So as day 21 in the NaNoWrMo comes to a close, I'm pleased to say that the mid-month wobble appears to be over. Yes I lost 3 maybe 4 days where little or no progress was made, usually because of circumstances out of my control, but I'm well and truly back on course now. In fact today has been the best writing day of the month so far. I'm going to put a little more work in after I've finished this post, but I should think that by the time I finally switch my PC off, somewhere in the region of 5000 words will have been written.
That's the good news. The bad news, or at least from a NaNoWrMo standpoint is that only 2000 of those are towards the new novel. The other 3000 are the first draft of my Christmas Ghost Story ready for the annual competition, which I've won a couple of times. I've really taken my time plotting and planning this one out and it just felt like a good time this afternoon to crack on with the first draft and I'm glad that I did. The deadline isn't for another 3 weeks so you could argue that perhaps I should have finished novel writing month first, but I just felt motivated to write it today, so that's what I did. Now I'll leave it for a week or so, go back to novel writing and then give it its first edit.
Didn't receive any notification from one of the competitions in question, but found out that unfortunately I didn't get anywhere with my entries to another two competitions, one of which I really had high hopes for, which is a shame. That now leaves me in just 4 more competitions, two of which won't announce their winners to some time next year, so I think I'll try and forget about them for a while at least. The other two don't announce to who knows when. There's nothing on either website which is annoying so it's a case of having to keep popping back and checking.
No blog post is complete lately it seems without being able to announce the publication of another anthology containing one of my stories and I'm pleased to say that this one is no different. The latest anthology to roll off the 13 O'Clock Press printers is called Halloween shrieks and includes my story Halloween with the Harringtons.
As ever the details are below.