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NaNoWriMoing away

nanowrimo-logoIt’s that time of the year again, well almost.
No, I am not talking about Halloween – that has been thematically influencing this blog for a while, now – but November, and with November, NaNoWriMo.
Will you take part in it?
Will you win it?
Just couldn’t care less?

In the past I have posted about my lack of interest for NaNoWriMo – I am too busy writing to pay the bills to go and do this sort of thing. And I admit I find the amateurs bragging about their success a little irritating.
The most interesting bit about NaNOWriMo to me is the chance – that I always miss – to buy a copy of Scrivener for Windows at a reduced price.
But this year I might.
No, not buy me Scrivener – I am penniless, for a change, and I’m doing fine with the free Linux version – but write a novel in one month. Continue reading

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crest_square-b23dbe8d9b80265765b27ccd9b5d4811I mentioned NaNoWriMo, in a previous post.
I will not be doing the NaNoWriMo – but this does not mean I do not respect and support the brave souls that give it a spin.
Way to go.

My suggestions:

  • get yourself a good writing software: I am partial to Scrivener that usually is available at a discount in this time of the year (you find a link in the sidebar)
  • get yourself the free and excellent WorkRave or a similar software that forces you to take pauses and do relaxation exercises
  • stock tea and biscuits or your comfort food of choice
  • tell naysayers to get lost

The reason I will not be doing the NaNoWriMo, now, is… Continue reading

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Halloween with the Baphomet

So, as you are reading this I am rushing to finish two jobs to hit the deadline, and then I’ll be gearing up for my NENaNoWriMo thing: writing a novella whose tag-line is “Like Dan Brown but lowbrow”.
A story about the secret of the Templar Knights, set here in Nizza Monferrato, jewel of Astigianistan, smack in the middle of the UNESCO Heritage site of the Langhe & Monferrato vineyards.


The Jewel of Astigianistan

To get in the mood (and to break away from a month spent writing eight hours a say, seven days a week) yesterday I took a long and pleasant trip to the town of Saliceto, once a Templar chapter house, now a cheerful and quiet country place. Continue reading

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Not Exactly NaNoWriMO

November is crawling nearer, and soon the blogs and socials will blossom with news about NaNoWriMo – people posting their wordcounts, their progresses, their pains and their triumphs.
It’s ok, I guess.
I never took part in NaNoWriMo, because when I was a serious university researcher (you are allowed to laugh), writing was a leisure activity and I liked to keep it like that. And now that I’m a penny-less out-of-work researcher trying to pay the mortgage and eat once a day with my writing, my writing is at NaNoWriMo levels (and beyond) already, and it’s been like that since May.


There’s one secondary, backburner-style project that has been on my mind in the last few weeks, and that will be my own personal Not Exactly NaNoWriMo for 2016. Continue reading