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Sorry for no updates in about 4 days. Usually I don’t post at the weekend, but I had a case of food poisoning so couldn’t really post anything without feeling nauseous.

Still not feeling 100% but well enough to go work.

P.S. Just want to thank my partner Amy looking after me, even though I was acting like a grumpy old man.

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6 Days to Go

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So only 6 days until the NaNoWriMo.

I’m feeling pretty nervous, yet excited at the same time. It’s all I can think about.

Planning
Planning wise I’ve so far got a plot and all the main characters. The genre? Definitely fantasy, it was going to be sci-Fi but I haven’t recently watched or read much of it for a while.

Even though I’ve got an outline I doubt I’ll reach 50K at the end of November due to commitments, but I’m going to try.

If you’re having a go, got any tips? Best food to eat? Music to listen to? Places to write?

Hello!

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Hi Everyone

as youve seen from previous post by my delightful other half for the time being he has given me publishing rights for his wonderful blog. i will try my best to write everyday or encourage brendan to write a few for me to publish and add too when possible. i hope i can write at the standard you are all used too from brendans blog. until then have a look through and Enjoy.

 

Amy.

New Author – Amy

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I would like to introduce Amy to the blog, she will be posting new content at a designated rota during next month due to the 50,000K word novel challenge.

I will be really busy with this challenge, so hopefully there will still be daily posts or at least every two days.

What to Read Next?

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Three/four days ago I finished A Clash of Kings by George R R Martin. I am waiting for my partner to catch up, so that we can read the third book together.

This leaves me with a dilemma. Majority of the books on my to-read list are military SAS books. A few months ago I tried reading Seven Troop by Andy McNab, but lost interest after a couple of chapters.

Majority of the books I have on my to-read list are written by McNab. However I feel like I’ve lost interest in that genre and are more interested in biographies and fantasy reads.

So do you have any recommendations in either genre? Or a really interesting military book? Please comment below!

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Didn’t know anything about this annual event. Will be trying it November and will keep you all updated. 50,000 words in a month? That will be a challenge.

CATHERINE RYAN HOWARD

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) starts on November 1st.

For those of you unfamiliar with it, the idea is that you pull out all the stops to write 50,000 words of a new novel in 30 days, or around 1,670 words every day during the month of November.

Every year around this time, something else starts too: NaNoWriMo Snobbery. Professional writers, who the other eleven months of the year seem like the nicest, most generous and friendliest people, suddenly start tipping their noses in the air and saying or even writing things about how NaNoWriMo and the people who partake in it are belittling their profession, ridiculing their craft and making a mockery of the 1,670 words they write every single day of the year in order to make a living.

Now, usually I just grit my teeth and try to ignore it, but this year I’m finding it impossible—and…

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A Clash of Kings: The Review

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English: George R.R. Martin signing books in a...
English: George R.R. Martin signing books in a bookstore in Ljubljana

After a month of heavy reading, I have now finished A Clash of Kings by George R R Martin. This is such an amazing read, so many twists and turns. One minute in the heat of battle, the next your waiting in the cold with Jon Snow.

A quick summary before my review. The book is set in region called Westeros. At the end of the previous book The Game of Thrones, There were 2 Kings, Joff who rules of the southern regions and governs from Kings Landing. The second king is Robb Stark, king of the north. Ironically their ‘dads’ were great friends. Towards the middle of the book three more kings will rise. And as the name suggests a clash begins. However outside of Westeros, in the Free Cities, Daenerys Targaryen is beginning her rise to power.

So what did I think of the book? Well it was really interesting meeting old and new characters. Seeing how each characters plays their role in the grand scheme of things. Even though there is a lot of battles that take place during the timeline of the book, only a few are actually visited during the book. The ‘real’ battles fought by schemers, such Tyrion and Ceresi Lannister, Catelyn and Arya Stark.

The story is told well, with enough description for you to picture a character/scene but not too much that your spoon fed. From reading the books then watching the films, it’s amazing how much different the my version of Starks are compared to the film. It also adds interest and motivation by swapping viewpoints at various points in the book. It leaves you on a cliff hanger with some, which makes you eager to read on and find out what happens. There is also a big shocker half way through the book, which I won’t ruin.
A Clash of Kings

So would I recommend this book? Yes and you need to read the previous and sequels too, it is such an amazing world which easily is more believable and interesting than Middle-Earth.

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