Day 20 of 30 in the NaNoWriMo Challenge!

Today, I accomplished 35,274 words towards my 50,000 word challenge.  Ten more days to go!  Then I can start reviewing my novel and knocking it into some kind of shape ready for publishing.  If anyone had told me at the beginning of the year that I could write a novel in one month, I would have thought that they were crackers!  It took me eight months to write the first one – what was I doing?  I must have been asleep for most of each day.

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Day 15 of the NaNoWriMo Challenge

Half way through my 50,000 word in a month challenge and I have completed 30,704 words!  It’s at this point that I keep wanting to go back over the earlier chapters and carry out some reviewing.  This is a clear sign that I am slowing down and looking for new ideas.  I’ve disregarded the temptation to do so and will try and add another chapter today, if the weather here in Brisbane allows me.  It’s forecast to be a very humid 40 degree Celsius 0r 104 degree Fahrenheit!  My plan that I’ve stuck to so far is to get up about 3:00 am and write as much as I can before breakfast.

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Day 10 of the NaNoWriMo

I haven’t added a post every day about my National Novel Writing Month challenge, as I thought it was beginning to feel as boring as bat poo.  However, I will post every 5 days.  Day 10 and I have completed 21,897 words of my 50,000 word challenge.  At this rate, I expect to complete 50,000 words by the 23rd of November.

The story and my characters are coming along well.  My serial killer has visited Perth, Goondiwindi and Palmerston to carry out indiscriminate murders.  Meanwhile, the national Major Crimes Unit based in Sydney think they have a handle on the serial killer but it’s early days yet.

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Review of The Changing Room, written by Jane Turley

I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest and impartial review.

Jane Turley’s new novel “The Changing Room” is about Sandy an everyday woman approaching middle age who is submerged with managing a full time job at a furniture store, looking after a family of three children and providing administrative help with her husband’s construction business. If that’s not enough, the little time meant for herself is spent looking after her Mum who is suffering from Alzheimer’s.
Jane writes from the heart and there’s a little bit of her in some of her characters. She combines humour with poignancy, a difficult feat to achieve well. Laugh with Sandy as she watches her daughter in the school play or discusses the hilarity of phone sex with her friends. Cry when Sandy realises her Mum isn’t going to recover from her illness or when her friend is suddenly diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Jane lets the reader see that no matter how difficult life is, there’s always a silver lining as long as you are prepared to put the effort in. “The Changing Room” is about life in suburbia and how the roles of most women are fixed or predetermined early on in their lives, and how just a little a push from family and friends can change your life for the better.
I enjoyed Jane’s “The Changing Room” and can only hope that she writes a sequel to Sandy’s life that is just as amazing.

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Pete the Possum has had a baby!

OK, so maybe the possum’s name isn’t Pete, maybe it’s Peta.

Whatever.  It’s so good to see the little one coming into our yard for a feed.


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Cat in a Panic

panicked cat

You know when you are out for a walk with the dog and to one side, there is a cat making itself as flat as possible, hoping like heck that your dog doesn’t see it? Well, the cat was fine this particular day.  My dog thinks it’s a tracker as it’s always sniffing and following scents.  It’s obviously not as good it thinks it is, because that cat was all of 3 feet away!

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Day 4 of the NaNoWriMo Challenge

First of all, “Happy Birthday!” to my wife, Ivanka.

I got up at the usual 3:00 am and soldiered on with another 1,517 words before heading back to bed to catch up with my sleep.  Today was going to be a busy day for Ivanka and myself.

That’s 9, 534 words towards my 50,000 word challenge, or 3,000 words in excess of my daily minimum of 1,667 words.

I can’t guarantee the quality of my work so far, but at the end of the month, I will have the first draft of my murder/thriller novel.  After that, it may take considerably longer to review and polish it into shape.

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