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.
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!
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!
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/