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Spooky Scary Self-Imposed Targets…

Happy Halloween Everyone!

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Getting into the Halloween spirit is so much nicer with friends! Yes, Ivan has a fellow dragon-buddy, but that’s a whole other story!

I know it’s been quiet around here lately, but in truth it’s because I have actually been doing a lot of writing! I know, sometimes I even amaze myself!

Ch.23 - Plotting for Non-Super Villains
Part 1…

Anyway, I’m emerging from my writing hole to use the power of internet-based peer-pressure for good. I know one of the things the internet has become known for since it went mainstream is peer-pressure, but don’t worry! I’m too old and too grumpy to worry too much if people tell me that I suck!

Anyway, I am announcing properly that this year I’m having another run at Nanowrimo.

I’ve tried it before several times and usually RL gets in the way, or I come down ill or I just get stuck and lose my momentum and then I drop out. And I’m always very disappointed with myself, but once I’ve fallen behind it’s just too easy to give up entirely and let the month pass along without me…


But not this year!

No, as those of you who have been following this blog for a while know, I have finished drafting out my plan, I’ve tinkered with it until I’m as happy as I can be with it, and now, it is time!

There are no more excuses.

Ch.23 - Plotting for Non-Super Villains
Part 2!

I’ve done all my writing practise drills, I’ve given myself a stern talking to about worrying that I’m a rubbish writer, because after all, everyone’s first draft is terrible, isn’t it? I’ve got my plan, got my favourite mug for tea, I’ve a fully stocked biscuit time waiting for me, and not least, I have all you lovely people too, haven’t I?

So this is me, properly telling you all that I’m doing this. I’ll be updating regularly with little notes about my progress, any stickers they send me, that sort of thing. More importantly, even though I know that I am but one person of many who do this every November, I will feel that you will all be very disappointed in me if I don’t finish this year.

I know my own weaknesses and motivations…

So here goes! Wish me luck!

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In Which Tiny Dragons Are Surprisingly Bad Muses…

So, I’ve never actually owned a cat – because allergies and broken lungs are a bad combination and all – but as those of you who have been keeping up with The Many Adventures of Ivan the Wyvern already know, I do have a tiny dragon running around the place, and I feel that his general causing of chaos may be a little similar.

Also similar to being owned by a cat, from what I understand, is the expression of Judgement that you will receive. I’m sat there, struggling for words and generally not getting any writing done, and then I look up and…


I can practically hear him muttering, “Why aren’t you writing? If you’re not writing, can you play with me? No? Then do something productive! Write something!”

It’s like the angel of creativity coming down from on high to ask me what I think I’m doing! (I don’t know, Ivan, I don’t know what I’m doing, OK?)


I think he’s trying to figure out how to type properly with his tiny paws and little T-Rex arms? Either that or he’s examining the keyboard for signs of what could make it so interesting.

If Ivan the Wyvern had spectacles, you just know that this is the time when he’d be looking at me over the top of them! Look at his little, judgemental face… Mind you, looking at this photo again, that might be caused by the state of my desk…

Note to self: office cleaning needs to happen more often!


“Are you… Are you going to write anything with that? I think that’s what you’re supposed to do with those things, right? You write, yeah? Why aren’t you writing anything?”




“Look, you’ve got your ink-stick thing and your rustle-sheets! You can totally do the Writing Thing! What’s the hold up? We both know perfectly well that you can do this! Chop chop! Then it’s play time, and the sun’s even out!”

Thank you, Ivan, you’re not at all distracting, I swear. Although it is nice to know that you have someone in your corner when the words just won’t come no matter what you try.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about dragons since Ivan came into my life, it’s that they are very single-minded and will have no patience whatsoever for your excuses.

Behold, My Stationary Wealth!They mean well, but the very idea that you might be struggling because of your own self-doubts and the inadequacies of your own creativity? Nope, they have no patience at all for that.

“You are wonderful,” they glare at you, “You should know this, because I know this, and I am always right! Silly human!”

That and they’re sometimes able to be distracted by stationary, but that may not work every time! Go on, Ivan, I laid it all out for you, it’s totally not a trap, I promise! (Do you think it’s working?)



In the end, of course, what else is a tiny dragon to do than to pick up the pen himself and starting writing this novel on his own?

If you wanted a job done properly, do it yourself, right Ivan?

I swear, if my dragon finishes his first novel before I do, I shall… I shall probably not be all that surprised, actually!


If you haven’t met Ivan before, please do check out some of his other dragonic capers over at The Many Adventures of Ivan the Wyvern. And thank you for reading!

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