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November 23 Nanowrimo Wreport- We have a Winner

Last night, SJ finished the first draft of her Nanowrimo Novel, Perfect?, topping off at 28,284 words.  Hooray!  Considering that her original goal was 10000 words, this is fantastic.  In the vidcast, I say that I have 42000 or 43000 words.  I just checked and it’s  about 44400.

Back to the word mines for me.


November 22 Nanowrimo Wreport

There may just be a light at the end of the tunnel.


November 19 Nanowrimo Report

In which we discuss our weekend with Sean’s Birthday Party, the Toronto Geeky Book Swap/ Nanowrimo halfway party, SJ’s Tornoto Nano teen write-in  at a Starbucks on Yonge Street, and our progress with our novels.


Halfway there!

SJ and I had did a vidcast talking about our progress so far with our stories on the halfway day of nanowrimo. Oh, and I`ve been adding variety to our word wars by using some of the novelty  classroom timers  at


November 11

Whoa. A week without blog updates. We have been focusing on writing. By Day 6, SJ had met her goal for the month of 10,000 words. Woohoo. She has kept writing and upped her goal to 15000 words. Not too shabby for the first time for a teenager.
I keep plugging along and passed 20000 words last night. Here are our tired reflections after our morning word war this morning.

October 29- T Minus 3 days and Counting

TimeForTheFair-CoverThis evening I entered my novel idea into my NanoWrimo page, mocked up a title and cover for my book-  working title: Time for the Fair.   Here is the synopsis I posted.


This summer I entered a contest to become one of 10 official CNE bloggers. I was successful and my family spent over a week enjoying all that the Canadian National Exhibition has to offer. My daughter and I also went to our first FanExpo dressed as Dr. Who characters. In late September, my daughter gave me a challenge I could not refuse- “If you do Nanowrimo, I will do Nanowrimo”.

My novel idea is sort of a combination of all the good times we had together this summer. It is about a boy (Billy) who goes to the CNE and finds himself travelling through the history of the fair and unable to get back to his home timeline. The one sentence pitch “It’s a time travel story that take place mostly on the grounds of the EX”.

It’s my first time attempting to tell a novel-length story. I am drawing from all sorts of other time travel stories including The Oddyssey, Back to the Future, Dr. Who, Bill and Ted, a couple of Lewis Shiner’s books, Forrest Gump and more.


It’s either TBA or trapped in time and space.


I also helped SJ set up a wordcount widget from Sarra’s Word Meter, and we recorded a short pre nanowrimo vlog.  We may do this again in November.

I have also added all sorts of inspirational stuff and widgets to the blog including the daily NanoToon by Errol and Mur Lafferty’s daily special Nanowrimo, I Should Be Writing Podcasts.