Monday, 9 August 2010

Joined Up Words

I have started doing this:-



I'm sure you've all seen these meters littered around the blogosphere and you all know what they mean. Yes, I am trying to assemble 80,000 words together to make a coherent whole.
The central character is Carol, an out of work dentist from Harrow who’s dumped herself on Wayne, a billionaire playboy from Wigan. A scuffle down Fanny's Lane ensues closely followed by a mysterious incident on Blotched Bottom Common involving the Littlehampton Confectionery Display Team. It reaches its climax with a death defying escapade on top of a haystack in a field just off the A30 [sorry Dave, but I do kiss and tell].
As you can tell, this is to be a well researched historical/romantic novel.

Progress is slow and I really need all my powers of concentration, and a huge dollop of discipline, to get it done.

I will write my next blog post when I hit 10,000, or when I get fed up with trying. I will also still be keeping an eye on you all.

Smoke me a kipper, I'll be back for breakfast!

76 comments:

CyberPete said...

Oh gosh! Can't wait to read it dear.

PS I haven't seen that thing around. Maybe I haven't been around the block enough.

CyberPete said...

YAY first! (and second)

KEVIN JACKSON said...

keep kissing and telling and pass 80,000 in a flash.

That Thing is Evil ...

moreidlethoughts said...

Scarlet, I love you! Of course, if blogging had been around 50 years ago I'd have been first past the post. Or first to post. What the heck!

And the bit about the haystack? I was much too much of a lady to mention it here.(I may have said something about it elsewhere...)

nick said...

What's that expression? Success is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration. I'm sure you've got the necessary imagination and stamina and single-mindedness (or should that be bloody-mindedness?) You go, girl.

fairyhedgehog said...

Go Scarlet! I'm already waiting for it to be published.

xl said...

When I saw the graphic, I was thinking it was a home pregnancy test thingy. Either way, best wishes!

kyknoord said...

I'm sure you have the write stuff [cue heroic music and slo-mo walking]. It sounds like a must-read to me.

TechnoBabe said...

No kippers here, Scarlet, would like some bacon? I wish you well and I know you can do whatever you set your mind to! Hugs.

Scarlet Blue said...

Thank you!!!
I am blushing and my eye is being drawn to my blogrol... I need to know what Pete was doing lying on his back on a dirty kitchen floor last Monday... and then I will be gone for the day... or at least until 4pm...
Sx

eroswings said...

See? I shouldn't have stopped by MJ's blog before coming over here, because that thingy pic in your post made me think it was a feminine applicator of sorts.

*shudders*

..like an eyeliner or something.

Good luck with the writing! I look forward to what you come up with!

No kippers, but I do have some fried chicken and potato salad and biscuits ready for you when you want a snack.

Nota Bene said...

They have one of those on our local church steeple...now I know what it's for...

mapstew said...

Do we all get a signed copy at the launch?
(The way my head is today, I'm lucky to be able to string two words together! The beer was extra nice last night.) :¬)

xxx

Dave said...

Odd, I too thought of a pregnancy testing kit, but then I remembered the rubber playsuit's rather useful properties and breathed a sigh of relief.

Dave said...

You do realsie that Captain A.J. Rimmer, Space Adventurer, is a character based on my life, don't you?

Scarlet Blue said...

Indeed, I often do a realsie... usually just before I make a typo of my onw.
Sx
Ace Rimmer - what a man!

Happy Frog and I said...

Best of luck with it. I can't imagine writing 80,000 coherent words - wow! I'm sure if anyone can, you can though!

the eternal worrier: said...

Never seen that thing before? Good luck 80,000 is a big post.

wendy house said...

Hoorah! over 3,000 already under your belt, that's nearly 5% and a plot already. Good luck, I'm looking forward to the 10,000 wd, or before, post...

The Unbearable Banishment said...

Don't get fed up. And don't stop if you hit a wall. And don't let too much time pass between writing sessions.

Lecture over. Good luck to you.

Eryl Shields said...

I haven't, and I don't; but jolly good luck with it, X

Inexplicable DeVice said...

Ooh, I can't wait to read more about the Littlehampton Confectionery Display Team. That's an after work activity I could really get into!

P.S. I haven't seen that applicator thingy around either - I've obviously been reading the wrong blogs.

Madame DeFarge said...

Gosh, I can hardly wait to measure progress. Can we all have a speaking part in your great English novel?

Kevin Musgrove said...

You *have* commissioned a suitable frontispiece, haven't you? ("He spurned her, in his manful way, and took another draw on his sherbet dab")

Pat said...

Don't give all your plot away - it's a jungle out there.
I've always wanted one of those thingies especially now I've completed 103,000 words.

Scarlet Blue said...

For those interested in having a word meter, it is HERE!

Blimey, 103,000 words! Pat - I doubt I'll get that far... especially if I spend so much time dreaming up a suitable cover... [Kev].

Sx

Pat said...

Scarlet I think memoirs are allowed more - 80,000 more the norm for a novel.

Mark Sanderson said...

You're writing a novel? How brave. I find real life far easier to write about. I'm guessing your book is going to be a mucky one. Am I right?

63mago said...

Never saw one of these word counters. I learned to calculate back in typewriter days. A line was 60 strokes, space set 2 (60 Anschl├Ąge, Zeilenabstand 2), on the DIN A 4 paper with the normal margines you have 62 lines - we are talking about mechanical typewriter ten point - so somethin around 1.800 strokes equals a "Normseite"; sometimes people refer to it with 1.500 strokes. It's still used by Lektoren and other strange book people ... 80.000 strokes will be roughly 54 manuscript pages, needs correcting editing lectoring and we'll come close to 48 - ach the old 12er thing how to divide a Bogen - make it 36 and all is good.

Sometimes I think M.Spillane IS an example, at least in re writing: Now come pistol-whiping out of yer corner ...!

MJ said...

Miss Scarlet: This is to inform you that you have been appointed Official Spanker at the Infomaniac Spanking Ranch.

Scarlet Blue said...

Pat: Did you ever read any Barbara Taylor Bradford? They were massive, I couldn't fit them in my handbag. I used to read them on the train and would waddle onto the platform looking like I was carrying a brick in a carrier bag. Nobody would mess with me with that sort of weapon.

Mr Marks: Mucky-ish, but not at all graphic.

Mr Mags: I like a few helpful strokes.
It all sounds very complicated. But then again I'm having a twitty moment.

MJ: YEY!!!!
I will dig out my riding crop!!
Eat your heart out, Jackie Collins!

Sx

nick said...

Funnily enough, I used to live in Harrow and I had a dentist there. It wasn't Carol though, just a rather dull and avuncular chap called Dr Hansom (and no, he wasn't particularly). I don't think he'd be much use for your novel unless he turned out to be a deranged stalker who stands outside Carol's flat all night.

Kerrie said...

I have put your kipper in my pipe and smoked it. (most enjoyable).

63mago said...

You are 5150 words away from the next post ... oh my ... AND your spanking duties ...

Kevin Musgrove said...

Do big words and semi-colons count double?

Whirlochre said...

It's like a stainless steel rolling pin waiting to be rammed up the backside of fiction.

Or possibly a funky lip gloss pen that keeps tabs on millilitres of smoodginess remaining...

Mitzi said...

Will it be available on audio book for those of us "up norf" who can't read?

EmmaK said...

oh god it sounds wonderful! I hope the book will also feature many biscuits being dunked in creamy hot fluids .....does it feature a lot of biscuit erotica or would that be giving it away?

Scarlet Blue said...

...dammit Emma....SSSHHHHHH!!!!!
Sx

Macy said...

I'm confused.... is it a novel or a memoir....or a food porn production featuring cake???
Will there be photos????
Because a picture can paint a thousand words.. non?

Kevin Musgrove said...

It can't be a food porn memoir, not after what the magistrate said last time.

Julia said...

Come on SB - I rely on your blog to alleviate the tedium of working. It's August, ergo it's deader than dead. I need some mental stimulation. Well, OK, I need other types of stimulation too, but I'm not going in to that here.
Keep blogging. Otherwise I'll have to do my own blog, and am far to much of a procrastinator to do that!!
How's the word count now? Anywhere near the 10,000 milestone? Or did you get distracted by kippers, stalkers and/or spanking?
Have attempted to write a novel meself.... after about 120,000 words I realised it would really need a plot. So it's got a good beginning, but the middle and end are sadly lacking and I gave up years ago.
Maybe now it's August and I am bored at work....

63mago said...

She's only 3.863 words away from the next post, Julia. AND has spanking duties!

The Dotterel said...

Need a publisher?

63mago said...

2.569 'til cake!

Kerrie said...

Not long now...I am seeing how many Fry's peppermint creams I can eat before your next post.
I may need new larger knickers if you don't hurry.

63mago said...

The kipper is ready.

Scarlet Blue said...

'Ello.
Some of my words had to be thrown out due to disorderly conduct - they were upsetting the other words... but I'm going to get that cake by the end of the week and hopefully I'll also have an exciting update regarding the Littlehampton confectionary display team.
Thank you for your patience.
Sx

Borah said...

wicked! Good luck with that!

Until six days ago I used to live in Harrow! No surprise Carol is out of work as a dentist there! If it gets made into a film, will she be played by Aishwarya Rai?

I'm designing the plot for my second novel too. Actually not a bad idea at all, to have a public word counter. I'll put it on my blog as soon as I start writing.

Good luck!

63mago said...

Tenthousand is less than one page away ...

xl said...

I miss you so much Miss Scarlet!

Scarlet Blue said...

Not long now! But what the hell am I going to post about?!!
Sx

nick said...

I can picture it all so vividly. Ms Scarlet in a state of total exhaustion, the sweat pouring off her, her brain white-hot, a wobbling heap of empty Pot Noodle tubs. Slowly the words are accumulating, there's light at the end of the tunnel....

nick said...

Oh, what are you going to post about? Same as me, probably....

Scarlet Blue said...

Why, what are you posting about???
Sx

French Fancy said...

You are the mistress of irony, Scarlet. Sorry not to have been around much but you and I both get out a bit.

nick said...

I posted about not having anything to post about. Well, that and other things.

Scarlet Blue said...

That's okay, Mrs French!

I will have to pop over and nick your post, Nick.
Sx

Joanna Cake said...

I loved Barbara Taylor Bradford but I always aspired to be Jean Plaidy. I wrote my first historical novel when I was 15... Queen Joanna got her head removed by King Kevin The Bastard even though he was desperately in love with her. That's when I realised that I'd written myself out of a sequel... and needed a shower sequence.

Good Luck!

63mago said...

Three words until the new post!

That is it!

Kevin Musgrove said...

Poor Joanna talked herself out of a series of historical zombie novels.

Have you varnished that floor yet, Scarlet?

nick said...

Only three words left, what a tease you are! How about "He died instantly"?

Scarlet Blue said...

...those words have already been used to finish the three previous chapters. I suppose it would work again?
Sx

Scarlet Blue said...

I am working on the post...
Sx

63mago said...

"It went bang." - ?
"Shut up, mago!" - ?

Kevin Musgrove said...

"Woof!" said Spot.

63mago said...

"I the jury."

Dave said...

"Dave! It's enormous!!"

KEVIN JACKSON said...

Ha Ha Ha.

63mago said...

It went on.

xl said...

BORK! BORK! BORK!

Kevin Musgrove said...

Not done yet?

Kevin Musgrove said...

How apposite for Bank Holiday Monday! My wordver was "pieroloo," which is that little cabin next to the Speak Your Weight machine.

Scarlet Blue said...

Tut. Now I am spoilt for choice. All your suggestions are possible and fit like soft kid gloves. What to do? Sigh.
Sx

P.S...After all this writing I now find myself postless, clueless, and suffering from post-fright...

63mago said...

It will come like a freighttrain.

tikno said...

I'm still don't know what the purpose of the meter indicator. What its mean?