First up, thanks to everyone who read my Halloween short story over at Jennifer William’s ‘blog, and additional thanks to everyone who commented (both positive and negative!). It’s nice to know I’m not just throwing this stuff out into the darkness never to been seen again. To paraphrase one of Lisa’s ridiculous (but brilliant) J-Dramas – as long as there’s one person who enjoys my work, I’ll keep writing it.
Not sure if that counts as a threat.
Anyway. We’ve moved house now, and I *almost* have the writing cave set up. All of our books are in here, along with both the PCs, a whiteboard for me to scribble on when I want to pretend I’m doing planning, and so far a single print – a Kay Nielsen illustration from East of the Sun, West of the Moon:
Tomorrow, I am starting my first ever NaNoWriMo project, which will be the first 50,000 words of a story called “The Thousand-Fold Blade”. I’ve still got some tinkering to do to get the overall arc set but I now have a decent idea of where it all starts and where things are going to go. Asked to describe what it was about at the York NaNoWriMo kick-off party, I said it’s about two men on either side of a brewing conflict: one is a master swordsman whose skills have been rendered obsolete, the other is a spymaster who has lost his memory. There’s a lot more but that seemed like a good, if slightly teaser-y, way to pitch it to the room.
In other news, we are buying a slow-cooker. I’ve been indifferent to the idea, but Lisa has wanted one for a while now and the consensus over on Ravelry is that they are the bomb*so – long story short**- we’re getting one. Beef stewed in ale with dumplings sounds about right for a cold October evening, doesn’t it?
*but not actual bombs – if your slow cooker is at risk of explosion, you are doing it wrong.