Posts tagged “NaNoWriMo

Busy month ahead…

I (heart) MoIt’s gonna be quite a busy month this November. Not only have I got quite a lot of personal things going on, but it is also Movember and NaNoWriMo.

Even though the last few months have been quiet on the blogging front, I don’t expect to be doing much for the rest of the year.

It all started this morning, whenI managed to get in just short of 1000 words in for NaNoWriMo. Will get some more in before I sleep hopefully. Even though you only need to get in 1333 everyday, like last year, I want to aim for 2000-2500 per day so I have a few days where I don’t have to worry about it. Especially over weekends and the like.

Tonight is the official weigh in for the Chingada’s ‘Tache for Cash competition, so I’m not sure I will get in the last 1000 words or so, but it’s all for a good cause, so that’s okay.

My NaNo novel is something very random this year. Here’s my synopsis so far:

We have discovered other intelligent life, and their shared knowledge has placed humanity on the brink of an era of mass exploration. Meanwhile Kalar, a hitman with very few morals, has stolen a new AI ship capable of  almost anything. Of course, the ship doesn’t appreciate being stolen, and decides to make Kalar’s life difficult…

I have an idea about how the ship being able to turn Kalar’s dreams into reality through a glitch in it’s manufacturing,  but I’ll figure that bit out later.

Will try check in once in a while, but no promises.

Have a good Movember everybody 🙂

The Katalina Blog Challenge #6: My Writing Self

* For more details on the Katalina Blog Challenge, click here and more on this specific challenge, click here

Why is writing an important part of my life? Why do I do it? Simply, it is an important part of who I am. In the Katalina Blog Challenge #4, I shared how I got into writing, so I’ll skip over all that.

I like to think that I lead quite a busy life. But despite all the distractions and possible excuses I could make not to write, I could not imagine not writing. Whether it be sneaking in a few minutes here and there at work while I’m waiting for something to finish running, or when I sit in my car at lunchtime or even sitting in bed at night. I *WILL* always find a few minutes everyday to write.

It keeps me almost sane. If I could not write, I don’t think I could make it through every day. Whether it be writing about zombies killing people when I’m in a bad mood or writing poetry to clear my head, if I didn’t write I think I would have probably turned out to be a sociopath or a proper crazy person. Like crazy crazy. I like to think of myself as a little crazy, but not madhouse crazy. I think that little bit of craziness helps with my writing.

Of all the things I do write, I only ever share about a tenth of it at most. I have severe doubt in my abilities. No-one has actually ever told me I was crap, but that is not the issue. Some of the stuff I write is just way to personal to share. Some of it is just me writing random thoughts. Mostly though, I just feel that some of it isn’t good enough. I’m working on it, but at least some stuff I am willing to share, so be happy with that 🙂

I write because I hope that one day, sometime in the future, this series of novels I have floating around in my head will become a reality. I started writing one part of it during NaNoWriMo last year and I realised that I wasn’t really ready for it just yet. I also don’t think I should do it during NaNoWriMo though, it just wouldn’t be doing it justice to rush through it. I will do it one day, but when is a completely different issue.

Basically, I just love writing…

NaNoWriMo comes to an end…

WinnerHas it really been a month? Was it really a month ago that I put the first word, of just over 52,000 words, into my Evernote? Has it been a month that my characters have lived their lives in parallel to mine? And trust me there were times I worried that I would actually start having conversations with them.


Foulmouthed, yet gentle, super-assassin Echo and her wingman, Malik, the super-strong cyborg soldier. Then there were a couple of surprise characters who managed to work their way into my story and became a major part of this universe of theirs. First there is the the rebel leader, Guilermo, and then there’s the Baron who was the biggest surprise of all.

Sadly, I think this specific novel will find it’s way into the junk pile. However, all is not lost: I have been creating a universe spanning over 200 years in the background, with the possibility of much, much more! I think I know how Asimov felt creating his Foundation universe , not that I could, or would want to, even compare my world with his masterpiece… I definitely think that I will work on this more, not to do so would be a unfortunate waste; I see at least five books in this.

Enough about me though, congratulations to all my friends in The Tequila Thursday Writers Club, who as a team, and individuals, have managed to pull off one hell of a set of achievements:

  • As of this post, seven of the twenty one writers in the Port Elizabeth, or PE, region have won NaNoWriMo.
  • Of these seven, two five are first time Nanowrimo contestants, including myself. (EDIT: five are “noobs” according to our ML)
  • For the entire month, the PE writers have been in the Top 10 average word count worldwide. For a while we even held the No 1 spot until the Sri Lanka Incident (don’t ask!)
  • One of our writers managed to reach 142,000 as of this post! 142,000 in twenty six days! Well done PanAlchemist!!!

Our weekly write-ins were awesome as well and a big thanks to CoffeeBoy and nayes1982. We talked more that we wrote, but we walked out of there with a renewed interest in our novels, which was worth far more than a few measly words at write in. Most of us anyway. There were a few casualties along the way but we still love them the same… next year! 🙂

There were zombies, there were aliens, there were strange sex scenes, there were salmon and madhatters, there was a Travelling Shovel of Death (in more than one novel actually), we killed each other off, or I was killed off at least, with a shovel. There were dreamworlds, there were alien worlds, there were underwater worlds and possibly parallel worlds. There were awesome pep-talks from really awesome famous novelists and we all agreed that Lemony Snicket‘s pep-talk right at the end was the best of all! There was definitely tequila, lots of Blue Mountain coffee (mmmmmm) and enough power cords to power a small town. There were new friends made, both from near and a little farther away in Grahamstown, who managed to make our “war” against Pretoria just that little bit harder. Not that it mattered in the end, as we won the “war” hands down.

Lastly, I would like to say a HUGE thank you to our ML, David Seven who is one hell of a ML and a great inspiration! It was one hell of a ride, I learned a lot in this month gone by and who cares that the I have to print the certificate myself and fill in my own name? I can’t wait for 1 November 2011! 🙂

Out With The Old…

A while back I wrote a blog, “Are You Geek?”, but then as time went on, I could not fit what I was writing in with my blog. It was very frustrating and I just dropped everything.

The Tequila Thursday Writing Club

The Tequila Thursday Writing Club

Then along came a opportunity that I hoped would bring me back: a few people I know decided to form a writers group called “The Tequila Thursday Writing Club” and I duly joined. At first we had no idea what we were doing and there were a few occasions in those first couple of weeks where things went downhill very quickly – we are the TEQUILA Thursday Writing club after all 😉

But then things settled down and even though we weren’t sure we could handle meeting every week in the beginning, the once or twice that we couldn’t meet, for whatever reason, or if we missed a writer’s club as individuals, we were curious to know what had happened on the night. Several people also started following the blog at

It definitely got my creative juices flowing, but my old blog still seemed wrong somehow. The weeks went by as we followed Julia Cameron‘s “The Artists Way” and by the end we all had all decided to also do NaNoWriMo, which I think will be awesome!

I then decided to create this new blog for myself, more fitting to who I am now. And so, little ideas began to form alongside my Nano’s ever growing universe. But being the procrastinator that I am it has taken way longer to come together that it should have. I couldn’t even settle on where to host the blog… But eventually here we are and I hope this is gonna be the blog I intend it to be!