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NaNoWriMo 2020 – Day 5 Update

So far the month hasn’t been going all that great. For various reasons life has been eating into my windows of time that I can write. Additionally various things have been throwing me off my game and leaving me without the mental bandwidth when I have been able to write.

That said, while I am behind for the month at the moment, I have made a point of making sure that I have put at least a few words down. So I have an unbroken update streak so far.

Tonight and tomorrow look to be better than things have been, and I hope to be able to get out for a walk and talk tomorrow morning as well.

I hope the month is going well for all you other WriMos out there.

NaNoWriMo 2020 – Day 1

Good Morning, I hope that NaNoWriMo 2020 is off to a good start for all of you.


My first day went very well and I managed to end the day with 3,062 words! Nearly twice the number needed daily to reach the goal. I’m hoping that I can keep this momentum going through the month.

Today is Monday so much of my day will be taken by work. With luck I can at least hit a normal day’s par to keep myself ahead of the curve.


How is NaNo treating all of you?

2020 NaNoWriMo

As I stated in my walk ramble yesterday I’ve decided to give NaNoWriMo a try again this year.

My target is the 50k but I’m mostly going to be happy with just making sure I write something everyday.

Since last year was a major fail for me I never got around to repopulating my buddy list. So if you happen to be taking on the challenge this year and are interested my profile can be found at https://nanowrimo.org/participants/laithpreston

Let me know if you are going to participate this year!

So, NaNo…

Hey all, as those of you who have followed me for a while know over the past several years I have participated in the National Novel Writing Month. I have had varying amounts of success with it and to be honest I was seriously considering giving it a miss this year.

Until the other day when one of my daughters, who has written with me the past few times, let me know she really wanted to do it with me again this year.

So, NaNo… yup going to try to do it again this year. I don’t have any solid story plans and will probably work on multiple ideas as the month progresses. All my more successful years have been more free form like that.

Writing begins at midnight tonight, so to all you other writers out there… good luck and good writing.

Drabble: Once More

The old man stood on white chalk cliff watching the sky in the distance. Every day he would get dressed in his old uniform and make his way to the cliffs next to his old rusty mech.

The adults of the village treated him with respect. To the younger generation he was just a crazy old soldier stuck in the past.

As the pods crashed into the channel, casting huge waves as they split open, he sighed.

“Bugger. ”

Reaching over he pulled open the pilot’s pod and hauled his aching body into the chair. “Ok girl, let’s show em hell.”

I wrote this Drabble as a submission to an upcoming online Sci-Fi magazine. It is a reworking of a short bit I wrote during NaNo a few years ago.

It was a fun little challenge trying to get as much into 100 words as possible.

Feeling the Burns

Well, in my last post several months ago I had set myself a goal…

My success at it that is best summed up  by the words of Robert Burns from “To a Mouse”, “The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men”.

Anyway, I recently tried my hand at drabble submission to an online sci-fi market, no luck with it. I will probably post it here at some point in the next few days as I try to get my hand back into creative endeavors.

Until then.