NaNoWriMo 2017

My November Challenge… (No, I’m not growing a beard.)

Yes, it’s that time of the year again!

The minute the carved pumpkin has gone in the bin, I’m sitting down to start writing my 50,000 words.

For those who have no idea what I’m talking about, NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is a international writing marathon that happens every November.

Anyone can take part, the only requirement is to write 50,000 between the 1st and the 30th of November. (Read more here.)

This will be my second challenge. I completed it last year and wrote the first draft of ‘The Fate of the Skyriders’ which is now resting before final edit.

This year, I will write the first draft of Book 4 of the Skyriders series, a prequel to Books 1 to 3.

The story is set in an North American National Park where an international team of scientists become stranded after not only one but two major-scale disasters. 

I’d love to tell you more about it, but it’s all I’ve got so far.

No, I lie: I have the names of the main characters – on a piece of scrap paper somewhere.

But don’t be fooled… I’m fully prepared!

I’m not stressed about the writing part. In fact, I can’t wait to get started.

However, I’m slightly worried about locking myself in my study for 30 days solid. How will my nearest and dearest cope without their loving mama and adoring wifey?

So I have made a 30-day meal plan and the longest shopping list ever written. I have ironed everything that my darling hubby needs to keep the cash flooding in. See evidence below!

I still have to give the house a good clean. Last thing I’ll need around day 20, when it’s really starting to hurt, when the story reveals itself to be boring and the characters distinctly bland, is an outbreak of cholera in the upstairs bathroom.

I wonder how my imaginary story of survival will compare with the first-world problems of my two ‘home alone’ tweens.

I hope we all make it through. See you on the other side!

With love,


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