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November – Vikings, Maids and Authors

Okay, confess! Who stole October?

Seriously. One minute I’m enjoying Center Parcs and the unseasonably warm evenings, then the next I’m sitting at my desk freezing in a hoodie as I try to fight my keyboard into typing my current writing project (If I’m missing any spaces in this blog then I swear it is the keyboard, not me!). I’ve even had to break out the arm warmers, though that hasn’t stopped my fingers from turning into icicles.

October was a wash out in terms of my writing. I just had way too many things on my plate, including a Covid scare, being taxi for my daughter’s sports, illness and half term holiday.

During half term, I was able to take Amberley away for a few days to York. It cost a small fortune (Hello overdraft!) but it was worth it to see her smile. She’d had to miss out on a school trip to the Jorvik Viking Centre due to a Covid false alarm and, while it wasn’t the same as going on the coach with her friends, at least she got to see what they’d all been talking about.

We did lots of other activities too, including lunching at Yo Sushi and dining at a fancy restaurant, attending The Immersive Van Gogh Exhibition, and enjoying the Halloween Magic Wizard School and Secret Quest. The last one was very fun, charging through the very busy streets of York dressed as wizards shouting “Move out of the way, peasants!” at the tops of our lungs.

Ah, York! So eclectic and random, not just in the activities but also the people who visit, it’s no wonder it holds such a special place in my heart. It’s also where Dave and I got engaged, and where I had my hen party, which just so happened to coincide with the annual Viking festival. Of course, we didn’t look out of place at all in our little French Maid outfits!

Another highlight of October was a special visit by fellow author and World Indie Warrior, Cassidy Reyne, who my daughter was very keen to discover is a real life Swedish Viking! It’s been a long time coming, thanks to Covid and lockdowns, but finally we were able to see each other in person again, and I got to share with her my little corner of Yorkshire.

Unfortunately we didn’t manage to squeeze everything into the few days that she was here, partly down to the stonking cold I somehow picked up and our typically northern weather, but we did manage to explore Haworth and sample some cocktails in a local 20’s style cocktail bar. Of course, we were also able to fit in a few hours of writing and even more hours of talking about our projects and characters.

My writing projects may have taken a backseat, but I did manage to keep up with most of Preptober, hosted by World Indie Warriors. This has put me in a great position to start National Novel Writing Month. Yes, it’s that time of year again when I chain myself to my desk and try to call forth an entire 50,000 words towards a novel.

As anyone who follows this blog may know, my creativity has been seriously hampered in the last year and a half, so it’s feeling like a pretty impossible task right now. But, any words is better than none, right? Mmm, maybe I need to break out the incense and candles. Anyone know any spells?

Anyway, for NaNoWriMo, I’ve actually decided to concentrate on a project that I started in 2019. I have 30,871 words down already so, if I manage it, another 50k will mean it is well on the way to being finished. Fingers crossed I have some good news for you next month!

With that being said, it’s probably time for me to get back to the grind and find those words. You can keep track of my NaNo progress over on Instagram but if not, keep an eye out for my next post which will be another Author Q&A.

Take care, Jodie xxx

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