Daily Archives: November 1, 2005


Have you heard of National Novel Writing Month? Starting 1 November (today) and ending 30 November you write a novel or 50,000 words of a novel (which ever comes first)

I’ve calculated that if I write 2500 words for 20 days of this month I would have 50,000 words.

Now, Carol, and anyone else who has a burning desire to write a novel, but thinks you need to take a year off work and live in Tuscany to really write: I want you to think seriously about trying this. If you do it, I’ll do it.

I’m gonna start tonight in case you decide to accept this dare… just so I have a head start.

As the idea is to write the novel without too much agony over quality, I’m going to discard all pretensions of being capable of writing like AS Byatt and settle into a zippy little genre romance… I know my shit in this sphere.

I DO NOT wish this to interfere with my artistic ambitions, so I’m going to ignore the tv this month and use that extra time to write. See, I have it all worked out 🙂

We had today off for the Melbourne Cup. It was a very hot day and tomorrow will be even hotter. Too much champagne has been imbibed, but its traditional. Isn’t it?

Makaybe Diva won the race for the third time, which is a record. I’m not into horse racing at all, but since they give us a public holiday, I figure I have to take a bit of interest. Continue reading

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