Firstly, you will no doubt be thrilled to know, I am back to blogging from my own i-pad! Through a cunning,and yet at the same time really obvious, realisation I have reverted to using Weebly Classic! I didn't realise there was a Weebly Classic, to be fair, but there is and it was found and has now replaced the so-called 'new and improved' Weebly app (which does not work on my i-pad) allowing me to carry on blogging as I did before the 'iOS 8.2 Updategate' debacle.
(Incidentally, Apple are now trying to get me to update to iOS 8.something else - ha! Not a snowball's hope on an equatorial holiday, my multi-trillion dollar fair-weather friend. Some sceptics might say it is Apple's ploy to get folks to update their WHOLE i-pad to the tune of several hundred pounds just to ease the frustrations when everything goes pear-shaped and the old i-pad models cough and splutter and screech, 'I can't do THAT!'. Well, Mr Apple, the roofers got there first. No cash, no new i-pad whatever it is now splash...okay??)💷
Cor! That was a bit ranty, wasn't it? And breathe...
...and onto the proper news of the day. In 2009, some of you may remember, I participated in NaNoWriMo. NaNoWriMo stands for 'National Novel Writing Month' and it takes place in November. It is an excellent way of staving off Seasonal Affected Disorder (getting grim when the nights draw in) because basically you try and write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days and it scares the beejeezus out of you and doesn't give you time to think, 'Oh no, it is sooo dark - I can feel my serotonin levels draining away with each dismal, light lacking day that passes.'🌅
I do suffer a bit with S.A.D. But I think it is some latent desire to hibernate trying to take over my life. After all, I can actually trace evidence of the Large Grizzly in my genetic make up. I was born with bare feet! (Boom, boom!!)
Where was I? Ah yes...NaNoWriMo. I was successful in my 2009 attempt. It produced 'Poulet Nous - The Race to Save Much Malarkey Manor.' It had chickens in it. Who'd have thought, eh? It was very silly but was enjoyed by at least 4 people that I know of, and that is what counts. Never mind the cash value - feel the love! 💕
I was going to do NaNoWriMo last year but failed at the eleventh hour to come up with an idea, or at least an idea that didn't involve chickens. And hence you were treated to the Christmas Story marathon in December. But the day before yesterday, whilst in the shower🚿 (probably too much information) I had a 'what if' thought that was triggered by something I heard on Radio 4 during the day. And I thought, 'I must jot that down or I'll forget it,' and then I went to bed without jotting it down and promptly forgot it.💭
But I remembered it at 4.47 a.m and wrote it down along with 500 or so words of other stuff that suddenly arrived in my writing brain without warning and I didn't want to forget those, because at 4.47 a.m they sounded jolly good. (I would like to say here that let it be said I always learn from my mistakes, but I don't so I shan't.)🙍
So I grabbed the bull by the horns (cliche of the day) and logged into my account to set off on the NaNoWriMo journey 2014. I discovered my profile information was very out of date and there were 131 emails waiting for me. Nothing that a quick spot o' delete 'n' edit couldn't put right. And now I am sort of ready to go-ish. Sort of. 🙏📇
Andy has assured me my novel writing effort can be linked to the Much Malarkey Manor website so you can read along as I go if you feel so inclined. Might save you a few quid by not buying any reading material in November, perhaps? You have to bear in mind, though, that it will be a first and (very) rough draft because that is the purpose of NaNoWriMo - getting the bones of a novel down in a short space of time. No editing, no titivating, no faffing.
Otherwise, all is well. Even Primrose and Camilla are beginning to quite like each other. They shared a fat ball yesterday. And that's a pretty good indicator of a growing friendship, if you ask me.🐔