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Wednesday, November 30th, 2011
5:18 pm
And done!
Just under 67k words and the story is finished. (Obviously it's a first draft)
It has action, adventure, magic, a bi-sexual vampire, a time and world spanning romance, court intrigue, millenia long plots to usurp thrones, a gorilla in a suit and two incidental love stories.
Of course, it's still pants because I wrote it, but at least I WROTE it :D

Current Mood: accomplished
Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011
6:33 pm
Well, just over. Not that the story is done, and I have a feeling the last two chapters I've written are going to need editting with a flame thrower, but I stuck to the "it's a first draft, just let it ride for now" idea and just carried on :)

Current Mood: creative
Friday, November 18th, 2011
6:46 pm
NaNo Update
Ok, so the boy and the girl who's legendary love threatens the very fabric of their world have finally met! And Kissed!
And gazed into each others eyes!
Now they just have to save the world, which makes me wonder how long this thing is going to end up being.
Still, today words have flowed and I am at 41k, so my beginning of the month doubts about my ability to write 50k words of one story seem almost laughable to me now >.>

Current Mood: amused
Sunday, November 13th, 2011
6:27 pm
Despite spending yesterday having a lot of fun not quite killing a dragon yet, this weekend has been pretty productive on the NaNo front.
I am now just past the halfway mark of the 50k target, if not necessarily half way through the story, and my sad and slightly pathetic heroine has just died.
All fun and games in my story!

Current Mood: accomplished
Wednesday, October 19th, 2011
4:30 pm
Sleep Deprived
I've slept so badly the last few nights. Partly the stomach bug that is going around paid me a loving visit and partly I lie awake for a couple of hours or more with plot threads, characters, scenes and such circling in a cosmic mental miasma in an effort to collide and join into a cohesive whole.
The reason for this cranial colloid is that following a post from Lurkingcat that reminded me of it's existance a few days ago I took the plunge there and then to sign up on the NaNoWriMo website with a view to actually forcing myself to sit and write something before my *cough*tieth birthday which falls 5 days after this NaNo ends.
Panicking? Slightly, though not as much as I thought i would. I signed up with no idea of what I would write, or even what genre since I tend to write in several, but since signing up the bouts of insomnia have actually produced huge tracts of a single possible story.
I am more than certain that to me it will seem derivative, poorly written, possitively childlike. A crayon scrawl of a story with none of the artistry and word skills that all those who started learning this stuff so long ago bring to such things. I am however far and away my own worst critic, so we will see.
I've put off writing anything this long for literally years, despite a lot of pressure from a few people to try it, and finally decided if I didn't try now I never would. And since it's always been my life's dream to be a published Author (defining always as since I was 6, and Dream as "Something never going to happen"), it does seem like time to at least see if I *can* write something of this length, even if only I ever see it.

So for better or worse I will be insanely focussed during the bits of November not dedicated to spending time with my son, and trying desperately to meet impossible to meet work quotas.
Here's to a very large drink on December 1, and an extremely fun weekend just after :)

Current Mood: contemplative
Thursday, December 30th, 2010
11:49 am
I want a t-shirt that says "Coconuts are Satanic" :)


Current Mood: amused
Friday, September 19th, 2008
8:19 am
Friday, May 2nd, 2008
12:54 pm
Friday, February 8th, 2008
7:00 pm
I rarely Meme but....
Film Meme stolen second hand from Meme-thief esran

Meme rules:
1. Pick 15 of your favourite movies.
2. Go to IMDb and find a quote from each movie.
3. Post them here for everyone to guess.
4. Fill in the film title once it's guessed.
5. NO GOOGLING/using IMDb search functions. Totally cheating, you dirty cheaters
Sunday, August 8th, 2004
12:53 pm
A most Excellent Party
Now if only my head would stop hurting I could begin to enjoy my day of rest ;)

Current Mood: cheerful
Monday, April 14th, 2003
7:04 pm
Saturday, May 25th, 2002
7:03 pm
Well the guy from telewest came round and added 3 inches to the jack on our cable-modem turning a +10mV upstream current into a -4 ?!?! Hey, at least it works o.k. now *8O) Have to wait and see whether thats solved the problem permanently though

Current Mood: confused
Wednesday, May 22nd, 2002
11:18 am
My head hurts
Actually at the moment it's not too bad, but I decided very early this morning that peering into the mouths of the ungrateful masses whilst trying to think soothing thoughts and stave off my headache was a no go. Anyway, on a lighter note I've now uploaded the first of probably a long line of esoteric pictures to have next to my journal entries. I promise a complete lack of logic and taste. Let's be fair I have the maturity of your average 11 year old *8O)

Current Mood: sleepy
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