Pulp Idol Final


After nearly a month in the waiting Saturday saw the final of the PulpIdol competition at the siren Café in Liverpool. I had been looking forward to taking part in the night and I was fairly relaxed about it, well until I stepped foot into the venue. Then the nerves finally struck. A few of my friends had come down to support me and this was the possibly the first time that they had heard/read any of my writing.

The final was the same format as the heats. Each finalist had to read three minutes from their chapters. Ten people were due to attend the final, though only nine read their chapters. One of the heat winners couldn’t make it unfortunately.

I was drawn out of the hat fourth to read. I managed to dodge the bullet of going first. I hadn’t timed my and I had to be wrapped up before I overran. Thankfully it was at a decent point in the chapter.
I wasn’t too sure how it had gone down but I was reasonably pleased. My friends thought it was good and a couple of people in audience who I didn’t know came up to me to say they enjoyed what I had written, which was nice to hear.

After the deliberations the three judges came back to announce the winners. Sadly I didn’t win, but I wasn’t too disappointed. It would have been nice to win, but I was just pleased to make it to the final and get my chapter published.

Well done to the two winners Rob and Craig and thanks to WoW who organized this and many other interesting events over the course of the month.

Here’s to getting my chapter published in the near future.

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Nanowrimo 2012


Well thirty days have passed and despite the last week being laid up in bed with the norovirus, I have stumbled over the line and completed Nanowrimo. It was a good job I was ahead of the word count before the bug hit, otherwise I would be writing about another Nanowrimo failure. I didn’t post anything at the outset as I was in two minds whether I would it again this year. I also didn’t want to herald another failure. At the last minute I decided to do it. Thankfully I did as I have now a draft completed.

At this moment I have a feeling of elation, tiredness, and weakness (as a result of the illness). The first draft stands at 50, 067 words, though a quick scan of the finished draft suggests that some of that will be cut from the final version.

The story arc is complete but I now need to give it a thorough edit. Given that it has been written at speed, my pages are awash with green and red squiggles that Word kindly uses to indicate the error of your ways.

This is a long way from being publishable which I am under no illusions at this part of the process. I see this as the something to edit stage. This is more than I had at the start of the month. Which I suppose is the point of the exercise with Nanowrimo.

Here’s to the editing process. Which I am assured is just as painful as sitting down to writing a novel.






No no Nanowrimo

A recent blog post mentioned Nanowrimo and how I had set myself the task of writing 50,000 words in the month of November.

Today is the halfway point and I should now be bragging about my achievements so far…Well the dog ate it, I left it on the bus… blah blah blah! excuses ad infinitum.

This year, like last year, I was probably a little presumptuous that the work situation would have calmed down by November. That has not been the case, if anything it has become increasingly busier. So with great reluctance I have decided to wave the white flag and give up. The novel that everyone supposedly has in them (so the cliché goes) will sadly have to wait for another year.

Though I have written 5,000 words for an academic paper in the last few days – though I doubt that will be able to count towards to the Nano word count.

Nanowrimo 2010

Today is the first day of Nanowrimo and like last year I have tentatively signed up to it. For those that don’t know Nanowrimo is a novel writing challenge that sees you write a 50,000 novel in 30-days. Easier said than done? Well last year for me it was, as I struggled to make it over the 25,000 barrier. This year after much delaying and dithering, I have signed up to it again.

Tonight, if I was on course I should be signing off with a daily total of 1667 – so far I have done everything else other than what I was supposed to be doing. Already my idea, one that I have figuratively blown the dust off for this year, is looking like it may be discarded for something else!

It’s still not too late to join in the fun, you will no doubt catch up with my not be revealed paltry total so far. I can be found here on their site (I need to update this too).

If you are still undecided here’s an interesting article on why it is a good idea