While I’ve been bit of a slacker in the platform building campaign, I have managed to meet a few fellow campaigners. I’m hoping that in the upcoming weeks I’ll be able to meet ‘n’ greet a bit more than I have in the last few weeks. However, I did meet a couple of nice people already and one of them is visiting here today so I’ll let Alberta tell you all about herself. She’s also doing a giveaway so make sure to check that out at the end. Take it away Alberta!!
Thank you Dafeenah for hosting me today. Many of the kind hosts on this tour have been met through various challenges and groups; Dafeenah is one. I have met so many kind folk since stepping gingerly onto the web and discovered so much. One of the mysterious rumours I picked up earlier this year was NaNoWrMo!! What?! I investigated the site, listened to others in the various groups I participated in and began to think.
When I ventured into writing seriously this time, as opposed to childhood scribbles, Ellen’s Tale was a happy accident as I have mentioned before on other sites. As I wrote about Ellen my mind was already plotting the sequel and so was ready to go soon after Ellen was published, ready made. Easy. The Storyteller’s Tale came out a few months later.
Then I embarked on Jack’s Tale still thinking it was easy. Those of you who have followed me on ROW80 will know the response to that ‘easy’ is ‘NO’ – it has been a real struggle to get Jack to the editing line. Months past the time I had calculated. So much for the best laid plans. I had not started Jack while writing the previous one; it was a cold start from scratch with a more complicated structure. I got to pondering on the merits of NaNo.
I can, as ROW80’s know, produce huge amounts of word count; I am retired, I have few distractions, I enjoy sitting at my machine. NaNo didn’t seem to be beyond me. Would producing a novel this way break that long haul Jack took? Furious writing for a month, no editing, no corrections, no changing anything, just getting words down. It was an interesting thought. 50,000 in a month seemed very do’able for me with my entire days at my disposal. How near to the 100,000 + that the Sefuty Chronicles are averaging could I get to if I really tried?
To test it out I would need a new story and, I thought, a new genre, put a few handicaps in. Twenty years ago I had had an idea for a story, set in America involving a detective on the Eastern Seaboard. Well despite a few research trips over there with my friend from forever/editor that wasn’t going to wash now. America has, as has everywhere, changed beyond recognition in the intervening years. If I was to resurrect the tale a few changes were needed. I moved the action to the east coast of England and the detective has become a reclusive author of obscure erudite writings. It will be my test case. Not allowed to write any of it before Nov 1st by the rules of the game, it will be as cold a start as Jack had been.
My fancy is that setting aside a block of time to just furiously write, head down fingers flying, would suit me. Planning in my head before so that I know the outline, jigging it to shape afterwards. I feel confident that for me it might be the way to go. An experiment in time management.
If it works I will have a contemporary novel to offer the world, one that has stepped out into the gritty darkness of the West’s seamier side of life, one which indulges a little bit in the sensuous (not quite erotic, I think I’m possibly too old now for those capers!!). If it works I will have the framework for the fourth of my Sefuty Chronicles, The Ancestor’s Tale which I hope to be starting in the New Year.
So fingers crossed please that I am correct in my reasoning. Who of you who have done NaNo before find it the way forward?
I am running a give away during the tour.
2 winners of draw will win an e-book edition of The first two books of the Sefuty Chronicles
Ellen’s Tale and The Storyteller’s Tale
3 runners up will win an e-book edition of Ellen’s Tale
(unless already read in which case The Storyteller’s Tale)
How to win
A comment on each visited host site gives you one chance to win, also on my sites on those days I am posting there during the tour an extra entry will be given if you mention the post on Twitter or Facebook an extra entry will be given for a mention of the post/tour on your own blog Let me know where you have spread the word
Places you can find Alberta:
http://www.albertaross.co.uk – Alberta’s official website where detail of her books, extracts, readers comments and contact details can be found
http://sefutychronicles-albertaross.blogspot.com – where Alberta blogs about writing and self publishing
http://www.didyoueverkissafrog.typepad.com -blogging about anything she fancies
Alberta can be followed on Twitter at
I spent the first part of my adult life travelling the world, the middle years studying and now have settled down to write. From the first part I have endless photographs, memories and friends. From the second I have a BSc Hons, an MA and friends. Now in this part everything comes together.
Over the years my interests have expanded, as has my book and music collection. A short list would include reading (almost anything) science, opera, folk, gardening, philosophy, crazy patchwork, freeform crochet, ethics, social history, cooking (and eating of course) gardening, anthropology, climate change and sustainability.
My parents gave me, apart from a love of reading and music, an interest and curiosity in everything which in itself has become a total inability to be bored and for this I am always grateful.