Written In Blood (and Tears!)

One person's climb to (hopefully!) the world of the published novelist…the trials and tribulations of parenthood..and whatever else pops into my head at any given moment!

Day 7 – Beating up the editor!

Good evening, lovelies!!!

Not a whole lot to report today, to be perfectly honest.

However, I will say this. I don’t do politics. In most cases, I don’t give a rat’s ass who does what or why. I firmly believe they’re all liars and cheats anyway. That said, I’m married to a very proud, incredibly patriotic American who has loved Obama for 4 years now and who will continue to do so. While i’ve avoided as much of the political posts and rantings on Facebook, and haven’t listened to the news, and deliberately had the TV on another channel for the debates, I have to say I’m happy he won. If nothing else, I’m curious about what he can do with another four years.

I’m not an American. Some people assume that because I’m not an American, I have no right to an opinion.


I have always been drawn to the USA and feel in some odd way that it’s my adopted country even though I’ve never actually been there. Some strange, past life thing, maybe?  I don’t know. I’ve just always felt that I belong there. Weird, I know. Don’t judge 😉

Anyway, I wish my American friends and family all the very best for the next four years.

Now…all that said…onto the NaNo update. Yay!

I made it!! Again! I’m now up to 12,046 words and am thrilled. I have managed to shut up my inner editor. OK, so I had to tie her to a chair with duct tape and beat her into submission….but sh finally stopped the “You can’t do this.” “My GOD…you call THAT a sentence?” “What the hell are you thinking?” crap that she is so famous for. It’s been 5 days, and she hasn’t said a word.

Life is good.

To top it off….it’s raining! I mean…really raining! I live in the tropics and we’ve been going through hell with the humidity these past few weeks. It’s finally decided it’s time for the wet season to hit, and my goodness it’s BEAUTIFUL! I might actually be able to sleep tonight. Yay!!

Goodnight my beautiful readers. I’ll check in with you again tomorrow….I need to hop off here before the power goes out or something!!

Love to all



Day 6 – The magic 10,000!!

Oh goodness, what a day it has been!

First, the horse I picked out for our workplace Melbourne Cup Day race led all the way from the start, then managed to stuff it up at the last corner. I still don’t know where he placed. So…no wins there. No wins on our massive $100 million lotto either. Not moving to the states this month, after all 😉


There were a couple of wins though. The first one was winning Best Dressed Female at our Mebourne Cup lunch at work. Go me!!! I now have a lovely box of chocolates to munch on while I write. I don’t know what it is about my workplace, but food seems to be a huge thing. I’ll never lose weight while I work for them LOL

The second, and probably the best, win of the day, was hitting that magic 10,000 words target for NaNoWriMo!! I actually did it! I feel SO great. I didn’t think I would. The pain in my hands today has been extreme, and I’m thinking a trip to the Doctor is in order. It took me 20 minutes to write less than 200 words earlier this evening. I was just devastated. I didn’t want to see a “0 words written today” in my stats, but I honestly thought that’s what would happen.

But, with the help of my fellow beautiful NaNo participants and a couple of agonising word sprints, I limped in tonight with a total of 10,158 words, and I couldn’t be happier!!

My hands hurt, my back hurts, my eyes are strained.

Damnit though, I feel like a writer.

I love my story, I love my MC, and i’m loving NaNo. This little story may never see the light of day, but I’m happy knowing that I’ll see the end of it.

Goodnight, fellow Wrimos and my other, loyal and lovely readers. It’s time for me to take myself off to bed.

Have a great day (or night…)

Love to all


Day 5 – The “OUCH” Day :-(

A quick post today just to check in.

Thanks to some word sprints yesterday, I haven’t had to do a lot of writing at all today to still stay on track. Yay!

I came in at 8,439 words tonight, not as brilliant as I’d have liked, but I had a HUGE day at work and by the time I got home, I was absolutely shattered. Still, its over the Day 5 target, so I’m quite happy.

My hands hurt. Like….really hurt. They ache all the time, and I’m not sure whether this is to do with the writing, jewellery making, or both. In any case, they are seriously SORE. Oh well, it’s just one of the downsides of creativity, right?

I do hope you’re all doing well, and that your word counts are creeping up (or shooting up, which would be better!).

Will write more tomorrow. Right now, I need painkillers, my wonderful hubby,  and Sons of Anarchy 😉

Love to all



Day 4 – Recovery

Good evening, lovely readers.

Yesterday was a disastrous writing day (See Day 3 – The Crash), but today was just so much better. I managed a whopping 2,884 words, bringing my total up to 7,887!! YAY! Im feeling far more confident with this now, and it’s not as painful as I was expecting it to be.

I’m not an idiot, and I know that harder days are coming up (they tell me that Week 2 is sheer hell), but I am feeling more capable and confident that I can make it to that glorious 50,000 words this year.

A friend asked me today why I am measuring success by the number of words on the page (I guess she’s never done NaNo herself), and I answered her quite honestly, “Because the whole idea of NaNoWriMo is to push out 50,000 words in a month.” To me though, NaNo is becoming more than that. Yes the numbers are important, but you know what? I’m meeting some of the loveliest people who are all writers. They get me. In a weird, “we know how you feel and what you’re going through and will help you get there” sort of way, which is something I’ve never really experienced before.

I’m learning that I can sit and write every day and still have a life. I’ve always put it off because there were other things that need to be done, and like I’ve said before, I suck at time management.

I’m learning that I can dedicate a certain amount of time to one activity and not feel guilty about doing so.

I’m learning that I can push through the self doubt and fear (this one is hard and I have to work at it every single day, but I’m trying!!)

I’m learning that editors aren’t scary and even they make typos (thankyou to my new friend William for that one!!)

I’m learning that hubby really is OK with me sitting at my laptop for hours on end.

Most of all, I’m having FUN doing something that’s hard. That is remarkable in itself.

Much love




Day 3 – The Crash

Good evening, lovelies.

I have had a bad writing day. I only managed a measly 592  words.

That said, I made it over the magic 5,000 Day 3 total, so I’m not too miserable.  I also have a reason. I slept in LATE this morning; this ear infection demanded sleep.  I went to the store and post office to send off a jewellery order. I spent a couple of hours on jewellery stuff, then headed out to a friends’ housewarming party, which was awesome! It had been ages since we’d been able to hang out and have some fun with them, so it was a nice stress reliever.

I did find out that my muse doesn’t like alcohol. I only had three beers, but it seems that it was enough to send my muse screaming to the hills, or wherever muses go when they’re mad at you.  I tried really, really hard to do some writing when we got home, and I managed to push myself over the 5k mark, but I can’t do anymore. I just don’t have it in me right now. I’m feeling kind of down and mad at myself. This is ridiculous, considering that I have, so far, been able to hit targets every day, but there’s that part of me that say, “Others have twice the amount of words that you do! What is wrong with you?” Yeah, I’m comparing. That isn’t healty. I know this, and yet I still do it.

Tomorrow, I’m cleaning the house and doing all that family sort of stuff. Then, somehow, I’ll pull those 1,667 words out of my brain. Hoping that the words flow more freely then.

How’s it all going with you??

Love to all


Lucy’s Jewellery – Piece 1

Hi guys!!

OK so you know I posted about making my main character’s jewellery? Well, this is her first piece.

There is a story behind it, I just haven’t finished writing it yet 😉 I know it’s special, and I know it’s going to cause her some conflict at some point. I’ll blog it as soon as I know what it is!

It is for sale, but not until December 1st. I need the pieces with me as inspiration just until NaNo is over. You can find purchasing information HERE. If you’d like to own this piece, simply comment on the picture with the word “SOLD” and I’ll contact you for payment information.

Thanks for checking this out!!

Love to all


Day Two…The “YAY” Day!

Good evening, fellow Wrimos…non-wrimos…and everyone else 🙂

Day Two of NanoWriMo 2012 has gone surprisingly well.

I woke up yesterday morning with an ear infection that just won’t go away. Taking the opportunity while I could, I took the day off and concentrated on resting, writing and being with my family. By last night, I had hit my word count target for the day, so I went to bed feeling very smug and happy with myself.

This morning, I awoke to a very blocked ear, but knowing I had clients this afternoon, went to work anyway. I lasted until 12pm. Sigh. My clients cancelled their appointments, so I left for the day just after lunch. After a quick stop at my local craft store to pick up a couple of jewellery related items, we headed home and found our copy of Season 4 of  Sons of Anarchy sitting in the mail box. Now, I knew right off the bat that this was going to be an issue. I’m a huge SOA fan and I knew it would be a massive distraction.

Oh well.

I figured I’d catch up with Nano tomorrow. Then I remembered last year, where “Oh, I’ll catch up tomorrow” had become my favourite saying, and ultimately I failed NaNo because of it.

So I flicked on my computer. Then, out of nowhere came 1,896 words, streaming onto the screen. Damn scene practically wrote itself.

I feel GOOD.

I feel strong, and capable, and damnit..I feel like a writer.


Until tomorrow, lovelies




Day One – Nano Rules!

Well…here we are on Day 1 of NaNoWriMo 2012!!

So far, it’s going well. I’m totally pantsing it and for once in my life, it’s actually working! I’m up to 1,985 words. Not bad words, either.  I’ve been plodding on with it pretty much all day. I’ll write a bit, play on facebook a bit, write a bit more.

While I’ve been doing that though, I’ve sort of come up with a few rules that I’ll abide by diligently over the next 30 days. I’ll more than likely add more as the days go by.

Are you ready? OK, here we go:

Rule 1. I absolutely, 100% refuse to stress.

Rule 2. I will not look at others who can do over 2000 words in an hour with envy.

Rule 3: I will reward ALL milestones, no matter how little, with jewellery making….and chocolate.

Rule 4: I will give my unending support to other Wrimos, especially during the hard times.

Rule 5. I will celebrate the good times with gusto.

Rule 6. I will absolutely make time for other stuff I love. Like my family. And video games 😉 Nano is not my entire life.

Rule 7. I will aim for the magic 50,000 words. If I make it, there will be celebrating with chocolate. If I don’t make it, there will be commiserating – probably with chocolate 😉

So far, my spirits are up, my story actually works, I’m surrounded by other, wonderful writerly type people all going for the same goal, and it feels awesome. I just hope I’ll still feel like this at the beginning of Week 2!

How are YOU doing with NaNo so far? I’d love to hear from you 🙂

Much love,




Countdown to madness!

So here we are, less than 48 hours until the start of NaNoWriMo 2012.

My Twitter has exploded with the infamous NaNo hashtag, my fellow writers are all chomping at the bit to get started, and I’m well, not.

Today started with me forgetting that NaNo starts on Thursday; somehow I  was a day ahead of myself and boy, didn’t I just freak out.  I mean…total meltdown, “OH MY GOD it’s tomorrow and I don’t have a PLOT!” sort of freak out. If that wasn’t bad enough, I hopped into the group on Facebook that is dedicated to us “Wrimos” and posted, quite publically, that I was freaking out because NaNo starts tomorrow. Sigh.

Bless them, they were all very sweet about it, but they’re probably thinking I’m a total idiot. Sigh again.

I then went into procrastination mode. I moved the living room furniture around. I received an order of beads (Okay come on, technically that wasn’t MY fault) and of course, being totally obsessive compulsive about such things, just had to put them all away or die!! (Ok, so that was my fault, it could have waited).  I snagged a couple of very cool NaNo facebook timeline covers. I had to post on my facebook page that the bead order had arrived (naturally!) and now, well, I’m blogging.

I’m sooo not ready for Thursday. I have a sketchy, sorta-kinda idea of where this story is going. I have a half developed character who, through no fault of her own, is going to go through hell and back with the help of another character, whose name, gender, occupation or age is totally unknown and who has been given the unfortunate “name” of Character B.


What  in the name of all things Holy was I thinking??

Oh yeah. NaNo is FUN. It’s addictive, like chocolate but not as fattening.

It’s 30 days of madness, furious typing, hair pulling and tears, of rewarding the tiniest effort with something spectacular (like chocolate). It’s knowing you CAN complete something. It might be 50,000 words of pure crap, but it’s DONE.

Or, so I’ve heard, anyway. I failed last year. That cannot happen again. I shall not let this bloody thing defeat me!

Stay tuned for Day One’s update on Thursday 🙂

Much love,

Jacqui xxx

Beads and words and Twitter….Oh My!

I love to write.

I love jewellery making.

I love the challenge of NaNoWriMo.

The challenge now is to blend the two. How on earth am I going to do that without one taking precious time away from the other? Let’s also remember that I have FIVE children and a Day Job. I suck at time management. My hubby had to nag me like a madperson last year just to write my words each day because I was caught up in something else.

I was pondering this question the other day when it suddenly struck me that “Lucy” (whoever she is) is going to love jewellery. Certain pieces are going to be important to her, like the silver heart pendant her grandfather gave her when she graduated high school (OK Muse, thanks for that little tidbit that I hadn’t thought of before writing this post!).  Other pieces will represent different, important times in her life. You get the idea.

Yes, this means that I will physically design and create all her jewellery for her throughout the month.

This could be absolutely genius, or it could be a total disaster. Either way, I’ll end up with a better insight of her character and some gorgeous jewellery at the end of November. I’m excited and a little terrified. I’d never really thought about how to blend the two things I love more than my family until now, and I’m hoping and praying that it doesn’t turn into a mess.

I’m also a little overwhelmed by all the technology I now have to keep straight. TWO WordPress blogs (this one and one for jewellery although its inactive and hidden at the moment), two Twitter accounts (one personal/writing and one for jewellery), as well as my personal Facebook and my jewellery Facebook page (which, if you’d like to have a peek, can be found here: J Lynne Jewels. I am, admittedly, a newbie when it comes to most of this stuff, and am now feeling just a little bit like a drowning rat. Which one do I update first? How do I make sure none of them are neglected in November? Can I really pull all this off? Isn’t amazing how self doubt just sort of sneaks up on you when you’re not looking? I’m sure I’ll be fine once I get started. It’s getting started that’s the problem!

Any advice for a technologically impaired newbie?

Much love,


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