Nanowrimo: Some tired thoughts after a bad morning

This morning was not a good start. I looked at my laptop sitting on the table waiting for me to sit down and type, and the story felt stupid. Pointless. Shallow. Silly. A waste of time. I was almost in tears. I knew what I had to write so I sat down and managed to…

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Nano Prep: changing of the guard

I have to admit that #2 has become #1. And does that matter? OK, when I do Nano, I have my main story, the one I focus on during the preceding months, the one I tell people I’m writing when they ask, the one I do research for or whatever, and when it comes to…

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Nanowrimo Prep: how to make story without planning

Tonight was our first regional Nano-prep session. The topic was Plotting. Fortunately we just talked about what we were doing and no plotting. So I was thinking earlier, how do you make story without planning it out beforehand? There are some questions I use consciously or unconsciously. Starting with the basic: What’s stopping them from…

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Nanowrimo Prep: the first question

I don’t outline. Anything resembling an outline invariably turns out to be a bad idea (presents as evidence, Evil Fantasy Novel). Last year reminded me that even having plot points can be problematic. I am happily writing along when I remember Something Has To Happen at this point. It makes things harder, slower, ploddinger. (Is…

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Nanowrimo prep: the problem with names

Walked down to Tailrace Park, about twenty minutes walk away, to do some reading. Had a thought about names & secondary fantasy worlds. To make they’re believable and sound like they’re from the same culture, I like to find lists from actual times & places. Ideally, a list from a census or something. So you…

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Nano prep

I have two stories/ideas that I’m developing for Nano this year. One is a secondary world fantasy that has opening scenes (they’re from something I wrote years ago) and then some sort of vague ideas for later things & a general direction for the plot. This is good. It’s about where I want it to…

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Nanowrimo 2019

As November comes along again, I am thinking of doing a Nanowrimo Journal. Where I can put thoughts about preparing, grumble out uncooperative characters and, in November, record progress. So I’ll be posting things here (which is this blog, but that category).

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Blooming Tasmania Flower & Garden Festival 2019

So this is the Flower & Garden Festival at the Albert Hall. I don’t know why they call them festivals, they’d do better with show or something. Anyway, whatever you want to call it, it has… lots of flowers and displays about native flora ( Pterostylis pedunculata, a native orchid) and fauna (Wedge-tailed eagle). and…

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British Hotel Theatre, 1834-5

Launceston Advertiser, 5 June 1834 MUSIC AND DRAMA Launceston As far back as the thirties there was a “theatre” in an upper room of the British Hotel, Launceston, but of it no traces are left, and there were other similar places where barn-stormers and embryo tragedians fretted their hour. The Mercury, 12 September 1903 The…

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