Avalanche – words complete!

Um, you remember that last post I wrote, about a week ago? The one where I said I was co-writing a book? WE'VE FINISHED THE DRAFT!!! Yes, I am rather excited. The Case of the Black Tulip(s) - still haven't decided how many tulips there will be - is a THING! Here are some stats: From start …

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#NaNoWriMo final week: In which I write ‘The End’!

Made it! My third NaNoWriMo is safely completed, emailed to myself, put on a memory stick and saved on two different computers. Not that I'm paranoid. As I suspected, things speeded up. Not because I'm bored of writing, or of the story, but I always get faster towards the end. I was practically holding myself …

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#NaNoWriMo week 3-and-a-bit: In which I try not to run to the finish!

Having moved at the pace of a glacier made of treacle last week, this week I have been STEAMING through the post-it notes of my plot. To the extent that I did wonder midweek whether I might get to the end before the end, if you see what I mean. I've had fun planting a …

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#NaNoWriMo week 2-and-a-bit: In which I reach the middle

I'm still going. I reached the 25K mark, most appropriately, on the 15th of the month, so you can't say I'm not consistent, and now I'm almost at 30K, or 60% if you feel so inclined. But right now I feel as if I've been wading through the thick, sticky middle of the plot all …

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#NaNoWriMo week 1-and-a-bit: In which I reschedule my schedule…

As you may have guessed from the somewhat haphazard title, this year's NaNoWriMo has been a bit of a scramble. This is what happens when you think you're all set and then some extra tutoring work comes along on the 1st of November... I struggled on with the schedule I'd set myself for a few …

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5 reasons to sign up for NaNoWriMo (if you haven’t already)

Yikes! It's NaNoWriMo Eve Eve! Never mind Halloween. All over the world people are trembling, quaking, wondering what on earth they've got themselves into, while others are rolling their sleeves up, clearing the decks, and making ready. It must be time for NaNoWriMo! National Novel Writing Month, if you haven't met. 50,000 words. 1 month. This …

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Klaxon – Murder At The Playgroup’s on sale today!

Well, if you're in the US or UK, that is. If only Amazon made Kindle Countdown Deals available everywhere... My first-in-series cozy mystery, Murder At The Playgroup, is available for just 99p/99c today (US/UK only). I think the price starts going back up sometime on Sunday, so if you want to get the book at the …

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Winner winner chicken dinner: CampNaNo 2017

Phew! August 1 (how did that happen?) and I'm very pleased to report that Camp NaNoWriMo is done and the sequel to Murder At The Playgroup is in full draft! Here's the graph: My target was 50,000 words for the month, and in the end I wrote just over 53K to finish Murder In The Choir. The …

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X marks the spot! A map of Much Gadding

I spent quite a lot of time yesterday drawing a map. This is writing-related, believe it or not, because it's a map for the new book. I love maps. Simon Garfield's On The Map is one of my favourite non-fiction books. Atlases, jigsaws, maps in books. When the kids had to do a treasure map for homework …

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In praise of laziness

It's been a shockingly long time since I wrote a proper blog post. Apologies, but I'm not quite sure where March and most of April went! I think the last time I mentioned my NaNoWriMo draft from November 2016, Murder At The Playgroup, was when I'd done a read-through preliminary to beginning THE EDIT (I finally …

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