Yes! We will be there.

Back when I was at Crimefest in May, I became vaguely aware of an event that was going on in Iceland later this year. I thought little of it.

Whilst I was at the Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival, known simply in crime writing circles as Harrogate, I heard more about IcelandNoir.

It caught my attention, a little.

Holidays for the boyfriend and I are currently on a not about to happen basis. It has been almost three years since our last overseas holiday, and since then we’ve only had one other break away of at least a week, when we travelled round Scotland and The North, back in March.

Our next planned foray overseas was to be in 2015.

The thing is I can’t wait until CrimeFest next year to see some of my friends again, and it’s too long to go without something to look forward too.

We would normally go to FantasyCon, hosted by the British Fantasy Society, but this year, since the UK is hosting World FantasyCon, it’s too big a thing for us, and also at the wrong time in my shift cycle for me.

The alternative, or so we thought, would be Bloody Scotland, but again the timing is ill-fitting with my shifts.

Then a friend told me they would be attending IcelandNoir. Then another couple of acquaintances also mentioned they would be there, and my mind began to churn.

How long is the festival? How long would we need to go for? How much would it cost to go? Could we afford it? In short? We couldn’t go, was the first answer I came up with.

Then my heart got involved, which in turn inspired the money talks, the what have we gots, the what can we do withouts, the things coming up, and the things coming in….

The talks finally ended in a maybe, just not yet. Lets get some potentially large bills out of the way and see what happens.

Then I got a phone call out of the blue. The result of which means we ARE going to IcelandNoir, we are going to strike at least two things off the Boyfriends Bucket list (already off mine) and yes, as of today we are both registered with the festival and we WILL BE THERE.

W00T!!!!

Why do I do these things?

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I bought a writing course.

It’s an online writing course, on how to write books for children.

Why?

Because I am impulsive and it was cheap, a bit of a bargain actually, reduced from £249 to just £12, worth a punt at that price I thought. Of course now I have to actually sit down and do it, which in turn means more procrastination to follow.

Just because you can read….

it doesn’t mean you can write, but it doesn’t mean I can’t dream either.

There is a question I am being asked more and more frequently of late, to the point where even my own mother has got in on the act.

“When are you going to write your / Why don’t you write a book”

It stems from my love of books, and all things bookish, my years of attending book festivals, and my friends who either write themselves or are somehow ‘in the industry’. You’ve seen from my posts here I get through an awful lot of books, I’m already up to 64 for the year, and I really enjoy the escapism that comes from losing yourself when reading.

But, am I a writer?

My reviews don’t always suggest so. I know what I like and what I don’t, and if you sit across a table from me I will argue the salient points behind my belief with gusto, but can I get them over to you in a blog post? I’d say not, but If I read the reviews of books I’ve read in broadsheets, or specialist book blogging websites, they often put my offerings to shame, but at the same time, I’m not interested in having the synopsis of a book regurgitated to me, I change my mind, as let’s face it, the review never makes you read a book. Those damn author written taglines on the front cover will though.

When I look at other things I’ve written, on older, now defunct blogs I see something, even if I’m not sure what that something is, that points in another direction.

My desire to write is also hampered by something else. I’m a major league procrastinator, hence this blog. I am always avoiding doing anything that actually needs to be done. Maybe it’s laziness, maybe it’s just being afraid of putting in a lot of hard work for rejection, maybe it’s a fear of failing. I’d say all of the above, but I’ve failed at a lot of things in life and have picked myself up, dusted myself down, and moved forward on a regular basis.

In the time it has taken me to write this post, in my head, I’ve gone from feeling strong for being able to admit a lack of ability to feeling like I”m just making more excuses not to try.

I can read.
I love to read.
I would love to be a writer
but do I lock the ability to write?
Most days I say yes, although in all honesty, I have no idea, but since I can dream, I figure there’s hope for me yet…

So Long Nutty November

Ah. So NaNoWriMo bit the bullet. I didn’t even make my 10k, but I’m actually not sad about that.

I entered this month with a whole heap of expectations on my shoulders. Mainly those of complete failure.

Instead I’ve managed to complete two out of three challenges that I took on. Albeit one with a bit of help from the other, but I don’t care.  I finished them both with flying colours.

I posted one picture every day based on the themes given for November by Instagram‘s FatMumSlim.  I also posted more than the post a day required for NaBloPoMo, given that my post count for November was a whopping 57 posts.

Shall I give NaNoWriMo a go another year? maybe.

Shall I try NaBloPoMo again? definitely, and maybe not in November next year.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the month, and I hope you continue to come back and see all of the things I’ve been doing to avoid doing the things that I should.

National do everything you can every day for a whole month, halfway point

So we’ve reached the halfway point, and here’s how I’m doing.

NaNoWriMo word count = 0

Too late to make the target of 50,000 but there’s still time for me to beat my own personal 10,000 word target. (Honest)

NaBloPoMo post count = 20+

Although I have been highly guilty of countng my photo a day challenge posts, as NaBloPoMo posts.

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14 out of 15 because I haven’t done todays yet, but Yay! I managed something 😀 Now just to keep it up.

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Oh yes I’ve procrastinated a lot…..