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2013 Happiness Jar Review

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Just been reviewing the Happiness Jar (only officially did it Jan- Apr) and 2013 was the year of:

Harry Potter – and consisted of a:
Full re-read of all seven books
Movie Marathon themed weekend inc travelling by floo powder, homemade Butterbeer and all eight films. Even sleep was had.
Dressing up in Robes for World Book Day at work (for an hour)
LeakyCon inc Starkid, Wizard Rock concerts – Alex Carpenter, Whomping Willows, Lauren Fairweather, Hank Green and Harry and the Potters melted us.
Another two studio tour visits – one included snow.
Seeing Daniel Radcliffe in the Cripple of Inishmaan
Joining HOL virtual Hogwarts. Resorted into Hufflepuff. Taking classes.
Starting HPA Chapter – Phoenix Rising and helping Hope for Food as our first activity.
Getting Dumbledore’s (The Elder) wand for Xmas.

2013 was Potterific but here are some more highlights.

Geek Girl by Holly Smale – “You need to stop caring what people who don’t matter think of you. Be who you are and let everyone else be who they are. Differences are a good thing.” (Also got to go to my first blogger event and meet Holly who got eaten by a chair!).

Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace – “As a writer if you took away my paper I would write on my heart. If you took away my ink I would write on the wind…It wouldn’t be an ideal way to work!! (Need to get this into my PhD).

Kirigami – Clarissa I never did make an origami nappy like Miranda.

1970s Turmeric!!!

Failing miserably and entertainingly at Laser Quest with Cas.

Moving back on the chair rather than moving the chair back (and other hilarious haircut adventures).

The fun and giggles while making up a very special gift package. OTGeeks!

Attending and Presenting at Conferences:
Narrative Day
COT
Auto/biography Barcelona
Occupational Science in Cork

Learning:
Cupcake decorating
Oil painting
Driving challenge – lots of new vehicles

Musicals – top of the bill Matilda

Reading and achieving my reading challenge to read 52 books (I managed a few more too).
“We lose ourselves in books, we find ourselves there too.”

Winning NaNoWriMo for the second time and finishing a whole 0.5 draft (i.e. needs editing and additing but the story’s all there) of Tetrana.

Lots of my happy memories revolve around family (especially spending time with my sister) and friends (both bestie school chums and online geeks) so thanks to you all for the happy moments of 2013.

It was also a very sad time because it was the year I lost my Taidy. But I hope my sister and I did him proud by reading a piece for him at his funeral. He is still missed.

What were your happiest memories of 2013?

Plan to think a little more about what I want from 2014 – post to follow at the weekend.

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Winning #NaNoWriMo 2013

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After my first NaNoWriMo win in 2010 the following two years I did write, but not the whole 50,000 words. But hurrah 2013 has seen me winning again. At just over 50,000 I think I’ve nearly completed my first draft (just a couple of scenes still to write). What I’m most impressed about though was, this year, I wrote nearly every day (until I ‘won’ and then I crashed and have done nothing since – oops).

Huge congrats go to all my NaNo buddies who won or wrote anything – great job guys.

For those of you who would like to know a little more about my novel Tetrana – here’s the link to the extract on the NaNoWriMo website and here’s my Pinterest inspirations board (I really want some of those clothes!).

Now I need to edit up to a fuller novel count, so any advice on how to do this without the extra words merely becoming padding would be gratefully received.

NaNo cert

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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