Friday, 29 November 2013

gentle pursuits that bring a little happiness …

 

I have been acutely aware this week that it is the little things that bring happiness.   Seeing a buzzard on the roadside eating its kill as I passed by in my car, after only seeing them through binoculars before.  So  much larger than I imagined, the colour of its feathers, more grey than brown, the huge golden eyes and the large, bloodied, hooked beak.  I felt a thrill, as always, when I see something wild, close at hand.  I have also seen a partridge, pheasant, tree-creeper and a multitude of magpies one for sorrow two for joy etc.

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Joining a friend’s  milestone birthday celebration with,a meal of hearty, home-cooked food – steak and kidney pie followed by treacle sponge and custard – put five very different women together and you get diverse conversation but always manage to find common ground.  One of these ladies had read my blog post which included the last few paragraphs of my draft novel – she related  it almost word-for-word to the others, who were rapt in their attention, I looked at their faces as she was speaking, and realised that it had given me pleasure to hear my words spoken out loud.   It has also given me the impetus to carry on writing and honing the novel till it is something I can be proud of  -  see here if you missed it.

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Little things like sweeping the leaves into golden mounds and wrapping up in warm towels after a long soak in the bath also bring a gentle kind of happiness – as does buying myself a special Christmas present, from me to me – wrapping it beautifully and putting it away till Christmas morning – when it will give me a second helping of pleasure. 

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I have begun reading ‘The Happiness Project’ by Gretchen Rubin here which I picked up from a charity bookshop, maybe it will give me a little insight into a few more gentle pursuits which bring happiness.

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Which little things give you the most pleasure?

 

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Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp,

but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.”

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

the simple pleasures of a winter morning …

 

Early morning sunshine on frosted fields

Pink clouds at sunrise

A host of birds fluttering around the feeders demanding breakfast

The first real frost where plants droop their leaves and the lawn looks sugar coated

Saved only by the plucky pansies by the front door

flowering when nothing else dares

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love this quote

Monday, 25 November 2013

rambling on about … a soft kind of sunday …

 

Finishing the novel and husband’s birthday called for a different kind of Sunday.

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A leisurely breakfast and a walk by the local reservoir followed by lunch with friends – a lot of laughs and a few glasses of ‘pop’.  Perfect.

Saturday, 23 November 2013

rambling on about … my novel writing journey … day twenty three

 

DAY TWENTY THREE - SATURDAY

Words written today – 2,695

Total words written – 50,559

Words remaining – 0

Days remaining – 8

NaNoWriMo - one month (November), 50.000, no life.

I HAVE FINISHED.  I AM BEREFT.  AS I TYPED THE LAST FEW WORDS – THE ENDING – I FELT A MIXTURE OF RELIEF, EXCITEMENT AND SADNESS – IT IS DONE – NOW I HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE 25TH BEFORE I CAN LOG IN MY WORD COUNT.  PHEW! Below is the ending that I chose.

I could hear Antaeus calling to me in the soft singing-sighing of the wind. I pushed it from my mind, refused to hear it. We went back inside the hut on the beach, and I saw the letter from my father propped up against a jam jar of dead flowers on the table.

Jed asked me if I was going to read it, I said no, I knew what it said – I think I had all along. I knew my father believed that Aedre was my mother, she may well have been, but she wasn’t the woman that he believed she was. Somehow, in his befuddled, crazy mind he had believed it, wanted to believe it. He had spent the whole of his life believing it, waiting for her return, and in the end when he couldn’t take any more of the desperate waiting, he had walked into the sea in search of her. I hoped he could find peace now, wherever he was.

I asked Jed to fetch the petrol can from the ‘beast’ he looked at me for a second, then fetched it, he knew what I was going to do, something I should have done a long time ago.

I stood in the doorway and took one last look at my childhood home. There was evil here, disguised as love, and I wouldn’t let it take any more people, especially not me. Not now; now that I had found what I had been looking for all along; the love of a good man and a child of my own.

I lit a match and threw it on to the rug where the petrol can lay on its side. As the flames grew and devoured the hut I turned and walked away. Let it burn and be done with it. I had a life to live. I smiled at Jed and JP. ‘Come on - let’s go home.’

THE END

Friday, 22 November 2013

rambling on about … my novel writing journey … day twenty two

 

DAY TWENTY TWO - FRIDAY

Words written today – 1,504

Total words written – 47,864

Words remaining – 2,136

Days remaining – 9

 

Indulge Your Shelf: A writing inspiration book - art journal with a theme

If there’s a book

that you want to read,

but it hasn’t been written yet,

then you must write it.

- Toni Morrison

When I started out on this journey I had a specific storyline in mind, but, as I continued writing, better ideas formed, and as I followed them through the original idea was mostly abandoned (maybe to be used another time).

I would estimate that two thirds of what has been written will be discarded in the process of editing the draft.  I am sure nothing will be wasted, I like a lot of the bits that will be taken out, just not for this story.  So the second draft will feel like I am starting all over again.  When I have finished, possibly tomorrow, I’ll leave it alone for a while then come back to it with ‘fresh eyes’, re-read and flesh it out.

You have to be in it for the long run when writing a novel – this is only the beginning.

Onwards and upwards!

Thursday, 21 November 2013

rambling on about … my novel writing journey … day twenty one

 

DAY TWENTY ONE - THURSDAY

Words written today – 2,144

Total words written – 46,360

Words remaining – 3,640

Days remaining – 10

 

Good writing inspiration :)

I have a couple more days to do before I finish.  Now I have to decide how I am going to end the novel.  I have one or two endings in mind – do I go for a happy ending or a tragic one or an open one.  I don’t just want it to fizzle out into nothing.  In the creative writing book that I keep referring to for inspiration it says:-

The ending of a story has a great deal of work to do.  It must answer the main question posed by the beginning, satisfy the reader’s curiosity about the characters and their dilemmas, and create some emotional response.  Finally, the ending must provide a sense of completion, that the wheel has come full circle.

My main character started out on her own, goes on a journey to find her true self, breaks a few hearts along the way and ………….should she decide it’s not too bad being on her own after all, or go all out to find someone to share her life with …………or realise that she already has what she has been looking  for all this time without realising it.  The choice is yours, what do you think – which ending would you choose?

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

rambling on about … my novel writing journey …day twenty

 

DAY TWENTY - WEDNESDAY

Words written today – 4,940

Total words written – 44,216

Words remaining – 5,784

Days remaining – 11

Writing Quote | Carl Sagan | Tumblr

Phew!  A heavy writing day today, nearly 5,000 words – I am so chuffed with the progress I have made – as the days go on it does get a little easier.  I got a new idea this morning and just ran with it to see where is would lead – nearer to the finishing line – that’s where it lead.  Only a few thousand words left to go – at last the end seems possible.  It can’t come soon enough for me I feel I have been sitting on my backside typing since the world began.

rambling on about … getting back to normality …

 

It seems ages since I did a normal post.  Regular readers will know that I have been concentrating on writing a draft novel for NaNoWriMo and removed the comment box so that I would have no distractions but I have certainly missed being in contact with everyone.  In between bouts of writing I have been working in the garden.  Last weekend we removed a Viburnam shrub that was threatening to take over the world – it was huge and, to be quite honest, dull.  The prunings filled two huge builders bags, you know the ones.  Now I have a massive space to fill.  Lurking at the back of the shrub was a climbing rose, on its last legs, due to lack of light, I cut it right down to the ground in the hope that it will  re-grow, fingers crossed.  Here are a few pictures I have taken this week:-

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The garden at last is beginning to show signs of autumn, it seems to have taken ages for the leaves to turn and fall, but a few colder days, stronger winds and a couple of frosts seem to have done the trick.

I have gone back to my settings trying to replace the comment box but I am not sure if it has worked oh dear I should have never messed about with it.  Here goes.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

rambling on about … my novel writing journey … day nineteen

 

DAY NINETEEN - TUESDAY

Words written today – 1,842

Total words written – 39,276

Words remaining – 10,724

Days remaining – 12

Writing things down crystallises our thoughts and makes them clear for others to understand. In so doing, we make our own ideas clearer to ourselves - the we can begin to spot the limitations and implications.

My writing time was limited today due to unforeseen circumstances  but I am heading into the homeward stretch now and starting to tie all the loose ends together  - this is the fun part where I can start playing with different scenarios to see what will be most satisfactory ending for each character’s story.  Only 12 more days to go – hopefully I will be finished in 5 if the writing gods are with me.

Monday, 18 November 2013

rambling on about … my novel writing journey … day eighteen

 

DAY EIGHTEEN - MONDAY

Words written today – 2,169

Total words written – 37,434

Words remaining – 12,566

Days remaining – 13

Writing is like riding a rollercoaster

I finished my quota early today, the weather  was so bad and so Novemberish that this afternoon I just got stuck in and ignored the world outside.  Writing is like living in a parallel universe, you get so involved with the world you are creating that everything is forgotten and when you finish you come back to earth with a bump.  That is what is has been like today, I was completely involved and the time flew by, the words flowed and yet I can’t remember I thing I wrote.  Weird.

Onwards and upwards!

Sunday, 17 November 2013

rambling on about … my novel writing journey … day seventeen

 

DAY SEVENTEEN - SUNDAY

Words written today – 2,019

Total words written – 35,265

Words remaining – 14,735

Days remaining – 14

Writing Quote by Roald Dahl

I didn’t feel much like writing today.  I have had a busy weekend and worn myself out but if you miss a day it means there is a helluva lot of catching up to do, so I left the warmth of the fire and made my weary way upstairs and forced myself to switch the computer on and have managed another 2,000 words.  This morning I was laying in bed in that half-sleeping, half-waking state and decided  that I wasn’t going to end the novel the way I had planned originally, but I still have another fourteen thousand or so words to go before I reach that point.  If things go as well as they have been I should finish in another week, but I do need some good plot ideas to keep the story from becoming too predictable.  Come on brain – start earning your keep and come up with something original for the next part of the story – not tonight though, I am just too tired to think any more.

Onwards and upwards!

Saturday, 16 November 2013

rambling on about … my novel writing journey … day sixteen

 

DAY SIXTEEN - SATURDAY

Words written today – 2,392

Total words written – 33,246

Words remaining – 16,754

Days remaining – 15

 

Writing quote #15

I wonder if anyone out there is reading this, without a comments box it is hard to tell, but I will carry on regardless.  I have been on fire today the story is taking shape nicely.  I have changed tactics a little by telling the story through the eyes of the characters involved, the same story each with a different viewpoint, and it seems to be working.  I achieved my daily word quota and more without any hesitation.  I am not sure where it is all coming from but it keeps on coming.

Onward and upwards!

Friday, 15 November 2013

rambling on about … my novel writing journey … day fifteen

 

DAY FIFTEEN- FRIDAY 

Words written today – 2,056

Total words written – 30,854

Words remaining – 19,146

Days remaining – 16

Well sometimes...other times it's like heaven.  --Laura Davis & The Writer's Journey www.lauradavis.net

This week has flown by.  After a shakey start my confidence returned and I have been averaging about 2,000 words a day, regardless of my despair at the beginning of the week I have stuck at it because I don’t want to fail – it is important to me to finish this project.  When it is over I have realised that I need to practice story writing more, even if it is only short stories – I have found my weak spots over the last couple of weeks, things that I really need to work on.  I also want to study some of my favourite books and see how they have been put together, and what it is about them that I enjoy.  I want to write a book that I would enjoy reading.  I read all the time, most of the books are average, but somewhere in all the dross a little gem pops up that captures my imagination – that is what I am aiming for – a dramatic and lyrical novel.  Maybe I won’t achieve it this time – who am I kidding – I definitely won’t – but maybe one day.

Onwards and upwards!

During the month of November, whilst I am joining in with The National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) attempting to write a 50,000 word draft novel, I will be posting about my progress (or not) every day.  I have removed the comment box so as not to have too many distractions, but will switch it back on again at the end of the month, when, hopefully, I will have completed my mission.

Thursday, 14 November 2013

rambling on about … my novel writing journey … day fourteen

 

DAY FOURTEEN - THURSDAY 

Words written today – 1,942

Total words written – 28,024

Words remaining – 21,976

Days remaining – 17

 

inspiration to write quotes and sayings

Another satisfactory days work today.  One step at a time not trying to look at the bigger picture just being involved in what I am writing as I am writing it.  The story is still in a bit of a jumble, but for the purposes of the competition I am carrying on without any revision, there just isn’t time to sit back and edit what I have already done.  That will come later – hopefully I will be able to make some sense of it all. Keeping focussed is hard and I am missing my blogging friends and because I am not allowing comments I do feel a little alone here, but I am sure you understand – if I get comments I will have to reply then visit blogs, and before I know where I am no writing will have been done – but I do miss you and look forward to the end of the month when I can re-join the blogging universe.

 

During the month of November, whilst I am joining in with The National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) attempting to write a 50,000 word draft novel, I will be posting about my progress (or not) every day.  I have removed the comment box so as not to have too many distractions, but will switch it back on again at the end of the month, when, hopefully, I will have completed my mission.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

rambling on about … my novel writing journey … day thirteen

 

DAY THIRTEEN - WEDNESDAY 

Words written today – 2,469

Total words written – 26,082

Words remaining – 23,918

Days remaining – 18

 

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YAY! I am past the half way mark – my slump is over, today my fingers have been flying across the keyboard as if they had wings.  I don’t know what happened, I had an epiphany and it has just started to come together as if by magic.  I am on the homeward stretch and I can’t tell you the relief I feel.  I was beginning to feel really stressed that it wasn’t going well – I just hope this buoyant feeling lasts

 

During the month of November, whilst I am joining in with The National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) attempting to write a 50,000 word draft novel, I will be posting about my progress (or not) every day.  I have removed the comment box so as not to have too many distractions, but will switch it back on again at the end of the month, when, hopefully, I will have completed my mission.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

rambling on about … my novel writing journey … day twelve

 

DAY TWELVE - TUESDAY 

Words written today – 1,764

Total words written – 23,613

Words remaining – 26,387

Days remaining – 19

I love this.

I’m stuck.  I have run out of ideas.  I knew this would happen.  The story wasn’t clear enough in my head – I know how I want it to end – but getting there is harder than I thought.  I will just have to back track and fill in more detail until the words start to flow again.  Writing is like pulling each individual hair out of your head – it hurts.

 

During the month of November, whilst I am joining in with The National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) attempting to write a 50,000 word draft novel, I will be posting about my progress (or not) every day.  I have removed the comment box so as not to have too many distractions, but will switch it back on again at the end of the month, when, hopefully, I will have completed my mission.

Monday, 11 November 2013

rambling on about … my novel writing journey … day eleven

 

DAY ELEVEN - MONDAY 

Words written today – 2,134

Total words written – 21,849

Words remaining – 28,1511

Days remaining – 20

 

~ Monro

I have added a few twists and turns to the storyline, now I have to concentrate on what I am going to do with them.  A Facebook friend asked if I will post some of my work – I felt like replying that what I have written is a pile of garbage and not worth publication of any kind yet.

Shall I give you a sample paragraph?

“Before he opened the door he peered through the grime on the left hand window. It showed a sofa, a bed, a table and  two chairs. The place looked as though the old woman had just left it; her cup and plate on the table and the bed unmade.

The other window revealed a small kitchen area with a water heater on the wall, and an ancient two ring gas stove beside a small chipped sink, there were no other conveniences which would have made life a little easier.

He turned the key in the lock, it was stiff from disuse, he put his shoulder to the swollen door to open it. Once inside, he almost wanted to call out hello as though someone was expecting him, he turned round quickly feeling a presence in the room. There was no one, but he still couldn’t shake the feeling. So, this is my inheritance, he thought. Not much is it. There were no curtains at the windows - a drop leaf table stood in front of one of them, where a geranium shrivelled in its pot, and lining the kitchen windowsill there was a collection of shells and other things that the old lady must have picked up on her travels. All the furniture was old and battered and everywhere was layered in dust and looked uncared for with dust motes floating in the still air; it had been quite a while since the shack had been lived in, so none of this was a surprise.  A small black stove sat in the corner the only source of keeping warm in winter, but, inevitably the whole place smelled of damp and decay so he threw open the windows to let the warmth of the sun in.”

 

During the month of November, whilst I am joining in with The National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) attempting to write a 50,000 word draft novel, I will be posting about my progress (or not) every day.  I have removed the comment box so as not to have too many distractions, but will switch it back on again at the end of the month, when, hopefully, I will have completed my mission.

Sunday, 10 November 2013

rambling on about … my novel writing journey … day ten

 

DAY TEN - SUNDAY 

Words written today – 2,181

Total words written – 19,715

Words remaining – 30,285

Days remaining – 21

 “Write what should not be forgotten.” -- Isabel Allende – Writers know the deep imperative and power of words.  Explore tips and quotes on writing inspiration at http://www.examiner.com/article/writing-inspiration-from-water-and-nature-tips-and-quotes

 

I have made life difficult for myself, I am working on four intertwined stories simultaneously, trying not to lose track of who is doing what with whom and where.  I should have devised a card index system before I started, to keep tabs on everyone, but didn’t, as I was in such a hurry to get the words down. I think I am my own worst enemy.  Lesson learned.

During the month of November, whilst I am joining in with The National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) attempting to write a 50,000 word draft novel, I will be posting about my progress (or not) every day.  I have removed the comment box so as not to have too many distractions, but will switch it back on again at the end of the month, when, hopefully, I will have completed my mission.

Saturday, 9 November 2013

rambling on about … my novel writing journey … day nine

DAY NINE - SATURDAY

 

Words written today – 2,113

Total words written – 17,534

Words remaining – 32,466

Days remaining – 22

Writing Inspiration

I have bits of story all over the place as new ideas occur I rush to put them on paper – there are threads of the story hanging in limbo waiting to be joined.  A novel in chaos.

During the month of November, whilst I am joining in with The National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) attempting to write a 50,000 word draft novel, I will be posting about my progress (or not) every day.  I have removed the comment box so as not to have too many distractions, but will switch it back on again at the end of the month, when, hopefully, I will have completed my mission.

Friday, 8 November 2013

rambling on about … my novel writing journey … day eight

 

DAY EIGHT - FRIDAY

 

Words written today – 1,891

Total words written – 15,421

Words remaining – 34,579

Days remaining – 23

During the month of November, whilst I am joining in with The National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) attempting to write a 50,000 word draft novel, I will be posting about my progress (or not) every day.  I have removed the comment box so as not to have too many distractions, but will switch it back on again at the end of the month, when, hopefully, I will have completed my mission.

Tilia Klebenov Jacobs #writing #quotes #nanowrimo

I’m stuck – I am not writing a crime novel, yet a crime has been committed which I didn’t intend.  Now I am frantic because I don’t know how to get out of it.  Each solution I come up with seems implausible – how I wish I had paid more attention when watching police drama on the t.v. – I struggle to find a way out of the situation I have got my characters into – where are the decent god-fearing people when you need them.

Onwards and upwards!

Thursday, 7 November 2013

rambling on about …my novel writing journey …day seven

 

DAY 7 - THURSDAY

Words written today – 2,149

Total words written – 13,530

Words remaining – 36,470

Days remaining – 24

During the month of November, whilst I am joining in with The National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) attempting to write a 50,000 word draft novel, I will be posting about my progress (or not) every day.  I have removed the comment box so as not to have too many distractions, but will switch it back on again at the end of the month, when, hopefully, I will have completed my mission. 

"All writing problems are psychological problems. Blocks usually stem from the fear of being judged. If you imagine the world listening, you'll never write a line. That's why privacy is so important. You should write first drafts as if they will never be shown to anyone." - Erica Jong

The best thing about finishing the days writing quota is doing the word count and logging in at the NaNoWriMo site to register the days work.  Then printing out the pages you have typed you re-read what has been written, maybe it’s not as bad as you thought – it may not be perfect, it wasn’t meant to be, it is, after all, a rough draft.  Then as you slip the pages into the folder you allow yourself a small smile and do it all over again tomorrow.

Onwards and upwards!

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

rambling on about …my novel writing journey …day six

 

DAY SIX - WEDNESDAY

Words written today:  1869

Total words written:  11,381

Words remaining:  38,619

Days remaining:  25

 During the month of November, whilst I am joining in with The National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) attempting to write a 50,000 word draft novel, I will be posting about my progress (or not) every day.  I have removed the comment box so as not to have too many distractions, but will switch it back on again at the end of the month, when, hopefully, I will have completed my mission.

Never ever doubt yourself. You can do it!

Self-doubt is creeping in.  Things are not going as well as I would like.  I am not writing the novel I wanted to write.  I am disappointed with myself – I know I can do better.  If I saw this novel in a bookshop I would glance at the back cover, the put it back on the shelf.  Is there enough time left to scrap it and start again.  I think not. Damn. Oh well.

Onwards and upwards!

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

rambling on about . . . my novel writing journey . . . day five

DAY FIVE - TUESDAY

Words written today:  1672

Total words written:  9512

Words remaining:  40,488

Days remaining:  26

 During the month of November, whilst I am joining in with The National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) attempting to write a 50,000 word draft novel, I will be posting about my progress (or not) every day.  I have removed the comment box so as not to have too many distractions, but will switch it back on again at the end of the month, when, hopefully, I will have completed my mission.

Writing: I do feel embarrassed sometimes having other people read my work.

Oh dear, the main character seems to have run out of steam for the moment – it seems she has had a change of plan, but she hasn’t let me know what it is yet.  So I am introducing a new character that I hadn’t planned on just to keep the story moving forward.  I think I will call him Gerald.

Onwards and upwards!

Monday, 4 November 2013

rambling on about . . . my novel writing journey . . . day four

 

DAY FOUR - MONDAY

Words written today:  1758

Total words written:  7840

Words remaining:  42,160

Days remaining:  27

 During the month of November, whilst I am joining in with The National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) attempting to write a 50,000 word draft novel, I will be posting about my progress (or not) every day.  I have removed the comment box so as not to have too many distractions, but will switch it back on again at the end of the month, when, hopefully, I will have completed my mission.

Writing will mend something broken inside you or bring something back to life.

After my writing session last night I went straight to bed.  All the concentrating and staring at a screen is very tiring.  I slept like a baby and dreamed vivid dreams – in fact, I dreamed a whole storyline.  This morning it had all vanished with only a trace left behind.  Darn – why does that always happen?  After such a busy night of dreaming I felt wrecked when I eventually woke so I took myself out for a briskish walk in the early morning sun, thinking about how I would carry on my story.  This writing lark is taking over my every waking, and now, sleeping moment, there seems to be no room for anything else as I obsess about words and finding the right way of joining them together to make a decent sentence.  Onwards and upwards!

Sunday, 3 November 2013

rambling on about . . . my novel writing journey . . . day three

 

DAY THREE - Sunday

Words written today:  1781

Words remaining:  43918

Days remaining:  28

Neil Gaiman on writing. Except, I hand write.

Had a good session this evening. I seem to write better when it is dark.

Just me, a lamp and a computer. I close my eyes, think hard, and type.

It took two hours to write my quota.

I am happy – will it last?

rambling on about . . . my novel writing journey . . .

 DAY ONE  - Friday

Words: 1607

Words to go:  48393

Days to go: 29

Just for a bit of fun for those of you who are interested I shall be posting a daily progress report on my novel writing journey.  The comments box will be turned off until the last day on 30th November. 

Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything good. Wm Faulkner

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On Friday evening I wrote the first 1600 words of the draft of my novel. On Saturday  morning I deleted it all. This does not bode well.

DAY TWO - Saturday

Words:  4031

Words to go:  45969

Days to go:  28

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After deleting everything I had written the night before I was beginning to panic – so I sat myself down re-read all my notes – and started again.  It worked.

Friday, 1 November 2013

rambling on about . . . this week in pictures . . .

I haven’t had much time to visit any blogs this week – for which I apologize – I have taken a few photos though which I thought I would share with you.

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Fallen leaves

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Pastoral scene

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Main Street paved in gold

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Fungi (or is it fungus)

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Using up the last of the courgettes and tomatoes

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Bottling

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Finished product – Ratatouille

Hope you have a good weekend – I shall be busy writing.