12,315 done only 37,685 to go – 09th January 2016

Ok a very cryptic title to this week’s blog. All will be explained, but first a little background. A few weeks ago I was talking with a friend in Australia. She usually never does new year resolutions but this year decided that she would. One of those resolutions was to write a 50,000 word novel in a month. This insane idea is known as National Novel Writing Month (there’s a title that does what it says on the tin!). Anyway this intrigued me, so much so that I have joined her on this endeavour – hence the title. After 9 days of writing I’ve completed 12,315 words (it’s by calendar month). Before you all start clamouring to read it (lol) please note that at the end of the month there will only be a very rough draft, it will need editing and some level of research etc before (and even IF) it gets into any public arena. I will not give too much away just to state that the first part of the book is based in Perth and the rest isn’t :-). If your interest has been peaked by this idea, here is the webpage – http://nanowrimo.org/
I will say this much, you do have to be extremely organised to do this.

So what else has been happening since Christmas? Well as Pat mentioned last week our time between Christmas and New Year did sort of feel like a week of Sunday’s. It was very relaxing and great down time for me. Now I’m back to work and back to planning this year’s holidays and household tasks that need to be completed. We have had very mild weather which has been good as it meant I was able to get out into the garden and finally finish wedding the veggie patch and then digging in a whole lot of compost – thankfully Pat ‘volunteered’ to help. Our big plans for the house this year mostly involve the outside of the house – we have to repoint the back wall, we are putting in a path down to the garage and I’m planning a big flower bed beside the path. The only other tasks we are considering is finishing the bathroom. Thankfully this won’t take too much, but a lot of it will depend on cost (as always). Especially as we are heading off to the USA for a wedding this summer. So we are both looking for more work over the next 6 months to help boost the coffers.

We have started back with our French classes this past week. I’ve made a definite decision that I will further improve my French this year and by making sure that I get 2 sessions of French in each day. Mostly with Rosetta Stone along with my 2 classes. I’m also attempting to speak more French when I’m out. I’m trying to overcome my embarrassment of not being understood, and it’s slowly happening. I’m also attempting to do things without Pat being around – like today with going into the post office to buy stamps. With my one on one class this week, we did a lot more speaking – because to be honest I can read relatively well, but my speaking is not very good. I also can’t write very well due to my spelling – but I don’t mind if that takes longer to sort out. I want to be able to speak and comprehend.

I’m also back at my art class. I’m enjoying painting with watercolour’s but I am missing doing other art – especially with my oil pastels. So I think once my month of writing is complete I will try to factor in some other art time.

The rest of my weekend shall be a quiet one; I did go and have my hair cut today. I’m planning some cooking over the weekend and of course some writing.
Sorry no photo’s this week.

I will see you in two weeks and remember Pats blog next week – http://patblog.patbell.co.uk

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