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Saturday, 30 November 2013

Done :)

So I managed to finish the NaNoWriMo yesterday, 50,186 words. Now I can relax a bit. It still isn't finished though it needs another 10,000 words and an edit or a rewrite. :)

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Na No Na No Na No

I finished the NaNo word count at 4 minutes to twelve!! I still feel as though it is too higgledy piggledy.

Had a bit of a nightmare last night. I was driving in a car drinking a cup of coffee and I swung the car round...

(That reminds me, I heard that the government had done a U turn on a U turn. I thought that would create an S bend, but my wife thought it might just be a roundabout instead!)

Today's joke is:

How do you describe an annoyed pig?


Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Stressed Initially

I got stressed initially and only did 200 words before I went out. In the car, on the iPad I typed in 1,000 words then did the rest at home in bed. That means I finished earlier tonight and was able to relax more and properly do my retweets.

Today's joke is:

Did you hear the one about the geologist?

He took his wife for granite so she left him!

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Just did it

I only just managed to hit the target today for the NaNo. I was so busy with other things that I only just got to the word count at two minutes to twelve. I always knew this would be the worst week because I am busier at the end of the month than at the beginning. I will try to do extra tomorrow. At least while I was walking I had chance to think about where the story went next and was able to write 1,200 words off the back of it :)

Today's joke is:

Two clowns eating soup. One looks at the other and says, "Does this taste funny to you?"

Monday, 25 November 2013

No target

I have had a headache all day. Managed to write 600 words for the NaNo then tried to sleep a bit, but didn't feel better after. Then wrote another 200 words. After I did my round I managed to write another 300 words but I don't think I will hit the target for today :(

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Dr Who

Just managed to do the word count for the NaNo at 11:53. Whew! Once adding all of the words up though I am fifty words down, because I have rewritten some stuff and it is shorter so I need to add fifty words before the end. This will mean something when I am going for validation of the NaNoWriMo on the 30th of November. I was so close to the mark tonight because I watched the Dr Who special.

Friday, 22 November 2013

I forgot

So I forgot to write my blog yesterday :0 I was so concerned with Tweeting and typing in an extra 250 words of TVC that I forgot. (That was on top of finishing the word count for the NaNo and typing in another 1,000 words of TVC.)

So tonight I am writing my blog earlier. I have completed the word count for today's NaNo and am planning to type the last 800 words or so of the end of TVC.

Today's joke is :

Why are frogs so happy?

Because they eat whatever bugs them!

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Working in the dark

I managed to catch up with what I didn't do yesterday!!! I also typed in the rest of chapter 10 and put that and 11 on my Facebook group. I am so glad I caught up and did some other typing. I was writing the last 1,000 words in the dark, in the car on my iPad. Maybe I should do that more!

Today's joke is:

What do you call a three footed aardvark?

A yardvark!

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Catch up

Because I typed in 1,000 words of chapter 9 of TVC I didn't get a lot else done. I had to pick my son up, then go to my daughter's, then take her to night school. Drop my son off, pick my wife up, buy tea etc. I did about 3 pages of planning at my daughter's which I needed to do because I needed to know how I was going to start the story. Managed to write 900 words of Attack on Thera while they were out. I will have to try to catch up tomorrow!

Today's joke is:

What do you call an alligator in a vest?

An investigator!

Monday, 18 November 2013

Fastest book ever...

I finished my book today! The second book in the Theran Chronicles. Which means I start the third book tomorrow. The small plan (2 pages) I did of the third one before I finished the second looks like it will have to be scrapped based on the ending of the second book. I typed in 500 words and wrote the rest on paper in bed to allow my wife to use the PC for a piece of work for Uni. Also managed to type in 570 words of chapter nine. I did wake up late with a headache that lasted all day, so I am pleased I did the word count and finished the book. The fastest book I've ever written!

Today's joke is:

Why did the picture go to jail?

Because it was framed!

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Ye Olde Shambles Tea Shoppe

I managed to write 720 words this morning before I left for work. Wrote 100 words on my break at Relish, then another 100 words at the NaNo at Ye Olde Shambles Tea Shoppe. Got to the Shambles too late really, did about 20 minutes of writing but did get a NaNo sticker!!!

Managed to finish my word count by 8 o'clock. Also typed some in I'd done in the week to put it on my Facebook group.

Today's joke is:

How many psychiatrists does it take to change a light bulb?

Only one, but the light bulb really has to want to change!

Friday, 15 November 2013

Big Bang

So I have begun writing my blog before I have finished my NaNo. I need to write 150 words in the next half an hour!!! So I did 500 before I went out today and about 1,000 this afternoon/evening. Had a break and watched Agents of Shield and Big Bang theory. I have started chapter 11, only 1 more after this and I have finished book 2 of the Theran Chronicles!

Today's joke is:

Why are there no headache tablets in the jungle?

Because parrots eat 'em all.

Thursday, 14 November 2013


I managed to write all of the words I needed for the Nano today. 700 words at the library, 455 words in the bath and the rest on the PC. Also typed in a pageful of the stuff I did yesterday. For some reason they had a 21 gun salute outside the library. Have only done half my retweets today as my wife needs my PC.

Today's joke is:

What do you call a fish with no eyes?

A fsh!

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Main Library

I did the 1,667 words I needed for the Nano, but I hand wrote them and will need to type them in. I wrote 250 words at the main library in York and 900 while waiting for my wife in the car for about 2 hours. Did type in the 500 words I had done yesterday and put it on my Facebook group.

Today's joke is:

What do you call a pig with two eyes?

A piig!

Tuesday, 12 November 2013


I think I did too much today. Managed to finish the basic word count for the Nano but not until just gone 11 PM. I seemed to be stuck all day on research, about train stations. However it was relevant and after I had done it then the story seemed to be going somewhere. I think I will have to write the story first and do research as part of a rewrite. Started chapter nine.

Today's joke is:

What animals are on legal documents?


Monday, 11 November 2013


Managed to do today's Nano. Wrote most of it on paper then typed most of it in, still have about 200 words to type in. I sort of finished chapter 7 but didn't do the word count so I went through it and added description etc to get the word count up a little. Have started chapter 8.

Found out that the panels I put onto the greenhouse yesterday shouldn't have had bolts put in the top :(

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Sunday Off

So I managed to do over 16666 words yesterday for the NanoWriMo, which means I can have Sunday off. But week two is supposed to be the one that is the most difficult to keep on track.

Even though I have run out of planning, I have managed to fit extra stuff in that is exciting.

Today's joke is:

Why do cows wear bells?

Because their horns don't work!

Friday, 8 November 2013

The Plan Has Run Out!!!

Wrote just over 1,700 words today but found something out, I am only half way through the book and the plan has run out!!! So I have had to write a general outline of the next six chapters. Not knowing how many words the plan would eventually turn into meant that I thought I would only have two chapters to write to finish the book.

Today's joke is:

What do moths play soccer with?

A mothball!!!

Thursday, 7 November 2013

100 words over

Only managed 1789 words of the Nano today, I hit the target count but only did about 100 words over. I didn't get enough done at Leeds Uni this morning and felt unmotivated in the afternoon. I have sort of finished chapter 5.

Today's joke is:

What do you call a bee in a bun?

A humburger!

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

About 1,900

I wrote about 1,900 words today for the NanoWriMo. Chapter four does not end with a natural break though. I have an unnatural break at the 2,400 word mark. Or it could continue for another 1,000 words and end (a bit of a long chapter?)

Did not get to the Nano at York Uni today, well I did, but went to the old room. The new one was too far away to walk in the time.

I also did about 600 words at Monk's Cross Starbucks. With the way things were going I didn't think I was going to go in there for the whole Nano!

Tuesday, 5 November 2013


I have written 1675 words today for the NanoWriMo. I am keeping on target but I am finding it hard to motivate myself. Especially when somebody I met the other day wrote 8,000 words in a day! Am I well enough motivated just not fast? I think I'll try for another 200 words before I go to bed. I am actually on chapter 4 which is the fastest I have ever written a book.

I think 1,665 words a day is doable so maybe I shouldn't stress myself out doing more.

Doable, that sounds like a Frenchman saying double in a heavy French accent!

Monday, 4 November 2013

York University Nano

I wrote 600 words before breakfast today. I try to do a chunk so that I can relax while I eat. Met the four ladies at the York university Nano today. It was nice to chat and do a bit of writing as well. I managed 400 words. Took today's total to 1,900 tonight. I'm trying to do a little extra each day so that I can have Sunday off, we'll see.

A sample of the action:

Upon hearing a creak in the steps a gunman on the first floor checked it out. Anil shot at him with his service revolver. The man ducked back into the room he was firing from. Looking at Lizzie Paul pursed his lips, he didn't want her harmed.
The Indian guardsman shot at the door frame to keep the man inside. From his vantage point Paul could see the man’s leg and shot at it. This brought the man down crying in pain, “Coultan!”
Lizzie sent him to sleep with a shot from her stun pistol.
They all got to the landing but the commotion had alerted a second gunman on the next floor up to their position. He was waiting for them as they rounded the corner to the second lot of stairs and shot at Anil wounding him in the leg. Both Lizzie and Paul fired back.
The man called to another, “Su blat coumo.” As he did Lizzie saw the barrel of his rifle. She shot at it and a bolt of electricity discharged into it. The man dropped the weapon but took shelter behind a desk.
Quickly Paul nipped into the room and held his pistol on the man. He kicked the man’s rifle into the hallway then looked out of the door to see if he could see the other man. A round hit the lintel above his head and so he took shelter behind the wall. He saw Lizzie trying to staunch the wound on Anil’s leg, but Anil was looking to his position. Anil made hand movements to tell Paul that he would shoot at the man so that Paul could reposition himself. Anil could not see the man but placed a few shots into the stairs above his head where he guessed the man’s position might be. The man let out a small groan, splinters from the stairs had embedded themselves into his left leg. Rolling out onto the floor of the hallway Paul lined up his pistol. As the man peeped over the banister Paul shot him in the head. The man slumped to the floor dropping his rifle in the process.

My misheard quote of the day, "You spell possum with 2 S's," said I.

(She actually wanted to know how bosom was spelled!)

Saturday, 2 November 2013

2340 ish

Today I wrote 2340 ish words for the NanoWriMo, not anywhere near the 10,000 words I was attempting. All I can say is that I did have to do some research on train carriages and the Great Northern Railway. I also got stuck on a little bit where I was deciding if two of the female characters would have talked in a Ladies toilet. I changed it to them speaking in a shop instead. I seem to be writing between 250 and 500 words an hour, between checking Facebook, Twitter and visiting relatives. So I did about a quarter of what I wanted to do. Some of my planning was not as detailed as it should have been so I was having to solve things while I was writing it. Maybe my planning got better later on, we'll see.

Friday, 1 November 2013


I have managed to write 1747 words for the NanoWriMo today which means I have hit the target. Have put it on my VAE group on Facebook. Tomorrow I plan to write 10,000 words, wonder how I'll get on.