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#NaNoWriMo Wed Update 1

1st November. 1st day of Nano. 1st 1887 words done. 


On target. That’s better than I’ve achieved the last few attempts. 

I think it helped that I’d outlined roughly what should happen in scenes. Maybe I should try and continue with my Plantsing habits. 

I’ll update next Wednesday. 
How did you all get on? 

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Waiting on Wednesday – #NaNoWriMo 2017 

Next Wednesday is the 1st November and the start of the month long challenge that is National Novel Writing Month, where writers everywhere act against logic and challenge themselves to write a minimum of 50,000 words of the first draft of a novel in one month. Yup. That’s a mind blowing 1,667 words a day. 

I have successfully achieved this challenge twice and made it to 25,000 words on a third occasion and I’ve ‘failed’ many more times. BUT, this year I am going in with a slightly more plotted idea than usual, and a desire to write nearer to 80,000 words. 

And I will be pushing through and editing the book afterwards. I recently attended Batnon and Robin’s Editing Masterclass, I have my magnetic silver board, and I will succeed. Whether anyone else will want to read my efforts is another matter but I am going to make sure that I create something I can class as a completed novel. 

And then I’ll finally get round to editing the other 3 books I’ve partially written!!! 

To keep myself accountable – every Wednesday I’m planning to do a check-in post telling you lovely people how much I’ve written. 

Have you taken part in NaNoWriMo before or is this your first year? Have you got any tips for success? 

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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