A Carefully Constructed Reputation

Do you have a reputation? What is it, and where did it come from? Is it accurate? What do you think about it?

No, I don’t have a reputation. I’ve only been using this name for 3 weeks, it’s got a lot of bedding in still to be done. If you drill back in my Twitter account you can find the person I used to be, and the person I still am under another hat. Continue reading

She Liebs again

I returned from morris practice to a comment from the lovely Lisa Buck, who has nominated me for another Liebster. Her questions were right up my street, and they are as follows:

1) Are you a shipper? Totally
2) And if so, who/what do you ship? Jack/Ianto. Always. There have been others, but none have grabbed my heart and held it like they do.
3) What’s your favourite book? Night Watch by Terry Pratchett
4) If you could project yourself into the past, where would you go? The Stonewall Riots. I owe so much to that night, and I wish I could have been part of history and part of saying “enough is enough”.
5) Ketchup or Brown Sauce? Ketchup
6) What’s the last dream you had? I dreamed that my mum went to Asda without me, which never happens. I didn’t get out of bed until she got home, at which point it turned out I was asleep on the kitchen table, complete with duvet and mattress and everything.
7) Do you sleep with your feet under the duvet, or out? Under. Buried in a pile of fluffy blankets and under the cat if I can.
8) Do you sing in the shower? No. Everyone in the house would be able to hear me, but I sing everywhere else
9) What’s the last song you listened to? Something by Delius on Classic FM on the way home.
10) What’s your favourite word? Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. It’s the longest word in the English language and was my brother’s password on his computer. Suffice it to say, it isn’t any more.

About Me

Today’s challenge from Zero to Hero was to play around with our About Me pages and rewrite or seriously edit them. I never really liked my About Me page, but I left it because I always hated them. Today I was told I had to do it, and that helped me get 1500 words out on my short story, so it all worked out.

But I did get to it in the end, and I’m not sure what to make of it. I quite like it, but I also think I went a bit weird there. Maybe it was the tea talking. Continue reading

Because I’m a sucker for a writing challenge

I'm a Zero to Hero Blogger!

Who am I? How did I get here? What did I have for breakfast?

I can’t walk past a writing challenge without signing up to it. I’ve failed at more Big Bang challenges than I can shake a stick at, ‘lost’ NaNoWriMo 7 times out of my 10 attempts and have a harddrive full of unfinished manuscripts. On the other hand, I’ve also completed a slew of Big Bangs, won a fic bingo competition with not one but two full houses, got a first on my dissertation at university and won NaNoWriMo three times. The Zero to Hero challenge seemed like a twofold good idea. One because I like a challenge, and two because it was things I needed to do.

So here we are. Continue reading

Happy New Sherlock!

Wait, it’s Happy New Year, my bad.

Last night was, as is traditional, not a good night for writing anything at all, really. I took a notebook with me, and we only went to my sister-in-law-to-be’s family for the evening, but they’re long-term family friends and we got distracted playing board games, eating, drinking, discussing the cats and other things that you do on New Year’s Eve. Whatever you did to celebrate, or if you didn’t celebrate it at all, I hope you had a good one.

It’s this time of year that we choose as a completely arbitrary time for setting ourselves targets that we’ll abandon within a couple of weeks. Continue reading

Getting started

I suppose the 30th of December is an unusual day to start a blog. Surely I should wait two days to join the New Year Resolutions? As it happens I decided to do this about a month ago, but you know what December can be like.

Back in August I moved home to live with my parents to prepare for going and teaching in China (which is why I’m not blogging this under my real name). I was working in a bingo hall at the time, and waiting for my flat to sell before I could go out there. As it happened, I had a minor motorbike accident and had to give up my job, and still haven’t sold the wretched flat. So now I’m sitting around in a town with virtually no work going “what am I going to do with myself”. And then I did National Novel Writing Month and it hit me.

I’ve been writing for a very long time, and doing National Novel Writing Month for nearly as long. I started at just 14 years old, the youngest you could be for it, and I’ve done ten years, although this year marked just my third win. Over the years I’ve written hundreds of thousands of words and created dozens of worlds. Sitting on a dusty hard drive I had two or three almost-finished and abandoned drafts, just waiting for me to love them again. So that’s what I’m doing.

Both the superhero novel and the paranormal romance were NaNoWriMo attempts, one abandoned halfway through and one which reached the 50k mark but got nowhere near finishing the story. One has just been submitted to Lulu’s manuscript analysis for NaNo winners, the other… well, that’s tomorrow’s task. Just me, Aeon Timeline, Storybook 4 and lots of coloured pens to sort out this plot.