Wednesday, 31 October 2007


So I have decided on my title. It is the title of a Hundertwasser painting. I like Hundertwasser's paintings. (My spell check kept trying to suggest “thunderstorms” just then. I like them, too.) My story is going to be a bit about doing gardening, although definitely not in an Alan Titchmarsh kind of way. It will be about a man who starts doing gardening because his life is empty. I am not sure why he doesn't just join facebook. Then his life will be full of “friends” and he can play Scrabulous to his heart's content. But I am glad he doesn't take that path, because then it would be quite a boring book to read. Unless you were an avid Scrabble watcher, and I doubt there can be too many of those. Scrabble is a game you have to participate in to get any enjoyment from. I'm quite sure that's a fact. I know I hate it when it's not my turn. I can't be the only one. If I'm getting near the end of the month and the word count is lacking, I could make him join facebook, though. As a last resort. That can be my safety net. Phew. I begin at midnight tonight!!!!

Monday, 29 October 2007


Today I signed up to the NaNoWriMo write a novel in a month challenge. It feels quite exciting. The idea is to start on November 1st and have a finished 50,000 word first draft by midnight on November 30th. What fun! I think it will be a good thing for me to do. You are not supposed to edit any of it. The idea is just to write, even if it is utter crap. Just to have the sense of fulfilment of having completed a 50,000 word novel. You can edit and try and make good of the crap at a later date, if you want to. But it's meant to be a great way of kicking off the cobwebs and allowing yourself to write for the simple joy of it. I'm a great procrastinator. I think this will force me to finish something, rather than re-edit it a thousand times and never get it done.

I haven't a clue what my “novel” is going to be about. I was tempted to use something I've already been working on, but I think I would be too precious about it. This needs to be something new. I will try brainstorming in a while. (I can only brainstorm with paper and pens. I need to be able to circle stuff and draw lines and add bits to other bits. It doesn't feel organic at all if I try to do that on a computer. And it takes me way too long.)

When I get going, I will be posting snippets(what a great word) on here, along with a running word count. (It says this will help spur me on to keep at it.) I'm fairly confident I can write that many words. They may not be great words, but who cares? It'll be a good exercise in self-discipline, if nothing else.

Wednesday, 17 October 2007

When Good Housemates Turn Bad

This is not so much a story, it's more a confessional. It's online at The Beat.