Camp NaNoWriMo – Day 2

Yesterday started well. I was ready for my desk by 10am, after doing household chores and other faffing. I sat down with my ritual cup of tea, and I started to write … and then I got distracted. First of all I was distracted by some pictures I found online that I hadn’t seen before,…

Camp NaNoWriMo – Day 1

I think I’ve made a reasonable start for Camp NaNoWriMo. It was my first job of the day and I spent longer than my designated hour on it. I also already had a few words in the bank, about 2,000. But with a daily target of 1,860, I think it’s doable. I’d already typed out…

Camp NaNoWriMo – and so it begins

Yes, it’s started. And for the first time ever, I’m joining in with a Camp NaNoWriMo. This should be a little easier than the usual NaNoWriMo, as there are 31 days in July as opposed to the 30 days in November. But this time I’m just writing on normal work days, so that’s weekdays only….

And the winner is …

… Catch the Rainbow! I thought long and hard, I considered my current workload, and I decided that I don’t have the physical capacity at the moment to write something completely from scratch. That meant that three possibilities were automatically eliminated: The Beast Within, The Fool and Whitehorse Farm. This left Diary of a Pussycat (a writers’ guide),…

HOT!

That’s the weather. We’re here in the middle of a heatwave, which is suiting a lot of people. It doesn’t suit me, but I don’t mind it. We have all of the windows open and two fans on the go. The washing is baking on the line. The milk had to come in off the…

Diary of a non-fiction book: Website research

I have been beavering away at the biography, but it is dragging on a bit now. We had so many interferences and interruptions that the deadline kept on being pushed back. I was ill and then the poet was ill and then we were burgled and then we had another attempted break-in … and, and,…

Repackaged, rebranded and republished …

… and removed from Amazon KDP. Only the ebook is available at the moment – or it will be once it’s been through the process. The paperback will follow, and that, in turn, will be followed by the audio book. I’ve been meaning to transfer all of my own books from Amazon to Draft2Digital for…

Diary of a non-fiction book: Reading and making notes

The writing part is going very slowly at the moment. This is because I’m still in reading mode and still only making notes. What I do is, working in 25-minute Pomodoros, spend two Pomodoros reading and then one Pomodoro writing my interpretation of what I’ve just read. This way, it’s already in my own words…

Wednesday 18 September 2019

So yesterday, this happened. I finished my 14 Days to a Solid Writing Habit FREE course from WritersHQ and I was rewarded with this shiny new badge to display on my blog/Facebook/whatever. I do like a nice badge to display on my whatever. It was a good morning yesterday. I started with my first 25…

Diary of a pocket novel – the start of Act 2 Part 1

At the beginning of September I joined a quick online course, 14 Days to a Solid Writing Habit. Since we started the actual writing part of this course, I’ve been setting my Pomodoro Tomato and writing in 25-minute bursts. Some of those bursts have been spent on writing The Fool. I’ve also been learning more about…

Thursday 12 September 2019

I’ve finally taken the leap and moved over to the WordPress *new* block editor. I resisted for such a long time because, well, I know where everything is on the classic editor, and every time I looked at the block editor, the first thing I wanted to do required extensive research, and I never seem…

Wednesday 11 September 2019

Yesterday was a very good day. It’s as though Tuesday is the new Monday. I’ve always been more enthusiastic and productive on a Monday and then it’s generally all downhill from there. But now Monday afternoons are taken up, all of that has changed. I started the morning with just one Pomodoro (25 minutes) on…

Diary of a non-fiction book: Work at last

I’m so happy. I’ve finally found some time to write some actual words. I know my last post said that this post would cover reading and making notes, but this is such a landmark that I had to share it. I’ve not done a great deal. I’ve had a few goes at setting Scrivener up…

Tuesday 10 September 2019

I’m starting to feel quite pleased with myself and the progress I’m making in Scrivener. having to reinstall it so many times (not Scrivener’s fault this time) is forcing me to learn to do the things I like much quicker. If I have to do one more reinstall, for whatever reason, I swear I’ll be…

Monday 9 September 2019

Friday was a good day, although I was still faffing with Scrivener as it was a new reinstall. I’d learnt a lot of things during the outage the previous day and I wanted to apply some of what I’d learnt. I did my 14 Days … exercise and rebooted my Pomodoro Tomato. During the morning…

Diary of a non-fiction book: Setting up Scrivener

I didn’t have a lot of joy opening up my Scrivener binder for The Life of Richard Cadbury. And several times I came *this close* to just opening a new Word file. That wouldn’t do, though, as I really like working in Scrivener and therefore it needs to be working right. I couldn’t get it to…

Diary of a pocket novel – the end of Act 1

Thanks to my Monday afternoon writers’ group I’m being forced to work on the pocket novel. We’re supposed to bring something new to every session, either something we’re working on or something set to a theme. As I’m working on so many different projects, I decided to use this as an excuse to crack on…

Friday 6 September 2019

Yahoo mail fell over yesterday, which meant I couldn’t pick up Day 4 of 14 Days … I did nip onto the forum to see if there was a link to web version, but nobody replied. Perhaps I should have just reported it as a fault. The crash was global, apparently, and started at about…

Diary of a non-fiction book: Initial research

As soon as I received the email go-ahead from the publisher I started to make tentative enquiries into who could help me with the research for The Life of Richard Cadbury. Telephone research I started in Birmingham, with a charitable trust I’d been told might have some pictures of him while I was researching A History…

Diary of a pocket novel – back on track

It’s been a long time since I did any new work on the pocket novel. Mostly I’ve been doing other stuff, stuff that pays my wages. But there were a couple of other issues too. The first one was when Ulverscroft announced that they’re no longer publishing the mystery imprint of their large print books. This…