NaNo Day 1


Today I have made a solid start. I’ve definitely found it harder not having November start on a weekend. Last year I spent the first two days writing like crazy and manages to get almost 15 000 words out of the way straight off, which took the pressure off for the rest of the month. 
This time round things didn’t quite go to plan – I meant to write solidly through my lunch hour but ended up spending time with a colleague so only managed to get down 600 words or so. It’s made this evening a bit hectic but after some work I have come out of day 1 with just over 1800 words. I’m pretty happy with that. 

Although it’s the same story my novel is looking quite different to last year already so I’m excited to see where it takes me!

~ Becca x

I’m Back!


Well, kinda…

It’s been a while since I’ve shown this blog some love. A lot has changed in my life: I’ve moved house, taken up a new sport and I no longer commute by train. All of this means I have less time to read or write and so the blog has kinda fallen by the wayside. I’m not going to say that I’m going to start regular blog posts again – that’s something I’d love to do but I’m not sure it’s a realistic promise right now. 

BUT. I am going to be doing NaNoWriMo again this year! I’m hoping to get daily blog posts up as I did last year, so, if everything goes to plan, I’ll be active at least for a bit before life takes over again. 

Starting tomorrow I will be getting on with my 50 000 words. I actually made the decision to do it a while ago, but it’s come around so quickly. Am I ready for it? Nope. Have I finished any of the prep I planned to do? Nope. Do I have time to write 1500 words or so a day? Nope. But I’m gonna do it anyway!

The one thing I have allowed myself is that I won’t be starting a new project. I have a few brand new stories in my head but none of them are at the point that I feel comfortable putting them to paper yet. Instead, I’m going to be redoing the novel I wrote last year. In the year since I wrote it I’ve realised a lot of what didn’t work, rethought some of the plot holes, scrapped entire characters and reworked the majority of the plot. Hopefully it will make a more substantial and intricate book. I am however completely rewriting from scratch. I’m not going to be editing last years manuscript and as far as possible I’m not even going to look at it. I will be starting with a blank page along with everyone else. Hopefully by the end I’ll have a manuscript I’m happier with and the ability to cross reference between the two during editing to use he best of both. 

Wish me luck!

My Birthday Bookhaul


I am eventually showcasing the books I got for my birthday! It has taken me far too long, but here are the two books my boyfriend was kind enough to gift me 🙂
The first is Marie Condo’s the art of tidying – I’ve wanted to read this book for a while having heard good things about it, and when I presented the boy with a list of books I wanted he seemed to think this was the funniest option (I am not a very tidy person…) I’m about halfway through it so far and while it is pretty motivating it is also very bizarre and maybe takes things a bit too far… Once I’ve finished it I’ll whack up a review so you guys can question it with me. 
The second book was this gorgeous edition of The Jungle Book. Every year he’s bought me a Penguin Clothbound Classic and I’m gathering quite a collection now. I love how they all look lined up on the shelf and the jungle book is a beautiful addition! The monkeys are adorable and the green is so striking. It’s also a book that I’ve never actually read so it will be nice to read it in such a beautiful form!
~ Becca X

Finally, an update

So it turns out I lied. I haven’t got back to my regular posting schedule. I’m probably not going to get back to my regular posting schedule for a while. Whatcha gonna do.


All of the posts I mentioned previously are still in the works. They are. I just haven’t gotten around to actually writing them yet. You see, this month has been super, mega hectic and I’ve been prioritising other things. Like moving house. Because that happened. And it’s great, but things are still pretty up in the air. We have no furniture, only half our bills are sorted out and we only got internet yesterday – all of these mean that blog post writing has been tricky to say the least, and just not at the forefront of my mind. Eventually everything will settle down and, fingers crossed, I will be able to get internet on my laptop for the first time in six months, so I’m optimistic that at some point in the not too distant future I will return from my unexpected blogging vacay and return to interacting with y’all. In the mean time, just bear with me.


From a book update point of view, I’ve actually had a fairly good month (at least in comparison with the last few…) This is because I FINALLY FINISHED OUTLANDER AND HAVE BEEN ABLE TO READ OTHER THINGS AND IT IS AMAZING. Not having internet has meant that I’ve had a bit of time to actually sit and read before going to bed, and I am a good chunk of the way through the Siren. I’m not reading at the same rate as I was at the end of last year, which makes me sad, and I’m massively behind on my Goodreads challenge of 50 books, but I’ll get there.


Overall life is good, so watch this space – eventually I’ll be back!

~ Becca x