The day has finally dawned, here I sit, a blank word processing document in front of me and a face as smooth as a babies behind. I thought the best way to monitor my progress would be by a series of blog entries, don’t expect one every day, that would be boring and tedious. If you want that sort of regular detail then you will need to follow my twitter feed. For now here are two images to show my progress so far, sorry about the selfie but that is really the only way of showing off the tash. Anyhows, I’m off to get some writing done, see you in a few days.
With NaNoWriMo starting tomorrow, my attentions are moving away from The Wings of Aysh-Karal to a stand alone novel. In honour of this I worked through the night to complete chapter 6. Now I am on half-term I managed to edit it this morning and it is now live on Wattpad. You can get straight to chapter 6 here or go to the main story page here. I hope you enjoy it as I feel the story is really starting to get going now. Also, do not expect any TWOAK updates for a couple of months as I focus on The Journey Home. That is all. Thank you.
As November creeps closer I am preparing to write my novel and grow a stonking tash for charity. A little while ago I started naming it NaNoWriMovember. To bring the two together even more I have decided to create a special edition of my logo that includes a moustache I could only dream of growing. I will therefore be using this for the whole month. So here is a little plug, check out how far I have got on NaNoWriMo here (you can even buddy me if you want some pep talks, or rather give me some motivation!) or sponsor me to help mens’ health charities here, it is all for a good cause.
It was as I signed up for Movember that I noticed the little picture of Mr. Mo, a mustachioed Mr. Man, on the website. Penned by Adam Hargreaves under his father, Roger Hargreaves, name, it follows the gentlemanly Mr Man who accidentally gets his mustache shaved off. As my son is really into Mr. Men and trying to get all the books (ok, he is only two and a half months old, it might be Daddy who is purchasing them all and insisting he has the whole collection!) I thought I would buy it. It may only be on Kindle but I, I mean we, had to have it, and it is all for a good cause. I have loved the Mr. Men from such a young age. They are silly, accessible to young readers, have clear brightly colour images for babies and do not always hammer a message down your throat. The humour is also quintessentially british, which I love. I actually enjoy all the stories as I read them to my little boy. Basically put, like all the other Mr. Men books, Mr. Mo is a classic. So if you have an iPad, Kindle Fire or any other type of tablet, you can get it from Amazon. Not only will you be doing a good deed (some of the cash goes to Movember!) but you will have a bit of a laugh at the same time. If you have loads of cash you could always sponsor me too by heading to mobro.co/harveycd. Oh yeah, whilst you’re at it grab Mr Bump and the Knight, that dude is a legend and I actually laughed really loudly as I finished it. Now how many children’s books do that to you?
If you read this blog regularly you will know that I am a budding amateur author and have had a severe lack of time to write due to general life. I keep on banging on about stuff I have achieved away from writing and how I should now have more time to write. Well now I am noticing a little more free time I thought, in my own inimitable style, I would fill it up again. But this time with writing. I have had many ideas for novels and with The National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo) coming up I thought this would be the perfect time to pen one. Thus I have signed up and hope to hammer out at least 50,000 words by 31st November. The novel I have decided to go for is titled ‘The Journey Home’ and is about a set of soldiers whose army have lost a battle, they have survived but are stuck in enemy territory. The novel will follow them on their journey to get back home, hence the title!
However, to make the month a little bit stranger, it is Movember. I have always wanted to take part. I will be honest, it is not from a sense of charity, although that does help. The choice comes from the fact that growing a moustache is cool. I have grown one twice before and both times my then girlfriends were far from happy. My now wife is adamant she does not want me to have a moustache. I have always pandered to her views but now we are married with a child there is no way she will leave me, is there? Basically this is how I am looking at it, so there we go, I am doing Movemeber too. What is the most awesome part of it is that you can put both initiatives together to get what I call NaNoWriMovember. See what I did there? I am far too funny.
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How long has it been since I updated my novel? A long time I can tell you that. So much life has happened that I have been writing in fits and starts. After finishing my MA, having a child and more recently getting through OFSTED I have finally finished Chapter 5 of The Wings of Aysh-Karal. It took some time to get back into the story, especially as I really wanted to start other projects, but I am glad I have decided to focus on finishing off what I have started before doing anything else. I am now right back into the world I have built and was planning to finish another Super Lizard short then go back to TWOAK but now I am raring to write Chapter 6. You can read Chapter 5 on Wattpad here or start from the beginning here.