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Nanowrimo 2017 – Half Way

pexels-photo-261510 It has been more than a fortnight since I last posted. That is because I have been working on Nanowrimo.

Juggling my writing, work, housework, and food is not easy. This is part of the reason the washing up has rather piled up in the last few days, why my flat is even more of a mess, and why I had a wired meal just now of: steak, a bell pepper, and Doritos. I have to leave for work in about an hour so I really should snap to it – by it I mean washing up – met writing target for today.

The novel is going well. One of the chapters is at nearly 15,000 words. For the finished piece I’ll have to edit it to at least seven chapters. The point is it is going well. That is due, in a large part, to drawing inspiration from my own life. Write what you know. Am I write?

I have a week off next week so the target will be reached. Here’s to the final push!

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I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.

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Nanowrimo – 2017

pexels-photo-261510 Nanowrimo is almost here. And once again I am going to attempt this rather difficult feat.

Last year I failed to meet the 50,000 word target. Also Thor, my laptop, died right near the end of it. I lost none of my work though as I have backups of everything.

I still haven’t finished that novel. I have several unfinished novels. I know that that isn’t good. I still enjoy the process of writing. Beginnings are always fun. In those moments you create a new world. After the first few chapters it is easy to become a little lost. It is like when playing with toy soldiers as a child: I’m not sure I ever did but it works for a metaphor. green plastic toy soldiers

When playing such games we imagine the great battle, the establishment of a beachhead, and the destruction of enemy forces.

We rarely play the aftermath. There are computer games for the Battle of Britain. They don’t make computer games where you have to work out the minutiae of the Paris peace treaties.

A novel is still a tall order but one I feel I will achieve some day.  The words ‘some day’ are a curse but there they are.

This year I am going to attempt something a little different. I won’t be working in my usual genera but in romance.

1280px-Narrowboats-at-tardebigge It will be about a lonely man who lives on a narrowboat and finds love. It is a story that has been brewing in my mind for a while.

I have no solid idea of exactly what is going to happen in the story but I am excited to see where it goes.

If you are attempting Nanowrimo this year I wish you the best of luck. See you on the other side.

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I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.

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The pictures here are from: https://www.pexels.com/

The narrowboat picture is from: 

Norman Rogers

en:Narrowboats moored up near en:TardebiggeEngland.

 

 

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So Far So Good

So today is day five of nanowrimo and its going quite well. I’ve written 682 words so far today. My total word count is 8941.

I don’t wish to count my ostriches  DSCN0173 (I have a picture for that) – but at this rate I should be able to finish a few days early.

I’ve already gotten a feeling for what this might be like. Yesterday’s 2000 or so words were a bit of a struggle – and took two and a half hours. Today it seems to be going much better.

In fact in general its going a lot better than I expected. I think that might be down to the deadline. I usually edit as I go (and to within an inch centimeter of its life) but I can’t do that here. That does mean that when it comes to the end it might be a bit of a confused mess.

One of the confusions is the aliens. I have to keep looking back so that I can remember; how many limbs they have, the nature of the limbs, their eating apparatus, whether they have gender, and if so what gender that is.

I’m beginning to see why humanoid aliens, which are kind of boring, are popular even in print – when you don’t have to worry about a CGI budget.

Anyway back to novel I go.

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I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.

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Welsh, Writing and Spoilers

This is a blog in three parts. The parts are unrelated but I have three little things I want to say.

Part 1

I’ve been saying it for months but I’ve finally started to learn Welsh. I’m using Say Something in Welsh as a starting point. Will I ever be fluent? I don’t know.

I did Welsh is school but it was badly taught. It seems now that we learned a combination of overly formal language, and sentences that actually don’t make sense. One sentence we learned was: ‘Rwy’n hoffi Star Trek achos mae’n da.’ – Which means I like Star Trek because its good. Obviously we put our own like, or dislike, in it. We also learned to say that we didn’t like stuff because it was bad.

Why we learned these useless sentences I don’t know.

Some say that learning Welsh is a pointless endeavor. They argue that everyone who speaks Welsh speaks English. Its difficult to explain why I want to lean Welsh. A part of me is tempted to answer the question with: ‘If you have to ask you’ll never understand.’

I do feel a connection to Welsh and want to speak it. Without delving too much into the history it feels like its the language I should be speaking.

How long I’ll keep at it is another question.

Part 2

Its November now, you may have noticed, and for many, well some, it means NaNoWriMo. NaNoWriMo is an acronym for: National Novel Writing Month. In which the aim is to write 50,000 words in a month. A tall order to be sure.

I’m not doing this in the ‘right’ way, as large chunks of my novel are written, but I am going to try and write more this month.

Will I finish my novel? If my previous track record is anything to go by the answer is no.

Part 3

Finally I wanted to talk about spoilers. In particular I wanted to talk about Doctor Who. At the end of each episode they have a ‘Next Time’ segment and my question is: Why?

Doctor Who is one of the most popular shows on TV at the moment. It has a guaranteed audience. There is simply no need to tempt views to watch they will be their.

This was especially irritating in the last episode: Dark Water. The villain (click here for the revel) is hinted at, take a look at the doors, and its reveled in a great way. However the effort of the writer to hint at this is ruined by it being shown in the next time segment!

If anyone from the BBC happens to stumble on to this please jettison ‘Next Time.’ We don’t need it. This series has been a mixed bag but on the whole I’ve enjoyed it. To make sure I see the next episode all I need is six words ‘The Doctor will return next week.’ – basically just tell me it exists and I’ll be there!

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