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The first time I took a sip, I could taste only the silence; a sickly thick syrup of wordless, unspoken, voiceless dark matter – overwhelming all taste of life inside the glass. 

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My Friday Fifty Challenge short story for this week. ‘Fifty words every Friday inspired by something (anything) occurring during the week. It can be fiction, non-fiction, autobiographical, anything you want, but only fifty words.’

Thanks goes out to Writing Prompts for this weeks Friday50 image.

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She was sure this was where he had disappeared; she’d tracked the alcoholic chihuahua – along with her mothers stolen bracelet, clenched between its sharp pointy teeth – through the dank sulky forest.

Kneeling near the edge of the hole, she tried to coax the hell-hound out into the night.

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My Friday Fifty Challenge short story for this week. ‘Fifty words every Friday inspired by something (anything) occurring during the week. It can be fiction, non-fiction, autobiographical, anything you want, but only fifty words.’

For some reason, this picture reminded me of an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Thanks goes out to Writing Prompts for this weeks Friday50 image.

I did it! I wrote over 50k words in under 30 days!

What’s more, those nice folks over at NaNoWriMo even went and gave me one of these:

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Honestly, it felt great to finally pass the 50k mark. And I did it with a few days to spare too!

Having written so much in a short space of time, (especially during the last week where I wrote something like 15k words in around 2 to 3 days), I decided to take a writing break. Or rather, I just stopped writing altogether.

For the past few days it feels as though I have been taking a long writers-inhale; re-oxygenating my creative streak, before sitting back down to write. In fact, this blog post is the first time I’ve written something vaguely creative for over four days (not a long time admittedly, but still long enough for me to miss that writing itch).

I don’t feel that I have writers block as I still have two or three stories that I am eager to finish. Plus, I’ve already plotted a full outline for them, which works wonders, as I always have something to write. So I guess I am currently wading through what I would call ‘writing fatigue’. So I’ve taken the last few days off for a well deserved rest.

Anyhow, today I decided to start back up again, but I am a little undecided as to what I should work on next. Should I continue to write the story I’ve been working on throughout this years NaNoWriMo? I am about three fifths of the way through it, but I am a little (read: a lot) bored with telling that story, right now.

Instead, I want to start to compose something different, something new and fresh. Who knows. I think I am just going to pick something at random and get started; simply focusing on getting back into a writing routine.

To everyone who helped cheer me on through NaNo… Thank You! Your supportive comments really helped to push me past that 50k finishing line. :)

Its the final week of NaNoWriMo and I am almost past the finishing line, all thanks to a rather massive writing day today (just under 9,000 words written!).

This means that I am on track to finish on time, and with a few hundred words to spare. My eyes feel as though they are bleeding (I should really get a better PC screen), but hey, its nothing a good nights sleep can’t fix.

I am still only half way through writing the series of novellas, (I’m likely going to continue writing this series well after the 30th of November). Regardless, I feel chuffed at having churned out so many words in just under a month.

Anyhow, I now have to write 6k words in the next four days (I want to write a few more words than needed, so that I can be sure to hit the word count).

Wish me luck! :)

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While the others continued to sweep the floor of the picture frame – bent over double from the hard press of oil brush strokes – I took a much needed break, stepping out from underneath the blazing sun of the canvass, a sheen of varnish across my brow. 

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My Friday Fifty Challenge short story for this week. ‘Fifty words every Friday inspired by something (anything) occurring during the week. It can be fiction, non-fiction, autobiographical, anything you want, but only fifty words.’

I really like this picture, I wouldn’t mind having a print of it for myself. 

Anyway, a thank you and a shout out to Writing Prompts for this weeks Friday50 image.

From: ML@email.com

To: AuntieM@email.com

Date: Tue, Nov 20, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Subject: Re:Thanksgiving Dinner… Help!!!

Hi Auntie M … :)

First off, thank you so much for helping out! Here is the super short list of food I’d like you to bring for thanksgiving dinner:

- Eggnog (it’s mostly for Uncle Gregg, so we need to make A LOT),

- Sweet Potato Pie (I tried to pry Nana’s secret recipe from Auntie Sue, but she is refusing to let me in on the secret ingredient/s).

Once again, thank you so much for doing this and helping out. I wasn’t sure how to make the Sweet Potato Pie just the way Nana made it, and I wanted the kids to enjoy it again this year.

I really do miss Nana around the holidays. I remember when she used to sit me down and tell me stories about her life when she was younger. Do you remember how every thanksgiving she’d stand up at the end of the dinner table, and tell us how she was most thankful for the orange tree that grew down the road from her childhood home?

I guess that is where Nana’s love of eating oranges came from, huh. Wait, do you think oranges are one of the secret ingredients in her Sweet Potato Pie recipe?

I guess, in a way, Nana being gone makes me feel even more thankful for all the family I have around me. Makes me feel more grateful for the time we all get to spend together… ah well, sorry for getting a bit melancholy there. :(

Anyhow, call me if you need anything.

Love, ML x

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Writers Digest Story Prompt: Write a letter to your family (or friends) explaining why you are thankful this Thanksgiving. Post your response (500 words or fewer)

Authors Note: Over here in the UK, we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, but we do celebrate the holiday season (in general). So Happy Holidays everyone!

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It’s the 3rd week of NaNoWriMo — I have written over 30k words and I’ve started to average 3k words a day.

This is all thanks to the ‘Write 10k in a Day‘ technique. The technique is a slightly more elaborate ‘butt in seat’ writing plan, but my daily word count boomed after I began to implement it.

To write 10k words in a day, you need to break up your single writing session block into four writing sessions of 75 minutes to 2 hours; with 15 minute breaks in between each session. Use a timer, set it, and do not get up or stop writing until the alarm rings. You won’t always hit 10k, but you can rest assured that your daily word count will go way, way up.

So now, entering the third week, I keep having to persuade myself not to take a day off and ‘make it up later’. I just don’t want to risk falling too far behind, not at this stage (coming into the home stretch of NaNoWriMo).

Anyhow, I recently stumbled across some advice that has helped me to put my writing into perspective (things like word-count targets, difficult scenes, just all around writing stumbling blocks). Here is a letter by the writer John Steinbeck, Author of ‘Of Mice and Men’, written back in 1962:

If anyone is looking for a NaNoWriMo buddy, simply come on over and say hey!

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