Just call me Hyacinth

APRIL is the cruellest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land, mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain. (T.S. Eliot — The Waste Land) For the first time in my life I’ve actually planted something. I keep running out to the garden to see if the …

Dear Diary

Normally, I love the start of a new year as it provides me with the opportunity to indulge in my passion (OK, addiction) for fine stationary products.Armed with no less than half a dozen journals, diaries and notebooks of varying sizes and textures, I enjoy spending the winter evenings sprawled …

Public vs Private Persona

The concept of dual personas is one I’ve always found interesting. Recently, with publishing, I’ve had a chance to experience my own transition from private to public author. Take for example the process of writing, which is ordinarily a solitary affair. I like to prepare myself physically by making loud, …

Final Nano

It seems fitting to write this final Nano post on the last day of Nano. If you’ve read my past few entries, you know it has been a positive experience that has allowed me to make my way through a good portion of a novel in the space of 30 …

Nano is Finito

Note to self: when emotional drama, stress and decaying friendships get in your way, ignore everything and write like a demon. You may not have much of a personal life left afterward, but boy that word count sure looks pretty. I won’t go into all the details here, but it …

Nano Progress

Word Count: 5069 Mood: Who cares? I’m writing Music: Something old, borrowed and blue: Rokysopp, Cat Power and Divine Comedy It took me a while to warm up yesterday and hours to churn out a few thousand words. I tried to lose myself in the story, but my critical writer …

Ready. Set. Run! I mean write.

Nanowrimo starts tomorrow and I can’t wait. I feel alert and ready, like a runner poised for the crack of the pistol. I’m not sure where all this energy is coming from. I’m busy at work, have a novel to rescue from drudgery, and a trip to look forward to …

Nanowrimo

I’ve signed up! No I’m not crazy. I’ve been wanting to do it for a while, and now that I have some spare time, I think it will be interesting to see what comes of it. I’ve decided to be daring and not write an outline or anything. That’s right. Im …

Starting over

I’ve finally managed to overcome the aversion to puke every time I look or even think of my novel. I have been spending the last few weeks redrafting entire sections. Too early to tell yet if it is salvageable, but so far I’m enjoying the process. When I don’t drive …