Playing with colour

I was sitting at my computer the other day, I probably should have been working on my novel, but the words just aren’t coming when I think about Bal or Eve, so instead I stared blankly at the screen, the spiteful little cursor blinking fiendishly at me. I put on some music, I’m working my through a music playlist put together by someone else on Spotify (there’s been some good writing tracks!) and this tumbled out of my mind and onto the screen. Continue reading


NaNoWriMo = National Novel Writing Month

For those of you who might not have known that little piece of information, now you do. It’s in the month of November every year and thousands of people spend hours bent over their keyboards each year to hammer out 50,000 words of a novel in one month!! Crazy hey!?

What does that have to do with me? Well, I’m not officially joining in, I don’t think I could handle the burning shame if I didn’t get to the 50,000 words. Instead, to steel myself for next year, when I DO plan on registering, I thought I’d try my hand at it unofficially this year. I’ll keep my tally in the bar over there to the right. You’ll see that little dude (who’s currently typing away) making all kinds of crazy when I update my word count, so be on the look out for that.

If you’re keen to have a counter too, you can get the information you need from here.

Anyway, this was just a short one to let you all know I haven’t died, and instead I’ve promised to myself to at least get to 25,000 words by the end of November, but aiming for the 50,000 is the ultimate goal! I would really love you all to try and keep me on track for that! You officially have my permission to poke, question, bitch at, scream at and generally pester me if you don’t see that counter move!

Are any of you trying out NaNoWriMo this year? Have you previously? How did you go? Tell us all in the comments below!

I might join the circus


It’s a funny thing in life when we’re trying to juggle everything we want to do and fit it in the amount of time we have. I often feel like the gentleman over there to the left, like I need another set of arms or two or three just to deal with what life throws at me every day.

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Follow up: Tonight is the night

Well, I won! Isn’t that awesome!? You can see my previous blog post with the story here.

My first foray into the world of suspense/mystery/thriller was a success. In fact, I’ve had a few people ask me if I’ll continue on with the story, instead of leaving it where it finished. The jury is still out on this one.

What did I win you ask? It’s no national writing comp, by any stretch of the imagination, but I get to co-moderate the group the competition was held in on Goodreads, I get to come up with October’s writing competition prompt or theme and I am being showcased as writer of the month in the group. All in all, a pretty nice prize.

You can see the group (The pen is mightier than the sword) here, if you’re interested. It’s a fairly active group of people from all walks of life. Not the biggest on GR, but not the smallest either. I find the mix of people to be quite good, they seem to be quite inspirational in their own ways. I’ve had more than one story idea pop into my head while bantering backwards and forwards with that group, or reading their comments.

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Reeling in the Muse

How does one convince the muse to visit? Can we bribe them with chocolate, whisper sweet nothings in their ear, or offer various personal favours?

The Muse visits during the act of creation, not before. Don’t wait for her. Start alone.

Roger Ebert

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