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Too close to home?

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In the wake of NaNoWriMo I felt a little bit of a slump. Now I have a finished novel and like lots of other people, I have a lot of editing to do. The frenetic flow of words produced several unplanned plot twists and extreme situations and even gave the piece an unexpected metaphysical subplot! […]

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I Won NaNoWriMo! What it means to me….

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I won NaNoWriMo! National Novel Writing Month is over for me and my first draft novel is hovering around ninety two thousand words. The experiences of NaNoWriMo, for me, was gruelling as I had work commitments and family issues (as usual) in November. I think that sometimes writers get so bogged down in just getting […]

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Blog goes public! Ta-da!

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Hi Everyone!Until now this has been a private-ish blog because I didn’t tell anyone about it. I decided today that I would tell my writing group friends on WriteWords (the most lovely and supportive people ever) that I have a blog.The reason I didn’t spill the beans before is because I can be a little […]

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Finishing a novel…

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I’ve finished Life: Immaterial. I typed the last sentence this morning and then told everyone I knew. I partly finished it because I was meeting the NaNoWriMo deadline, and partly because I was getting far too involved with my characters again. In fact, I almost called one of my friends by a character’s name the […]

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nanowrimo – month of writing madness

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National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo. I have wanted to take part for ages now, but have never been able to because life got in the way. This year is different. As my time as a writer (author?) passes I am feeling more in tune with spending most of my free time sitting in front of […]

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Month and months of madness and then…..

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It’s all over! A momentous part of my personal life that had been turned upside down over seven years is finally concluded. 3rd November saw a breakthrough in my thinking and now I am ploughing ahead with NaNoWriMo unfettered by my depressed state viz a viz my competency in my personal life. What’s the outcome […]

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What an eye opener!

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Well, to cut a long story short, I went to a car boot sale on Sunday and had an epiphany. There I was walking along one of the fifty five isles of cars with their boot open, counting the used foot spa’s people were offering for sale, when I spotted it.There is was, amongst the […]

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I’m a writer – aren’t I?

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Did I mention that I’m a writer? Did I? Did I mention that I wrote three novels (four if you count the one fifteen years ago on an obsolete word processing package)? Or that I had a short story published in a women’s magazine. Yes, for money! ‘Ah!’ you may marvel. ‘Where can I buy […]

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Writing.

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Since this is my writing blog, I should write about writing! OK. I am a writer. I have written many pieces including short stories (some published), poems (some published), four novels, a 200000 word thesis and lots of technical stuff for work. I will always write, I consider it my freedom. Since I have escaped […]

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Welcome to Dirty Sparkle!

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Hello and welcome! I thought that it was about time that I started a blog, although I’m not entirely sure what I will be blogging about! One possibility is the Dirty Sparkle project. Somehow in the midst of my academic endeavours I have committed myself to write five novels on the dialectics of women’s lives. […]