Monthly Archives: December 2014

Nerd Gift of Christmas

I hope you’ve all had a lovely time opening gifts over Christmas, if you’ve been a good girl or boy 🙂 For any other Harry Potter fans out there – I think there may be a couple – I had to share with you this fantastic stocking filler that came courtesy of my muggle sister (not Dumbledore unfortunately).



For little old me, who is always complaining about not having enough time to get things done, I’m hoping that this might be able to help me get more hours out of the day! It’s hung above my writing desk in my little bookish corner – all I need to do now is work out how the heck it works – the instructions from J K Rowling don’t seem to be working 🙂

Did you get anything super nerd-worthy or bookish in your stocking?


NaNo Done – Delayed Post I

DecemberFor those of you who might have been wondering what happened to the end of November and NaNoWriMo – I did manage to complete the 50k word target… As usual, I was running right up until the deadline date and over, if I’m honest – finally stopping on 30th November with a grand total of 52, 242 words.

I wrote this post and thought I’d put it out on 1st December, but just came across it in my drafts now – so obviously I’d got writing fatigue or something 🙂 So, here it is – two weeks after crossing the finish line!

After completing this, I went cold turkey for the last couple of weeks, returning to the normal world where everything isn’t measured in sentences and words counts; where people are real and not characters I can control with a few strokes of a keyboard… Unfortunately, when I went to input my final figures into the NaNo site itself, my attempt for this year has closed and I couldn’t add my final five days of stats – so they have me finishing at 46,109. Oh well, at least I know the words are written!

Looking at the length of the first two books in the series – which hover around 115k words – it looks like I’m well over halfway through Outlanders and with having a lot of the planning for it mapped out, continuing to write it will hopefully be less of a struggle than I’ve found so far.

I know everyone says there’s never enough time for things – perhaps I should try the disciplined ‘chip away at it’ style of writing a little every day…? The only problem is that I tend to have big writing spurts then nothing – any advice on how to keep going, or even get started on a sustainable plan?