It’s Donation Day!

Today is Nanowrimo Donation Day πŸ™‚


Not sure what that means?

Ok, well, if you’re taking part in Nano, and changing your word count on your profile, visiting the forums, chatting to your fellow buddies, and going to Write Ins, then really, you should be donating πŸ™‚

Look at that pretty little halo that looks beautiful on your Nano profile picture πŸ™‚

Ok, I’m not going to bang on about it, bully you or withhold my blog posts until I see the stats on the Nano homepage go up. But what I will say is this…..Nano is free! You get all that support, sense of community, word counter and winners certificate for nowt, nada, nuffin! I think it’s sad to see that as of yesterday only 5.254% of people taking part have donated. I know times are tough, I really do….but, a quid, a dollar, a euro? Someone gave me 70p the other day and I thanked her….because every single penny helps πŸ™‚

Visit the Nano site today as they’ll be running special deals and offering prizes all day long. So if you were thinking about donating, today would be a good day to do it. Failing that, you can give me or Elizabeth 50p to put in our tin (the Kent Wrimo’s amongst you).

Ok, lecture over people….but it is something I feel very strongly about. After all….we’d all moan next year if the site wasn’t there anymore wouldn’t we? πŸ˜‰

so how are my fellow Wrimo’s getting on? Tell me your word counts….. Mine is 26,875 (but I haven’t had today’s writing session yet).


The To Do List 12th to 18th November

What a fabulous end to the week, a writing retreat! I can’t really say much more lol. Great place, great food, great people…..I can’t wait to go back! πŸ™‚

So how did I get on with last weeks list?

1. Faber homework (inc reading fellow students work). I haven’t had chance to read the handouts, and as I’m going today I think I better lol

2. Keep up with daily Nano word count. Done! And I’m actually ahead πŸ˜‰

3. Catch up with prompts…..3 days behind *groan* Done, but on,y because I’m using them for Nano, don’t ask, see previous moaning lol

4. Write article for Faber *EXCITING* Done, and they liked it! πŸ™‚

5. Print out and read But Not Forgotten extract (Faber sub) and take to West Dean for editing/fiddling.Done!

So now, for this weeks lists…..ooooo, it’s a busy one!


1. Edit, the piece for Faber & hand in *gulp*

2. Keep up with Nano word count – try to get ahead a bit more.

3. Finish current read – Don Delillo

4. Finish Richard Skinners book.

5. Print out and read Faber Guest Tutor stuff – FOR MONDAY!

6. Clear inbox – which means catching up with all your blog posts from the weekend. I’m so sorry I’m so behind 😦

I think that’s it πŸ˜‰

What are your writing plans for the week?

Writing Retreat Day 3 – Going Home

Our 3rd and final day came and went all too quickly! My word count total now stands at 22,647 which is kind of disappointing, because I’d hoped to reach the 25,000, but, I’m still ahead on what I should be for the 11th of the month.

We gave out some prizes this morning, for word counts and by the time we had left, collectively, as a group, we had written just under 100,000 words! One of us hit the 50,000 at 10 to 11 last night. Amazing! Congratulations go to Richard for being the first “winner” in our region πŸ™‚

A huge thank you to Elizabeth for setting it all up, to Trevor the smoking night security guy for keeping me company outside in the darkness, and to West Dean College for having us. A beautiful location for a writing retreat and OMFG!!!!! Dali’s Lobster Telephone!!!! Who knew that was there πŸ™‚

Sunrise this morning.


The entrance hall.


Small staircase.


I will now spend the evening unpacking and sorting out next weeks to do list. I did manage to spend yesterday afternoon editing my Faber piece that I’ll be submitting, so I guess I’ll be working on that tomorrow, plus trying to keep up with the Nano word count….wish me luck! πŸ˜‰

Writing Retreat Day 2

An early start this morning, as breakfast was at 8…..but I found myself outside at 7.45 having my first cigarette of the day with the security guard. A lovely man who told me all about the wildlife on the estate….seee, I’m learning stuff too! Lol

It’s now 3pm and I’ve just crossed the 20,000 threshold. 20,172 to be exact! Sorrento Sunrise still stands at just over 18,000 and the new words are on a couple of short stories using my writing prompts that I do every day. I’m kind of looking at this years Nano as being a disaster, but I guess it isn’t really. I’m still gunna hit the 50,000, but I’ll probably have lots of unfinished stuff lol. And there was me saying I didn’t want to be one of those writers who had a drawer full of unfinished manuscripts! Whoops! πŸ˜‰

So what excuse do I have? Well, apart from the fact that the “T” has rubbed off my netbook key (this is it’s 3rd Nano), none what so ever! I don’t regret going for the Mills & Boon….the object of the exercise was to see if I could write one. Perhaps the answer to that question is…..I can’t *snigger*

I had a wander around the grounds today….wow!

And this is the view from my bedroom window.

And this is the room where the magic happens.

All 14 of us were sitting at this table last night tapping away at laptops/netbooks….I wish I’d taken a photo! πŸ™‚

Right, better get back to it….think I’ll have a reading break first though πŸ˜‰

How are my fellow Wrimo’s doing?

Writing Retreat Day 1

Hi people πŸ™‚

Have you missed me? He he he!

Well, I have 226 e mails in my inbox that need sorting, but, I’ve managed To get my word count up to 18,163 for Nano! (That’s a lie actually, I’ve managed to get my e mails down to 101 by taking full advantage of the WordPress “like” button).

I’m sorry I’m so behind with all your blogs, will catch up on Sunday I promise πŸ™‚

I was told this place is lovely, and it is! Must be fantastic in the summer that’s for sure!

This place would be ideal for inspiration for a gothic novel πŸ˜‰

My room is very nice, and I’m going to enjoy walking round the gardens tomorrow πŸ™‚


The only problem is that I’ve finished Sorrento Sunrise, yep, it’s done, at 18,000 words….Oh, dear lol. The question now is whether I try to pad it out with 30,000 words or move onto something else? I can’t believe it! Where have I gone wrong! Lol

So what should I do….add loads of waffle, or start working on something else?

My First Nano “Write In” As An ML

Sorry about the lateness of todays post, its been a busy day. I hosted my first Nano Write In this morning as a Co ML πŸ™‚

There were 11 Wrimo’s all told including me, most of which were newbies so it was great! I cracked the whip and we did 3 sprints and chatted. I enjoyed it, and i hope they did too πŸ™‚

There were quite a few people who were writing by hand in notebooks which was great to see. I love writing by hand, but it’s all that transferring it onto the netbook that I can’t face lol

Do you prefer writing by hand or tapping away at the keyboard?

Today was the day of the sex scene *sharp intake of breath* but there was just something wrong about writing a sex scene sitting in Caffe Nero with a group of Wrimo’s so I chickened out lol

Deciding to just write the words and then I’ll go back to it when I’m more in the mood *snigger* πŸ˜‰

So today’s word count was 1879 which takes me up to the grand total of 5644 at the end of day three. So I’m slightly ahead of schedule, for now πŸ™‚

so how are my fellow Wrimo’s doing?

Let The Donkey See The Carrot!

The donkey… me…..the carrot? 50,000 words! (Or rather a nice pretty winners certificate) πŸ˜‰

It’s the 1st of November!!!!!! And you know what that means don’t you?


Yep, today’s the day we all started writing…..and I’ve started Nano 2012 with a stinking cold (all say awwwww….I need sympathy lol) so I feel like complete shit, or rather, an old decrepit donkey that’s on it’s last legs *snigger* πŸ˜‰


I’m going to try not to make every single post this month Nano orientated, so bear with me πŸ™‚

So, I’ve done ok, managed to write 1695 words, so I’m pleased πŸ™‚

Now, I bet you’re wondering what choice I made. Which WIP did I choose to use for Nano? Well, if you want to find out you’ll have to go visit Anushka’s blog Finding My Creature, where i am “Nano Creature Number 1” and will be revealing ALL!

How has Nano Day One been for you?