October Writing Update: editing progress

Still working on that final, final draft.

It’s time to post an update on my writing for the 5 Year Project Do You Have Goals? blog hop. My goal is to write a novel (done) and get it published (working on it).

I’ve just finished editing chapter four of the final, final draft of the Orbital Contract. Feel ashamed not to have finished the whole novel by now, but I’ve been busy with the new grandbaby, dog walking, and enjoying Manchester. Continue reading “October Writing Update: editing progress”

Who can resist Yorkshire pudding?

Serving up food in a short story


There are a couple of competitions coming up that ask for food-related stories. I don’t like cooking. But I do like eating.

Today, I intended to write a short story featuring a multi-cultural meal, full of exotic tastes and fragrances from around the world. But I started off inside the head of John, a very traditional English man, who yearns for the Yorkshire puddings his wife used to make.

John just took over the story, and the finished piece turned into something a little bit different from the one I originally intended. Continue reading “Who can resist Yorkshire pudding?”

Nano blues

Arrrghhhhhh, Ruth Livingstone does an impression ofBurn OutOk, I was behind.

And then I was catching up.

But then I got ill.

And then I fell behind some more.

But then I felt better.

And then I was catching up.

But then I fell ill again.

And so it goes on…

and on…

Nanowrimo participant and word count meterShould be over 25,000 words by now, but I’m not.

The good news is that I’m feeling somewhat better this afternoon. Managed to stay out of bed for 10 hours and did some frantic tapping and got some serious words down.

Slowly, slowly, creeping up and creeping forward.

Five Year Writing Goal October

I’ve been doing lots of writing-related activity. But nothing that’s going to get The Reluctant Scribe published.

5 Year Writing Goal: October update

do you have goalsI’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. This is my update on progress this month.

Feedback on The Reluctant Scribe

A few months ago I sent my novel off for review by an adult historical fiction author and editor. Her comments were very positive and she provided me with a number of useful suggestions to consider.

What have I done with my novel since then?

Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Absolutely NOTHING at all.

Continue reading “Five Year Writing Goal October”