After 31 days of July, I'm delighted to have written 58,017 sparkly new words during CampNaNo. I'm chuffed to bits with the total as the WIP is next year's book 'Summer Dreams at the Lakeside Cottage'; the progress helps me to stay on track for my October deadline. All in all, a productive month which I need to continue during August!
Look what's popped up on Amazon!!! The first signs of next year's publication. A book cover image will appear in the near future but my readers don't mind - the title is there! How blessed am I that my readers will happily pre-order a book with the bare details provided. I'm humbled by their faith and continued support. So, I'll share one tiny detail ... we are heading to the Lake District! Though some of you should have guessed that given I had a recent trip to Cumbria in May - you know how I like to visit the actual area before I indulge in the writing process.
Preorders: Summer Dreams at the Lakeside Cottage to be published May 2023
1. The idea for Verity’s bike comes from the turquoise bike regularly chained to the black railings in my local market square. It belongs to a local hairdresser.
2. Magnus is the patron saint of Shetland.
3. Harmony cottage is the actual rental cottage in which I stayed – I changed the cottage’s name but not the door code. The Shetland locals have recognised and identified it.
4. I wrote the opening chapter of this book first in the entire series – whilst on the train home from Edinburgh as I returned from Shetland.
5. Nessie’s physical appearance is styled on the singer Pink.
6. The Yarn Barn wool is styled on my childhood memories of my friend’s wool shop – her dear mum knitted beautiful cable. (I just cried writing that line x)
7. Francis is the middle name of my paternal grandfather.
8. The Yule Tide celebration is inspired by a local annual Dickens Night.
9. I have an obsession with stained-glass windows – hence the Lerwick Town Hall where you can view the rainbow cast upon the wooden floor.
10. The scarecrows are inspired by the annual scarecrow festival in a neighbouring village to where I live.
I'm slightly older than the usual library member signing up for 'The Summer Reading Challengers', so I'm setting my own reading challenge. I've chosen a eclectic selection from my book horde, which I intend to read in the coming weeks, covering something old, something new, some for rereading and Stephen Fry too!
I've started reading 'Troy' by Stephen Fry as I know nothing about Greek mythology - which is surprising because I never missed school, so who better to teach me!
My second book will definitely be 'Hamnet' by Maggie O'Farrell as I've received encouraging messages of recommendation from my readers, via my 'Erin Green Readers' page', as they've thoroughly enjoyed it. There's no particular order after that, I'll simply go with the flow and see what takes my fancy.
Finally, the 1st July has arrived! Regular followers will know how delighted I am to begin another NaNoWriMo month, but more so this time given that my enjoyment of April NaNoWriMo was scuppered by the untimely arrival of structured edits. It was pure chance, but the edits for Shetland 4 landed on my desk which meant juggling for the entire month and not experiencing a NaNo month as I wish despite reaching my word count goal. Though I do know my proofread for Shetland 4 is due to arrive on Monday, 4th July, but given the nature of the task it won't interfere with my writing plans.
My Camp NaNo July project is next year's Summer book - which I've already started to write, but I aim to add another 50,000 words in the next 31 days. I have a new set of characters and brand new location so wish to immerse myself in NaNo until 1st August. As always, I'll update as I go! I know several authors follow my NaNo blogs watching my progress before venturing to commit themselves to a future NaNo.
Day 1: let the fun begin!