Seriously?? Two years later. Bugger.

Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana ~ variously attributed to Groucho Marx, Spike Milligan or Terry Wogan.

I left this blog for another last year, but have since closed that interloper down. Four days into @NaNoWriMo for this year of 2019, and I realised I might just refresh this old blog, for just in case.

NaNoWriMo-2019NaNoWriMo Update: 14,000 words in. Not bad considering I couldn’t write much at all over the weekend. I was away at an all weekend softball state tournament, in high heat and humidity. I took the Ipad with the intentions to write, safe away from random softballs under the shade of trees, but even then, the heat sapped the battery up within less than an hour. First world problems, or NaNo excuses ahoy. It just meant I had a lot of word count to make up for over the last two days.

I began NaNoíng in 2009, in Great Britain at the time. I’ve since moved into a pen name email address, and with the complete new site design for NaNoWriMo this year, most of the historical data has gone missing on the many years I’ve completed the challenge, but it’s kind of invigorating to be looking back at it ten years on.

The Sydney municipal group is interesting this year. The new forum designs aren’t easy to navigate, with no connected messages with replies. It’s hard to tell what’s going on. Sydney also has a group on discourse, a page on the NaNo site, and a facebook (and probably twitter I suspect). Different local Sydneysiders are all chatting in different areas. I can’t even find/remember if I published my own introductory post anywhere this time. But what is good is to see that a lot of new people have joined up to write this year.

Because of the new site, there are no real progress badges, wordcounters or even headers to boast with this year. I”m tracking progress on a simple google spreadsheet, and another created in a productivity app, Notion, but everything feels very different this year from the last.

Ten years down the line, I am pleased to find that I can still sit and type for 5000 words per day without soreness, or losing my eyesight. That’s half of what I was capable of ten years ago, where I could add 10,000k wordcounts per day. But it’s still a good effort.

And I’m pleased with what I’ve written so far. It’s actual new words and story. Not the procrastinational aspects of world-building I thought I’d first get into.

Another similarity which is special is my writing companion. This year I have three dogs who accompany my writing, in various forms of relaxation. But one of them is Simon, my sheepdog. He is now twelve, and in great health for an Old English in his last golden years. We are told each year by his vet that this year might be his last, but he’s still here writing with me through NaNo. He was two, and a puppy still when we started all this back in Britain in 2009. There it was high Autumn, here it’s high Spring, but in both cases Simon is stretched out asleep in a sunny patch through the doors, probably wondering at this point when he’s going to get fed.

He’s right. It is time he was fed.

More Resources for Using Tarot for Writing

Very early this year I published a large post on using tarot for writing inspiration. Since then, the post has made some headway around the tarot community in general. Here are some additional resources as an update to the original post, found here.

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Character (and Plot) Arc Resources

I’m looking for some kind of charting software which would help me to make character arcs which actually look like arcs. At this point, there seems no such thing, but in the process I found some interesting resources worth bookmarking which are shared below.

These are for writers in developing characters (and the plot points and structure necessary for that development).

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Writing Against the Odds – Facing Reality and Writing Past It

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So, we all agree. We write, because we love to write. But is love enough to feed us alone?

Possibly, for all the writers who write despite everything, who write for themselves alone,who journal or write that one book they had in them, and don’t worry about anything to do with eating, or success, or accolades.

And for the rest of us – despite the dismal odds, we continue.

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Love forensics. Interesting post.

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Forensic Analysis: Mugs, hair and other samples

From Bones to CSI, these TV series have fed our curiosity and interest in forensic science. We are absorbed and intrigued by how criminal investigations get solved, the science, rationale and the workings of great minds to solve these puzzling murders.

These TV series regularly show forensic experts searching crime scenes, inch by inch, deeply absorbed into their task of trying to pick up that tiny piece of forensic evidence that could be key to solving the crime in question. Here is some interesting information you might enjoy reading about various samples and how they are collected.

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The omnipresent hair

The single hair always elicits a sigh of relief. We seem to believe that hairs provide incontrovertible evidence in court, the DNA profile extraction is always successful with such a sample. But hairs are actually a very particular sample because they do not…

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