alicia_h: (Nell (redhead))
I have a few ideas brewing for the long fic for the writerverse Phase 5 Table of Doom challenge. The prompts I thought I wanted to use straight away were "diary" and "Blitz" with "mystery" and "lies" following close behind.

Now I have begun to write a character's diary but rather than being the diary of someone who might be about to witness the Blitz, it's the diary of Nell, my main character from my Nanowrimo novel from around 1954/5. I might also write diary for members of Nell's family during the 1940s. That might give me a chance to revisit Erica, the flyer stuck on the Channel Islands during last year's Nanowrimo, as, at the point where I've started her diary, Nell has just met Erica's sister and presumes she is going to find out all about her mother and her mother's family.

Rough possible beginning - Nell's diary )
alicia_h: (Default)
The word count goal is 10,000 words spread over however many stories written from the 25 prompts. There are bonus points for writing one 10,000 word story so I'm giving that a go as well as any shorter pieces inspired by the prompts.

List Beta Prompts )

alicia_h: (Lighthouse)
Inspired by this list at [community profile] stayintheroom and [ profile] writerverse's Quick Fic prompt "Automated Romance" and very much encouraged by [personal profile] wytchcroft. <3

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alicia_h: (Water)
frock )
engineer )
luggage )
throne )
clockwork )
singing )
insides )

I may well combine the prompt list above with one or two of this week's Quick Fic prompts at [ profile] writerverse (Automated Romance seems especially suited!):
writerverse prompts )
alicia_h: (1940s)
I think I'm beginning to climb out of my post-nanowrimo writing slump. This is definitely due to a new phase starting over at [ profile] writerverse and therefore brand new challenges to sink my teeth into. So far there's the first "Weekly Quick Fic" and the return of "the Table of Doom".

The "Table" is actually four lists of 25 prompts this time round and you choose one of those lists to try and complete. I've picked a list which has among its prompts "style: diary", "genre: mystery", "lies" and "event: The Blitz", so there's plenty for me to go at even out of just that lot. The main goal for this challenge is to write as many stories from the 25 prompts that it takes to add up to 10,000 words. One of things you can get bonus points for is writing one story that's 10,000 words. I'm thinking of challenging myself to that. 10K over three months seems a lot less daunting than nano's 50K in a month, but then there's all the research, planning and editing to do over the three months for this one as well.

I'm also on the lookout for prompts from other places as well. There's one from [community profile] stayintheroom that I've had my eye on for a while:
It's a list of words that have me thinking 'steampunk' every time I read through! )

There's also plenty of the start with/end with prompts at the same comm that I'd like to try my hand at as well. Hopefully I'll be able to make some brain storming and planning posts once I've finished sorting out my room. (I've just finished moving all my stuff over so it is a lot of sorting out!)
alicia_h: (Rosemary Hope)
Blimey, where did the last month go? Where did the last year go?

On the other hand, I've just won nanowrimo for the first time. I think I need to sleep for about a month now.
alicia_h: (Writing)
So that's my rent paid up, soon-to-be-ex-housemate's rude comment ignored and my Mum sorted for coming up to help me finish organising and shifting stuff on Sunday and Monday. Now I just need to get something nice for dinner and crank out 11,000 words at some point over the next 30 hours.

Crikey, it suddenly feels like an awful lot of words.
alicia_h: (Nell (blonde))
38,549 words and two days to go. Can I do it? I'd like to think I can. I've still got my old room to finish clearing out (I've moved to my landlord's other house, yay!) but if I try and get that all done tomorrow then I suppose I have all of Friday to be a wordcount zombie.

I can tell there's loads more of this novel left so it's just a matter of finding time to sit down and get nearly 12,000 words of it down over the course of two days. I'm only up to January 1965 of a story that was going to go up to somewhere between 1967 and 1973. Then end of what I'm going to call 'Part 1' is approaching and it looks like it's going to involve Ian and Nell deciding to get together and get married and the band releases it's first single. I've had that in note form at the end of my document for a week or more now, so that's the point I'm going to aim for.

And then maybe I can start writing 'Part 2' at some point in December. It's quite addictive this writing lark, isn't it? :-)
alicia_h: (Default)
Title: The Carnival is Over
Word Count: 2421
Rating: PG
Original/Fandom: Original
Pairings (if applicable): Steven and Nell friendship
Warnings (Non-Con/Dub-Con/etc): none
Excerpt or Link to:

Extract taken from between this extract and this extract

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alicia_h: (Nell the fiddler)
Title: The Carnival is Over
Rating: PG
Original/Fandom: Original
Word Count: 1678
Pairings (if any): none
Warnings (Non-Con/Dub-Con/etc): none
Summary: Nell finds a book of folk ballads that sparks off her creativity.

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alicia_h: (Nell (blonde))
Title: The Carnival is Over
Rating: PG
Original/Fandom: Original
Word Count: 2173
Pairings (if any): Nell/Michael
Warnings (Non-Con/Dub-Con/etc): none
Summary: Nell and Michael, the morning after going to the pub after leaving the folk club and ending up in bed together.

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alicia_h: (Rosemary Hope)
Title: The Carnival is Over
Rating: PG
Original/Fandom: Original
Word Count: 727
Pairings (if any): Steven/Mary Anne
Warnings (Non-Con/Dub-Con/etc): none
Summary: Nell, Steven and Mary Anne decide to visit one of Nell's regular folk clubs.

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alicia_h: (Rosemary Hope)
Well, I've done 412 words since I started typing not long ago while listening to Marianne Faithfull's first album (well, one of them!). I've not really had that much time to sit down and type today until just now but I've got a couple of hours before midnight to catch up to somewhere between 1667 and 2692. I am relieved to say that the larger number, which is what I actually need to aim for each day to catch up by the end of the month, has gone down from about 3200 over the past several days thanks to me getting down 6000-ish words in about three days. Therefore I'm confident about at least being able to hit my lower target tonight. :-)

I rang up about two one bedroom houses/flats this morning. The first one (the oooh! it's red! one from the other day) has been let unfortunately. The second one has someone who might be putting in an application for it but the lady was still booking viewings in, so I have one for Thursday afternoon.

I had a coffee and lunch with my Mum before getting three books from Waterstones, two with a £20 gift card Mum got from her friends and passed on to me and the third out of the money my Nan on my stepmum's side gave me as a late birthday present. One of the Waterstones books was my second John Green book "An Abundance of Katherines". I finished "Looking for Alaska" tonight after getting home from town but I'm saving "Katherines" until December. I've made a start on "Northern Sky" by Mark Radcliffe, which is centred around a group of friends and a folk club, and after that I want to read "Georgy Girl" by Margaret Forster.
alicia_h: (Pilot)
An extract from "The Carnival is Over" at precisely the point where I decided to go ahead with linking Nell to Erica, the female flyer from my previous Nanowrimo novel. I remembered I needed to get an extract up from a mandatory check-in challenge over at writerverse.

This is taken from a much longer day in the novel (a day I am still writing) but the section here is relatively self contained.

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My word count is a little on the low side today but that's all right. I've had a rough time of it lately and have come over to my Mum's for the weekend to talk over the troubles I've having and also to get away from my nightmare housemate for a bit. I had a cheering up last night seeing the folk band Jack's Rake, which has one of my old teachers and used to have another one in who has left recently to concentrate on his family. Last night another one of my teachers - my old form tutor no less! - doing the sound. I did not recognise him at first and felt bad about that until Mum admitted over dinner that she hadn't recognised him at all, and then I felt a little less bad!

I've been up to my dad's house today to talk about things with him and my stepmum. They agree that the important thing is to find somewhere that I can afford as soon as I can. If it's unfurnished, they'll help me furnish it. The important thing is getting out of the situation I'm in.

That's all for now. I'm going to take advantage of being sleepy before midnight and take tomorrow as it comes. I have two phone calls to make about one bedroom houses. Then it's coffee and a book as a reward.
alicia_h: (Erica)
In tonight's writing I've made (or revealed that) my main character Nell is the daughter of the main character(s) of my nanowrimo novel last year. I had been considering this for a while and I suppose that's why I left Nell's background vague this time round. It means a bit of jumbling round of dates in what I've written so far but that isn't really a problem. I just have to remember that Nell is 23ish in 1964 rather than 18/19ish. She herself was quite self-concious of acting like a teacher towards her housemate/bandmate Steven's 18 year old pregnant Scottish girlfriend so Nell actually being several years older is not out of the question.

I am amused by how Nell's back story (which wavers between vaguely and more specifically connected to the other novel's characters) has just completely ploughed straight through the middle of the scene I was intending to write. I've both excused it and steered back to the actual scene by saying that the three of them have been deep in thought while drinking tea and chomping biscuits. Adding this aspect to Nell's back story also helps shape her views on adoption a lot more three dimensionally. She knows that it can be a good thing because she's had a settled life with her 'Auntie' Lydia but she has also been left with a lot of questions about her parents. Nell is worried that Steven is going to end up marrying too young (he's probably about 19 or 20) but she can't bear to think of him, his girlfriend, Mary Anne, and their child spending the rest of their lives being tortured with questions similar to those she had growing up.

I'm definitely looking forward to seeing how this aspect of Nell's character and the novel develops, though I'm also curious about how it will affect my perceptions of last year's novel when I pick it up again to finish the first draft. I love the surprises and challenges that nanowrimo writing throws my way. :-)
alicia_h: (Lighthouse)
It's been a bit of a non-sleep sort of night from a combination of stressful thoughts that make me want to cry and reading a fair chunk of "Looking for Alaska" by John Green which does actually make me cry.

Therefore I've been doing a bit of digital flat/cottage hunting, mostly around the Holmfirth-y sort of area. I do fail a bit in that I've fallen in love with the kitchen of one place, the bathroom and bedroom of another and then been swayed by another because it has red carpet in its combined kitchen lounge and up the stairs. Yes, the thought "Oooh, it's red!" really does factor hugely into my house wantage, it seems.

Another phrase that unexpectedly made me swoon just now was: "The cellar has been tanked out and with a laminate floor makes an ideal stone vaulted study."

Never have I wished real life could be like the Sims more than now. I could have my perfect house in less than three hours. :-)
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So, Nano marches on. As of tonight the on par word count is 20,000 and my own word count is just under half that at 9,881. I'm happy though as 600-800 word days are much better than zero word days. I've only had one zero word day but that was the first Tuesday of nano and my night was spent gaming rather than scribbling. This Tuesday, I'll try to get myself out into town early in the day and spend as many hours scribbling (all right typing) as possible and see if I can get a little closer to catching up.

The Coffee Evolution write-ins in Huddersfield work well for getting my words down and a lot of the time make me able to carry the motivation home and write at least the same amount again. That's not always possible with one of my housemates thinking he can be downright rude and intimating towards me and speak to me the way he talks to his kitten, who he smacks and tells to disappear. His attitude is making this house a really bad environment to live in.

I'm trying to keep my head up and focus on the nice things here, like the size of my room and the wall of slightly wonky mirrors at one end of it, and I love my other two housemates. My only quick option for moving at the moment is to one of my current landlord's other houses but the only room he's got at the moment is smaller than the one I'm in (about the same size as the one I had in this house before which got messy far too easily) and it's a wonky shape because of a chimney breast and fire place. It would be a lovely room though, if I was not a chronic hoarder and therefore did not have a ton of books, CDs and LPs to try and figure out how to fit in there.

This other house is also way over the other side of town, which would lead to changing doctors (and not in a regenerating sense unfortunately!). Considering my current doctor has just put me on antidepressants, going to another doctor right now is not ideal.

On the other hand, if I did move there and got all the things I'm worried about sorting sorted, I would be living opposite and abandoned pub. Depending on how long I stayed there I might be telling a ghost story for my next nano! ;-)
alicia_h: Bob Dylan (Bob Dylan)
I seem to be back on track with Nanowrimo writing now. On Thursday I got 2100 words done and in a writing session concluded just now I wrote about 800 words in the hour just before midnight and 600 more words in the 50 minutes that have passed since midnight.

Tonight's writing has dealt with the Malcolm Green scene that I included in one of my extracts. I now have a beginning to the scene and then I've got a conversation between the band (mostly an argument between Nell and a band member called Steven, which from Nell's thoughts and reactions seems to happen on a regular basis) after Malcolm has stalked off leaving them all in a bit of a tizz about what this actually means for them.

On the whole I'm really enjoying it right now. :-)


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