NaNoWriMo 2014: Update 3

NaNoWriMo 2014: Update 3

So, it’s finally happened: I’ve fallen behind. By yesterday I was supposed to have completed 35,000 words, but last night I had just hit 33,088 words, putting me almost 2000 words behind. Now that’s by no means an unrecoverable amount, so there’s still hope that I’ll make it, but it just seems to be getting tougher! I’ve had kind of a busy week this week, and finding the time has been hard, hence why I have been getting behind. Whilst in my last update I was on track, last Saturday was… Read more »

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Review: Stormbird by Conn Iggulden

Review: Stormbird by Conn Iggulden

‘I remember Prince Hal, William! I remember the lion! Just ten more years and he’d have had the rest of France at his feet. Henry of Monmouth was my king, no other. God knows I would follow his son, but this boy is not his father. You know it. Instead of a lion of England, we have a dear white lamb to lead us in prayer.’ Stormbird is the first in Conn Iggulden’s War of the Roses series, and is set in the reign of Henry VI – the frail,… Read more »

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NaNoWriMo 2014: Update 2

NaNoWriMo 2014: Update 2

So, Week 2 of NaNoWriMo is almost over, and to my great surprise, I am still on track, having written 23,338 words as of Friday night. I haven’t written today’s word quota yet, but I’m hoping to pass the halfway point! This week has definitely seemed like more of a struggle than the week before! By Wednesday it was seriously beginning to feel as if I was running out of steam, and I was struggling to write any words at all. I seemed to have lost all control of the… Read more »

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The Autumn Tag

The Autumn Tag

So recently I was tagged for the Autumn tag by Carla, so thanks so much to her! Here are my answers: 1. Ok we’re talking coffee’s – What’s your favourite seasonal drink from Starbucks/Costa/Cafe Nero etc? I don’t actually drink hot drinks. To me, drinks should be cold (and therefore refreshing), and if I’m honest, a lot of the time I just drink Diet Coke, which I know is terribly unhealthy! 2. Accessories – What do you opt for, scarf, boots, gloves? I have a pair of black fingerless gloves that… Read more »

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Review: The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells

Review: The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells

‘It may be I fancy I have seen more of the ways of this world’s Maker than you – for I have sought his laws, in my way, all my life, while you, I understand, have been collecting butterflies.’ Warning: Spoilers Considering I’m quite a fan of science-fiction (and attempting to be a science-fiction writer for NaNoWriMo!), the fact that I have never read anything by H.G. Wells before now is pretty shocking! Whilst The Time Machine and War of the Worlds are better known, I managed to pick up… Read more »

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NaNoWriMo 2014: Update 1

NaNoWriMo 2014: Update 1

As we’re now a week into NaNoWriMo 2014 I thought I would give a quick update on how I’m getting on. Surprisingly, I haven’t yet fallen behind! I managed to do slightly over the 1667 word daily target every day up until Day 6 (Thursday), where I had a bit of a slip and only managed 500! However, I managed to catch it up yesterday, and as of last night, I was up to 11,679 words (I don’t know how many words I’ll manage today yet!).

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Blog Makeover!

Blog Makeover!

So, as you may have noticed, Boats Against The Current has a had a little bit of a makeover! I was a little bored with the whole minimalist black, white and odd bit of hard-to-read green thing, so decided to go for something a bit more colourful (I must just be feeling colourful this week – I also dyed my hair pink!). As my technical knowledge of blog design is exactly zero, I decided to take the easy route, and got this pretty theme off Etsy! I’ve also rewritten part… Read more »

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Where My Love of Reading Began

Where My Love of Reading Began

My Mum always tells me about how as a baby I would sit for ages with my little books and hold them really close to my face and jabber away like I was actually reading them (the close to my face thing turned out to be long-sightedness – I have worn glasses since I was 3!). Even before I could read, I wanted to read, and I subsequently learnt at a pretty young age. In fact, I remember the first book I ever read from start to finish all by… Read more »

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National Novel Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month

Yesterday, on what was admittedly a bit of a whim, I signed up for National Novel Writing Month (often known as NaNoWriMo). As most people in the writing world will know, NaNoWriMo happens every November, and is a challenge in which writers try and write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. That averages out at around 1667 words a day! Whilst I have heard about it before, it had never really crossed my mind to actually do it! 50,000 words in a month? Crazy! But maybe I was brainwashed… Read more »

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Film Review: The Fault In Our Stars

Film Review: The Fault In Our Stars

Warning: Spoilers. As a general rule, I’m pretty sceptical about book to film adaptations: from previous experience, I very rarely like the film as much, and don’t think I’ve ever actually preferred a film. For that reason, I was a little dubious about watching the film adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars, as I absolutely adore John Green’s novel! However, I have to say, I was actually pleasantly surprised by the film! I felt that it was in most cases, very nearly as good as the book (and that… Read more »

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