NaNoWriMo 2018, the 13th Doctor, and some other stuff

Hi everyone!

Who’s doing it next month?  NaNoWriMo, that is.  I was in two minds about it this year – only because I still have SEVEN novels to edit and if I write another in November it will be EIGHT.   That’s just mental and way too much stress.

But I can’t NOT do NaNoWriMo!  I’ve done it every year since 2011 (the only year I failed miserably) and I think I’ll feel as if I’ve let myself down if I don’t do it.

So this year I’m joining the rebellion.  That’s right.  I’m going to be a NaNo Rebel.  A Rebel is basically anyone who wants to do something else besides write a 50,000-word novel during the month of November.  In my case, I’m going to edit a novel I’ve already written, and, so I can still put in a “word count”, for every hour of editing/rewriting I’ll add 1,000 words to my total (that’s how Camp NaNoWriMo used to work before they updated the site to be more flexible).  So hopefully I’ll have 50 hours of editing under my belt by the end of November.

I’m really excited now.  NaNoWriMo here I come!  Again.

As I’ve been a Whovian forever, I was also really excited to see the 13th Doctor, Jodie Whittaker, in her debut episode yesterday (Australian time).  I think she was brilliant.  I loved the episode – I laughed a lot and even cried a little – and was so thrilled when she said:  “I’m the Doctor”.  I’m really looking forward to seeing the rest of her new adventures.

And finally, I’ve updated my website.  I’ve added more book reviews and also snippets and summaries of my works in progress.  I’d really love it if you’d click on the link and let me know what you think!  I’m always looking for ways to improve.

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Are you looking for me?

Just in case you’re wondering, and have been frantically searching for my Weebly website online, it’s currently undergoing a makeover, so you won’t be able to access it until I have released it back into the wild.  Hopefully, it will be more entertaining when I’ve tweaked it!

I plan to put up more book reviews (I’m way behind) and perhaps a few snippets from my various works in progress – I had some bits on my site previously but they were getting a little tired I think.  Anyway, I’ll have a play around and once it’s “live” again I’d love some feedback…

But now to bed…

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Camp NaNoWriMo – Day 30

One more hour tonight (even though I was aiming for two), so now my total is 27 hours.  THREE HOURS TO GO.  I fully intended to get back to it after I did the dishes, but I was listening to Terry Pratchett’s “Mort” on audiobook while I was washing up (I’m gradually working my way through the Discworld books on audio and this one is my favourite so far) and I was really enjoying it.  It’s just as well nobody was watching me because I wear my Bluetooth headset so it pretty much looks like I’m just randomly laughing to myself.  Then I thought I’d sit down for a minute while I finished my cup of tea, and I was online looking up Terry Pratchett merchandise and you can buy some of the artwork as posters which look amazing and special editions of some of the books and…suddenly it’s 10pm.

The most annoying thing is that my husband said I was procrastinating even before I really started procrastinating seriously and – dammit – he was right.  I really hate it when he’s right.

So now I’m going to bed because WORK.  But here is a writing meme thingy anyway.

Amazing Book Blog Memes writing memes writer memes sara kjeldsen writes

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Camp NaNoWriMo – Day 27

Another two hours tonight, bringing my total to 26 hours (only four to go to reach my goal!).

I’ll have quite a bit of work to do once Camp is over, but I’m really happy with how it’s shaping up.  There’s still some finetuning to be done (particularly when it comes to historical facts) but all in all I feel like I’ve achieved what I set out to do!  So yay for me!

Here’s a hobbit-related writing meme featuring my three favourite dwarves – Thorin, Fili and Kili.  It’s sheer coincidence that my favourites also happen to be the hot ones.  🙂

Hot Dwarves

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Camp NaNoWriMo – Day 26

I took it easy today and only did one hour – bringing my total to 24.  I was out most of the day and it took me a while to get going, but I was determined to add at least a little bit tonight!

It’s all good though – only six hours to reach my goal and I know where I’m going with the plot so by the end of the month I will have a workable story at last…  Yay!

Here’s another meme…

plot twist

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Camp NaNoWriMo – Day 25

I just realised I’ve done about five hours today!  Woohoo!  That brings my total to 23 hours.  I might actually get this thing done.  I can hardly believe it.  This story has sat as a frustrating, messy draft since NaNoWriMo 2013, and every time I’ve tried to edit it, I’ve stalled, giving it up as just too hard.  But this time I feel like I’m going to end up with something someone might want to read!  I’m excited and happy.  Perhaps it’s being surrounded by books in my new office that’s done the trick.  🙂

Or it could be this Tom Hiddleston meme…

Tom Hiddleston

Inspiring stuff… 🙂

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Camp NaNoWriMo – Day 24

I’ve been away from my project for a few days – but on the upside, my office is looking good!  My husband and I were madly moving furniture around today so I’m now surrounded by all my (very full) bookshelves!  I’ll probably never leave this room now.  🙂

When I did finally sit down, I wrote nothing.  But I did research Australian history during the Roaring Twenties for about three hours and now I have a much better picture of the era I’m writing about.  So my total for Camp is now 18 hours – 12 to go to complete my goal!

And now, before I go to bed, here’s a beautiful illustration by Hilda McGavin from “The Wishing Chair” by Enid Blyton.  If Enid Blyton was a big part of your childhood, as she was mine, check out

The Wishing Chair

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Camp NaNoWriMo – Day 19

Another two hours tonight – bringing my total to 15 hours – still four hours behind, dammit!  But I did something else VERY EXCITING today – if anything comes of it I’ll let you know!  I don’t want to talk about now in case I jinx it.  LOL.

Is it time for another meme?  Or perhaps a photo of Henry Cavill as Superman would be better…


Seriously – how can one man be so chiselled?

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Camp NaNoWriMo – Day 17

I’m on holidays!  But guess what?  I’ve worked harder today than I do when I’m, you know, at work.

This is because I spent hours cleaning up my new office (which was the bedroom my adult kids shared until they deserted me by moving out and LIVING THEIR OWN LIVES – how dare they!)…  Where was I?  Oh, yes. Cleaning.  The worst thing was the blu-tack on the walls from my daughter’s boy band posters (LOL – pretty sure Justin Bieber was there too) that had set like concrete and changed to a dark “you’ll-never-get-me-off-this-wall-without-ripping-the-paint-off” blue.  But I Googled it and guess what?  WD-40 removes it! Thanks, You Tube.

So now I’m sitting at my writer’s desk on my writer’s chair typing on my writer’s keyboard just like a real writer.  And I’ve done three hours of editing/rewriting, bringing my total to – TA DA! – 13 hours.  Now I’m only four hours behind in my goal!

Yay for me!  Meme time, and then bed, I think…

editing face

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