Lunacy, a poorly PC and a book signing event

Published on Sunday 8th May 2011 by DJ Kirkby

I thought you might like an update on where I am so far with the May – You Write Your Novel lunacy writing challenge.  Much to my disgust, my PC has died and I am having to cope with my little Samsung netbook until we get word on whether the PC is repairable or not. The same thing happened on the first day of NaNoWriMo last year. A PC that doesn’t like writing challenges? It could only happen to me!

The first draft of novel number two – Love and Other Lies is finished and it has gone to a beta reader for comment. In a few months time I plan on starting to edit it into a more presentable manuscript.

I am now working on both my nonfiction book – Butterfly Babies and novel three – Tom and Audrey. I am only 2000 words into novel three and Tom has already gone and got himself into trouble, only no one but him (and you) knows it yet…

You can keep track of my word count here, here, or here if you are so inclined.

I will be emerging from my writing bubble on the 14th May to sign copies of Without Alice at Waterstone’s Winchester (High Street store) from 1pm so please do come in and say hello.

18 comments so far

  • It sounds to me as if you are doing amazingly well in your writing despite the hindrances with the PC! Good for you.

    Pity I’m not closer but best of luck with the book signing – I’m sure it will be a fab day.

    Keep up the good work and catch you soon.

    warm wishes

    • Thank you. I am not very amused by the PC fail that’s for sure. The netbook is good for travelling but not so great for whizzing back and forth on MS pages and social networking.

  • You really are a whirlwind of industry! I love following all that you do and can’t wait to read some more of your stuff. I’m wondering if you’re finding a difference writing novel 3 — easier, harder, just different? xo

    • Thanks. It’s always nice to see a comment from you on here. I*am* finding writing novel 3 different, how did you know? It is easier, in a way, because I have a defined writing style now but hard because I don’t know the characters all that well yet.

    • The broken PC is a real hassle but mostly because I don’t like a change in my routine though. I am nervous about the signing, it is so awful when no one comes to say hello and you sit there like a numpty. I make myself go and talk to people, then worry they will think I am stalking them.

  • Best of luck with the signing. I wish I lived closer. Fingers crossed for your computer and good on you for persevering even when it seems the Gods of writing challenges are against you!

    • Thank you. Not sure if I can accept credit for perseverance though as writing is a compulsion for me so I’m not sure I could stop even if I decided that I wanted to.

    • I can’t always keep up with it. After a fretful and anxious night I found myself far too tired to get up at 5am this morning. Sometimes life gets in the way of writing but hopefully I will have a better night tonight and make up for the missed writing over the week.

    • Thank you. I try to fit it all in as best I can around family and full time work because I know that if I am going to make it as an author I have to do more than just produce well written novels.

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