Saturday, November 30, 2013

NaNoWriMo 2013 - Week four update

Week four of NaNoWriMo is over.

I didn't manage to finish writing the story of "Filicity The Musical Platypus" that I was working on this week. Part of this is because - unlike the other three - I only had a very rough draft to work with (the other three were in early draft, but this one was just rough scribbles, if you know what I mean) and part of it is because I got busy making holiday cards and reading "The Hunger Games Trilogy" so didn't spend as much time working on writing as I should have.

Still, there's a couple of hours to go before NaNoWriMo is over.

Besides, even if I don't finish writing the story before the month is up, I've made progress on it and written those other three and that counts for something!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

NANoWriMo 2013 - week three update

Week three of NaNoWriMo is over.

I've finished writing the third story I planned to work on this month, which is called "Goodies For Grandmother" and is based on the "Little Red Riding Hood" story, but rather than a big bad wolf and a woodcutter my version has a brownie and a pair of fairies. I've even arranged a cover for it with Jacob. It just needs the final edit and for Jacob to have a chance to work on the cover.

I've also started working on "Filicity The Musical Platypus" and arranged a cover for it with Iggy. "Filicity The Musical Platypus" is a story about a platypus who discovers a love of music and wants to learn to play an instrument.

So, all being well I should have four stories just needing editing by the time NaNoWriMo is over!

I have no idea about word count. I mean, I could check the word count of each story and figure it out that way, but since I've done several drafts with each story that wouldn't be accurate, so I don't see the point in bothering to figure it out.

I'm pleased with my progress this month though. Especially since I've also found time to make a Christmas stocking for Cara, do a reasonable amount of work on Christmas cards, read a few novels, and do general day to day things like housework and playing with furkids.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Kero's November 2013 medical update

We gave Kero a bath on Saturday to properly clean those sores he has and it seems to have helped... They're finally showing signs of healing!

Well, we put anticeptic cream on the sores too, but we were doing that before and the cream didn't seem to be doing much until after we gave him the bath.

Hopefully we can avoid a return trip to the vet for now?

Fingers crossed!

He's still showing his age with lack of interest in physical activity and obvious achy joints and muscles, but there's not much that can be done about that. After all, he is almost nine and a half years old!

His groomer comes in just over a week, so he'll get another bath then.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Kero's World, Book 5: Kero Goes To Town

"Kero’s very excited to find he’s going to town with his humans. He’s sure there must be loads of great things to do there, after all the humans go there all the time. But what kinds of things can a little dog do in town? And will it be as much fun as he thinks it will?"

Today is the official release date for this book.

The ISBN is 9781301736898 and you can find the book on Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, and Apple. It will also soon be available via other retailers.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

NaNoWriMo 2013 - week two update

The second week of NaNoWriMo is over.

I've now finished writing both of the books in my "Degu Days Duo" series; a pair of books about my very own degu buddies. They now just need to be given a final edit before I set them up for pre-release. I already have covers for them, so I can pre-release them as soon as the final editing is done. I'm going to leave the final editing until after NaNoWriMo is over though.

I'm now starting work on a story called "Goodies For Grandmother" which is one I actually wrote several years ago when I was in a writing group (I've mentioned said writing group on here before). It's based on the story of "Little Red Riding Hood" but with not a single wolf in sight. I may have actually posted the story in its original form on here before... I can't remember and can't be bothered to check. I'm making some changes though and getting it ready for the final editing stage too. I'll have to wait to pre-release this one though as I don't have a cover for it yet.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Of weight, pets and medical mutterings

I've lost a stone (14lbs) since I stopped the tablets at the end of July.

Not because I've been dieting or been doing serious exercise (though I have been doing a bit more and eating a little better than I was before). Mostly it's just stopping the tablets that's made the difference though. I mean, that's the biggest change.

I dare say chasing after Cara helps a bit though, LOL!

Cara is seriously hyper, and in to absolutely everything!

Luna loves Cara, and even the degu buddies tolerate her enough not to make a fuss if she takes a nap on top of their cage these days.

Kero's still happy to sleep with Cara, but he's seriously feeling his age these days and not really interested in playing with a kitten. He also still has those sores, which seem to be a bit tender. We didn't get to the vet with him like we'd planned to. We're going to give him a bath Saturday and see if cleaning them up properly will help first. It's worth a try, right?

Oh, and on the subject of Cara and weight... Cara has gotten a lot bigger, and she now weighs about 3lbs. I say "about" because it was hard to keep her still to weigh her so I can't be 100% sure.

Saturday, November 09, 2013

NaNoWriMo 2013 - week one update

The first week of NaNoWriMo is over.

I've finished writing the first book in the "Degu Days Duo" that I'm working on. It's called "The Great Degu Round-Up" and is about a degu cage cleaning day from the point of view of our degus. The story is actually told from Jenks' point of view. I'm now working on the second book in the series, which is called "A Very Degu Christmas" and is also from Jenks' point of view.

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

NaNoWriMo 2013

November is NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).

Because I write shorter pieces I don't really need an entire month to write something, so I'm using NaNoWriMo to work on some half-written stories I haven't gotten to recently.

I don't begrudge the time taken to settle both Luna and Cara in, and I certainly don't begrudge Kero the time he's needed because of being so unwell (he's still the same as he was when I did Sunday's post). I know nobody said I did, but I wanted to make sure that was clear.

But right now I want to get some of those stories finished.

I've been lucky in that I was so ahead that I could pre-release Kero's books and a couple of others and buy myself some time, but the last one is officially released early next month so I need to get some more finished and pre-released. NaNoWriMo seems like a good way to do that.

Monday, November 04, 2013

Goodreads 2013 reading challenge completed!

I've finished reading my 250 books for the Goodreads yearly reading challenge.

I would have finished reading them sooner if I counted re-reads, but I don't. Some people do, but not me... I don't even bother to list them on Goodreads.

Anyway, I finished reading the 250th book today!

Sunday, November 03, 2013

A health update for Kero

Kero seems to be fine apart from the weakness in his back legs and some sores he's ended up with somehow.

We're putting anticeptic cream on the sores and planning to take him to the vet a week on Monday if they don't show signs of healing by then.

That also gives time for the last of his anti-inflamitary medication to get used up so we can see if it's the only thing keeping him in reasonable health.