Monday, 4 December 2017

NaNoWriMo recovery

First of all congratulations to all of you who took part in NaNoWriMo and saw it through - are you starting to recover yet or are the fingers still sore, the eyes tired and the brain exhausted? I remember all three perfectly from when I last took part but had circumstances been more favourable this year I wouldn't have hesitated to take part again. There's nothing like the buzz and satisfaction of seeing that word count go steadily up. Then there's the camaraderie of all taking part - I made several good writing friends from my time taking part and we still keep in contact, exchanging ideas and bouncing plots off each other. Anyway, well done all who took part, even those who gave it a try and fell by the wayside - I take my virtual hat off to you.

Away from the pressure of NaNoWriMo I've managed to tickle my way through a few new pages of my First World war novel, but at this rate it's not going to see the light of day for another decade - something's got to change. It doesn't help that I also have a hankering to get back to my fantasy novel too and that's before I even think about the two new novel ideas that just hit me out of the blue a few days ago.

I've long wanted to write a Western but they're just not popular anymore - in fact I don't recall ever seeing one for sale anywhere in the High Street. They're on amazon and specialist independent publishers of course, but I don't think I've ever seen one in Waterstones or Smiths for example, yet in the 1960's they were very popular. Maybe I can write the novel that kick starts the genre again? I've written a number of Western short stories, all of which got accepted and published and one of which the editor said was the best Western short story she had ever read and she's an editor of many years standing, so high praise indeed. So maybe there's something in that for me.

Other than that, the second of the five short story competitions I've entered so far announced their winners last week and sadly I didn't make the top 3 again, which was naturally disappointing but I'll keep persevering. The next 2 don't announce their winners to the end of January I believe so nothing for it but to forget them and work on something else I guess.

More info as it happens.

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Thursday, 9 November 2017

Drawing a blank

I think I mentioned in my last post that during September I somehow managed to find the time to knuckle down and finally write some short stories, four of them to be precise. Unfortunately the first of them announced their winners at the end of October and sadly I wasn't among them, though that's probably hardly surprising given that this was my first foray into the world of competitions after a couple of years' sabbatical. The next one is due to announce its winners at the end of this month and I've got high hopes for that one - but we'll have to wait and see. The remaining two don't announce until some time in January, so nothing I can do about that except wait and write something else, which is exactly what I've been doing this week.

Spent most of yesterday writing a SciFi short story and have given it its first edit this morning, losing just shy of 200 words. Still got to shave another score or so from the word total and that's often harder than cutting big. Once I've done that I'll leave it for a couple of weeks and then look at it again before submitting it in time for the closing date hopefully.

Been really busy with other things in the meantime and therefore haven't had a chance to work on either of my two novels which is a shame, but life is all about priorities. I had hoped to kick start one of the novels by taking part in NaNoWriMo but that too I had to give a miss which in turn will mean that I'm highly unlikely to be able to enter the novel writing competition I had earmarked for entry which closes at the end of January.

On a more positive note I have been blazing a trail through my backlog of unread books and have been leaving reviews over on my Goodreads page - feel free to go and check them out and perhaps say "Hi".

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/186968.J_Jones 

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