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Nanowrimo 2016 ?>

Nanowrimo 2016

I have signed up for the National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo) challenge for November 2016. You have to write 50,000 words to win Nanowrimo.Last year, I wrote the draft of Murder and Mittens. This year, I am hoping to finally complete my other novel, The Three Faces of Holly. 

The Interview ?>

The Interview

The Interview is a short story by yours truly that will shortly (e.g. as soon as Amazon process it) be available as a Kindle book. I originally wrote this story for Volume 2 of Off The KUF – short stories written by authors from the Kindle Users Forum. I have decided to give it a bit of a polish and have it available as a stand alone. Therefore, the version in Off The KUF is not the same as this…

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Self publishing a print book ?>

Self publishing a print book

I’ve recently had the ‘pleasure’ of formatting print versions of The Little Book of Quirky Christmas Stories through Createspace, and the first draft of my fantasy/murder mystery novel Murder and Mittens, through Lulu. If I thought that formatting ebooks was fiddly and time-consuming – print books are much worse! Even though I had  templates supplied from both Lulu and Createspace, it has taken much longer than I thought to get them to an acceptable standard. The bottom line is once again,…

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The Smashwords website is having a July sale. Both of my books are in the sale, The Little Book of Quirky Christmas Stories – free and Pride and Prejudice: The Other Way Round – 50% off.

First Day of National Novel Writing Month ?>

First Day of National Novel Writing Month

This is the first day of nanowrimo (or National Novel Writing Month). No prizes for guessing what month this occurs in. I have got off to a flying start by writing 2,535 words. The target per day is 1.667. I have also been very brave and put the story on the Smashwords website – since they kindly give Nanowrimo authors the chance to do this. So if you fancy reading the first chapter of my novel (or as far…

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Kindle Paper White ?>

Kindle Paper White

I have a Kindle Paper White ebook reader. It’s one of my newer acquisitions and I’ve rapidly become very fond of it. It is smaller and lighter than the Kindle Keyboard but not as light or as convenient a size to shove in a handbag as my Sony PRS350. The thing I really love about it is the ability to read in the dark without it hurting your eyes. Slightly ironic in that I own it now and am not…

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Yes, I’ve done it. I’ve actually signed up for Nanowrimo or National Novel Writing Month. This challenges you to write a 50,000 word novel in a month. (Around 1,600 words a day, in case you’re wondering). You can prepare by doing outlines, plots, character sketches but you don’t start writing until 1 November. I’m not in paid employment at the moment so it seems like a good way to try to improve my productivity. So I’m busy devising a synopsis,…

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What I’m Working on ?>

What I’m Working on

Right now I am working on finalising ‘Pride and Prejudice, the Gender Bender Version’ and hope to self publish it in the next few months. I got the idea for this project from writing the ‘Mother Christmas’ story in ‘The Little Book of Quirky Christmas Stories’. This is a version of Pride and Prejudice where the genders have been swapped round which, I find, makes you think about the gender roles and conventions that our society expects. it is basically…

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