Not the NaNo’Clock News

Please forgive the pun-tastic title, but I can’t help it. You see, it's November, NaNoWriMo month, and other people are posting on social media and blogging about their super word counts and how far they’ve got with their stories and how they feel it’s all coming together. Normally at this stage of the year, I’d …

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Why I’m not doing NaNoWriMo this year

It feels weird to say out loud that I’m not going to be taking part in NaNoWriMo this time around. Admittedly I haven’t been writing long, in the grand scheme of things, but NaNo in November, and Camp NaNo in April and July, formed part of my goals and targets and gave a bit of …

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When life gives you lemons…make a box set!

Gosh, it's been a while since I blogged on here... I blame back-to-school-and-work, and also trying to get my publishing ducks in a row. Anyway, as you can see from the picture, I've been putting things into boxes! The first 3 books in the Pippa Parker Mysteries series are now available in an ebook box set. Originally …

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Lightning in a bottle: trilogy draft complete

We've done it! Oh gosh, we've done it. That pretty much sums up how I feel. Paula Harmon is currently writing the last chapter of book 3 of our co-written Victorian mystery trilogy (edit: she's done it now), and I don't know whether to laugh or cry. We knew it was coming, of course. Ever …

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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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When things snowball: my new project!

So, a while back I hinted that I was thinking of cheating on all the proofreading and editing I should be doing, and starting a new book instead. And because people are mischievous, they encouraged me. Let's face it, I was hoping they would. That's probably why I posted. And to be honest, I was …

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2018 here I come!

It's January 1. It's raining. Therefore it must be time for the New Year's Resolutions / life goals for 2018 post! Last year's goals: Market new and existing books and stories to maximise their return Walk/run 1000 miles Aim for work-life balance and spare capacity How did I do? Let's say it was a year of …

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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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The Monster Under The Bed

So Camp NaNoWriMo is over for another year. I achieved my modest target of 25,000 words on April 25 (how apt!), finishing Something Blue the next day with just over 28,000 words. Here's the graph: I was aiming for between 25 and 30K, so I'll take that. Once I got started, the writing was fairly easy, …

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