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I’m writing a book!

Well, not just yet. I’m taking part in National Novel Writing Month. Find out more about it here.

I’ve been taking part in NaNo for a little while. Here’s a not-so-delicious secret – I’ve never won. 50,000 words is quite a lot.

So why do I keep doing it? If there’s one thing I’m really good at, it’s starting something afresh as many times as possible and not losing enthusiasm. Fingers crossed this year I’ve finally got the whole discipline thing down and maybe I’ll emerge triumphant. Or, maybe not, but that’s totally fine too. Progress is progress.

I read this article called “7 Strange Questions That Help You Find Your Life’s Purpose” by Mark Manson a while back and I finally figured out my answer to #3.


For me, it’s taking and editing photographs.

So weekend before last Tom and I made pasties, jumped in the car with our cameras and headed to Lepe Beach and Country Park, where neither of us have ever been before. We spent several hours exploring the coastline and taking photographs. I had to bite my lip when Tom’s manual camera failed to wind back at the end of the day. 🙁

While we were walking up and down the shore we walked past Lepe Estate and I became enchanted with the idea of it. My novel for NaNoWriMo this year is a romance story based around the estate and the shoreline. I usually try to write sci-fi/fantasy, but this year I’m going to throw all of my preconceptions about what I should be writing away and write something completely different. I’ll let you know how that goes.

These are the photos that I liked the most:


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