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I’ve been a busy bee lately, but mostly not writing.

The weekend before my last post was spent with some of the most important people in my life. These are the people who support me. These are the people who inspire me. These are the people who focus me. I didn’t write anything during their visit, but it was so, so important to spend that time with them. If I’ve learned anything since I started on my writing journey, it’s that life is unpredictable and it is too short for too many of us.

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On the log at Meriting Picnic Site, Golden Gate Highlands National Park. (Picture courtesy of Werner Oelschig)

I did my first ever Parkrun. I met some very interesting people along the way, including a lady who plans her vacations around Parkrun so she can run at as many locations as possible. I think that’s really cool. Despite it being days before I could really feel my legs again, I quite enjoyed the experience. I don’t think I’ll do it every week, but I’ll definitely do it again.

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Crossing the final bridge, Clarens Parkrun (Picture courtesy of Soreta du Plessis)

And I’ve taken a break from Number 19 (Yes, another one. Yes, it will still get done this year.) to work on a different project for CampNaNoWriMo. I’m calling it “Wickerish” as a working title, because it is basically Wicker Man with a female protagonist. So far I’ve written the opening chapter, 95% of the final scene, and a few bits in the middle as sort of story joists, and I am very excited about it all. I mocked up a cover for it too, which you may have seen on my social media.

It helps to visualise!

And speaking of CampNaNoWriMo, I’m running write-ins at Bibliophile every Sunday afternoon in April. We had our Kick-Off Party last Sunday, and we had a blast drawing our internal editors (for the purpose of locking them away for the month!), free-writing to get the juices flowing, and declaring our goals for Camp. We chatted about things like word counts and how the “accepted” length of a novel differs between genres, plotters vs pantsers (and plantsers in between), comparisonitis, and finding your own way of doing things. It was a great afternoon, and I’m looking forward to 4 more like it before Camp is over.

Beautiful weather for our first meeting!

I am also in the middle of trying to put out the next issue of Wishful Inkers – it’ll be available on 15 April, for the benefit of Cluny Animal Trust. I hope you’ll take a look at it when it comes out.

I have big plans for April, and although I’m not going to be doing a weekly report like I did for NaNo last year, I will definitely be letting you know how it goes.

If you’re doing CampNaNo this month, I wish you the very best of luck – though I know you don’t need it. Whatever your goal is, I believe in you.

May your ideas flow freely, may your coffee (or other beverage) always be full, and may your backups always be secure.

Happy writing!

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