Monthly Archives: April 2013

Monthly Review – April 2013


time That was April, ‘pufft’ over in a flash, we are now officially a ¼ of the way through 2013- oh my!

 This month has been massively productive for me as a writer, training in my craft. As far as making money and submitting my work it has been a month off. The writing schedule was only scantily clad this month, I shouldn’t feel I have missed many/ any opportunities really as there were only 3 major projects I wanted to attempt and all of them were competitions. document-wizard-icon

 I found with my brain split between 2 National Writing Month (International) projects (what could I possibly be talking about? Hmmmm…) I couldn’t get my head to produce ideas for short stories for competitions and I had very little time as in addition to the commitment of writing this month came a mighty pile of research!

camp_mastheadCamp NaNoWriMo, (which I discovered in March), filled me with delight. This Spring I had read lots of posts about the challenge, when I looked into it – I was gutted to think I had to wait for Winter/ November to give it a go.

 I started working on a manuscript in January which was sidelined in March (due to writing 2 book proposals and 4 submissions) I know Camp is about creating something new, there is no way I could leave the manuscript in its infancy and work on something new. Plus I was already labelled a camp ‘rebel’ for writing Non-Fiction. I vowed to add 50,000 words to my abandoned manuscript. old-typing-machine_2497958

What I have since discovered is the concept of a 100,000 word book may have been a stretch too far. I seem to have covered everything already – it’s just over 60K in its entirety. (Thanks to camp nanowrimo and the extra 54,089)

I am aiming now to spend time most weekends finishing the writing and editing. I need to look into markets that would accept a shorter version and if not I will hold onto a nearly finished manuscript and complete further research.

 I had originally planned to write 8000 words or so a month on the manuscript, that was before I started the writing schedules, I had been lucky if I wrote a few 1000. Camp Nano has helped me more than double what I had hoped to produce by now. footer-camp

My brain is useless jelly, but I got away without any insect bites or blisters!

 NaPoWriMo I discovered on the cusp of April and I am delighted I did. It was an idea conceived by Maureen T to help poets join in with the National Writing Month (Canada/USA) and as I am primarily a poet and find this genre as comfortable as an old pair of slippers I was over the moon to challenge myself to write a poem a day. I am currently working on collections of a 100 and plan to go back to the website and use all the prompts I didn’t use, by the end of the summer I should 60 more poems than I ever would have had by joining in this celebratory month! I emailed my thanks to Maureen and hope the website now stays active for me to complete some more poems by prompt. napo2013button2

Towards the end of the Month in a fit of peak (realising I was about to have a Nano hole to fill and forgetting the need to obtain freelance work) I enrolled onto an online writing course with a University, it is a 6 week programme on composition and there are about 800 students from around the world involved. I have already submitted my 1st assignment, they started on 22nd and I enrolled on the 27th the Assignment was due 29th!

Lots of video material to watch and a brand new challenge for the next 6 weeks!paper-notes

As for Awritersfountain, I am delighted with the growth of my blog. I thank you all for following, commenting and liking. It means a lot to me.

We have had 65 new followers blogging

Received 2 Blog Awards – Leibster and Shine On –200533564-001

Received over 1000 likeslikeable-blog-1000-2x

I hope the blog will continue to fill me with positivity and creativity, thank you all.

And in the real world…

I signed up for Writing Classes – starting mid May a short course to boost my knowledge of a genre I have only had minimal training in and have many ideas for.

 At the beginning of April, I signed up for a wonderful Comedy Script Writing Workshop, which became one of my greatest Saturdays this year so far! I have met some great people through participating and was glad to start a network email list.

 I looked for other opportunities and found out about some Performance Poetry (I used to be a Performance Poet) events and went along … to watch!

 I have also booked myself onto a network meeting happening early in May.

 A productive month:

54K  manuscript  
30 poems    
1 workshop  
1 performance poetry event
1 uni course assignment
booked more opps  
 Blog 162 followers
  2 awards Leibester
   1000 likes Shine On

 And in the galaxy far, far away from the tip tapping of writing keys… this month;

Mr G and I have managed to get our allotment ready with the first vegetables of the season planted and all the strawberry plants are rescued, weeds culled, and new tools used.

 We have also MOVED MOUNTAINS with our current life plan/ mission that I have made reference to on this blog but until now not revealed. We are buying a new House, keeping fingers crossed but I do believe we are now near completion! (Now any mention of Workmen makes sense.)

I have experienced a nice couple of weeks off work for Easter, celebrated that weekend with my family and visited a friend who I hadn’t seen for a decade, she lives quite far away. So if you can have a road trip by yourself, that’s exactly what that was. It also deepened the realisation to give into more tech and get a Sat Nav! When you’re already driving half way up the country you needn’t add more than 80 miles in 3 ‘I’m a bit lost’ detours! The problem with motorways is you can’t just turn around.

I have managed to pack a few boxes – but not nearly enough – especially in the light of recent events and I have found time to go to work also!

Thanks for following,

Hope you all had an enjoyable April!


Happy writing x


Time to Pack Up Down at Camp NaNoWriMo


camp tentLast night I achieved my highest acclaim (apart from being published) I finished BEFORE a deadline the longest amount of words I have any written for any one project.

It may have taken commitment to blanking the April writing schedule to fit in time, it took great determination (big thanks for your support, especially if you were a virtual cheerleader) to get me through each writing day, especially as I spent about 96% of my time in camp behind the word schedule.

The beginning and end weekends saved me – or rather my manuscript!

It was with pride and a happy step I trekked into camp this morning to enter my final total of 53920 (this does include the appendix) even without it is 53596.

I have never written Non-Fiction to this length and I found it harder than narrative.


heartofpeace copyMy lovely cover designed and ordered through FREE COVERS on Ermisenda’s blog.


Four FAB Things about my Time in Camp!

1) I don’t think I moaned about the bad wintry weather at all this month, as I was glued to my laptop!

2) I saved money from not going out much! (Not had the electricity bill yet!)

3) I have met some wonderful people, cliché but true. (Although this may have been increased by 3 if my Cabin Mates had ever come out of hibernation!)

4) I am looking forward to the next camp in July, have decided what to write, just need to decide what to pack now! Hopefully sunscreen by then! (Crosses her fingers)

My manuscript now stands at 188 pages and over 30 Chapters, it is about half the size it should be. I am aiming to complete it in 80,000 words.

I plan to spend 2 – 4hours every weekend on it and have it ready for submission by the end of 2013 (hopefully before).

My final stats are posted … however, I have already started working on post camp posts, we will see, look out for them Nano-ers.

Hope to see you all again in July when my Blog will once again become a camp site for as many of you as possible… our own mini Glastonbury!camping-tent-Download-Royalty-free-Vector-File-EPS-2116

It looks wrong- not typing in double spacing!

You know when you have been out for the night in a really loud club or gig and you get home, hyped on adrenalin, with a shrill ringing in your ears, you kick off the excruciatingly painful heels and slip out of the tight clothes. And relax. Euphorically happy?! Well that’s how I feel right now!

Camp is Over…. What will you do?

Just before the end of the weekend, with the thought that my camp commitment for NaNoWriMo and NaPoWriMo were coming to an end. I made a super fast decision, another one where I leap before thinking…. (master at those!)

I enrolled on a free writing course at a US University, one of 800 students on the very internationally flavoured course.

The fear was – it started on 22nd April, I filled out the application with the expectation of being turned down due to lateness. I logged in reviewed all video tutorials and googlenet, found out about the assignment and read/posted in the course forum. A few hours later I re-read Part 1 of the course, deadline for assignment 1 = 29th April…


I managed to write it and SUBMIT it in time though, no worries! They emailed yesterday about Part 2 that started Monday just gone. Hope to have some time online tomorrow night (after important meetings and allotment) to study the resources and course materials.

So Camp is Over (think John Lennon)

What are you up to? How will you fill the gap? NaNo

Just got to Validate to Win – Camp NaNoWriMo, The Final Day



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NaPoWriMo Day 28# 28/30 – Colour My World


Another NaPowriMo prompt used today.

Today, I’d like you to pick a color. How many synonyms are there for your color (e.g., green, chartreuse, olive, veridian)?  Look around the room, take a walk — note everything you see that is your chosen color. Then start writing, using the color as a guide.

I also emailed Maureen Thorson to tell her what a fantastic job she is doing creating this challenge for National Poetry Month.


Colour My World

Blossom, pink, blush, coral,
flush, fuchsia, rose, salmon,
A blush of pink in your canvas
The colour of the blanket you
bought me,
The spine of a DVD in amongst
your collection.
My mobile phone case,
The flowers you bought me
last weekend,
now open in full bloom.


Picture It & Write – Treading Water


Sunday rolls around again and it is with excitement (to write something non-Nano) that I pick up the prompt from ermiliablog. Enjoy!



Oceans cool my body

as I submerge my skin

deeper in,

deeper in.

My eyes stare at  clouds

dancing on the edge of

an infinite horizon,

My mind has already travelled home.


In stillness, my body welcomes

the water lapping to and from my being.

I know one day these same waters

Will bring me home to you.

You who may not be waiting

for time

or tide

or man.


NaNoWriMo… Camp is Nearly Over & I Am Just a Day off Target! Updated


I have really enjoyed the challenge of Camp NaNoWriMo and do NOT regret signing up. I have had to shelve some freelance opportunities (none paid) to complete the work on my manuscript. I have managed more words than I thought I ever could, I meant to stay on track and write the average word count, I won’t pretend the days I missed writing 1667 words were fun, the days I had a mountain of 1000’s of words to catch up on were tough.

My Cabin only had one other active participant, so I sought some support in the Nano Forums and in blogland, so many of us participated. It will be interesting to see what is written on the blogs at the end of camp. I am already part way through an article on ‘Life after Camp’.

Being keyed into writing in this intense level opens some doors to the life of a writer. As I freelancer I tend to write multiple short pieces and work on several projects at the same time. Most of my ‘novel’ ideas are scattered in mind maps on the pages of my writing journal. This is the intense attention that they are going to need to become a reality. A good lesson to learn. Added to the lesson I learnt early on this year (February) about scheduling writing and managing action plans.

The end of camp happens in 3 days and I have just 3500 words to complete the ‘winner’ 50K, I must have been mad to make the first nanthon a 50K and I missed out on trying to get sponsorship this time, I didn’t think people would sponsor me to write, ‘pah, what kind of challenge is that?’… well now I can tell them and there were some days I thought running 10K would have been easier!

I am already looking forward to the next camp in July! Although I am going for a lower count and hoping to create a novella, the next time I will be armed with tips. Tips I be sharing with you before the next Camp! camp_nano_promo_13


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WEEKEND MISSION ACCOMPLISHED – For the first time since the beginning of camp I have managed to exceed the graph for average word counts, adding another 2000 words to the manuscript today.

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NaPoWriMo Day 27 # 27/30 Golden Tokens


Love the prompt from NaPoWriMo today – I have really enjoyed writing a poem a day.

Today, I challenge you to use the wondrous powers of the Internet to help you write, and I have a particular method in mind. Think of a common proverb or phrase — something like “All that glitters is not gold,” or “If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.” Then plug the first three words of the phrase into a search engine. Skim through the first few pages of results, collecting (rather like a poetic magpie) words and phrases that interest you. Then use those words and phrases as the inspirations (and some of the source material) for a new poem.


Lifestyle. Opportunities. Wealth

We secure jobs on the other side

of the planet

We start our own businesses

serve clients thousands of miles away,

Exciting times.


With choices we become restless,

what we have does not satisfy,

we’re always wondering about

the next big thing.


Someone else is having a better time


We make ourselves miserable by

constantly thinking about

the unknown

in an endless


to find happiness.