Category Archives: Nanowrimo

Going better than I thought!

I had intended to blog about my Nanowrimo experience, but I’ve been too busy actually writing! To date, I have written 38,201 and have only 11,799 to go! I can’t believe it, I’ve never enjoyed writing so much as I have been lately.

I am writing by hand in an Arc A4 notebook. I went through the pack of paper that came with the binder, and I’m almost finished the second pack. Thank goodness I have another one in the drawer of my desk! The story has changed as I’ve gone on. I did write a reasonably detailed plot before I started, but I’ve only loosely followed it. I had intended one chapter to be about a trip to Aberystwyth beach, but it turned into a two-page dream instead. My main hero/villain was supposed to be in much of the initial chapters, but he wandered off in chapter one and did not returnĀ until chapter 6. And his wife was supposed to be a meek and mild little lady, instead she’s turned into a stroppy spoiled madam! Insane!

Anyway, back to The Novel. Can’t wait to post at the finishing line!

Let’s Nanowrimo again, redux.


Yes, I’m doing it again, again. And this time I will succeed, I will write a novel in one month. So help me Nisaba! (It seems appropriate to invoke Nisaba as she is the Goddess of writing.) I am tackling “Something Rich and Strange”. It’s lain fallow for long enough, now is the time to get it down only paper. I’m still not entirely sure of the plot: will I include a modern character, who was the original inspiration for the story, or will I stick to the WWI plot? Who knows? It’s seat of the pants time! This could be fun or it could be terrible. Join me to find out which.

Back to the beginning


I was looking at the Nanowrimo site. Apparently I joined on October 11 2010. What an innocent time that was. I was just 20 days away from starting Nano and the creative writing module I was doing for my degree, with the Open University. Why innocent? Because my Mother was just 20 days away from dying of lymphoma.

That was hell. Mum newly dead and I had to go on with the module. I began the novel I wanted to write “Stone Field”, but it had changed into a story about motherhood. I was filled with an unfocused rage and could barely see beyond the edge of the paper.

This year I’m 18 days away from Nano with another novel that has motherhood at its centre. No one else that I love had better die this time. I don’t think I could survive it this time.

Let’s NaNoWriMo again like we did two years ago!

Yes, once more into the breach dear friends. Here we go again! It’s coming up to mid october so it’s time to sharpen up the typewriter and degunge the Chromebook. Nanowrimo will be starting soon and I’ve decided to give it another go. I actually missed the silliness last year, but I was really far too busy on the last module of my degree. Because it was the last module I felt I had to give it a bit more time and attention. But now I’ve finished, the certificate arrived today and I am a real, live, BA Open (hons) with a 2:1. Woo hoo!

I still have not worked on or knocked into shape, the novel I was originally writing the last time I “did” Nanowrimo. To be honest, though I still want to finish it, I am getting sick and tired of it. So, I have a new plot, a new title and one character. I have come up with the ending and basic idea. Want to know what it’s called?

Something Rich and Strange

I’ve accepted that I am somewhat obsessed with the sea, (hence, y’know, the title of this blog) this will also be along the lines of the sea, motherhood, Welsh legends and general strangeness.

Business as usual.