|Dragon Eye, by Rossana Castellino|
Thank you, Sophie! I love it! :-)
|Dragon Eye, by Rossana Castellino|
|So here we are, quarter of the way into the year, and somehow I've managed to get past the half-million already. Not sure how I've managed that, but I won't complain.|
This month's picture was carefully chosen... the "million words in 2016" project is getting very difficult now, and I really do feel like I'm hanging on by my fingertips as the light fades. How dramatic! :-)
Anyway, today gave me another 3,073 words and so the total's now 528,310.
|Such a lovely day today!|
I spent the day with the awesome Daniels family, who are all very kind about my "Dragon on my Shoulder" story! The star of that particular story is my little dragon character, Crimble, and Sophie Daniels (an eight-year-old poet-in training!) composed a brilliant Crimble poem for me!
In the evening, I was asked to read a chapter of the novel as a bedtime story. I felt really nervous (possibly because I don't think I've ever actually read a bedtime story before!) but I did it... and I don't think the kids started yawning! (That's good, right?)
Word counts for 2-3 April were 3,609 and 5,265. The total's now 537,184.
|Accommodation has been awkward these past few days. It's hard not to feel in the way when you're staying in someone else's home. However, despite all that, I've still managed to get a few words done! Word counts for 4-6 April were 1,426, 2,807 and 3,957 which means the total's now 545,374.|
|The words are still struggling to appear, but it's okay because this coming Monday (the 11th) I'm going away for a few months to (hopefully) do NOTHING BUT WRITE! My lovely cousin has allowed me to rent her place on Leros (a Greek island) and - with any luck - it's going to be the perfect writing retreat.|
The word counts for 7-9 April were 3,273, 1,110 and 7,136, which brings the total to 556,893.
|I made it! I'm in Greece! :-)|
Word counts for 10-12 April were 5,121, 1,251 and 2,423, so the total's now 565,688.
All those books and folders are full of notes - some of which are about current projects (so they can't be ignored!). First task is to get them all typed, and then I'll need to sort them by project. I haven't had this many notes to type up since, um, the last time (back when I first started taking writing seriously!)
Sadly, I don't feel I can include the typing-up in my word count. Some of it was written in 2016 but not all of it, and it's just too confusing trying to count all those words as well as get all the typing done. However, I'm still managing to get a little bit of normal writing done (in between the note-typing-upping!). Word counts for 13-14 April were 7,734 (a good day - yay!) and 3,021. The total's now 576,443.
Admittedly I started with the books that contained the smallest amount to type, but I'm quite pleased at the pile so far... 4 books have been typed already and I've only been here 6 days! That's about 12,000 words of typing. Ouch.
I'm managing to escape the laptop occasionally. The shops are about 10 minutes walk south, and there's a nice beach about 10 minutes walk north-east. I'm finding it very hot (the Greeks of course think it's still cold, so I'm getting funny looks for wandering around in shorts all the time!) and so I tend to doze through most of the day, then type like crazy until stupid-o'clock-at-night. So far this is working pretty well.
I'm still not quite feeling settled, but I'm managing to do a little bit of writing. Word counts for 15-18 April were 5,763, 2,481, 1,897 and 1,841. The total's now 588,425.
Word counts for 19-24 April were 2,411, 1,266, 1,894, 1,350, 4,447 and 6,912 (another good day - yay!) so the total is now 606,705. I've passed the 600k barrier, woohoo! :-)
|Yawn! I've typed up at least 45,000 words now. A lot of it's been moved around to other files so I've kind of lost track, but the main file's definitely on 45k.|
Guess what? I'm bored, bored, bored with typing! However I keep finding useful stuff for current projects, so it's got to be done!
The writing is still ticking along too. Word counts for 25-30 April were 2,059, 2,592, 2,321, 5,538, 3,353 and 5,824. That means the total is now 628,392. I've lost enthusiasm for this project but I'm plod, plod, plodding away and hoping to find a bit of motivation soon.
This is nothing to do with the writing, but I had a good excuse to procrastinate today: it's Easter in Greece! I didn't realise this until I went for a walk this morning and discovered a dummy hanging from a wire above the road.
Yes, I moved. Shortly afterwards, the bush did too (mainly outwards and upwards).
And all of this is happening right outside a church where there's some sort of Easter ceremony going on (I couldn't quite see, but it involved a lot of chanting and loads of candles). Anyway, here's a 30 second video of the craziness :-)
Finally, the church bells died down, the kids took their explosives elsewhere, and it was time to set the dummy on fire...