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This is harking back a bit but I always used to post about my progress on Nanowrimo plus a bit of an excerpt if what I was writing was excerptable. I also really enjoyed a time of year when I felt no crushing guilt over typing something like "responisitibilities"!

I haven't Nanoed for a few years but I thought I'd dip my toe this year. I'm not doing it properly - natch. I'm writing some additional chapters to a completed work as per suggestions from my betas - when J L Merrow, Clare London and K J Charles all give you similar advice you better jolly well take notice - and when those are done I'll start a completely new work.

Progress so far:

And here's a little excerpt of Eleventh Hour - which is spies vs anarchists in 1920s London. I started it 9th September 2011 so it's bloody well time I got the damn thing finished. Here tough guy spy Briers is checking in with Naylor, his handler, and expressing concern over Miles's Siward, his partner, who is having to wear a frock and is feeling both vulnerable and very pissed off:

"By the way, congratulations are in order for that piece of work yesterday. Please let Siward know that it was appreciated. He seems to be doing well."
"Better than he thinks, which is probably my fault, sir." Briers admitted. “I gave him a bit of a rocket for overstepping the line. He is only supposed to be an observer, after all. But my - er - language was a little immoderate." Briers grinned and added, "If you get a request that he be reassigned, please ignore it."
"I've already had such a request and replied to the effect that he'll be reassigned when the job is done."
“Thank you for that, sir." Briers felt a little shocked because he had been joking and hadn't even considered that Miles might have been so angry that he would try to get out of his responisitibilities. "So continue with the observation and I presume that I should carry on trawling the depths to see if I spot anyone I know?"
"Indeed." Naylor picked up a sheet, partially typed with scrawled notations. "There's been a development. we've had word from Berlin that one of their better agents has been moved to London. Remember that business in Vienna? You knew him as Ritter, I believe, but Lord knows what name he'll be travelling under now."
Briers grimaced to cover the urge to grin at the memory of the smooth curve of Falk’s bare back and his moan of pleasure as Briers’s hand fastened on his hips. "That slippery bastard?"
"His presence may have absolutely nothing to do with Andrija but as a coincidence I don't like it."
"Neither do I. I'll keep both eyes open for him, sir," Briers promised.



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Nov. 2nd, 2015 02:39 pm (UTC)
I would like to be reading the rest of this please. Huzzay for Nanowrimo!
Nov. 4th, 2015 01:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you, lovely :)

It's a brilliant excuse. Himself can accept that there's this month were we're all competing and so keeps reminding me that I should be writing, whereas for most of the year he can't see the point. Blokes do like their competitions.
Nov. 3rd, 2015 06:37 pm (UTC)
Good luck! You are doing well so far.

I'm giving NaNo a rest this year but I feel very twitchy whenever I realise it's November and I'm not writing.
Nov. 4th, 2015 01:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks, lovely. I've felt twitchy the past couple of years - no 3 years! Three!! So glad I'm having a bash now. I hpe you're writing in a non-Nao inspired way, though?
Nov. 4th, 2015 07:48 am (UTC)
I've already had such a request

Perfect! This looks like it will be a fun read.

I deleted my NaNoWriMo account earlier this year after getting into too many nasty discussions on the forums (the fantasy section in particular); it's better for my nerves to stay far, far away.
Nov. 4th, 2015 01:28 pm (UTC)
Fantasy? Let me guess - blokes who have read every fantasy novel ever so that gives them the right to tell everyone that they are wrong about everything? Then following up by private message? I'm sorry if you've been harassed that way.

I don't go on the general forums for just that reason. I can put up with some yahoo trying to tell me how to think - they are fairly easy to ignore - but when I see bullying I get a bit medieval.

Edited at 2015-11-04 01:29 pm (UTC)
Nov. 4th, 2015 04:27 pm (UTC)
That, and people who insist that fantasy societies MUST be exactly like historical ones (especially when gender roles are concerned), but whose vast historical knowledge is mostly based on "one of my high school teachers once said ..." and is curiously resistant to being pointed to actual historical sources.
Nov. 4th, 2015 10:43 pm (UTC)
I've met a few, of both sexes to be fair, who have a real 'my way or the highway' view of the world. They miss out on so much.
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