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Sorry it's been so boring...

NaNoWriMo Blog 2020  (E)
Thoughts during National Novel Writing Month 2020
#2236645 by Steven - Collecting Rejections
It is the afternoon of November 11 as I type this. We actually had a Remembrance Day gathering this morning - not big (as per social distancing rules), but as we haven't been on lockdown where I live, it was decided to have gatherings.

3 of my 4 great-grandfathers fought in WW1, one great-grandmother was a nurse in Scotland.

So, for Remembrance Day (or Poppy Day, if you prefer), here is a column I wrote.

Well written and interesting to see Veteran's Day from another perspective. Thank you, Steven G (subscribe). Do all Australians have such funny last names? *Rolling*
Hey, kindly peoples - still looking for a NaNo sponsor.
Just thought I'd try again...
NaNoWriMo Write-A-Thon  (ASR)
A NaNoWriMo fundraiser... compete as a NaNo writer or donate by sponsoring one!
#1546312 by Jeff | R.I.P. Mom

You can go to this forum and follow the instructions... or I guess you could email Jeff | R.I.P. Mom ... Sorry, Jeff.
I already am sponsoring one writer, but I guess two is more fun! I sponsor you! You are doing great at 6.4%! Got your back...
Sorry, I see you are in a flow... 19% and counting! Great work! *Heart*
I really don't like doing this asking thing, but I've sort of joined a group here to ensure I complete NaNoWriMo this year.
NaNoWriMo Write-A-Thon  (ASR)
A NaNoWriMo fundraiser... compete as a NaNo writer or donate by sponsoring one!
#1546312 by Jeff | R.I.P. Mom

And as a writerer, I need to get some sponsors to help raise money for the various groups around WdC. To give you an idea, my goal is 70k words for the month.
So, if you could spare some GPs, please go over to the forum, sign up as a sponsor, and help support WdC and make sure I actually do what my publisher is asking me to do!

Thanks in advance, everyone!
So many of my friends are participating, I can't sponsor one over another, so I made a blanket donation. *Facepalm*

Good luck with your project! I'm sure you'll do great and meet your goal.
I joined too, but am far less optimistic regarding my personal goal, lol.

After getting nothing out of it last year (I completed it in 10 days, my 60th - or something like that - 20k+ word work), I am doing NaNoWriMo this year because I lost a stupid bet.

My publisher and I made a bet that my book would not crack the top 100 on any Amazon lists. Apparently it did. In July. And yet, only now have I been told that I she wants me to enter NaNo again.

Two things - she wants 75k words. And she wants me to rewrite a story I sent her.

Turn it from 1st person POV to 3rd. Make it a YA paranormal romance, not an adult mild horror tale. No vampires. No witches. More deaths. Don't have the "feeders" rip the hearts of the "wolves" out. Don't call them "feeders". Make it so the (former) "feeders" are called to their life, do not choose it. And she gets first go at it.

At least I have a basic idea to go from. Oh, and I can keep the title - Hunters And Hunted.

So, it looks like I'm doing NaNo again after all...
I couldn't IM you, Western usa is 3 hours behind eastern usa. so 3 hours behind wdc time
It's Hallowe'en. Well, almost. And in the northern hemisphere. Okay, not most of Asia. You get the idea.

Anyway, want some horror reads?

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Ghost stories!

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A conversation!

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Magic Word  (18+)
A man discovers the Magic Word works... to his detriment. (9600 words)
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Magic goes wrong! (a long one...)

And, of course, a 5-star reviewed novella!
From Grinning Skull Press!

Read! Enjoy!
All right, sorry, but it's Hallowe'en and so it is time to once again promote my horror novella. I've done this already, but have then gone and asked you to read a zombie story instead.

Now it's time for a 5-star* ghost story !

*according to Amazon
Hallowe'en is coming up for Northern Hemisphere folks (and those in the south who don't understand history and pagan religious rites), so here is a horror story for you all to try! 2700 words! Enjoy!

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I will advertise my book again. But one of the great guitarists of our time has passed.
Here is my take on the man that was Eddie Van Halen.


Leave comment - what is/was your favourite Van Halen songs? Let's share memories.
One of my many EVH faves:

He had a great solo in that song.

Even though we don't "do" Hallowe'en in Australia (It's a northern hemisphere thing), if you would like something to read that is of the horror ilk, might I be so bold as to suggest this book.

A tale of romance that knows no bounds; a tale of deadly vengeance that transcends time.

Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Sins-Fathers-S-Gepp-ebook/dp/B07XBDP2RF/
Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/Sins-Fathers-S-Gepp/dp/1947227408/

Sins Of The Fathers
(Thanks Grinning Skull Press!)
Writing Retreat!

I just got back from a Writing Retreat, my first, and I thought I’d throw my thoughts here.

There were five of us. I was the only male, and there was only one younger than me. None of us are doing NaNoWriMo, so this was full-on writing, not prepping/planning. All of us are published: 3 self, 1 trad (me), one both.

The location was a shack down the coast, 90 mins from where I live. No Internet (except phones), we had electricity, the nearest town was a 1 1/2 km away, but closer to 2 km by road. Two bedrooms; two older women shared the double bed, the rest of us had a single. A small kitchen, a huge living room. A large deck out the back, a verandah out the front. A TV that we ignored. We also decided no alcohol.

We had rules. We got there at 1pm-ish on Saturday, had a little while to settle, then we had to write until tea. If we needed music, only with headphones. We had pizza, then wrote again until 9. Then we each had 5-10 minutes to share our writing. Write again, or bed.

Writing, by the way, could be anything. A series of poems, short stories, a longer work, a mixture, whatever. But nothing professional or academic, because of the way the weekend was structured.

Next day (Sun) was ours (still no TV). Walk, relax, chat to others, whatever, but writing had to be done. Got our own meals for the day. Tea was takeaway again, & after tea, we each had 15 minutes to share some of our writing. Night was ours again.

Next day, today, (Mon: it’s a public holiday here), we met as a group at 9am. Then each person was given a 30 minute mentoring session (3 went over, mine under). It was worked on by everyone, then we had a break and hit the next person. We were done by 2pm, went for a walk on the beach, then left.

I managed to get 12,000 words written. The most was 15,000, the least was just under 5,000. But we all got a lot done. The collegiate atmosphere was enhanced by the alone time. It was very pleasant, but we were all of a similar attitude towards what we were doing. I don’t think I’d want to go many more (maybe 6 would work?) because 5 seemed just about right; I have a feeling 4 would have been okay, but 3 would not have been enough.

While I would not want to do it all the time, as an occasional thing, I thoroughly recommend it. If you can organise something like this, or get invited, and think you can work with the people involved, go for it. I think it was a great idea.

Writing retreat – thumbs up.