On not failing NanoWriMo

I see that the month of November is over, and that I have not reached 50000 words for NanoWriMo. And I don’t care. I only reached 26000 words in fact, but that is still more words in one month than I’ve written (fiction at least) in about the last five years. So this is a ...

Getting the writing better

Getting the writing better
After thinking that I’d screwed up over the weekend, with drastically less writing for the NanoWriMo project than I’d hoped, the first two days of the week have proven both just how much time I have available on the train, and surprisingly, what a good environment for writing it is if I actually get myself ...

This really works

This really works
In basically just six days or writing, and really only five days, I have written over 11,000 words. That’s a phenomenal amount in such a short time, fit in around work and family and all. It’s all about having a new laptop finally, and using the train time like never before. Fifty thousand words doesn’t ...

Writing is better than reading

Well, some of the time at least! Progressing pretty damn well so far with NanoWriMo, or as I like to call it, “Motivation to get professional work done professionally”. I seem to be able to write between 2000-2500 words a day, solely in my two train trips. It’s already justified my netbook purchase, that’s for ...

National Novel Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month
Nanowrimo has been going for a decade now — it’s an online-based competition where every November a whole bunch of people write a novel in a month. The goal is volume, with quality to come later, if at all. And I’ve just said, screw it, I’m in. Unlike probably a lot of people, I know ...

Light at the end of the tunnel

It’s almost all done now. The moving house that is. This week, after going all out through to late Monday night, I’ve instead been dropping by a few times each night, picking up more, or cleaning up more. Now there’s only a very tiny amount of loose stuff left in the house, the garage is ...

And the moving begins…

Normal enough work day today, abbreviated a few things, wanted to leave at lunchtime, but didn’t leave until nearly 3.30pm. Typical… All for the cause of getting home and packing and moving… Everyone knows it’s tough work, especially with two kids around (for today only, they’ll be at the grandparents tomorrow and Saturday). We’ve borrowed ...

Where to with writing — and Hold Steady muppets

I’ve basically worked out that there’s something stopping me from writing. I’m so certain that putting the right work in there will do me so much good, but mentally there is just something wrong (no, not mental in that way wise ass…) It’s probably a terribly common thing for most writers, but if I can ...

Constructive Summer

“Let this be my annual remind, that we can all be something bigger”… The Hold Steady. Suddenly it appears to be Summer. Or at least a very nice Spring day. Today it ended up getting into the early 30s C, and even now very late it’s still over 20 degrees. I love this weather, but ...

Really long day

Took a drive up to Muswellbrook today for a particular appointment. It could end up very good, but it was too far to drive, all in one day. Not repeating that aspect of it again, that’s for sure, especially the driving in the dark part. On the plus side, the boys are such good travellers. ...
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