Post NaNoWriMo Editing Begins

This morning I returned to my novel-in-progress ‘The Roar of the Lion’. Having written Part One in NaNoWriMo 2012 and Part Two in NaNoWriMo 2013, my first job was to stitch the content from these two sessions together, interweaving them to make them make sense as their parts were spread throughout the plot. Next up will be a read through before I return to write Part Three – in other words try and finally finish the story! That, however, will have to wait for another day. It certainly felt like it was heading towards a climax back in November before Christmas interrupted but we’ll have to see what it looks like now in the cold light of day. I used the fantastic program Scrivener to write the novel in. According to its statistics, it would be a 305 page paperback. Checking my bookshelf, I see that is about the same size as my childhood copy of the Hobbit. I wonder, should I get in contact with Peter Jackson to see if he’d like the film rights to produce a trilogy from it…


NaNoWriMo 2013

One month on and somehow I made it through NaNoWriMo with the 50,000 word count. Feels great! Not sure how I did it in one of the busiest months in my year with the build up to Christmas in full swing, but it was worth the effort. I have contrived yet again to not actually finish the storyline, but am determined not to wait until next November for a third go at it, but will try and get pressing on in little nibbles over the next few months to finish the first complete draft – keep me to that. In the meantime, to give me that smug feeling, here’s the graphic of my achievement. At some point I’ll get around to writing up my experiences this November properly, but for now, work to catch up on…


Done it!

I'm a winner!
I’m a winner!

I’ve not been as much of a virtual presence over the last month as usual, and that’s because I’ve been taking part in NaNoWriMo this November, and I’m thrilled to have made it past the winner’s 50,000 word mark.

That said, although the novel is over 50,000 words, the story’s far from done, and there is a lot more work to go into the editing too. My next challenge, once Christmas is past and I have time again, is to press on and finish it.

In case you’re wondering, it’s tentatively called ‘The Roar of the Lion’ and is based in and after the civil war in Sierra Leone, and is the story of how three people with troubled pasts find ‘redemption’. A taste can be found here.

I Wish I Knew

Over the last few weeks I have been beavering away doing the layout for and organising publication of a collection of poems by a Sierra Leonian friend of mine, Rev. Sylvanus Alaba Nicol, called ‘I Wish I Knew’.

At last it’s complete, and available for purchase at £4.99+postage from Lulu. Of this £2.56 goes towards the Sierra Leone Mission which supports the work of the church that Sylvanus belongs to.

SPECIAL OFFER: If you are going to attend the Countess of Huntingdon’s Connexion Conference next week, you can pick up copies from me and so save postage (a flat rate of £5 to save me messing around with change).

Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.

Review: Trash

Trash by Andy Mulligan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Every year our daughter’s secondary school encourages the school family (pupils and their fami lies) to read the same book. This year’s was ‘Trash’, about the exploits of three boys scrapping out a living on a rubbish heap in a place called Behala.

This was a delightful, feel good novel, which I read today over couple of Tube trips. It’s story resonated with the experiences I have of people living a similar life in Sierra Leone in West Africa. It is well written wih a warm and playful style. Recommended!

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Worth a thousand words

Spent last night naming and tagging 200 odd photos that I took during my visit to Sierra Leone in February this year and uploading them to the SLM website. Used a nifty WordPress plugin to install them as a photo gallery – NextGen Gallery – which not only shows them as a slide show or gallery and allows you to tag them for easy searching, but it also then inserts them into relevant posts on the same blog. Very impressive! Got to bed blurry eyed and late, but pleased with what I’d achieved.