Pulling out the stops


Though apparently this is a harmonium...

So the dreaded month of November appears like a yawning chasm on the horizon, threatening to devour all my creativity and imagination. Yes it’s that time again. NaNoWriMo is almost here. Every year I tell myself, I’m not doing this next year, but I always do. After all 50,000 words in 30 days isn’t so bad, is it? I’ve done more than that in three weeks before now. Mind you, I wasn’t too well afterwards. But it was a good story!

But for those who don’t know, there is also another calendar entry of note for my family in November – that’s right, it’s the IPMS Scale ModelWorld, at Telford International Centre, Telford, Shropshire. No, I don’t make plastic model kits, and I neither exhibit nor purchase. Though I do usually help lug boxes from the car and into the exhibition rooms. On one occasion I even dropped one of said boxes and ‘let’ (his word) several precious models fall into a puddle and smash.


But I know a man who does, the love of my love, obviously. For him it’s like Christmas Day and the first day of the school summer holidays all rolled into one. Yawn.

But while he’s off discussing scales and scratch-building and the real fifty shades of (battleship) grey, I will have TIME.

To do what? I hear you chorus.

Well, as I’ve already said, there’s No-No-WriMo! So that’s me with my 1600-word quota to achieve every day, including Telford days (6-8th November), which means carrying my notebook everywhere I go (as if I don’t anyway), but I’ve also – a year behind schedule – finished writing the first draft of my WIP and I will begin revising that on this auspicious occasion. Because basically I’ve got three days to sit and do nothing apart from eavesdropping as many different languages as I can, or eating cake and spending money at the shopping centre in Telford. These little gaps in time are perfect for cracking on with work without too many of the usual distractions we have at home. I know I can really knuckle down and concentrate.

Checkmate is the name of the WIP and will – by hook or by crook – be available from February 1st 2016, which was once a comfortable distant deadline, but now seems perilously close…

So that’s my November all sewn up – with of course the usual fascinating round of editing and proofreading for my clients in my ‘day job’. It promises to be satisfying, exhausting and at times stressful, no doubt there will be tears and panic and laughter and that wonderful ‘why don’t I do this all the time–this is really ME!’ sensation–and I’m very excited.

Plus I’m going shopping…

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