NaNoWriMo Winner!

Woo hoo!!

So for the past 29 days, I have been busily bashing away at my keyboard, bringing this story to life. I’ll admit to rebelling a little (I wrote about 3,000 words for part 2 of the story, but since it’s sort of the same thing, I guess it doesn’t really matter). It’s quite an odd feeling, really, having written 50,255 words in the last 29 days. Because when you think about it, that is a lot of words. It is also a lot of listening to music on YouTube (and a bit of Chris Evans on Radio 2).

Time to let my Inner Editor loose, and get editing!


Camp NaNoWriMo Week 2 Round-up

Well, we’ve made it to the half way mark! I’m quite happy with my 11,247 words: I’m keeping to my planning 5,000 words per week challenge that I set for myself, so that’s something. Interestingly, tonight my story was hijacked by two characters who decided they wanted a scene written with their POV and in which none of my four main characters feature! Oh well, it was nice to write and explore some of the secondary characters further.

One of the main aspects of Camp NaNoWriMo which differentiates if from regular November NaNo is that participants are placed into “Cabins”, or private discussion boards, with just you and seven others. Some cabins can be very successful, with all members activity chatting with each other and meeting daily word counts. Though there is a little chat in my cabin, we have one member who was rather pushy about meeting the daily word expectations, and was always going on about she was the one ‘carrying’ the cabin. Thankfully, one of the other members told her to stop this, as it was putting people off, and she since has.

I am enjoying my story, the ability to escape into this world which I have created, and the ability to further flesh out this world with every scene I write.



Camp NaNoWriMo Week 1 Round-Up

Well, I’ve survived Week 1 of July Camp NaNoWriMo, and with 6,674 words under my belt, I’m pretty happy. I didn’t change my word-count aim from the 50,000, even though I don’t expect to reach it. If I can get over 5,000 words a week, I’ll be happy. Some nights after work I really can’t be bothered/am too tired to write, or, if I do write, what comes out is rather rubbish. I also have to be careful not to force myself too much: the whole point of doing NaNoWriMo is that I enjoy it. If I’m not enjoying it, then I should be writing that night.

I like how my story is coming along. I’m continuing with the story I began in April Camp, where I reached over 17,000 words in about 11 days before life/plot bunnies got in the way. So a couple more months of planning and I’m back. It’s funny how with a break, some characters that were peripheral become secondary, those you thought were may be secondary fall back (my main characters have stayed as such).

I like seeing what I come out with every time I open up my Camp Word document. It’s one of those odd phenomenoms where I know that of course I’m the one whose written what’s on the page, only afterwards, I always feel a little surprised that I have.

Is anyone else doing Camp NaNoWriMo? How did your first week pan out?

PS: Does anyone else have those characters that demand to be referred to by the first and last names every time you mention them? I mean, it’s good for word-count, but still!


Tempting Teasers and Persuading Previews

With a lot of exciting things coming up over the next few weeks and months, all of these events beginning to tempt and tease their future patrons and participants. Here are my favourites:

Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake: This is one of the major pieces in The Australian Ballet’s repertoire, and it being performed in Melbourne for the first time in five years. The show opens this week, and I’ll being seeing in on 1 July. The media department of TAB have been tempting ballet goers with galleries of photos from the show, and highlighting the stunning costumes.

July Camp NaNoWriMo: Cabins have been sorted, and pep-talks are being sent around. The month of literary madness is getting closer. And it’s totally free to join/take part in (though donations are most welcome)!

BBC Proms: First Night of the Proms is just over three weeks away, and though there’s not much new content over on their website, it makes me very excited to look there. Other than Christmas, Proms is my favourite season of the year. Also, I love what they do with the logo of the Royal Albert Hall each year.

Open House Melbourne: OHM is on again on July 27/28, and this will be my third year as a volunteer. I don’t know which building I’ll be stationed at yet, but last year I was at the Inter-Continental Rialto, and it was fantastic. This week, the list of the 111 buildings which will be open over the 27/28 July weekend was realised. Time to start making a list of places to visit!
The Open House scheme operates all over the world, and I highly recommend getting involved with it in your city.

And finally, I know it’s not realised until December, but the trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is out, and it looks brilliant.

Coming up

Today is the first day of winter, and their first day of what I like to call the “Winter Season”. This is a mix of all the wonderful winter events happening down here in Melbourne, with the festivals happening in the Northern Hemisphere. Between now and the end of September, a lot will be happening. In that time, I will:

-Attend four ballets with the Australian Ballet
-Attend (at least) one Melbourne Symphony Orchestra concert
-See the arena production of Jesus Christ Superstar
-Take part in the July Camp NaNoWriMo
-Listen to almost all 75 of the BBC Proms
-Follow the races at the Epson Derby and Royal Ascot

And that’s just the minimum! Other than the Christmas season, my Winter Season is definitely the busiest, and probably the most exciting. And yes, I’ll be blogging my reviews/experiences of all the above.