My word, it’s November!

Where did the year go? How can it be November already? I guess we should have a look at what’s happening out there this month. What do you think? 😀

NaNoWriMo kicks off this month, a great time to help you finish your work-in-progress.  Starting 1 November and over the course of the month, NaNoWriMo encourages you to write a 50,000 word novel.

Hayfever has returned. Ugh. Yesterday, I had it so bad a friend ordered me to the chemist to appropriate some antihistamines.  Yay for spring in Australia!

Yesterday as well, the Melbourne Cup was run. The race that stops the nation certainly stopped my office – we watched the big race on the telly and cheered as Dunaden was declared the 2011 winner after the closest photo finish in Melbourne Cup history.

The Romance Reviews YES! Party has commenced!  I’ll be featured 12 November. Head on over to win prizes!

From 19-22 November, I’ll be at The Romance Studio for their Thanksgiving Party!  Come on over and say hi.

I’m working on Roman Man and TEACH ME and some other bits and pieces. Oh, and check out my tumblr for random pictures and stuff!

Writing weekend* debrief

Our Writing Weekend* was a massive success!

Lucy and I rocked up at the hotel Friday night, had a cheeky beverage in the bar and then it was up to our rooms to plot and plan, after which we wrote and wrote and wrote and didn’t emerge until Sunday.

Well, not quite.

We learnt a lot during our inaugural Writing Weekend* and one of the things we learned was the necessity of breaks. We spent a lot of time chatting: about our works in progress, TV, how Tim Minear is now my bestest friend. These sessions helped fire our creativity, helped sort our thoughts out so we could enter once again to the fray.

Both of us also left the weekend with a clearer picture of who our characters are. Prior to the weekend, I was struggling with the hero and heroine of Roman Man. Their characterisations just wouldn’t gel, and I found it really difficult to write their story when I had no idea who these people were. Now, however, I finally know who they are!  Caloo! Calay! Yay for writing weekends*!

Now we are planning our next Writing Weekend*, which will probably be in an caravan park (ooh, classy). Of course, said caravan park will be in the wilds of nature, maybe even McLaren Vale or the Barossa. Is that a winery I spy?  Hmm, I should probably take a little break and make sure that wine doesn’t taste horrible. It’s Doing the Winemakers a Favour 🙂

What do you guys think?  Writing Weekend* fun for everyone?  Any suggestions for us?

*as endorsed by Tim Minear