I’ve had a mess with this site before and it’s certainly on my list of websites to consider should I need it.

The Claire Violet Thorpe Express

Over the weekend, I discovered this little site called Yarny, which is a site that helps you write your story in a less demanding environment. 

What’s unique about this site is that you can create snippets of a story and divide them into parts or chapters, list all the characters that are in the book, and even arrange to have the story published on Amazon. I figured that I would use this site to kick off a few short stories and some classics that have started to clog my brain as of late. 

Maybe I’ll use it for NaNoWriMo this year. Who knows?

Website address: https://yarny.me/

My books Harry Moffer & the Dumbest Story Ever and The Summer of Our Discontent are available on Smashwords.com

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Camp NaNoWriMo 2014

Just a quick post.

Not sure what made me do it but just had a look at the Camp NaNoWriMo website and found out that this years camp sessions are April and July.

Am I participating this year? I don’t know. I’m currently job hunting (with no luck) and still need to get on with editing and re-writing my novel. I’m not going to say I am not doing this years session(s). I said I wasn’t going to do November and what happened? I did (and failed) November!

So I am going to play it by ear, see what happens and go from there but what about anyone else? Doing Camp this year?

NaNoWriMo Fail

Exactly as the title says, I failed NaNo. Before I continue, here’s the numbers:

Day 21: 27,134 words

Day 22: 28,249 words

Day 23: 28,249 words

Day 24: 30,033 words

Day 25: 33,044 words

Day 26:  33,044 words

Day 27: 33,044 words

Day 28: 33,044 words

Day 29: 34,064 words

Day 30: 38,737 words

Yep, fell well short of the 50,000 words I was chasing. So what have I learned this time?

One: Yes, I definitely need to plan the whole thing, even if it’s just loosely, with an idea of what needs to happen at different points and need to at least know how the novel is going to end.  That would definitely have helped. This is how I normally work but it just wasn’t happening with this story. And on that note…

Two: Make sure I develop the story better so I actually know what I am writing about. Helps tremendously!

Three: Setting out with a theme in mind to write about works for some people but not me. I just can’t do it.

Four: In future, re-read these reflections type posts for NaNo. I said last time I needed to plan better and more efficiently!

Five: I love the Sly games! But perhaps they are better times for me to be watching them, like, after getting the day’s word count and possibly also if I am actually writing a crime novel, it could help.

Six: Have a back up word processing program on stand by, just in case!

Seven: Doing more research on my themes and deciding on names, etc. BEFORE NaNo could be a big advantage!

Eight: Don’t be a coward! Go to write-in’s! Could well have helped me stay writing the same story all month!

Nine: Find good places to hide away from the world and write. Connecting to number eight here but I also need to stop being a coward and ask the folks in my local libraries service about use of laptops, etc. in the library.

Ten: Just keep writing when I hit a block instead of not writing at all. Could have really bumped the wc.

There are probably other things I have discovered this past NaNo but for now, these are definitely the main things.


NaNoWriMo Word Count Updates Day 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20

Okay, I know I haven’t been putting updates up but quite frankly, I was hoping to have at least caught up by now but it just isn’t happening. Before I continue, here are my word counts for the last few days:

Day 15:  19,872 words

Day 16: 21,345 words

Day 17: 22,293 words

Day 18: 24,152 words

Day 19: 26,338 words

Day 20: 27,134 words

Over the last few days, I have had a character rebellion (as usual) which led to me having a romance sub plot, which should have been just an element of the main plot and the main plot, well… My character has gone from being a teacher with two teaching contracts at the local schools to being an associate lecturer at a new university college for the island setting and it turns out she has a big interest in the legend of the island. That legend has become part of the story… in theory.

I also have another story running in my head . It’s probably just a short story related to a previous NaNo (November 2011) which was also a university class story. I haven’t actually gone back to it since as it needs major editing and the story needs a complete overhaul but I think I am definitely going to get the short written. It’s annoying me and I really need to at least get something written on the story.

I also find myself procrastinating by watching a walk through of Sly 2: Band of Thieves on YouTube.

The fact is, I don’t think I am going to complete this November. I’m not quitting but I am having reservations about doing this session. Let’s face it. November isn’t the best month in the world for me to be writing!

So yeah, that’s how things are going… Not the best.


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.”

NaNoWriMo Update Day 8

Thankfully, some improvement yesterday from earlier days so I’m in a chirpier mood now.

After un-installing and re-installing Apache OpenOffice failed to get me my UK Dictionary back for spell checking, I took advice and have downloaded and installed LibreOffice instead. I now have a working office suite! Huzzah! Let’s hope it will stay working.

Having a working office suite (and a working Word program in particularly!) meant I could get on with writing and managed to catch up my word count deficit to 13,671 words. I haven’t started writing today as I was expecting to spend some time with some of my family this evening, watching fireworks so I have just been running a couple of errands, had my nails painted in the name of charity and then spending time watching a walk through of the first Sly Cooper game as I finished Sly 4 yesterday.

So let’s hope I can settle down and get on with writing.


NaNo Update Day 3

So day 3 saw me break through yesterday’s word count and hit 7,075 words before giving up for the night last night. Not long after, I had the Police arresting a someone just outside my house and the helicopter flying around for about half an hour so maybe it was a good thing I gave up when I did. Doubt I could have got much more done last night after that.

I had some developments in my novel. My main character could be moving out from her parents home sooner than anticipated and it’s possible that the novel could actually deviate from my original basic idea, basic in that I had just an idea of what I want to happen and no ending. This new development could actually lead to a clearer idea of what is going to happen and give me an idea of what the ending is. Hopefully, this will help me write it further.

Today, I realised that my mc only needs one sister. The other is kind of, well, redundant. The remaining one shows what I want to show. So I am already axing one character but she is staying in for now (barely mentioned I suspect) so I can keep the words for my word count. I haven’t started writing yet as I am puppy sitting during the day but hopefully, my word count will continue to grow once I do get on with writing. Providing I don’t get sidetracked again by a Sly 4 walk through again!


Camp NaNoWriMo Day 25, 26, 27 & 28

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Okay, I know I haven’t posted for a few days but I have been desperately trying to catch up my word counts. Needless to say and as mentioned in a previous post, I am not going to finish this month and my aim now this month is just to write as much as possible. That means writing my Digimon fan fiction.

I have a few ideas for where I want to go with the story and, despite it probably never making it to public view, I am worried about the direction I really want to go down. Mainly that it is not in line with the world even though I could reason it and make it work so it would fit in with the world… This might seem like an odd concern since it is fan fiction and will unlikely be seen publicly but I do care about the characters, the world of Digimon so want to do right by it.

Anyway, here’s hoping I will get somewhere near a decent word count for the end of the month.

Word Counts:

Day 25: 25,547 words

Day 26: 27,498 words

Day 27: 28,532 words

Day 28: 28,606 words


Camp NaNoWriMo Days 8 and 9

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Sorry. I know I haven’t posted but I’ve been hit by the second week slump. That, combined with other things in life, have left me struggling to write a bit and I am about 3,096 words behind. Quite a deficit but I think last night I’ve got past the part that has worsened the slump and have got into a more action sequence. Certainly, readers will see a character who hasn’t been the most active become much more so and maybe change a few perceptions that the character in question is the more independent and a much more capable thief than what he would at first  appear to be.

I also certainly know that I’ve hit something of a stride now and can get moving with the story. Mainly because my character decided to nap/ramble about how his life story, how he got mixed up with crime and first met my other character then how he ended up leaving his gang to form a partnership with her. He’s now doing what I should have written yesterday and I am planning to do at least a couple of paragraphs with the other character who is in the Detention Centre. I think that scene is going to mainly consist of her talking to a lawyer assigned to represent her and them talking but other than that… Well, at least it will be words and I might yet catch my deficit.

The next slump I expect will be the trial, mainly because my only real experience with courts has been during work experience when I did a week in the local law and coroner courts. Somehow, I don’t think the International Criminal Court will work the same way a UK court does, even though I am using some creative license with it. I do know it does not look like a UK court room and I expect, if I ever do go back and edit this novel, I will have to do some closer research into international law as I can only find books on UK law and I am going to work with the UK law when I do her trial. That’s a bit easier to find than how the court actually works, procedure and protocol!

I am hoping to catch up my deficit and at least cut it down some today to hopefully make it easier for me when I start writing on week 3 (which is easier). Somehow though, I don’t think I am going to hit 50,000 words before or on July 25th. I was hoping that I would be so I could get the next Ben Aaronovitch book, Broken Homes, as a reward so unless I wait until August 1st to pick it up, I can’t see that happening.

Well, I have started writing a section which is much easier to be getting on with so it should prove much more plainer sailing; I might yet get the next Aaronovitch book as reward to myself… Fingers crossed?

Day 8: 11,199 words

Day 9: 12,952 words

P.S.: Sorry, I’ve rambled a bit in here…