Dear Santa- A Writer’s Christmas List

Definitely number 1! Haven’t had an holiday in years and number 2, make that hot chocolate and I am in agreement.

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Keep Writing!

The intention of this post really is to get an idea of who is still writing after National Novel Writing Month has finished and to give a little advice. Have people fallen by the wayside? Are they still writing? Are they working on the same story or another one?

Santa might be coming but don’t stop writing! Source: Google Images

It is post-NaNoWriMo and I am still writing the same story and it is still throwing up surprises. I am glad it is as it makes continuing to write it a joy. Let’s face it, once the amazing energy of the month of November has gone and we get ourselves ready for Santa to come, it is very easy to stop and give up. Having a goal to work towards has helped me as I am very goal orientated I have realised in the last few years but for others, it might be something completely different. The love of the story, the characters, the world the story is set in… Any manner of things can keep us writing.

Everyone has heard the advice to write everyday and it is possibly clichéd and overused but hearing it so often can only show that maybe it is good advice to follow. If you stop, it can be difficult to start again. It is a possible reason why people struggle with New Years Resolutions. We do it for a while, stop then pick it up again. The same goes with writing and if you wrote everyday during November, why not continue to write everyday? What about starting a journal or blog of some sort? Dreams, life, books, films; you could chronicle any number of things by sitting down and writing everyday.

If you loved your story from November and didn’t finish, why not keep going with it? If you did, go you! But keep going! Keep writing! If you joined write-in’s during NaNoWriMo, why not arrange more so people can set the guilt monkeys on you? See if your region has regular ones through the year.

In January and February, the NaNoWriMo website will be updated to give editing hints and tips and to get you going. Editing and rewriting is, perhaps, the toughest part of writing any type of story, from the short story to the novelling epics. Get your manuscript ready for then. Get it finished. Put it away to let it breathe. Work on something else then, in January, whilst hung over (or otherwise!), get it out and start reading through.

Just Don’t Stop Writing!

So who’s with me? Who’s writing? Or am I a lone voice shouting to no one in particular?

Book Review: Texts from Dog by October Jones

Since I have just reviewed 364 Days of Tedium, the Santa comic, I thought I would review this book which is in a similar vein and would possibly go together with the Santa book as a gift for someone.

Texts From Dog is similar to the Santa book in that it is an adult comic though it can be read by teens and even some of the texts and jokes could actually be shown to children. Having started a blog on Tumblr (and continuing on today), October Jones’s dog has a mobile phones, he is not afraid to use it and often texts his owner to reveal what he is up to, whether it is running around as BatDog and trying to defeat his nemesis CatCat (basically a cat but evil) or refusing to take a bath to protect the Fleatles. He also texts his owner with typical dog behaviour, like hearing his owner opening a bag of crisp and saying he is going to find him just to stare at him.

Unlike the Santa comic, there is no toilet humour but there are texts with sexual themes and some expletives but mostly, it is a laugh out loud look at what dogs would probably text their human owners, you know, if they ever did develop the ability to text. This book is much easier to read on the Kindle, unlike the Santa comic, mostly because the texts are shown as being on a touch smart phone screen and the only drawn pictures are those which would normally fill a page in a physical book, large and yet simplistic. Admittedly, I like this book far better than the Santa one, mostly due to the lack of toilet humour and I think the jokes are funnier and it is a better premise.  It’s audience is men and women, twelve years and above and the humour is more far ranging so giving it a larger appeal.

I have sat reading this book on the bus before and had to quickly stop as I found myself constantly bursting into giggles and having to hold down great big belly laughs at the jokes. I therefore don’t recommend reading this book in a public place, unless you don’t mind getting stared at for laughing out loud too much!

In saying that, I would recommend this book more than the Santa one due to it’s humour, the pictures and mostly because it is very much a laugh out loud, extremely enjoyable book.

Book Review: 364 Days of Tedium, Or What Santa Gets Up To On His Days Off by Dave Cornmell

This book is NOT for children. You may have already got that from the book cover picture but I feel this is important to say right off the bat just in case parents are looking for books for kids about Santa and find this. Also, maybe I should have left this for Christmas to review but I felt like reviewing it now.

This book is an adult comic taking an amusing look on a day by day basis at what Santa, Mrs. Claus, his elves and his reindeer do throughout the year, especially since the advent of internet shopping means Santa now has very little to do. So what does he do with all his free time? Well, he attempts cleaning up after Christmas, has parties (with unfortunate consequences for his reindeer), has to hide himself and everyone else when scientists arrive at the North Pole, goes on holiday, questions whether he actually exists or not, attempts a diet and exercise routine and a host of other adventures. The comics also show Santa struggling with the types of New Years Resolutions that many make, such as writing that novel or giving up booze.

This book made me laugh out loud. Every comic is always roughly 4 to 6 panels and it is testament to the writer/artists ability that each convey all the jokes and mini stories they need to such short comic strips. There are many recurring jokes and characters and the book is easily read  all at once or in parts. The jokes are at times crude and include many toilet jokes, sex and, from time to time, expletives. This is probably its only drawback which can limit it’s audience, possibly down to it being the ideal book to get dads or even brothers or uncles. That isn’t to say that it cannot be enjoyed by women either (such as myself) though it is aimed more at men I would say.

In general though, it is a very enjoyable book and can leave you laughing out loud and amused as you see Santa dealing with all the issues that a normal everyday person has to deal with.