Hello! I hope you’re getting into the Christmas spirit (if that’s your thing) and you’re not too overwhelmed with ‘stuff’.
If you want some tips on how to survive Christmas, as a writer, I’ve updated my annual post on the subject, here.
As you can see, I’ve got my Christmas header on the blog, to get us all in the mood (but I can’t find how to put the snow back on, which is a shame). The blog has also had a bit of a ‘revamp’ – I’ve upgraded it! I’m paying a small monthly fee to WordPress now (it’s been free for the past 9 years), which means – no adverts! Hurrah. I don’t know how obvious they were to you but they were driving me mad, so I’ve got rid of them.
As you may know, I run the Twitter feed for Evesham Festival of Words and I won a whole stack of brand new books (28 to be precise!) on there, from publisher Simon & Schuster recently.
They arrived in 2 big boxes, each individually (and beautifully) wrapped and I think the idea was that I opened one each day but as they weren’t really mine – and I needed to find out what they were – I had a big splurge of opening them all, which was like an early Christmas Day morning. Over the course of the next few months, the books will be given away as raffle or quiz prizes but I decided to run a little Twitter competition with the 3 Christmas titles that were part of the 28 and if you’d like a chance to win them, you’ve got until 9am tomorrow morning (Tues 17th), to follow and retweet.
The link is here if you want to have a go – but be quick!
Jólabókaflóðið (‘Christmas Book Flood’)
If you win – or even if you don’t – you could try being a bit more Icelandic. On Christmas Eve, the very civilised Icelandic folk give each other books and spend the rest of the night wrapped in blankets, sipping cocoa and reading. Sounds good to me!
I didn’t ‘win’ (horrible expression) NaNoWriMo but I did manage to hit 47,000 words before the end of November and I was pretty happy with that. I’m hoping to get to 50,000 words very soon and then I’ll allow myself to read the whole thing back and see if I’ve got anything worth working on!