Can you believe we’re in the second half of November already? I honestly don’t know where my year has gone! But more on that next month, when I talk about my favourite reads this year amongst other things ๐Ÿ˜‰

How are you coping, NaNonites? Has the madness settled in yet? On Tuesday we passed the halfway point through November, which means that by now, NaNoWriMo is over half-way there!! In other words –ย if you take the weekends off like I do, we only have eight more days to reach 50K! If that’s not a reason to panic…

But we don’t panic. We soldier on and we persevere. And it’s precisely because we passed the half-way point on Tuesday that I thought a progress update couldn’t hurt! (It’s not as exciting as what I’ve got for you next week Friday, by the way, but keep reading. I’ll get to that in a moment.)


So far this month I’ve written 35,261 words, which means that I only need to do 1,800 (roughly) on each remaining day to hit 50K. I’m feeling confident! Tired, yes, but confidence is in there somewhere, too.

How are you getting on? Are you on track, or have you fallen behind? Go you if you’re still on track, and if the latter option sounds more like you – you’ve got this! Soldier on, NaNonite! Your story is wonderful, but it will only be read if you hit those word counts! So make yourself another tea, get a biscuit (which is literally what I’m doing right now – I’m having tea and little delicious gingerbread men for breakfast), and write on! You’re rocking it!


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But I’ve teased you for long enough, so let’s get to the exciting announcement I’ve mentioned! ๐Ÿ™‚ I feel like it’s taken me a really long time to find the right title, but I’ve NAMED THE SEQUEL!

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Next week Friday I’ll be revealing the title of Rise of the Sparrows’ little sister, Book 2 in the Relics of Ar’Zac trilogy :’) The final book in the trilogy wasย named a while ago, but I’ll wait with that one until it’s more relevant. Say, some time after Book 2 has been published. Or maybe until I’ve started writing it, at least.

But onto the second thing I promised – the excerpt ๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s from Soul of the Heart (temp. title), the novel I’m writing during NaNo ๐Ÿ™‚ ‘Ginger’ is a nickname, but to avoid spoilers that’s all you’re getting… ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you enjoy!


Ginger didnโ€™t budge. โ€œI think youโ€™re asking us if weโ€™re okay so often because youโ€™re not.โ€ Doran froze. Something inside him stopped. Was Ginger right? Had he figured him out so easily? โ€œYouโ€™re hurting, too, perhaps more than us. Why?โ€

Doran wanted to tell him. Ginger had been so open with him; it wasnโ€™t right that Doran couldnโ€™t do the same. He turned away and closed his eyes. Rhys stared back at him.

โ€œItโ€™s a long story.โ€ Doranย wanted to tell him. Was it this difficult for Ginger to remember his childhood? Had it been this hard for him to remember his own name? Doran wondered what Ginger saw when he closed his eyes. Who was staring back at him in the dark?

โ€œWill you tell me? Not now, but one day?โ€

Doran nodded. He would. He didnโ€™t know when, but he would. He needed to confess what heโ€™d done. โ€œI promise. Now get into bed before I drag you there.โ€

Ginger blushed, and the tension was gone.

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