Monthly Archives: October 2013

On the Eve of #NaNoWriMo – A #NaNoWarmUp stock check

With less than an hour to go until November the 1st 2013 I am in a calm state of panic (conclude denial) about the impending NaNoWriMo challenge.

For the past two years, since my first ‘win’ in 2010 I’ve got no further than 25,000 – one year only 10,000.

Any words better than no words, right?

I used Octobers #NaNoWarmUp to edit the 60,000 words of Training Time into first person. Things were going excellently and I hit the 25,000 word target (I re-typed out each and every word – no copying and pasting) on 18th October. Then I got the flu and it has stuck with me so I added no additional words. My total for the month was 30333 with 36193 now in first person (or at least I hope it is). Huge thanks to Kat and Savannah for organising – I’m further than I would have been without you.

But I’m committed to going with my new project Tetrana for November so December will have to be another Training Time editing month.

The only preparation I have made for Tetrana this year is to set up my Scrivener file, name the three main characters and today I started a Pinterest Inspirations board.

Now all that’s left to do is actually work out what Irena, Maeve and Brenna are going to do with themselves for 50000+ words!!

I’ll leave you with my rubbishly drawn cover and good luck for your own attempts.



#Hallowfic – Storified

I decided I’d quite like to keep a record of my little scary tweets so here’s a link to my storify – no embedding allowed on – boo.

Here’s the two that I like the best from the ones I added.

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The Birth of Phoenix Rising

Here’s my post on how the Bournemouth and Poole Chapter of the Harry Potter Alliance came into being. Enjoy.

Phoenix Rising

A phoenix is a mythical bird that is cyclically reborn from its own ashes. Phoenix Rising was reborn this summer from the ashes of LeakyCon London. Here’s what happened.

I was lucky enough to get a ticket to attend the first UK held LeakyCon this summer, but because the tickets sold out so quickly I ended up having to go alone. I needn’t have worried, it really did feel like going home. To be surrounded by people who seem to understand or at least accept you was magical. I went as a fan of Harry Potter, delved further into the fandom before I went, sang along with Team Starkid and came away a fan of Wizard Rock. But the one thing I didn’t expect at all was the influence of the Harry Potter Alliance (HPA).

In our welcome bag was the Dumbledore postcard below highlighting the sessions the HPA would…

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