Wednesday, 28 October 2015

NaNoWriMo 2015

Yes, it's that time of year again... it's almost November, so it's time for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo, which I usually shorten to NaNo).

Still not sure? Ok, NaNo is an attempt to write 50,000 words of a novel in the thirty days (and nights) in November. It's a target of 1,667 words per day, and it's achievable.

Catch Up: Weeks 42 & 43 -

Between Parent's Evening (went well), and Girl Child's birthday and associated party (both of which also went well), we've been rather busy, hence this post being monumentally late! However, to compensate, I have a few new zoo pics.

The eagle eyed amongst you may have noticed that this post is being uploaded on a Wednesday morning... fear not, this week (week 44), we've taken a few days of for half term - but more on that next time.

Monday, 12 October 2015

Week 41: The Wirral Way and Norton Priory

If you've had a nosey at the blogs I follow (if you're on a laptop/pc, they're listed somewhere on the right, but they don't show on the mobile browser version) then you may already have found my friend Linda's blog, Somewhere Slowly... One of her hobbies is walking. Not to the shops, but long distances.

One of her favourite places to walk is along the Camino de Santiago in Spain. Literally The Way to Santiago, this is a traditional pilgrimage to the town of Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain, which I first heard of when reading Sharpe's Rifles, by Bernard Cornwell. In the novel, Lieutenant Richard Sharpe and a small detatchment of Riflemen have been cut off from the rest of the British army and they find themselves joining forces with a Spanish cavalry major.

The major has a desperate plan to unfurl the gonfalon (penant) of Santiago (St James) over the holy (and occupied) city of Santiago de Compostela... I'll let you read the novel yourself to find out how they get on, but I've wanted to visit Santiago since I first read this book, and as you can no doubt tell by the slightly worn look of my copy, it's been many years since I first read this book.

Monday, 5 October 2015

Pasta Sauce, Book Club and the Wrexham Writing Workshop

Firstly, I have decided to revert to weekly blog posts. The monthly thing lasted six months, but it hasn't quite been as I had anticipated. So I'm changing it back.

Secondly, this post contains a recipe, a book review, and a bit about a writers workshop that I attended recently.