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Autumn madness

Hello everyone! It feels like it has been a while since I last posted. I've had a really busy few weeks. I have changed my "day job" role within the organisation I work for, I begin my new post when I head back into the office next week after spending this week in London with the other half. 

I finally have my internet back up and running - I've not had proper internet access for over a month as my old hub was having a tantrum, but that one has gone and a new one has taken over so I'm back doing what I love doing.

I'm also on the hunt for a new (or newer) car. Boo!! Not good. I'm actually really sad about this as my mom bought my current car for me and I've had her (yes, my car is a girl - too many cat like tendancies not to be) for over 6 years now. But, sad to say, she is beginning to cost me more than I think she is now worth and it is apparent that I won't have her for much longer. I haven't a clue what type of car I want next, but I know I don't want the same again, that would be too much of a kick to the gut. I'm sure I'll find something I like. 

Tomorrow night the other half and I are having a rare date night - As we live apart, we don't get to do this too often - we're heading off out on the town to see a comedy show at the O2. Yes, we're off to see Mr Michael McIntyre himself!! I'm ridiculously excited - I literally cannot wait!

Other than that, I'm still working on some new ideas, both for short stories and also novel ideas, one of which is taking a very nice form at the moment, something I'm putting down to having the right notebook and pen to begin with, so I'm excited to be writing something new. Some of my other ideas have come to a halt at the moment, almost like I have selective writer's block while a new idea comes out, but I'll go back to my other ideas when I'm inspired to do so. I feel like I need to get my head in the zone and just let my pen do the talking, I swear I overthink things so much when I really don't have to, but why change the habit of a lifetime huh?

Lastly, I'm doing a little charity work. I've recently signed up to take part in some volunteering work with Age UK (Nottingham) and I'm also making baby hats for a friend to go to a baby unit - my hats are double cute even if I do say so myself. 

As always, I want to hear from you, what are you working on? Need a new book to read and not sure what to go for? I'm happy to devise a personalised reading list for you so just let me know. 

In the meantime, a task for you. While we're only just into October, November is fast approaching and for writer's like me, means only one thing - NaNoWriMo - National Novel Writing Month if you've not heard of it before. The idea (if I remember correctly) is to write 30,000 words in 30 days. Sounds like a lot doesn't it? Well if you think about it as 1,000 words per day, it doesn't seem completely unreasonable to do. I fully intend to get involved and for the month of November, yes, all 30 days of it, I will be writing 1,000 word pieces that I will post onto the site in a special feature. 

I want you to get involved, join me in NaNoWriMo and join in with your own 1,000 word per day pieces. This can be individual stories or chapters of a new book that you've wanted to write - now is the perfect opportunity. 

To prevent time slipping past you, use the time you have left in October to plan ahead the topics you want to write about, story ideas and such like. This gives you a head start for getting stuck in with November's challenge. So, who's with me??

Best of luck.

Stay safe, look after each other and as always, Keep Reading! xx

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