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Monday, April 15th, 2013
4:26 pm
So I finally snagged an invitation code for AO3 and have now started moving some of my old fic across, and have posted 3 chapters of my current Veronica Mars WIP.

This weekend I finished revising chapters 14-19 of the novel (11 to go), but kept getting distracted by my LoVe fix-it fic. Hence why there's now 3 chapters on public display.

Ever since I donated to the Kickstarter I've been consuming VM fic like crack. Anyone out there have any good long plotty recs to throw my way?

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Monday, November 26th, 2012
12:18 pm
GOOD NEWS - I hit the 50K for NaNoWriMo 5 days early

BAD NEWS - the story still has a good 20-25K to go before it's done. I just randomly introduced psychotically aggression changelings. And my main character hasn't even hit half way on the "collect ramdon items to prevent doom" stakes...

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Monday, November 5th, 2012
9:13 pm
First ever proper NaNoWriMo write-in and I wrote 1637 words in the first 45 minutes and over a 1000 in the second 45 minutes. Along with the bus ride to work and the laptop during lunch hour I'm now at 18145 words in total.

That feels like a really good start to my NaNo novel. But then I guess I'd be a bit more confident if I knew quite where it was going next...

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Sunday, November 4th, 2012
9:28 am
So a slightly weird thing happened to me yesterday. As part of NaNoWriMo I found a local write-in that was happening up at Alexandra Palace which is a comfortably 30 minutes walking distance from my house.

Locally known as Ally Pally it's a huge glass and stone complex on a hill where the BBC used to signal boost from, and maybe even still do - I'm not sure. I saw the Afghan Whigs play there earlier this year so I know the way from my house.

Anyway I walk up there, and it's bright but there's plenty of dark clouds threatening rain. A nip in the air but a nice day for a walk all the same even if parts of that hill are fricking steep.

Because there's supposed to be a write-in happening there. Meet at 12.30 at the ice rink, said the forum, and we'll be in the cafe-bar. So I was at the ice rink for 12.30, in fact I was there for 12.20 and I went on through to the Ice-cafe (as it was called) and there's a kid's birthday party happening and no laptops.


So I ask around and it turns out there's a bar at the other end of the complex. So I trundle along (it's BIG complex) and go into the Bar-Kitchen and again, no laptops.

I check with the bar staff and they say there's another cafe out past one of the car parks, and I walk down the hill to check it out but it turns out to be really quite a distance and anyway it's called the Grove Cafe, so it's definitely not the cafe-bar. I talk to a security guard and she tells me of a fourth cafe (4 cafes!) over by the boating lake. I have to pass the bar-kitchen and the ice-cafe to get back there so I check on the way and still no laptops. I make it to the cafe by the lake and it's literally empty - not only are there no laptops, there's no people.

I'm a bit lost at this point, so I post on the Nano forum and also on Twitter, but get no response. I check with the husband, agreeing to meet him in the coffee shop underneath his gym, and wander down to it. But when I say wander what I really mean is 45 minute walk through crowded shopping streets because Ally Pally to Manor House - 3 tubes stops and no small distance.

At this point I'm a little bitter - have just 2 hours wandering around an English Heritage monument and NOT WRITING but I suppose my laptop in its nice laptop case did get a day out. 

So I finally make it to the Costa (a big UK chain) and despite the nip in the air I have a lemonade because I'm just too damn hot from all the walking and I notice, over in the corner, at the table which is the perfect height for working on a laptop a girl working on a laptop with a NaNoWriMo sticker on it.

I go across, introduce myself and it turns out she's one of the MLs for London. We have a nice chat and she clues me in to several local writing things - a bookshop turning publisher and a local writers group - and I finally get to add to my word count.

Only 600 words but then I'm only there an hour before the husband comes down from gym and then we go on with our day. So in the end despite not finding a the write-in I was looking for, I did in fact, find a write-in where none existed.

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Thursday, November 1st, 2012
8:21 pm

5000+ words on the first day of NaNoWriMo.

Admittedly I did have the day off and spent most of either writing or procrastinating about writing.

But all in all I'd call it a good start.

Posted via LiveJournal app for iPhone.

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Monday, October 29th, 2012
2:13 pm
It's the 29th of October and DEAR GOD I want it to be November already so I can start NaNoWriMo.

I spent the weekend reading a Kindle book on the history of the names of London underground stations and NOW I WANT TO WRITE. I have ideas for words on paper and waiting for the month to turn over is incredibly tedius.


In other news, all good thoughts, hopes and wishes to everyone over there on the Atlantic coast of North America. This storm looks freaking evil so you all stay safe.

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Thursday, October 11th, 2012
9:42 am
This morning I finally finished my spell check of the novel and then, before I could doubt myself, I sent it off to the Harper Voyager digital submission portal.

Now it's all done I'm a little nervous that I didn't spend enough time on the covering letter and synopsis but you know what, if I hadn't had done it this morning I think I might not have done it at all.

So there's that.

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Sunday, October 7th, 2012
9:36 am
Having a lazy weekend, with the exception of yesterday afternoon where the husband and I went into town for 30th birthday drinks (likely my last 30th birthday party in this friend group - wow now we're all *old*) at Wahaca on Charlotte Street where we ate Mexican street food and I was introduced to Mezcal (or possibly Mexcal?) a kind of proto-tequila you drink with a spicy tomato chaser.

The birthday girl did this really cool thing where she made party bags for the entire group which included chocolate, homemade badges, seeds, fossilized shark teeth (!) and temporary tattoos. So we all ended up getting truly trampily tatted with tats on necks, arses and in my case boobs. I got a real kick out of it, but when I woke up this morning I was worried because tomorrow night I'm shooting video at a pretty high class awards evening and all my party dresses would reveal said fake tattoo. So I had to scrub it off with nail polish remover this morning. Shame.

I've recently been getting very into Veronica Mars - bought all 3 season boxsets, but from a dodgy Amazon UK seller which meant that the box art and episode descriptions are in German, even if the DVDs are in English. But a third of the price of the English language box art so I'm not too bothered. I'm halfway through the 3rd season currently and am kind of dreading the end. I know the season doesn't end with Veronica and Logan together - I've read too much fix-it fix to know that, and I know there's 3 storylines in the season and I've just seen 2 of them, so there are so few episodes left...I like it too much to want to get to the end, but I really want to see the episodes.

Catch 22.

Today I'm also spell-checking my way through the second half of the book ready to submit for the Harper Voyager no-agent-submission - though I'm a little concerned any monies are royalties only, no advance payment. But still better some but none.

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Thursday, September 20th, 2012
9:57 am
So I just printed the novel I've been working on out in advance of the Pitch day I'm going to on Saturday.

The damn thing is 209 pages long. I had to find a special large bulldog clip to hold the pages together.

I mean... Wow.

Remember that I've only ever read it on my Kindle so you never really get a sense of length, and even though it's just under 70K for word count, I read 50K fanfics for fun so it never really seemed that long.

But guys, I just killed a tree printing it.

Possibly even two trees.

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Sunday, September 16th, 2012
8:26 pm
hey all, so I watched the first season of Veronica Mars this weekend and I am a convert.


Anyone got any good recs? I've already worked my way through het_reccers back catalogue - anything else out there?

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