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It’s official, I finished NaNo 2013 and what a month it’s been. I always think NaNo is a good idea for me and I always forget just how much time it takes all told to do, but hey, I’ve come out the other side with a couple of days to spare and something else to be proud of this year.

I finished the first draft of my fantasy novel, wrote half of an unexpected short story and returned to write another chapter of an old project that I had been putting off. All told a productive and enjoyable month of free writing and a chaotic imagination allowed to run free!

For all those who are interested in my novel here’s another snippet from my NaNo scribblings… enjoy!

Ash awoke with a start, sweating profusely and clutching wildly at his side. A loud scream flew from his mouth waking the triplets more affectively than any alarm. He could barely see them through the haze that clouded his vision but he knew they were there, feeling them draw closer and place their cool, withered hands over his body. Whatever it was that they were doing it helped, eventually easing his mind to clear and the pain to subside.

“What did you see?” Marta asked, fear evident in her voice for the first time since they had met. He locked his gaze with her white eyes and knew that even though she could not see him, he could not fool her so attempting to hide the truth would be pointless.

“Death…” he murmured breathlessly, “…death and a dragon.”

To all those that participated in NaNoWriMo this year well done, whether you ‘win’ or not I think you always get something out of it in the long run.


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So NaNo seems to be kicking my butt, progress is slow and I’m playing catch up but I did what I set out to do, which was to finish the first draft of my novel. Once I hit that goal I lost a lot of motivation to continue which set me back by a good few days.

Eventually though I began writing a short story called The Letter which I’ve really begun to enjoy. There’s no planning involved just free writing and the opportunity to enjoy all the random surprises the plot is taking with my main character Susan…

“Tea? What kind of a nightmare was this? Some might call it an adventure but to me it really was a nightmare. Bad enough that I had to change my routine but drink tea as well? Maybe it was a sick joke? 

Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t dislike tea I just don’t drink it, not since that day back in 2002 when Mum made me a cup and a moth flew into it. Sure it could have happened with any beverage but it didn’t, it happened with tea and now every time I see a cup I’m reminded of that moth, nose diving into the liquid and flapping about until it drowned, contaminating my drink with it’s moth germs. As you may have guessed, moths are also a big no-no for me.”

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