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November 3rd

Ah, yes, day three and I’m already behind my wordcount on NaNoWriMo.  Things seem to be crazy hectic and instead of actually tackling everything that needs to be done, I’m sitting around panicking about it instead.  I can see myself sitting up all night, living on lattes and lucozade, during the last week, scribbling away frantically.  When I say things like that, I always imagine Jo out of Little Women with that hat she wore – I thought I was most like Jo by the way 🙂

So, yeah, back to me being behind…The fact that the NaNoWriMo site is a bit slow and hard to navigate this year isn’t really helping nor is my crappy Broadband connection  because I keep wasting lots of times trying to find things and waiting for pages to load up.  I quite like pressure though, I’m pretty sure I’ll hit 50,000 words if I don’t give up for some reason.

It’s now 4am, I’ve been up blogging for the last hour – well, I was reading something I was supposed to review on my other blog for most of that.  How am I supposed to stay awake, take care of two blogs, keep in touch with my online buddies, play with two children all day, remember to eat and drink, write a novel and read new writing work to review?  I must be freaking insane.  This last week, Mr. Claire has had some time off work so I’ve been able to sleep during the day and stay up late at night (this is the way my body likes to work) but he’s back in work in the morning and I’m going to be exhausted because I’m up for the night now.  Gerry Adams (Sinn Fein) is doing a book signing or some such nonsense in Mr. Claire’s place of work so he has to be around for it – he already told me there’s no point begging for him to stay home or go to work late tomorrow, damnit!  I told him to tell Gerry Adams to sort out his TD’s, they’re getting as bad as Bertie fecking Aherne and his laughable party, Fine Fail at getting back to people (and helping them). 

Not quite sure how I ended up on a political rant but isn’t it disgraceful when your own country’s elections arise and you don’t have a clue who to vote for.  Not because it’s hard to choose who will be better but because you have to make damn well sure that you don’t pick the worst one.  Slim pickings for politicians in Ireland at the moment, not sure if there is one decent one between all of the parties.  Fine Fail are in charge at the moment and kicking them outta there is long overdue.  Between disgraceful looking monuments that cost millions and hospitals with more administrative staff than nurses and doctors, it’s all going to the dogs.  Crime, especially gun crime and gangland type of stuff is just getting ridiculous now.  Don’t get me started on my pet peeve – lack of adequate housing.  Actually I really don’t have time to get into it all right now, I have some novel writing to be struggling over so I’m going to kick on now – enjoy your day 🙂

Just one last thing, I still don’t have a title for my Nano work so if anyone has any suggestions, I would be loving dem, schwoar 😉


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NaBloPoMo and NaNoWriMo Time

Hope you all had a great Halloween no matter what you did…

 The clock has past midnight so we are officially in NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo Time now.  I did sign up for both – in case you don’t know, NaBloPoMo is like a blogging version of NaNoWriMo,  you must blog every day during November.  I decided it would be easy because I could update about my experiences with NaNoWriMo if I didn’t have anything to write 🙂

I’ve finally settled on a vague idea for NaNoWriMo…and the idea seems to be gearing for a younger audience everytime I consider it.  I quite like the idea that it is expected of you to write a pile of crap, takes a bit of the pressure out of things! 

I’m not going into my idea because I am likely to change it by the time I actually sit down to write so it will probably be a surprise to even me.  I’m quite excited about it, I’m waiting for my new laptop charger to arrive so I will actually be able to type in bed if I can’t sleep instead of sitting up all night and getting a stiff back.  As I have mentioned before, I have two pre-schoolers so it will be quite difficult to find the time to type other than during the night.  I really don’t know how novelists with families find the time, I’m most impressed – managing my time well is really not my strong point. 

Come the end of November, I will probably have bald patches from tearing my hair out, black bags under my eyes from sleep deprivation and have eerily pale skin from a lack of exposure to sunlight.  That’s pretty much what I’m looking like right now to be honest but hopefully by then I’ll actually have an excuse for it and maybe even feel like I can call myself a writer without feeling like an imposter.

Good luck to everyone who is taking part in either of these events this year.  My user name is clairec23 on both if anyone is passing by and wants to say hello!

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How DO you pronounce that???

 I decided last year to take part in NaNoWriMo, but I forgot so this year I’m determined to get started on the 1st of November.  My only problem now is coming up with some ideas.  I was going to blog about my progress on my other blog Bebo Author, – which is playing up a lot lately since I decided to try out a custom domain – but why clog up that when I could do it here 🙂

 I love to write, I have a lot of stuff in my head and the easiest way to get it out is to write it down but I have the very bad habit of procrastinating and putting it off for another day.  I’m hoping that being forced to write 1500 or 1600 words a day will discipline me to actually get things done in the future.  I have a lot of half finished stories because I was too lazy to type them up then forgot key facts and was too lazy to go back and read it all over to make sure I had my details right. 

 One story in particular is very strong in my head (I have the whole lot of it worked out, I just need to type up the second half of it) but I can’t use that for NaNoWriMo because  you have to start from scratch.  That book was aimed at young adults (think Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight minus the vampires) and that just fell into place so maybe thats the type of thing I should try again.

If anyone is taking part, it’s starting in about 4 days so I’ll see you there 🙂

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