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I suppose it’s a good thing that I have had an enforced time off from my novel. Maybe I will be able to go back and read it and solutions to my plot chasms will come to me. I really hope so.

I just wish I could look at a computer screen for more than ten minutes at a time without my brain starting to protest. I owe several reads and critiques, and I have at least one of my own work to read (plus at least one to come). Scary enough in the first place without the added intrigue of “will it make me sick to attempt to read this today?”

Bah. I’m whining. Sorry!

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So I managed to reset my password, though how to do so entirely confused me. And I am stuck at working out how to change it to something memorable. Argh!

I am doing wriye, the Writing Year, this year: just as soon as I can work out how, I shall post the progress meter on this site.

I’ll try and do better posting here 🙂

I need to post links to my other blogs. I have been meaning to do this for months *blush*.

And I need to work out the formatting stuff on here so I can make posts look pretty. Blocks of text – not easy to read! I’ll get there. I hate changing blogs…!

My aim for this year is at least 200,000 words, though I am hoping to exceed that – it sounds like a lot, but even 1,000 words a day would be 365,000, so… here’s to raising that aim. I decided I would rather be able to raise it than find myself getting behind and getting discouraged. Maybe I should aim higher, but when you are ill a lot, it can be tough keeping those goals going in the first place. Exceeding it will do me much more good than continually failing to reach it.

At last count I had just over 19,000 words, but I need to update that now we are actually in February.

WIP currently are

’07 NaNo, currently standing at 62K. A Strictly Come Dancing fanfic I’m finishing for my own pleasure. I have learned so much from writing this, my first truly long bit of fiction.

’08 NaNo, “Almost Like Drowning”. Stalled horribly at just over 50K! Plan is to work on this during NaNoEdMo

Untitled Jane Austen tribute/Christian fiction, which is less than 10K at the moment. I need to be brave and work on this – at the stage of loving the idea and being afraid I will wreck it by working on it!

Those are the Big Three this year. I am going to try and get back into writing short stories too, and also look out the writing course I started as a teenager. Wish me luck!

On the purely for pleasure front, I have an idea of a Pride and Prejudice fic which might be quite fun!

What am I reading at the moment?

I’d like to recommend The Muse, a modern day, ballet-based tribute to Pride and Prejudice that I read on firthness.com, by an author named Jessi. Some discrepancies with realism for the ballet IMO, but I really enjoyed this. A very clever use of the themes and basic storyline of P&P for something that is nonetheless very different.

I’m currently re-reading Emma, having made my way through P&P, Persuasion and Sense and Sensibility recently. These books are looking so old and tired, poor things! Much loved. Have been given book tokens as a late Christmas present – deeply tempted to buy myself a really nice set of Austen. Also want to get my hands on Sanditon.

I’ll definitely read Northanger Abbey next – will I make myself read Mansfield Park? Since the first time I read it, when I was frankly a bit disappointed, I have always enjoyed it more than expected, probably because I remember that first disappointment! So yes, probably.

I have promised my flute student that I will read Twilight. I did read a rather cruddy online version; I can see why it has devotees and similarly can see why it has detractors. Bella Swan is intensely irritating, and some of the storyline is not good. There is also a distinct lack of real, coherant plot right up until the final few chapters, when suddenly all hell breaks loose! On the other hand, I find Edward a very intriguing and interesting character, and while Meyers’ treatment of Vampires is hardly Canon, it is at least remotely original. I’ll be interested to read it in the considerably more comfortable form of a paperback and see if that improves my opinion at all.

I am about halfway through Khaled Hosseini’s “A Thousand Splendid Suns”. It is inspiring me to re-read Bookseller of Kabul and the half dozen other books I have about Afganistan. Not an easy read, but a compelling one. Is it living up to the hype? Sort of. Ask me again when I have finished it. Then it will be on to The Kite Runner.

Also reading and re-reading “33 worst mistakes writers make…” books from Holly Lisle’s online shop. I have the “Blind People” and the “Ballet” one. Due to the author’s lively style and a serious personal interest, the Ballet one is for me not only a useful resource but a highly enjoyable read. I’d love to see Gypsy Thornton publish some more – if this is anything to go by, fiction and non fiction from her would be a rewarding read. I need to look out her website and post a link.

If I list any more of the pies I have my finger in at the moment, no one will believe that I could possibly be reading this many books and truly enjoying/absorbing them all at the same time…

I’m watching/have watched:

The Jane Austen Book Club – I read the book as well. I think if one could combine the best of the book and the best of the film, this could be a great story. As it is, neither grabbed me, though on the positive side they sent me back to Austen herself, and that is always good.

The ’95 Pride and Prejudice. Both better and worse than I remembered – I should know by now not to watch an adaptation too soon after reading the book. It was lovely to see it again though, I need to watch it in a few weeks when the book is less fresh in my mind.

Takin’ Over The Asylum. To watch this is to wonder how it took so long for David Tennant to become a household name, but even then, his performance is simply one great performance among many. I have watched three of 6 episodes. I have a feeling later ones may make me cry, I’ve a nasty feeling there is liable to be at least one minor tragedy in the works. So far, I have been made to laugh and to think, and have been very moved. A really great series – I’m so glad I decided to buy and not just rent.

Persuasion – the ’81 (I think?) version. Ciaran Hinds and Amanda Root, anyway. This managed to be both quite faithful to the book and very disappointing at the same time. Will write a little more about why at a later date.

Think that will do for now. I will, I will get back into blogging this year. Whether anyone will read me remains to be seen…

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I only just found this thing: http://www.nanowrimo.org/NanowrimoUtils/ProgressReport/243250.html

Brilliant! Though I don’t understand the projected wordcount bit…

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Well, new to WordPress. Well, at least, I haven’t actually used this before even though I’ve had an account for a while…

I signed up to http://70daysofsweat.com/wordpress/ – I’m currently mid NaNo http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/user/243250

I figured this would be as good a place as any to keep track of my progress through November and on into December as I try and figure out a road through the snarls of my plot.

I have 24987 words so far, not including the ending which I’m rather supersitiously not counting!

This puts me bang on track for NaNo, not sure about 70 Days.

It puts me a touch behind where I want to be as I like to keep ahead of the word count (saves panicking!) but hopefully I’ll manage to get a bit more done before I have to go out, and when I get back later this evening.

I may or may not publish extracts… (though there’s one on my NaNo page!) I may or may not be interesting… time will tell.

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