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Friday, 20 September 2013

Kittens & Writing don't mix...

10 Reasons why Kittens and Writing don't mix....

1. They meow for dinner every other hour (well this one does)
2. They nonchalantly trample your keyboard or jump on it when you're not expecting itttttttxxxxxxxxxxxx ________________ ffffffffffdkxkvoapvvvvvvv
3. They draw you, by some kind of osmosis, into playing with them instead of working
4. They lie on your arms (and look so comfy) that you don't want to move them to write 
5. You're too busy taking too many cutesy pictures to fart about with wordplay
6. They climb up the Yukka repeatedly, so that you have to get up & pull them down again and uselessly tell them NO for the umpteenth time before cuddling them and playing some more
7. They think that fingers moving up and down a keyboard is an interesting game
8. They scrabble up your legs, leaving tiny pinholes, at those vital creative moments...
9. They sleep on your warm humming laptop when you leave the room
10. They make you too aware that life really ought only to involve: eating, shitting, playing & sleeping. On repeat

26th instalment of ABNORMAL below!

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Tuesday, 17 September 2013

A Little Distraction...

This has absolutely nothing to do with Abnormal...

Just wanted you to see what I'm up against now!

This is Mogli helping with the hoovering.

Hope everyone is well!

Hoping to post next instalment by Friday :)


Wednesday, 4 September 2013

ABNORMAL - One Year On


I’ve been writing ABNORMAL for over a year now... and I thought I’d ask myself (& you guys):

How’s it going? Where’s it going? When might all this mayhem end?


From my point of view the project hasn’t gone too badly – so far, at least! The actual shape of the story has turned out better than I’d hoped, with some unexpected plot elements taking (even) me by surprise.

But what do you think?!

The pressure of ensuring that a decently-dressed piece of narrative is ready, and posted roughly every fortnight, has been much harder to cope with. It’s meant me striving to get slightly ahead when other commitments (or irresponsibly-taken holidays) have poked their noses in, and/or rushing like buggery to catch up when I’ve failed to do this in advance. All whilst paying close allegiance to quality. This means a constant shortage of time, whatever the circumstances. Which means not enough publicising of ABNORMAL which, in turn, means I simply haven’t got the word out far enough.

But I’m still glad to have done it. It’s an ongoing experience, a challenge and an eye-opener. It’s been nice not to have to write in isolation, for a change, it’s been sociable. It’s been good to have regular feedback and support, which I’ve really appreciated.

Where to & When?

If ABNORMAL was destined to be a full length contemporary novel (which was kind of, roughly, my intention) then I’d be aiming to write about 100,000 words.

This would mean that, at this point in time, I’m about halfway through. Yes, that’s all! Even after a whole year of attentive dedication...  But this actually seems realistic to me because it normally takes me at least two years to write a book. I'm therefore roughly on target.

However, I’m not sure that ABNORMAL is completely normal. Or whether it really ought to be.

It may break some rules. It doesn’t have to play the game. It can do what it likes. Don’t you think?

In reality it’s likely to be shorter than a traditional 100K word book. In January 2013 I calculated that I had enough plot (& this is a very rough estimate because it flexes as it goes) for about 70,000 words. Now, it may be slightly more than that but I haven’t had time to properly tally up. So, who knows?

I guess it will have to remain a surprise.

But please tell me what YOU think / expect / would like?

Just tell me anything J

Oh yes, and before I forget! I made a couple of changes to the bits about Rainbow's mother in the last instalment. Please therefore re-read the sections (I think there are only 2) that mention her. Apologies for the subtle changes (barely noticeable, to be honest.) But a slight cock-up that had to be corrected J

25th instalment of ABNORMAL below!

Or read the whole novel to date:



p.s.  New (rehashed) article on the wonderful wikiwormmagazine website: here