Camp NaNoWriMo Days 21-28

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I think you can guess what has happened this month? Yeah, it’s not working one bit!

Day 21: 8,744 words

Day 22: 9,590 words

Day 23: 10,205 words

Day 24: 11,411 words

Day 25: 11,638 words

Day 26: 12,501 words

Day 27: 12,501 words

Day 28: 12,501 words

So the story I started writing after the first failure was a rewrite of an old story as previously stated but made me realise two things: one, I prefer the story as it is and I just need to give the plotting and some of the story elements a re-jigging and two, the new main character was actually a character I can use but I just need to find the right story for her. I am still working on the character but I have no idea what story is right for her or even if it needs to be set in a fantasy setting. She’s still not very defined so much work on her is needed but it potentially something me to be working on in the meanwhile.

I have concluded that I am not going to win this month, even with a 15,000 word target unless something really spectacular happens today and tomorrow. Time for real analysis about this month in reflection, etc. will probably be after April finishes (so Thursday onwards) but for now, alas, I am going to go and see if I can tease anything else out of my story and at least keep writing a little.

Hope everyone else is having more luck than I.

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Is this the month self-publishing becomes respectable in the UK?

This competition any use to anyone? Has self-publishing become acceptable?

BRIDGET WHELAN writer

Literary prize for self-published novelThe Guardian newspaper has joined with publisher Legend Times to offer a monthly literary prize to the best self-published novels written in the English language – translations are also eligible. Submissions are first read by a panel of Legend’s readers who will draw up a shortlist of up to 10 titles a month. The prize is respectability and exposure – the winning book will be reviewed in the Guardian. Claire Armitstead, the newspaper’s literary editor , explained why they had decided to launch the prize:

“the phenomenon of self-publishing over the last couple of years has become too big for any of us to ignore”.

Submissions will be open for the first fortnight of each calendar month. The book must have been self-published after 31 December 2011 and should be sent to self-published@theguardian.com with “Self-Published Book of the Month Submission” in the subject line. Find out morehere.

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If it wasn’t for guiding, I never would have…

I’m actually a sworn in Guide but unfortunately never got any badges…

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I’ve been in Girlguiding UK in many different roles – I began as a Brownie, and continued into Guides (for a short while), but it wasn’t until I was 18 when I rejoined that I realised what I had been missing; and better yet, how I could make up for it. At 18 I took on the role of leading a Rainbow unit – girls aged 5-7 who are absolutely full of energy and literally brighten up a rubbish day. At the same time I was recommended to join my local Ranger unit for young women aged 14-25, and 5 years later I’m still there, with no intention to leave just yet! I also help to run a Brownie unit now, and am my County’s PR Advisor.

It really is hard to imagine my life without guiding. Within 18 months of rejoining I had already been to France, Belgium and…

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Shakespeare’s Birthday, World Book Night and St George’s Day

The 23rd April is a busy day this year, 2014, with three different events all happening on the same day!

England’s patron saint, St George, has his feast day today (sadly, it is not celebrate unlike St Patrick’s Day on March 17th). The BBC has posted an article looking at why he is seen as a Palestinian hero. You can read all about it at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-27048219. Want to know more about England’s patron saint? Head over to the BBC website again but this time check out their article called “St George’s Day, celebrating a mythical martyr?”:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/0/22166363.

It is also  Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday! Unfortunately, he also DIED on the 23rd April, 1616 so I guess today is also his death day. The folk’s over at Interesting Literature have compiled a list of five factors about the celebrated word smith. Head on over to http://interestingliterature.com/2014/04/22/five-fascinating-facts-about-shakespeare/ to read them. The BBC have been on the trail of Shakespeare’s England, finding out what stands there today. You can find out more by visiting http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-27041828.

If Doctor Who is to be believed, the great Bard also fought the Carrionites with the Doctor and Martha Jones! Watch their encounter here:

 

Need something new to read? Then don’t forget about World Book Night! You can find out more about the event and this years book selection by visiting http://www.worldbooknight.org/. One of this year’s books is Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch! Check out my post from yesterday for the Rivers of London rap music video and a lot more by going to https://sleepybookdragon.wordpress.com/2014/04/22/rivers-of-london-rap-video/.

So happy St George’s Day folks, happy birthday (and sad death  day) to Mr William Shakespeare and have fun with World Book Night! You never know, you might just find your next favourite book!

Rivers of London Rap Video

Remember the Rivers of London rap I posted a few months ago? For those that don’t, it is rap song based on the Peter Grant book series by Ben Aaronovitch, which starts with Rivers of London. There is now a video to go with the song, executive produced by Aaronovitch himself!

Watch it for yourself here:

Lyrics and Performed by: Ben Bailey Smith
Director: Matt Bloom
Producer and Composer: Mikis Michaelides
Visual FX: Sam Highfield
Executive Producer: Ben Aaronovitch

What do you reckon to Ben Bailey Smith? A good Peter Grant? Would you like someone else? Who would you cast as the other characters in the books if the series ever became a TV series or film? Comment below!

 

Related Content:

Rivers of London Rap: https://sleepybookdragon.wordpress.com/2013/12/03/rivers-of-london-rap/

New Artwork for Rivers of London: https://sleepybookdragon.wordpress.com/2014/02/25/new-artwork-for-rivers-of-london/

Rivers of London Review: https://sleepybookdragon.wordpress.com/2013/05/11/goodreads-review-rivers-of-london-by-ben-aaronovitch/

Moon Over Soho Review: https://sleepybookdragon.wordpress.com/2013/05/11/goodreads-moon-over-soho-by-ben-aaronovitch/

Whispers Under Ground Review: https://sleepybookdragon.wordpress.com/2013/05/11/goodreads-review-whispers-under-ground-by-ben-aaronovitch/

Broken Homes Review: https://sleepybookdragon.wordpress.com/2013/07/18/book-review-broken-homes-by-ben-aaronovitch/

Google Maps for Rivers of London, Moon Over Soho and Whispers Under Ground: https://sleepybookdragon.wordpress.com/2013/07/04/google-map-for-ben-aaronovitchs-moon-over-soho/https://sleepybookdragon.wordpress.com/2013/10/07/whispers-under-ground-google-map-by-ben-aaronovitch/