again…

I’ve just signed up for Camp NaNoWriMo! My writing/editing mojo has been on extended leave it seems. It’s about four months since I did anything much creatively – since NaNoWriMo last November actually – and now it’s April already! What the!

So my challenge for Camp is 45 hours of whatever I need to do to make some progress on something – whether it’s writing, rewriting or editing. Go me!

NaNoWriMo – Day 30 – WINNER!!!

Well, I made it!  After doing five (very long) hours tonight, I completed my goal of 50 hours (with 30 minutes to spare).  My official total for the novel I’ve been working on (of which I think I’ve added about 20,000 words during November, plus a lot of rewriting and moving bits around) was 57,507.

I’m absolutely knackered.  The four hours I did last night nearly finished me off, particularly as I didn’t get there until midnight and then I had to get up at 6.30am for work!!!  Thank goodness it’s Saturday tomorrow.  A little sleep in is in order, I think!

I hope you all reached your goal, whatever it was, my fellow Wrimos.  And even if you didn’t get there, you’ve wound up with more words than you had on 1 November.

I hope now to make the final tweaks to this novel and, finally, get it out of my drafts and into the world!  But not tonight. 

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NaNoWriMo – Day 29

Just squeezed in another four hours – bringing my total to 45 hours.  If I’m going to make it to my goal of 50 hours, I have to find five hours before midnight tomorrow!


I’m really tired.  Goodnight Wrimos!

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NaNoWriMo – Day 28

Well, we’re really at the pointy end now, Wrimos.  

I managed another four hours tonight, bringing my total hours to 41.  Only nine to go to reach my goal, and two nights to do it in!

I’m pretty happy though – I found some incredible photos for character inspiration and worked on a thorough timeline so I can bring it all together in the final stretch.  

My novel is based in the silent movie era in Australia, and most of the action takes place between 1922 and 1926.  I had a lot of fun finding photos of movie stars of around that era, and I’m going to share them with you now.  

This is Carole Lombard, who “plays” my main female character, Amelia.
This is Louise Lovely, who “plays” Amelia’s sister, Louisa.
This gorgeous creature is a very young Gary Cooper, who “plays” my leading man, Sam.
And – you’ll never guess who this is.  Go on.  Guess!

OK.  I’ll tell you.  It’s JOHN WAYNE.  I know, right?  Boy, that’s one hot cowboy.  Anyway, John “plays” Joe, my second main male character.
And this is Louise Brooks, who “plays” Sara, a character who is very important but I’m not telling you why!

Aren’t they all just perfect?  

Until tomorrow, goodnight!

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NaNoWriMo – Day 27

A very quick update tonight because it’s late and I’m tired!  I managed 4 hours researching/reading/planning/notmuchactualwriting tonight, bringing my total hours to 37.  13 to do before midnight Friday.  

There is still hope.  But I didn’t realise how much harder it is to find HOURS than WORDS.  In previous years when I’ve been behind on my word count, I’ve just typed like the clappers and made it over the line.  But I can’t make more hours just appear out of thin air.  Of course, most of this is my own fault because I pretty much wasted my catch up time over the weekend! #queenofprocrastination


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NaNoWriMo – Day 25

Oh boy.  Not as productive a day as I’d hoped today!  I only added three hours to my total, bringing it to 33 hours.  However those three hours gave me lots of good ideas, so there’s that.

Although I’m over the word count in my novel (52,047) it’s not a “win” for me yet as I already had nearly 40,000 words written.  So basically, if I’m to reach my NaNo Rebel goal of 50 hours editing/researching/rewriting, I have to find 17 more hours over the next five days/nights.  Gulp.  That would be OK if I didn’t have to, you know, go to work and stuff!  And also if I hadn’t bumbled around all weekend avoiding my laptop…

On the up side, I work better under pressure!

Here’s Chris Hemsworth for no particular reason.  Goodnight!

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NaNoWriMo – Day 24

I had a very late start tonight (10.00pm!) as I was out all day (having a belated birthday pamper (thanks Mum!) including a manicure and pedicure and purple nail polish on my fingers AND toes!).  Where was I?  I got distracted for a minute by my pretty purple fingernails…

So, then I cooked dinner, ate dinner, watched a Christmas movie with my husband (because only four weeks to go, people!).  It was The Christmas Chronicles starring Kurt Russell, and it’s a hoot.  It’s worth watching just for the musical number in the prison – not to mention the elves…

Anyway, then I found a few other reasons to procrastinate (all those catalogues on the kitchen table really needed to go into the recycling, but first I had to see if there was anything interesting in them, etc), but I finally sat down and managed 2.5 hours of research, which will hopefully lead me to do LOTS of writing tomorrow (or today, actually, because I just realised it’s nearly 1.00am.  Whoops!)  So, goodnight all!

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NaNoWriMo – Day 21

Hey Wrimos!  I’ve added another two hours to my total tonight – so I’ve now done 27.5 hours.  My word count is 51,154, but of course, they’re not all new words, so I’m not “validating” my novel until I reach 50 hours of editing/rewriting/revising.  That’s the NaNo Rebel way.

With only one more weekend and just over a week until that 30 November deadline, I’m really going to have to go hard to reach my goal.  But I’m absolutely determined to finally finish this long-stalled manuscript.  I’ve had so many goes at it, it’s just not funny.  Over the last couple of weeks though, it’s started heading in new directions that have really given it life.  There was definitely something missing from my earlier attempts.

Anyway, that’s all I’m doing tonight.  Here’s a little cartoon for you…old macdonald

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NaNoWriMo – Day 20

Well, Wrimos, the celebration of me took a heavy toll.  I am still recovering from the weekend – but not for the reasons you might think.  Seriously, I only had one vodka the whole weekend!  No, I was suffering from mega carb overload (from Chinese takeaway, pizza, a huge steak lunch with chips and a loaded potato, and a massive chocolate dessert – not all on the same day, but still…).

I also saw “Bohemian Rhapsody” at the cinema with my husband and (most of) my children (two out of three, that is) and one boyfriend (not mine, my daughter’s) – where was I going with this?  That’s right – “Bohemian Rhapsody”.  I LOVED IT SO MUCH.  If you’re a Queen fan, just go and see it.  Rami Malek is phenomenal as Freddie Mercury, and the rest of the casting is just spot on.  The recreation of their set at Live Aid in 1985 gave me goosebumps (because I’m old enough to remember when it actually happened!)  Look it up on YouTube – you won’t regret it.

But now, to business.  Due to the various celebratory shenanigans (see above) I didn’t get much writing done over the last few days.  BUT tonight I added two hours to my total, bringing it to 25.5 hours, and my revised manuscript now stands at 49,581 words.  I think it needs, perhaps, 10,000 more?  But anyway, my goal is 50 hours so I’m just over halfway there with 10 days to go…Can I do it?  I really hope so.

I’m going to leave you with this iconic image of Queen.  RIP Freddie.  We’ll always love you.


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