Sunday, 30 November 2014

I Didn’t Win at NaNoWriMo, But Here’s What I Learned

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National Novel Writing Month is over for another year. As I wrote at the beginning of November, I had a plan and a commitment. I was going to kick-start my fiction writing and finally complete the work I have been writing for over a decade.

However, it seems the Powers That Be (The Universe, The Source, God – call it what you will) had other plans. I did well in the first week, my word count was on target. During the second week, despite plotting an outline, the words were not coming easily and I faltered.

I didn't win at NaNoWriMo, but here's what I learned

Monday, 10 November 2014

Of War and Remembrance

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them

from ‘For The Fallen’
- by Robert Laurence Binyon

This Remembrance Day, as I usually do, I will take time out to attend a service, honouring the sacrifice of those who have fought and died in the past century. It was instilled in me long ago how important this is, and I have done so every year that I have been able, throughout my adulthood.

Of war and Remembrance-Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red
Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red. Photo courtesy of Mike Riordan

Monday, 3 November 2014

NaNoWriMo: Let the Craziness Begin!

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Part of who I am as 'Menopause Moi’ is a writer. I don’t have any qualifications to call myself this, just a desire (compulsion?) and a brain full of whacky ideas. I’ve always written, even if it was only a journal. As well as this blog, I do have the first draft of a novel complete. It’s currently in ‘editing’ – a process that is almost as much struggle as writing the initial version.