Bill and Alf are neighbours, but not friends.
Bill was convinced his marrow would win the prize for best vegetable, but Alf had pipped him to the post and then crowed – positively crowed – about his achievements in the Ruddy Duck.
So Bill decided it was time for a bit of sabotage.
(Yes, these things really do happen.)
That was the starting point for my 28th NaNoWriMo short story. It was one of those funny little plots that’s been worming through my mind for some time. Good to get it out at last.
Today’s story is also done. I’ll post a summary tomorrow. Only one more day to go… can’t believe I’ve nearly finished #30days30shorts
The perfect word for a familiar feeling.
What does hiraeth mean?
It’s a Welsh word which, according to one source, can be translated as follows:
“homesickness tinged with grief or sadness over the lost or departed. It is a mix of longing, yearning, nostalgia, wistfulness, or an earnest desire for the Wales of the past.”
You can, of course, feel hiraeth for times and places that have nothing to do with Wales. Anyway, it seemed the perfect prompt for a short story, although the finished piece was more memoir than fiction.
[Thank you to my friend and talented writer, Abe, from Creative Blue Balls, for bringing my attention to this indispensable word via Twitter.]
So that’s story number 27 in the bag. Only 3 more days of NaNoWriMo to go! #30days30shorts
Or. how inspiration can come from Radio 4
It was day 26 of NaNoWriMo and for the second day in a row I woke up with no ideas in my head for #30days30shorts.
Usually my subconscious brain mulls over various options during the night and pops an idea straight into the front of my conscious mind when I wake. But today, like yesterday, nothing.
As I lay there, desperately trawling my brain for ideas – any idea – the radio alarm came on. It was the BBC’s Radio 4 Today programme. The lead headline was the death of Fidel Castro, the Cuban revolutionary and dictator.
And I started thinking about revolutionaries and what they do when the war is over. And then I started thinking about their families and how they cope with returning warriors. Within a couple of hours, the first draft of the story, The Return, was finished.
Yes, short story ideas can come from anywhere, and that includes Radio 4 and the Today programme.
NaNoWriMo 2016 is done and dusted. Or is it?
I’ve written 54,493 words and a few hours ago I pasted my text into the NaNoWriMo word count goblin, and he chewed it up, spat it out, and said ‘YES, you’re a winner!‘. Then the NaNo crew appeared, yelled their congratulations and gave me a round of applause.
This is my 6th NaNoWriMo win, and it’s still a great thrill to have finished.
But, wait, it isn’t over yet. As a NaNo rebel, my self-inflicted challenge was to write 30 short stories during the 30 days of November. One story per day. #30days30shorts
Day 24: Goodbye Cruel World
The prompt for this story was another Writing Magazine competition.
The theme? “Goodbye.”
I got the idea for this story some time ago, but it didn’t turn out exactly as I planned. That’s been happening with many of my stories this month. They’ve been running feral and tearing off in new directions. Continue reading “Day 24 and Day 25 of NaNo and I’m a winner!”
I’m taking part in Misha and Beth’s Five Year Project and my five-year goal is to write a novel and get it published.
The first part of this goal was completed long ago. Yes, my historical novel (The Reluctant Scribe) is done and dusted and, for the past 18 months, I’ve been trying to find an agent.
People tell me my central character is convincing and engaging, and the novel is set in an interesting time and place (northern China during the Tang Dynasty). But it isn’t ‘what we’re looking for’ or ‘I don’t feel passionate enough about it’.
On the plus side, I’ve had one request for a full manuscript, and one nice agent wrote a pretty detailed response, proving she’d actually read the first three chapters. Continue reading “5 year writing project, Nov update”