The joy of research

As Weaving Words is winding down – I got another 900 words written yesterday, so there’s max 2k to go – I started looking properly at Fracture, my NaNoWriMo attempt.

I wrote about 300 words on it last week, to try to get a feel of what Thalia would be like and found out she’s fairly noir. Bit of a surprise, LOL I’ve also started research. I know that you’re supposed to do all your research before hand, but I’m a ‘planster’ or whatever the corruption of plotter and panster is. I plot loosely then discover the real detail when I write, hence I can’t really research. I’m already at a ‘hunt through books and Google’ point, but I have to be careful not to get sidetracked as I’m an information magpie.

Last week I found a study by the University of Liverpool that women with shorter forefingers than ring fingers are somewhat less likely to get breast cancer at a young age. GPs are expected to start using it as a diagnostic technique in the future. Interesting, and comforting, as I stared at my shorter finger…but not helpful with looking for close combat fighting. (See how I can be sidetracked?)

Then I fall into the fanfic trap, which always has the gravitational pull of a black hole for me.

Yesterday, I was on the hunt for evil spirits. I stayed on target for a change. I think I found enough to move onto the end of the scene and create Thalia’s background as a fraudulent psychic investigator.

And now the hobbits are killing each other upstairs. I’ll get them dressed and as The Ent is off today, he’s taking them to the park. Hopefully, I’ll get some writing done when the house is quiet for an hour.

Sven says sweat

Sven says Sweat!!

I signed up for the Seventy Days of Sweat Writing Challenge. You can find it here

Basically, I want to finish and sub around 6 stories. 5 are started and one is a teeny tiny sparkle in my eye. The list is, in likely order:

Weaving Words
Satin Spar
The Honourable Lady
Unnamed psi romance ~ yes this is the sparkle one…
Bone Magician

If I get 4 done of that lot I’ll be a very happy camper. It doesn’t help that on the very day I start, Frodo has gone down with something, LOL Though I have 23 days of skiving off built into the challenge. *phew*

Off to the big smoke

We have a christening to go to in London on Saturday… and since us going anywhere is like a military operation, I’m starting today.

The hobbits are wearing the clothes they had for the wedding in July, so I’ve washed them this morning. I had to hunt for Frodo’s tie and Samwise’s Doctor Who boots were hiding in an old shoe box, in a bag under the stairs. I had to wash the laces, LOL

So they should be dry later and I have to do the trying on to see if stuff still fits Frodo, as he’s sprouting like weed. Samwise needs his trousers taken up. He does not sprout. We also need new batteries for their essential sonic screwdrivers.

Now I have to think about putting away 5 baskets of washing.

In between this, I’m trying to write a 10-12k story… without a title as yet… while I’m stuck on Weaving Words.

Oh, and here’s a picture of Samwise in his classic pose. He’s the Doctor to Frodo’s Master *grin*

Samwise and his screwdriver