#CampNaNoWriMo July 2016: Days 10, 11 & 12


Word Count: 7,928 words

A mix of tiredness and being stuck has meant I spent a couple of days writing only a couple of words trying to advance the story but unable to find the right words or direction. Maybe it was week 2 slump type of thing which only broke yesterday after seeing the new Ghostbusters film (so good!) when something clicked and I just started writing. Very far behind now but I’ll take it.

My FMC’s articles have made an impression on the vampires of her country, much to the dismay of her mother. The mother then tried setting my FMC up on dates and singles mixers before trying to use a matchmaker to forcefully marry her off. An argument between them in front of the matchmaker made her realise what was potentially happening and refused to take part in it. Walking the matchmaker to the garden gate, the FMC is told to run as fast and as far as possible from her mother and be independent.

A time skip to several years later reveal that the sister and her now werewolf husband have kids and are running a bar, their parents had divorced with the father unable to take the mother’s behaviour and attitude anymore. The mother then got too involved in her son’s marriage, leading to the son’s marriage also breaking up and his wife taking the kids and trying to get full sole custody of them.

I have had various thoughts over the days I wasn’t really writing which may yet play out in the story or maybe not. I guess I will just have to see.

How have things been for you? Week two slump or racing through, clocking up those words? I just hope you have had better luck than me.

NaNoWriMo Word Count Update Day 9

I didn’t expect getting too much work done yesterday but since a family occasion got moved to today at the last moment, I found myself suddenly with plenty of time to write. Unfortunately, it also took me some time to settle myself and get writing so I decided to be constructive in my procrastination.

This took the form of working out what exactly I was going to do with a sub-plot line that had taken on a life of its own during the writing. I had introduced the idea of their being an expectation on my FMC to settle down, get married, have and raise children and being a submissive housewife to her husband, now she had finished with her education “nonsense” (her parents words). This had meant to be  a means to an end to show the sort of ideology surrounding women on the island I had created for my story. Think of the sort of societal ideas and expectations between 1900 and the 1960’s, particularly in the UK and the US and you have a good idea of what my FMC is trying to fight against.

I just want to quickly state now that I am not saying it is a bad thing to be a home-maker and raise children at home supported by one salary. If a person CHOOSES that path for themselves, excellent. I just don’t agree with the idea that it is a woman’s duty and role in life to do it and she has NO CHOICE in the matter. To housewives and house-husbands of the world, I salute you!

Back to my novel problem, what was meant to be a passing means to an end and has developed into a sub-plot and storyline of its own and I started thinking, ‘well, what could her parents do to MAKE her get married and fall into line?’ They had already failed trying to play matchmaker and get her with a man who is  actually gay. (Her parents don’t have gaydar since homosexuality, though not illegal, is highly frowned upon on the island). It took some messing around, Google searches on the web and chatting with my fellow WriMo’s to finally come up with a solution: an arranged marriage with a legally binding contract behind it to make my FMC marry. Thank you to Karina for suggesting it and helping me figure it out. You know who you are and I love you for it. How I am going to implement it, I am unsure yet but it gives me words and possible places to go to help me write and get to 50,000 words.

Figuring that out and getting the idea noted down helped me settle down and after some more chatting with people to help me figure out how to write an argument, I finished at 12:45AM this morning on 15,057 words.

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Sunday’s are days when I normally slouch around, don’t do much except surf the web, watch copious amounts of TV including The Big Bang Theory and The Simpsons and since I had the family event today, I have not started writing yet. Yes, I know, I am setting myself up to gain a deficit again after only just managing to clear the last! Even so, I have not stopped thinking about my novel. It was as I was doing my second set of physiotherapy for the day and thinking about how I am at 15k and I haven’t even started the real story yet and thinking about how I need to edit it seriously come December possibly that I realised I could up the stakes on the marriage front and the character’s own determination to remove the expectation on women, to give them a choice in their lives that it occurred to me that her father was a ruling council member of the island on which the story is set! Don’t you just hate it when you get so far and you realise something big about your characters and story?!

So yes, that’s how my NaNoWriMo has evolved in the last 36 to 48 hours.

Royal British Legion poppyP.S.: May I also salute and call for people to remember all those who have fallen in wars and conflicts around the world. Today is Remembrance Sunday or Armistice Day.  I feel they are the most fitting I can come up with, from the Wilfred Owen poem:

Dulce Et Decorum Est, Pro Patria Moria.

Translation:  “It is sweet and right to die for your country.”

Book Review: Wedding Babylon, Confessions of a Wedding Planner by Imogen Edwards-Jones & Anonymous

Yep, another Babylon.

Going behind the scenes of yet another industry, Imogen this time sneaks behind the scenes of Weddings with the help of industry insiders to take a look at a week in the life of a wedding planner. From the high maintenance brides, the celebrities and WAG’s to the class divide marriages, Anonymous sees it all and tells of the planning, the extraordinary costs behind weddings in Britain today and the potential of things to go wrong before and on the day. It’s just yet another week in the hospitality sector…

This book is enjoyable and very readable, reading very similar to earlier books. It is obvious this time that it is written from a male point of view (unlike Air Babylon) and provides some good laughs and some insights into the industry, as well as providing some (slightly) shocking stories. It also does an excellent job of creating a full circle with anonymous waking up from having bedded a bridesmaid at the start and ending on him waking up again from having bedded a bridesmaid.

Unfortunately, this book seems very pedestrian compared to Air and Hotel. The stories are run of the mill, the expected types, no serious shocks (most are expected) and despite being engaging, not as interesting and rather boring. I did enjoy it but I would not read it again and probably could find better and funnier stories online. It also at times reads more as a set of facts and there seems to be a lot of facts and figures quoted. Interesting and perhaps necessary but it does slow the writing and makes it boring. It only got going and became good nearer the end when the bridezilla and mumzilla character types starting coming into play, the father with his new girlfriend, the battle between the mum’s and the bride having second thoughts on her marriage.

The only real shock stories that were unexpected but very funny were the fact that drugs are used at weddings by members of the family and the best man possibly coming out in his speech and admitting he is in love with the groom was excellent and made me really laugh.

This book is good but I don’t believe it is as good as the other books and would not actually recommend this book to the casual reader. Maybe if you are getting married then perhaps but it does have its moments and the wedding at the end is great fun. If this sense of fun and more shocks had been included then it would have been better however this is the sort of book I would not read again unless I really wanted to.


Book Review: After The Kiss by Michele Hauf

After The Kiss is the short story e-book sequel to Moon Kissed by Michele Hauf in her Wicked Games series. This review will be short since it is only a short story.

This book returns to the story of Severo and Belladonna Reynolds as they get married and start married life as husband and wife, or rather, werewolf and vampire. Bella wants to bite Severo, to mark him as hers but Severo’s past, and the fact that he would be ostracised by his kind, makes him reluctant to take it. This quickly becomes a sticking point and the two begin to wonder if a marriage between them could ever work.

Unlike Moon kissed, this book is written from the first person perspective, switching frequently between Severo and Bella. This can be a little disorienting but it does provide the reader with a new view on each of the characters. I did find this book a little slower going than the previous book, perhaps because I read this one about a year or so after I read Moon Kissed or maybe it is because this is more emotionally driven than the previous book but it is still enjoyable and explores Hauf’s world a bit deeper.

If you have read the previous book, I think this will be a very satisfying sequel and can be enjoyed as part of Hauf’s series or as a standalone story.