Archive for the ‘Writing’ Category

I won NaNoWriMo 2008!

Monday, December 29th, 2008

Reposted due to a hard disk failure at Hostgator. I won NaNoWriMo 2008! What the NaNoWriMo 2008 winner goodies page said: Through storm and sun, you traversed the noveling seas. Pitted against a merciless deadline and fighting hordes of distractions, you persevered. You launched yourself bravely into Week One, sailed through the ...

NaNoWriMo 2008

Saturday, November 1st, 2008

And I'm off again... I've done NaNoWriMo every year since 2005 and won it each time. Hopefully I'll win in 2008 as well. I've already written over 2000 words today (the minimum daily word count is 1667) so I'm on the right track. Once again I'm focusing on my All ...

Book Crossing

Monday, March 10th, 2008

I've been journaling on my computer, rather than on this blog lately. I'm concerned about privacy, and I don't want to spill my life and secrets to everyone. But while listening to the Writing Show podcast today, I found out about something that I have to share: Book Crossing. It's like ...

The Purple Bar Of Win!

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

And here, like every year, are the pictures of what my winning page on the website looked like: Note the Purple Bar of Win in the top image! :-) Though the bar is nice, I prefer last year's look - a Flash animated book, with a cover and turning pages ...

I won NaNoWriMo 2007

Monday, November 26th, 2007

A message from NaNoWriMo staff: You Won! So it's official. Our word-counting robots have analyzed your November novel, and they've delivered their final, binding assessment: Winner. You did it! You did it! You did it! This was, without a doubt, one of the hardest years on record for NaNoWriMo participants. At some point in the ...

The Number One Reason People Fail NaNoWriMo

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

According to this graph, the number one reason people fail NaNoWriMo is also the simplest: they never started. (Must post a few words tomorrow morning when NaNoWriMo starts, to avoid the dreaded 'never started' curse.)

A Great Investment?

Friday, October 26th, 2007

Maybe it's the upcoming NaNoWriMo 2007 artificially inflating the prices, but I just saw a second-hand Neo on eBay for US$198. That's only US$1 less than a brand new Neo with the NaNoWriMo discount. As the three year warranty on new Neos must be worth more than US$1, the second-hand Neo ...

Alphasmart Neo

Monday, October 15th, 2007

I've been researching a device I can take everywhere for writing. My handwriting is too slow and messy for a notebook. I can type at over 70 words a minute, so why waste time with a pen and paper? But a laptop doesn't cut it. They ...

Odd To Spelling Chequers by Anon.

Friday, October 5th, 2007

From "So You Want To Write" by Joan Rosier-Jones: I have a spelling chequer It came with my pea sea It plainly marquees for my revue Miss steaks eye cannot sea. When eye strike a quay, right a word I weight four it two say Weather eye am wrong oar wright It shows me strait a weigh. As soon ...

Introductory Note

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

Apparently the introductory note for the Táin Bó Cúailnge goes like this: I who have copied down this story or more accurately fantasy do not credit the details of the story or fantasy some things in it are devilish lies or some poetical figments some seem possible and others not some are for the enjoyment of idiots This could be the ...

On Experience

Sunday, August 19th, 2007

In sixty-four words, Norman Mailer explains why most fiction on the web doesn't work: On Experience: A very young writer sits on a park bench with his girl. He kisses her. He's seventeen. He's never had such a kiss before. Later that night, he tries to capture the event. He writes: I love you, ...

George Orwell’s Five Rules for Effective Writing

Monday, March 26th, 2007

A very useful list. 1. Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print. This sounds easy, but in practice is incredibly difficult. Phrases such as toe the line, ride roughshod over, stand shoulder to shoulder with, play into the hands of, an ...

Science Fiction Short Story Competition 2006

Sunday, November 12th, 2006

My short story, Wonder, a tale about scientists studying alien life, has been shortlisted for the Science Fiction Short Story Competition 2006. I'm thrilled!


Sunday, May 14th, 2006

England's a very good place for me to get writing done. Warm weather tends to lure me outside and away from my laptop. But cold, wet days (like today) keep me inside and writing. I plan to enter the TNT Magazine travel writing competition next week.

Alias Grace

Sunday, November 27th, 2005

Just finished Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood. Whenever I read Margaret Atwood, I feel like I'm in a battle of wits with a heavily armed person. I keep trying to guess what her next move will be and that keeps me interested. Atwood's craft is so flawless it's like standing ...

You’ve won!

Saturday, November 26th, 2005

From Dear Novelist, You did it. Despite everything else going on in your busy life, you managed to pull off the creative coup of writing a 50,000-word novel in just one month. When the going got tough, you got typing, and in four weeks, you built vast worlds and set them in motion. ...

Fifty-thousand words

Thursday, November 24th, 2005

I just passed the 50,000 word mark in the National Novel Writing Month. I can't actually stake my claim and finish yet. You can only start doing that after 25/11/05. Once timezones are taken into account, that's Saturday. I'll probably write a few thousand more words, because I wrote some of ...


Thursday, November 24th, 2005

I'm about 6,000 words ahead on the NaNoWriMo. I should finish tomorrow or the next day.


Tuesday, November 15th, 2005

I've got so much to catch up on. While I was on holiday, I did over 30 geocaches, wrote pages of my NaNoWriMo novel, finished uni by handing in my final assignment and doing a seminar. Now I'm back at work again. The holiday went in a flash.

National Novel Writing Month starts!

Tuesday, November 1st, 2005

I've written over 3000 words of my novel today. I'm supposed to write 1667 words a day to meet the 50,000 word target by the end of the month. I figure writing a bit more and getting a 'word cushion' going will help me keep my word count when I'm too ...