Tuesday, October 23, 2012
How can it have taken me so long to find the Vorkosigan saga?
This science fiction series was started in the 80s. Mind you, I was a bit busy in the 80s what with having babies and all. I still find it hard to realise that it's been available all these years and I've only just discovered it!
For those of you who haven't discovered it yet: Lois McMaster Bujold has written a series that is pure space opera in the early books, with a Georgette Heyer type romance later in the series, and some murder mysteries. All set in the future.
I love her world; I love her main character; and in the last few months I've read nine or ten of the books. I can't get enough. This is addiction at its worst but at least it's non-fattening.
Saturday, October 20, 2012
A lot of Nanowrimoers have friends who don't understand why they would want to do such a strange thing as to try to write a novel in a month unless there's some big prize at the end of it.
For me, it's like running a marathon. You have the professional athletes who aim to do it in less than three hours as part of their training and other people who train for months or years just to be able to say that they've run it at all.
And me? I'm the one in the chicken suit. I don't take it seriously, I'm not aiming at turning professional, so I might as well have fun along the way; but boy what a major achievement if I get 50k words written in a month.
If you're doing Nano this year, what's your reason for doing it?
Sunday, October 07, 2012
My word-count spreadsheet is all ready with this year's dates; the widget is up on the blog; and I've set up a folder in my Dropbox account. I've saved my link to Written? Kitten! and I've got plenty of chocolate to reward myself. Is there anything I've forgotten?
Oh yes. Plan my novel.
Well, I've got three whole weeks to do that in.
By the way, the wordcount spreadsheet is available by email if anyone wants one. It may be my greatest success of Nano.
Wednesday, October 03, 2012
It's the run-up to Nanowrimo and I've discovered Written? Kitten!
Previously I'd seen Write or Die but Written? Kitten! is a far better incentive. For every 100 words you type you get a new picture of a cute kitten.
I think it could make me positively verbose! Who can resist the lure of a kitten?