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Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Dancing For Ribbons Update

Just one thing i forgot to add - I have finished the first 'book' of Dancing for Ribbons, and have now written almost 30,000 words of the novel!!!


Holy F***!!

It's November in 31 days time. And I am never never never going to pull off my word count goal. Never in a million years of Novembers. I can barely manage to scrape together 30,000 words a month, never mind 100,000.

Hmm. Well, at the very least I can try and beat last years total of 80k. If I do that much I will be seriously impressed.

Saturday, 26 September 2009

Day 12 in the big brother house...

Nothing much to report, hence the silly title. I'm not dead, just been sick for a few days (you say cold, I say swine flu. Ha) and immersing myself in Tim Burton films.

Hopefully this weekend I can get some work done on both my novels. I won't be able to work on them for the next two months (see schedule below) so I need to leave them in a good place. Already Dancing For Ribbons seems like a novel someone else is writing. It's growing away from me somehow.

Schedule for the next 2 months:

October 1st - 14th: Revise The End Of The Dream

October 15th onwards: Character building, worldbuilding, plotting for 'Jingle Scissorhands Cat'. That's not the real title, but considering that last year, my NaNo novel had 3 titles by the time I did the 3rd draft, I'm not pushing for one. I'm using a very abbreviated method from my 2YN course, as it has worked so well for D4R.

If I have any time left in October I need to do some NaNo practise to see how hard it really going to be to write 3350 words every day (including 'school' nights).

November: Write 100,000 words. Piece of cake...

Monday, 14 September 2009

On Writing (warning: rant)

Wow. I wrote 4248 words today. I love having days off work and not having anything planned because then I can pretend to be a real author, and that this is actually my job.

When I have days like this, I feel like I could seriously do this every day for the rest of my life. I'd probably have a good go at writing 4000 words every day, too.

It's one thing writing and disciplining yourself to write when you have had a 3 day weekend, and have had a mimimum of 8 hours a sleep each night for the last 3 days.

It's a completely different story when you are smack in the middle of a working week, with only 6 and a half hours sleep most nights, and the dread of what horrors the rest of the week has in store for you hanging over your head, and only four hours in the evening to do all the millions of things that you need to do, and you can see the tension wired into your face (seriously, I look about 2 years younger on Saturday night than I do on Thursday night. Weird), and writing gets pushed right to the back of the queue in favour of watching Pirates of the Caribbean (again...).

Ok, rant over. I just need to update my progress bars with my super dooper word count. :)

Sunday, 13 September 2009


Oh, I don't want to do anything constructive.... I want to look at the NaNoWriMo website.

Oh, I'll get a cup of tea and then see what I can do. I suppose I could write for twenty minutes and then have a break for a bit.

At least I'm all set for NaNo now, with my impressive new website word progress counters (on the right). Apparently I am 12% through D4R already, but I don't think that can be right. It looks as if it is going to run over the goal of 125,000 words. By a lot.

I want tea. Now.. .

Saturday, 12 September 2009

What Happens When....

....two revelations, two ideas and a bored muse come together?

I've cracked my problem of getting Amy out of the asylum. Yes! It involves both the ideas I had already, but with twists. See, Holly (Lisle), I'm learning!

Unfortunately, I've also had an idea on how to change the opening of the novel, and I don't think it's something that I can wait until the revision to change so I'm going to have to do it tonight....

But first, a well deserved snack (strawberries and cream - I'm holding on to the summer while it still appears to be here).

Thursday, 10 September 2009


Ok, so I've spent the entire evening setting up a new blog.

I really need to do some writing tonight. I really need to get Amy out of that lunatic asylum. But at the moment I can't think how.

Quotes 1

"She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that's best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellow'd to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies."
'She Walks In Beauty' Lord Byron

"Paint me an angel, with wings, and a trumpet, to trumpet my name over the world."
Thomas Chatterton

"It's cheap magic, but it's all God left us with."
Stephen King

"If there's any message to my work, it is ultimately that it’s OK to be different, that it’s good to be different, that we should question ourselves before we pass judgment on someone who looks different, behaves different, talks different, is a different color.”
Johnny Depp

"He who waits to do a great deal of good at once, will never do anything."
Samuel Johnson

"You were also Sheherazade to yourself..."
Stephen King - 'Misery'

"The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong it usually turns out to be impossible to get at or repair."

"Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first."
Mark Twain

"To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best to make you everybody else, means to fight the hardest human battle ever and to never stop fighting."
e. e. cummings

"I think the thing to do is enjoy the ride while you're on it."
Johnny Depp

"We are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars."
Oscar Wilde

"The monsters and the Doctor; seems you can not have one without the other. But you and I both know, don't we, Rose, that the Doctor is worth the monsters."
Madame Du Pompadour (Doctor Who - Girl In The Fireplace)

"Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words."
Edgar Allan Poe

"I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life's a bitch. You've got to go out and kick ass."
Maya Angelou

"I was ecstatic they re-named 'French Fries' as 'Freedom Fries'. Grown men and women in positions of power in the U.S. government showing themselves as idiots."
Johnny depp

"Few people think more than two or three times a year; I have made an international reputation for myself by thinking once or twice a week."
George Bernard Shaw

"Find enough clever things to say, and you're a Prime Minister; write them down and you're a Shakespeare."
George Bernard Shaw

"How have you left the ancient love
That bards of old enjoyed in you!
The languid strings do scarcely move!
The sound is forced, the notes are few!"
'To the Muses, st. 4' William Blake

"Man is free at the instant he wants to be."

"Almost everything is imitation. The idea of The Persian Letters was taken from The Turkish Spy. Boiardo imitated Pulci, Ariosto imitated Boiardo. The most original writers borrowed from one another."
Lettre XII: sur M. Pope et quelques autres po├Ętes fameux, Lettres philosophiques (1733) Voltaire