Monday, 25 January 2016

Cake and the A to Z Challenge 2016

How is it Monday again already? Does anyone else feel like someone sets the clocks to run extra fast on a weekend, then slows them right down again for Monday?


Anyway, this weekend the Engineer and I went into the city on Saturday - he bought a load of stuff for trip to Sweden for the WRC in February, and I treated myself to some decent make-up (hello MAC, where have you been all my life??). We went out for lunch, and then we headed home before going to see The Hateful Eight on Saturday night. It was so lovely to spend time with the Engineer that's more than a few hours at night - it felt like we were in uni again with all the time in the world!


On Sunday though, the Engineer once again abandoned me for his cars. I didn't mind though - I used the time to break through the 30,000 word mark on my current WIP. For some reason, this number gives me great satisfaction - it's like it's starting to become an actual novel instead of just a random collection of scenes (which if I'm honest, that's actually all it is right now) - it feels like the book is finally starting to have a shape. This is the first full length novel I'm trying to write without an outline. I have loads of ideas for scenes and chapters, and how they'll vaguely fit together, but I have no detailed synopsis. Which in a way is great, but equally, I do occasionally find myself wondering how all these loose ends are going to tie up.

So to celebrate, I made some buns. I'd post a photo, but I deliberately didn't decorate them very well because I was too eager to start eating. But yeah, that's basically my reward for any time I accomplish something to do with writing - I eat cake :).

In other news, the A to Z Challenge 2016 sign up list is now live! If you'd like to find out more about this awesome challenge, you can find out more on their website here. I took part last year, and I'm definitely signing up again this year. I've already got a possible theme, but I'll let it germinate for a bit, before deciding whether or not to commit to it.

So that's it for today! I'm going to leave you with this wonderful quote my boss sent me over the weekend. Even though it doesn't really have anything to do with writing, I love love love it!


What do you do to celebrate when you reach a goal in your writing? What did you get up to this weekend? Are you participating in the A to Z Challenge this year?

14 comments:

  1. I love it when I get to the 30,000 word mark, because as you said it's that much closer to being a novel. Congrats on that word count!

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    1. Thanks, Chrys :)! Here's to the next 30,000 ;)

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  2. Good luck on your WIP! I can't imagine going without an outline, but 30K is a great place to be without one. :)

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    1. Thanks, David! I don't know how much longer I can go without one, but we'll see!

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  3. Glad you saw Hateful Eight. And got in a lot of writing time the next day.
    A to Z Challenge signups are rocking right now.

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    1. Loved that film, but then again, I am a huge Tarantino fan! I've signed up! SO excited!

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  4. I'm almost to the 30,000 word mark!!! I'm going to make a point of celebrating. My book will only be 40,000 words...I'm not even sure if they're going to buy it, but I'm working on it anyway.

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  5. Great work, Rachel. It sounds like life is balanced at the moment. May it forever continue! Have a great 'slow' weekend :)Wouldn't it be fantastic if we could cancel Mondays? :):)

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    1. Thanks, Nicola! Oh man, working on Mondays should totally be illegal...I hate them!

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  6. Whenever I finish a story (and I have money), I buy a notebook. A proper one. With a pretty cover and good quality paper. :-D

    Well done on reaching 30k!

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    1. Ooh, that's a great idea, might have to do that next time! Thanks, Misha :)!

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  7. Yep, I have a sweet tooth too. Cake, or tart is my go-to as well. Congratulations on reaching the 30 000 word mark. You go girl! You enjoy writing the story you want, the way you want.

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