Web of Light

candles

shadows retreat

as hope’s golden glow

illuminates

the pervasive web of negativity

and joy shines through


I was going to post this picture as yesterday’s Wordless Wednesday, but then the words came into my head and insisted on being included, so I thought I’d save it for today instead.

As most of you probably know by now, I’m currently in the middle of NaNoWriMo, writing 50,000 words of a YA steampunk fantasy novel/novella during the month of November. I’m hoping to publish this on Amazon some time next year, once it’s had a thorough editing, of course. As I still have last years NaNo novel sat on my computer, unedited, this might be a little optimistic…

But, positive thoughts – I will get it done! 😀

Because of Nano, though, my time on the blog at the moment is very limited. Today I’m hoping to hit at least 38,000 words (I’m currently at 37,141), which will place me only 2000 words behind the daily target of 40,00o. As I’m not a particularly fast writer I’m spending pretty much every spare moment tapping away at my laptop. I am very determined to hit that 50,000 mark by the end of November!

So, to everyone who has visited, liked or commented on posts recently, thank you very much. It’s greatly appreciated. I will try to get back to everybody as soon as possible.

Bye-de-byes.

And Happy Thanksgiving to anyone over in America. 🙂

TLT: Walls

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His memories crowded close: an impenetrable barrier denying access whilst holding him back from the world. But he was sick of being imprisoned by the past. Caed knew it was time to tear down the walls – from their rubble he could build a marvelous palace in which to celebrate a bright future.


This post in for Sonya’s Three Line Tales. This week’s prompt is by  Jace Grandinetti.

As with last week’s TLT, I’ve again written a snippit about one of the characters from my Nano novel,  meaning that the words can be included in my word count. Yay! With these fifty added to it, my current total is 26,567 words, meaning I’ve narrowed the gap between myself and the current par to only 5,100 words. I will catch up eventually!

As I’ve mentioned before, due to the amount of time I’m putting into NaNoWriMo, I’m spending far less time on the blog this month than I usually like to do. If I haven’t responded to your comment or visited your blog, thank you and sorry. I will try to visit you at some point soon. 🙂

Thanks for reading.

Moonage Daydream

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“Freak out in a moonage daydream, oh yeah…” – David Bowie, ‘Moonage Daydream’


Like so many others across the world I waited eagerly for the supermoon to rise a few nights ago. Unfortunately I found myself to be disappointed as the overcast sky hid it from view. Luckily for me the sky did clear a few hours later, but the moon was so high by then that the pictures I took had little of interest to them – especially when compared to all the wonderful shots that had onto flooded the internet from around the globe.

Well, last night (after finishing my Nano writing for the day) I decided to have a play around with one of the shots in Photoshop. It’s been a while since I last did any real photo editing, so it was fun to get really creative with it. I found myself singing the Bowie song, ‘Moonage Daydream’, whilst doing so – one of my favourite tracks off the ‘Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars’ album. It just seemed to fit. If you don’t know it, you should follow the link above and check it out. 🙂

This, by the way, was the original photo I worked from. It’s quite a noisy picture, which is what gives the sky in the edited version its colour:

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Back to Nano for me now. I’m still over 7000 words behind the daily target, but there are enough hours left in the day that I should be able to narrow the gap some more…

CB&W: Sign

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here,

amidst the overgrown

tranquility,

let’s hope to see

no discarded packets

or rusting cans:

the only litter allowed

is nature’s own


This post is for Cee’s Black and White Challenge. This week’s theme is signs of any kind.

The picture, in case anyone is curious, was taken on the lane near to the meadow I tend to spend most of my time photographing.

I’m now in the third week of NaNoWriMo, and my novel is progressing. I’d like to say it’s progressing well, but that wouldn’t really be accurate. Whilst I’m happy with my word count of 16,000 words, I’m still well behind target!  The par for day 15 is 25,000 words. Eek! Despite still having a lot of catching up to do, I thought I’d take a little while off from novel writing to put together a photo and a few words for one of my favourite challenges.

While I’m here, I’d also like to say ‘thank you’ to everyone who’s visited and commented on my last few posts, and ‘sorry’ if I’ve not returned the visit or replied to you yet. I will get around to everyone eventually – there are just so many wonderful blogs to visit and so little blogging time available!

Talk to you all again soon. 🙂

TLT: Dolls’ House

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Photo prompt: Dmiti Popov

There were times when Sylvina felt like merely a figure in a dolls’ house, her whole life dictated by the whims of others. But enough was enough. She refused to be merely a decorative toy any longer – it was time for her to take control of the game.


This post is for Sonya’s Three Line Tales. This week’s prompt is by Dmitri Popov.

In case anyone is interested, the character of Sylvina is actually from my NaNoWriMo novel – which means that writing this actually added to my word count. Yay!

Dionysus Smiles

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lord of wild spaces

revelling in vibrant shades

before frosts return

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I thought I’d take a little break from my NaNoWriMo writing to share a couple of photos and a haiku with you. These pictures were both taken in my sister’s garden – a fascinating area that’s full of little moss covered statues and odd ornaments. The statue of Dionysus is one of my favourites. The first picture of it was taken last week. The second was back in January.

Hopefully I’ll return to the blog later on in the week. For now I really need to return to working on my steampunk novella. I’m ridiculously behind my target word count after working all weekend!