So it begins…

Tonight at midnight, I will be taking on the challenge of the 3-Day Novel Contest.

I’ve been looking forward to it all week! The only writing on it I’ve done has been within the rules: I’ve made a detailed outline, plotted major pieces of action, and all the major characters. I’m horrible of thinking of names on the spot, so I have extra names if I need them.

What I’m planning to do today to prepare is (in no particular order):

  1. Get the rest of my stuff unpacked from the boxes I still have lying around;
  2. Take out the said empty boxes, garbage, and recycling;
  3. If my IKEA desk chair arrives today, assemble that;
  4. Clean up the kitchen, put dishes in dishwasher, make it look tidy;
  5. Get dry laundry folded, dry wet laundry, fold next dry laundry;
  6. Go to the grocery shop when it stops raining; and
  7. Do some minor remaining tweaks and research for my outline.

Wow! I have my work cut out for me. Luckily, I’m nearly done step one. I have one box here in the living room, and two boxes in my bedroom. Since some repairs need to take place for my to load books onto my bookshelf, those will remain packed for the time being. As for everything else, well, I just need some willpower! The willpower that I was all out of yesterday.

As promised, I will be keeping up with my progress here at my blog. Comments to stir me on would be greatly appreciated!

Wish me luck!


I’m on vacation!

Officially starting today, I am on vacation from work for two weeks. (Woo!)

Unfortunately, this will not lead to more blog posts; at least not in the first week. I’m moving into my first house this week! Today is my closing date and even though I should be packing, I’m taking a break for a blog post (and some pizza!). I’m very excited and have been packing all weekend. I live in a tiny apartment right now, but it’s amazing how much stuff I have! Now, I just have to wait until my lawyer calls and tells me the key is ready to be picked up.

So, all this upcoming week will be painting, cleaning, and the actual move. I should be in by Friday. My parents and brother have come up to help me move and they’ll be here until next Monday. So, the second week is all mine. Hopefully, some new blog posts will appear that week. I have lots of ideas! Then, of course, the infamous 3-Day Novel Contest is the following weekend. I have a basic outline written up that I still have to tweak and expand a bit. I’ll probably be doing that next week, too!

Next time I write, I’ll be in my new digs. See you on the other side!

The 3-Day Novel Contest

Over the Labour Day long weekend, I am going to be participating in the 3-Day Novel Contest for the first time.

For those who have not heard of this contest, it is a contest in which insane people try to write a 30-50K word/100 page novel in just three days. (For those keeping track, that’s more than 10,000 words per day.) You then submit this novel to the judges and one lucky person get published!

I’m participating in this mostly for the fun of it. Half of me doesn’t expect to actually complete anything I can send in, but I figure this is a good experience and an excellent reason to dedicate the entire weekend to writing.

I have an idea for the novel I want to write. It’s historical fiction and I’ve begun an outline. I hope to have all my research done pre-contest weekend; mostly because I want to turn off the internet (in the immortal words of Ze Frank: “Stop hitting up your Facebook like it’s a crack pipe, keep the browser closed!“).

I’m planning on keeping this blog up-to-date with progress from the contest. I’m thinking this will consist of a short post at the end of each day with my general feelings and perhaps a word count. I would very much like to make a blog post about my experience over the weekend. Harass me a bit if I don’t have it up within a week!

Thanks for reading. See you soon.

Writing Exercise: Photo Prompt

This is a writing exercise that I started with my writer’s group. The prompt: A photo of my friend’s grandparents.

Dear Bobbie,

I remember when we were married. It was 1945. The war had just ended and the world was a different place. Most of the places we used to go were gone; piles of rubble where we used to dance.

I remember when we had Ruth. We wondered about bringing a child into the world when it was a world that had tried to destroy itself twice over in half a century, but she stopped the world from exploding.

I remember when your father died. It was like part of you died, too. I wanted you to be more of the same after that but you couldn’t. And that was okay.

I remember when Ruth got sick. We were so scared of losing her and what that would mean for us. She pulled through just as we did.

We were married 65 years ago today.

We were only kids ourselves when we were married, but we made it together. I’ve loved you all my life. I love you more today than I did yesterday, and I will love you more tomorrow than I do today.

Happy anniversary, darling.


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