ROW Check in (Sunday 3rd August.)

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Hello all.

Just a quick check in for me. It’s slightly late too. I did try and check in yesterday (Sunday) but WordPress was being temperamental and not letting me upload photos for some reason. As I had already had a long day at work, I lost patience with it and in the end, I had to give up and go to bed.

It’s been a bit of a busy couple of weeks (explaining the lack of checking in.) I’ve been working a lot and I also had the dentist (I had to have a tooth out) so that also just made me feel a little sorry for myself.

It’s a new month for Novel Kicks. We turn five tomorrow. I can’t believe that it’s been five years. I do feel a little proud of that. The book club is reading Before I Die by Jenny Downham if anyone fancies joining in? It’s the book the film, Now is Good is based on.

Over to the goals…

31stMy novel (Camp Nano and 750 words.)

I finished Camp NanoWriMo with one day spare. Yey! My word count was just over 25,000 words. This also meant that I also completed the July challenge for 750 words. Very happy!


Photo Diary:

OK at taking one a day but rubbish at uploading. All up to date now though.


Day 29: July 29th. My lovely new Fairytale bag.

Reward Jar:

I completed my writing challenge and I put the money toward this fabulous bag. Now I am onto the August 750words challenge and already have £1.50 in the pot.


Non ROW blog posts:

My goal is one a week which I’ve managed over the last couple. This week just gone I reviewed One Million Lovely Letters by Jodi Ann Bickley and the previous week, I posted my ‘Books I’d Like To Read This Year,’ list.


Comment on three ROW blogs:

Will be done shortly. I’ve not done this last week as I didn’t get a chance to check in so I didn’t have a chance to comment either.



Cough. Um, I’ve fallen behind here but hoping to get back into the swing of exercising at least fifteen minutes a day but I’ve not been well and I can’t exercise when I am ill.


Hoping everyone has a good week. How has everyone done?



ROW Check in – Wednesday 23rd July.

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Hello everyone.

How is everyone doing? A quick check in for me. I didn’t check in on Sunday (I was at Kew Gardens seeing Bill Bailey. He was brilliant.) It’s been a bit of a lovely few days off. We went to the beach, saw Bill Bailey and went to see How To Train Your Dragon 2. I loved it ( I know I shouldn’t have. I’m in my 30’s.)  I was crying my eyes out. Anyone else seen it?

Things are going OK goals wise.

My novel/750 words/Camp NanoWriMo:

Things are on track. I am averaging about 812 words a day using 750 words and have managed to write something every day so I am still in the July challenge for 750 words plus I am on track to finish Camp Nanowrimo on time. I do need to sit down and do an updated plan taking into account the advice I got at the RNA conference. I don’t think I am going to get anything into the RNA NWS reader which is annoying but hoping next year.

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My Thoughts on the RNA Conference 2014.

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I am a little slow in writing about the RNA conference but I wanted to write a few words about it. The Romantic Novelists’ Association’s annual conference was held at the Harper Adams University in Telford. As it was my first conference, I was both excited and nervous as I made my way up the M6, wondering what the weekend had in store for me. I didn’t have a good drive up (it felt as though everyone in Britain had decided to go in the same direction,) and so I missed the first session I had booked in for (which was a shame as it was a talk by Talli Roland about self-publishing.)

Waiting for the conference to begin

Waiting for the conference to begin

When I eventually made it to Telford, found my room (I didn’t do the Uni thing and so being in Uni accommodation was a new experience,) and got to where I needed to be, I was just in time for the official start to the weekend. Pia Fenton, the RNA Chair welcomed us all and then we went through all of the celebration announcements. It was so nice and inspiring to hear so many achievements – people getting agents, published etc. It was a great tone in which to kick the weekend off. After this was done, I went along to a talk hosted by Lucy and Vicki from Harlequin. It was interesting to hear about all of their imprints and the kind of thing they were looking for in a book – advice I will certainly be keeping in mind. Continue reading »

A Round of Words in 80 Days.. Ready, Get Set, Go!

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A Round of Words: Round Three – Check in one…

It’s all ready 7th July which means a new round of A Round Of Words in 80 days. My attempts to take part in previous rounds this year haven’t gone so well so I am determined that this round will be better.

It’s been a busy year with Novel Kicks so far. I’ve also been putting off writing. I know I am being a scaredy cat when it comes to writing my novel. I am worried it’s going to be rubbish and so this is a huge problem when it comes to actually writing. So, this round is all about getting enough of the book written to send to the RNA in August.

I am going to the RNA conference next weekend and I am incredibly nervous not only because it’s my first one but I have sent my first chapter off to be critiqued by three editors who I will then have the opportunity to have a one to one with. This is the first time (other than the RNA reader) that I have sent my work out into the world and I feel strangely protective of both it and my ego. I am not sure what they are going to say.

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A Late Check in (Sunday 16th February.)

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Better late than never…..

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I am a little late checking in for the 16th February. I’ve been working this week and the check in just slipped my mind with everything that was going on. I got home and just collapsed into bed.

The boy and I celebrated Valentines Day early (as both of us were working on 14th February.) After some lunch, we managed to catch a showing of Anchorman 2. I loved the first one and was worried that this one was going to ruin it but I was excited to see it all at the same time. Nothing will ever top the first one but this one was a good laugh and fun to watch..

Goals wise, it’s not been too bad. Helen has been great. Texts have been going backwards and forwards from ‘our novels.’ A fun way of kicking each other into doing something. I have also set myself a mini NaNo challenge to write 18,000 words by the end of February. I am about 5,000 words in. I do seem to work better when I have daily goals.

I am on track to complete the 750 words February challenge. My reward jar is sitting at just over £4. I am visiting my in laws soon and there is a shop called Blott (there isn’t one near me,) and I want to get myself something nice in there.  I keep forgetting to Continue reading »