NaNoWriMo Week 3, Things Get Tough!

November 23, 2014 § Leave a comment

Hello friends! It’s the end of week three of NaNoWriMo and almost the beginning of the final week. I had so much college work to do and work work to do that I had a fairly tough third week. I was behind for a large majority, but on Friday, I got 6,000 words written to catch up on the word count. I’m at that point in the novel, where I’m focusing on the climax (my protagonist is finding things out! important things!) but because I didn’t plan out everything too well ahead of time, it’s a bit difficult to get the words out how I want them to; or at all, really. I hope your week threes and final weeks are better than mine!

Here’s a short extract from my week’s writings:

It began raining and we stood there for what felt like hours with the rain pouring down on us. I thought of Mira, felt the emptiness reopen in my heart and I suppose he thought of his dying sister inside the house. He brushed away my tears with his fingertips and kissed me on the lips, as if that could make anything better. But I kissed him back and I suppose for a while I forgot about Mira and he forgot about his dying sister, and we merely stood there, engulfed in each other.

Let me know how your novels are going and best of luck with the final week of NaNo, whether you’re behind or way ahead on word count, there’s still time to make it!

NaNoWriMo Week Two!

November 16, 2014 § Leave a comment

Hey fellow writers and readers! How’s week two of NaNoWriMo going for you guys? I’m struggling to stay on point, to be perfectly honest but still manage to meet the word count everyday so far. Week 3 is going to be a tough one!

I’ve been doing something different for my novel this year, where I’m not writing chronologically. I’m finding it difficult in some ways, and a lot easier in others. Like I feel like I’m never stuck for long because I can always go somewhere else and write a totally new scene or introduce something brand new. But then sometimes I just completely lose the plot! Do you guys write chronologically or are you guys writing all mixed-up like me this time?

Here’s a short excerpt from my week’s writings:

I learned more about his life that day than he ever did about mine. He informed me of his wife, a fellow educator like him – a schoolteacher – named Julia, and his two kids. “They’re not too much younger than you,” He said to me, though I suppose he misjudged my age, took me to be much younger than I actually was at the time. His children, named Sarah and Noah, were nineteen and fifteen respectively. He spoke freely about his line of work, he was a professor of economics at one of the biggest universities in our nation. He claimed to love the work he did, though his students often frustrated him. “It’s difficult when not everybody has the love of education as you do,” He told me with a smile. “You know what I’m talking about.” Perhaps I would have agreed with him when I was younger, when I was still being educated by him. But I had grown out of my childhood curiosities. I had realised that there were more important things in the world than the simple thirst for knowledge. Knowledge, I learned, was not all I had thought it to be. It is what you do with your knowledge that makes a difference. With Mr. – Dr. – Ashton’s knowledge, he educated students about national economics. He said that he played a role in the fast advancing economy of our nation, he was consulted often about the technological advances and played a significant role in such things.

My knowledge leads me to my own downfall. My knowledge leads me to the very depths of my worst nightmares. It leaves me incompetent and afraid. “There are so many things you can do to help,” Mira had told me one day, “You’re a brave soul, you can help.” But I never helped. I failed Mira as I had failed my own mother and dad. I failed Kerry, I failed Mr. Ashton. I failed so many people in my life, yet my mind is full of knowledge that helps nobody.

NaNoWriMo Week One Update Post

November 8, 2014 § Leave a comment

Hey NaNoers and non-NaNoers alike! Just wanted to give a quick update of how this NaNoWriMo is going. I’ve had a pretty successful first week and I’m actually a day ahead on wordcount right now. Hopefully this success will continue on for the next 3 weeks too. I hope everybody else’s NaNoWriMo is going well, too? Let me know!

Here’s a short excerpt from what I wrote today:

It was three weeks of restless sleep and loneliness before I saw her again. Like last time, she was swimming in the ocean and I watched, approaching slowly, carefully; afraid that I would scare her off like I did the last time. She looked so carefree in the sea, like she was so at one with the world, like she had no worries weighing her down. But when she finally turned around and saw me, there was a sadness in her eyes. I waved from where I stood at the shore and for a moment I could see the hesitance as she stood still in the ocean. Finally, she began to slowly swim towards me, her strokes slow and still hesitant but she finally came to a rest at a safe distance from me. She asked, “what are you doing here again?” and I became even more scared that she would disappear again before I had the chance to speak to her, to find out about her.

“I’ve been looking for you,” I said to her slowly. “I’ve been wondering about you.” She frowned at that. “You shouldn’t wonder about me, or look for me. You should forget about me.”

“Are you a ghost?” I asked her and she smiled her sad smile. “You’re a very curious person,” she told me. “Around here, curiosity is not going to be good for you. Especially not when you’re in the ocean.”

“I wasn’t planning to go into the ocean very often,” I said. “I just come here because I wanted to ask you… about who you are, about what you are.” She sighed, “I don’t know if I can answer that.” Then it was my turn to sigh.

“It’s not a very difficult question to answer,” I told her. “I’ll go first, look. Hi, my name is Alex and I’m a human. Your turn.” She smiled again, the same sad smile, “Hi, my name is Mira and I’m a secret.”

“Who’s secret?” I asked then.

“The world’s secret.” She replied.

NaNoWriMo 2014

October 22, 2014 § Leave a comment

Hey fellow readers and writers, long time no see! Life has been rather hectic as of late, what with moving to a new country, starting a new masters programme and all that jazz. But somehow these new happenings and my general workload and business is not going to keep me away from at least attempting 50,000 words in November this year and, as always, I am excited to share this wonderful experience with others, especially those who are also partaking in NaNoWriMo.

So let me know if you are a fellow NaNo-er (is that the word?)

What is your novel about?

What is your word count target?

And how are you going to balance life and writing a novel in the hectic month that is November?

We’re sailing on an ocean heading for nowhere…

September 15, 2014 § Leave a comment

… and I don’t care!

Thankfully, not quite headed for nowhere at the moment. I just wanted to make a post that was quick update on s1409774294067tuff because I feel like this blog has been dead for quite a while now. I’m back from Bangladesh from my quite long summer visit there (which was pretty wonderful, to say the least). But now I am getting ready to move countries (!!!) from Ireland to England to start my masters programme. So things have been pretty hectic.

In other news, I have recently graduated from my undergrad in English and History which is kind of a milestone, I guess. Hopefully, once I am all settle in at England, starting up my masters, I will have some time to begin the writing process again.

I have been dwelling on a lot of stuff over the summer. I have a lot of ideas about editing and rewriting past stuff (mostly, The Stroke of Midnight aka. my 2nd NaNo), along with some new ideas (a satirical novella and a sci-fi novel??). A lot of stuff that I have never really tried before and am super excited to get started on again. Hopefully, I will be NaNoing again once November starts up and will get a lot of actual writing down on paper instead of simply having thoughts of writing in my head. I have also read a lot of books over the summer (20+), some which I have liked, some loved and some hated. So expect to see some of my musings on these books in the near future. Also follow me on goodreads to follow my reading updates if you so wish! :)

Lastly! And most importantly! If anybody is interested in participating in a blog hop, please comment here or use the contact me page to reach me. 

About Place Journal

July 21, 2014 § Leave a comment

Hey guys, long time no see! I’ve been spending quite a busy and hectic summer in Bangladesh (while still getting a little bit of reading and writing time in). Hopefully, this blog will be active once more when I’m back in Ireland in September. For now, this is a quick update to let you guys know that I have recently published a poem in the latest issue of About Place Journal. Go and have a look at the issue if you get the chance as it is a wonderful literary magazine. My own poem there is entitled The Hills, but if you guys get the opportunity, definitely read some of the other works published as they are great!

Update!

May 28, 2014 § Leave a comment

Hey guys, so I just wanted to make a short update post since I’m travelling to Bangladesh tomorrow to visit family and do some work placement. I’ll be there until the beginning of September and hopefully I will stay busy, which unfortunately means that this blog might be inactive for a little while. However, lucky for me, I have loaded a LOT of books onto my kindle (it has 300+ books now) and I’m taking a couple of physical books with me too! I also hope to do at least a little bit of writing while I’m there. I’m going to try my best to keep updating this blog when I get the chance even while I’m away, but definitely expect a few reviews and perhaps a couple of poetry posts when I get back. 

Stay well until then all my lovely followers! 

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