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 where the problems started, as I only wrote a few… Read more »
‘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, gentle son of the famous war king, Henry V, who… Read more »
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 plot, and felt like I was just rambling and nothing… Read more »
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 I wear a lot in autumn and winter (yes,… Read more »
‘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 a copy of The Island of Doctor Moreau for 99p… Read more »
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!).
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 myself: it was a Ladybird Book of The Gingerbread Man,… Read more »
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 by repeatedly seeing posts about it floating round the blogosphere,… Read more »
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 is high praise indeed!), and it felt very true to… Read more »
Now, I know they say not to judge a book by its cover, but if you had the choice between the edition of Jane Eyre on the left, or the one on the right, which would you pick? Personally, I’d pick the one of the right! The other day in Waterstones, my eye was caught by a table of some rather quirky editions of some of the classics – called Penguin Deluxe Editions – amongst which was this amazing copy of Jane Eyre. I’ll admit I pretty much wanted to buy the whole table!