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!

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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



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

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