#CampNaNoWriMo Week 4 (& A Bit!)

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Final April Word Count: 5,759 words.

Nearly doubled my word count since the last update. Not bad considering everything that has been going on personally in the background. To quote Homer Simpson, DAMN YOU REALITY!

The scenes that followed on from where I had left off from last time did indeed write themselves with ease. Before I started writing again, I have had to be looking stuff up about UK courts, youth justice, murder sentencing, 5* hotels and high end fashion. I guess it is true what they say about a writer’s Google search history. I promise, it isn’t as random as it appears!

When I did get writing, I had a couple of short scenes, a glossed over travel scene before going into a new bunch of unexpected descriptive and expositional material. This helped my word count along nicely and introduced Hallie into a new world of luxury that she is going to be living in, as well as a few new characters that even I didn’t know about. It has been fun discovering the new characters, including one that I can feel myself getting attached to already.

It has been fun to write this contrast and it feels right as the character’s background is so different to what she has and is about to experience. I guess it is an unintentional theme throughout this particular WIP: the differing living experiences of the poorest people in society versus that of the richest people. (I am sure someone can explain it much more succinctly than I have). Hallie has experienced being dirt poor, then a middle class life with her foster family and is now living life (somewhat) of the very rich. It will be a nice bump as well for the character for when she begins school. It will give her a differing view of things when she interacts with her future classmates.

Now that April has ended up, I will still be working on this WIP obviously. I know where I am going and what I am doing with this one so I may as well keep going and put Steampunk Dragon Rider (SDR for short) on the back burner to jump into when I hit a wall on the Hallie WIP. I did get a Steampunk Comic as part of Free Comic Book Day yesterday so that could get the cogs whirring on that WIP when I need it. Life yet could get very unpredictable so going with the WIP that is easiest for me to work on right now seems to be the right thing to do. Something to escape into when I need it.

How did your Camp NaNoWriMo go? Did you win? Did you have fun? Whatever happened, you are amazing for going for it and I hope you are going to continue on this crazy writing journey we are on together.

Camp NaNoWriMo July 2015: Day 18 & 19

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Day 18: 11,706 words

Day 19: 11,706 words

First things first, I have validated already since I was up just after midnight last night anyway. You have probably already guessed that from the banner. I will still be writing though as a lot of story to be told and I would like to get as much of it down now as possible. Secondly, no writing yesterday because I just couldn’t settle to write, on top of rl stuff happening.

I am discovering more about my story and my characters and have possibly unearthed an interesting mystery about what was supposed to be a support character. My MC’s are not exactly the most definable at the moment but hopefully that will change as I write more.

How are things going for everyone else? Validated or panicking because you are nowhere close to validating? Feel free to comment below.

And the winner is…

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Luminaries

The 2013 Man Booker Prize has been awarded to Eleanor Catton for ‘The Luminaries’ It’s nice to see a fresh new talent getting the award. New Zealander Catton is only 28, the youngest ever Booker winner. I must confess to being a little daunted by the 832 pages of the story but the more I read about it, the more interesting it sounds. Here is an extract from the book via the Telegraph and their review of the book. ‘A Victorian sensation novel wrapped in a post-modern experiment’ sounds like something I’d enjoy. Will you be reading The Luminaries? If you do or have already, please do share your thoughts with us.

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