I Won NaNoWriMo!!

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Two months ago, I asked you for ideas to write a NaNoWriMo novel. And you delivered! Here are some of the ideas you gave me. I’d like to thank  Barb Knowles, 10000hoursleft, Deborah O’Carrol, Vinnieh, ZhyxthenovelHbhatnagar, Mreadsbooks, Ehbates, Bookishgirl129, and Nandini Bharadwaj for their help! 🙂

But this is just the beginning! What’s next, then!?

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Friday Book Share #6

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It’s Friday again! Which means it’s time for #FridayBookShare, a wonderful tag created by Shelley Wilson. This tag lets us tell people about wonderful books we love, and is there anything better than talking about our favourite books?

So why don’t you recommend a book too? What you need to do, if you want to share it, is complete the following for a book of your choosing:

First line of the book.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb.

Introduce the main character using only three words.

Delightful design (add the cover image of the book).

Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)

Your favourite line/scene.

I mentioned in my last post that I have just finished reading Imperium, by Robert Harris; and, since I’m about to finish the second book in the saga, which I am enjoying immensely, I thought I would recommend it, too! So, without further preamble, let’s recommend…

LUSTRUM, by ROBERT HARRIS

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Imperium Review

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Imperium ★★★★☆

Do you like ancient Rome? Do you like tales of political intrigue? Do you like long-winded speeches made by lawyers on very complex Roman laws?

Okay, that last bit doesn’t sound exceptionally promising, but in the hand of Robert Harris, it can be far more interesting than you would imagine! Today I will be reviewing Imperium, the first of Harris’s trilogy on Cicero, and an excellent book that kept me hooked for days.

Let me tell you about it.

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Reflections on the Oxford Dictionaries’ Word of the Year

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I have just read a very interesting article on The Bookseller announcing that the good people behind the Oxford Dictionaries have chosen ‘post-truth’ as the word of the year for 2016. If you are wondering, as I was, what it means, here it is:

Post-truth: “Relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.”

The article went on to specify that it had been chosen because of “this year’s EU referendum in the UK and presidential election in the US, which has seen the word used to describe the irrelevance of truth in today’s politics, as in ‘post-truth politics’.” You can read more about it at the Oxford Dictionaries website.

I feel we need to discuss this.

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NaNoWriMo Progress!

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Good morning, my lovely bookaholics! As you can see, I am working very hard into my NaNoWriMo novel! Today’s post is a short one, just to let you know how I’m doing at day 10, which is a third of the way into the whole project. As you can see, I have passed the 20,000 mark! Yay me! But these past few days I have been exhausted and couldn’t write that much… hopefully I’ll energise over the weekend and will be able to regain the rhythm I started with!

And remember—soon enough I will be doing the Title Reveal, Cover Reveal, and maybe I will even be showing the main characters, as drawn by Hellyon White! And around December, when the work is done and the editing is finished, this book will be available as an e-book for free!

I have also created a Facebook page to keep you all updated with everything that happens in my blog 🙂 you can follow it by clicking here.

Cartography Software for Fantasy Writers

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This is not a sponsored post.

Happy Saturday, my lovely bookaholics! As you know, earlier this month I started writing a novel for NaNoWriMo, which means I have to write a novel at least 50.000 words long before the month ends. And, as I mentioned in my latest post, I don’t want to do a half-hearted job: a tremendous artist, Hellyon White, is designing the cover and the character’s portraits, and I have started drawing a map for the story.

And this is what I want to tell you about right now: the map.How is a writer with no drawing skills whatsoever undertaking so big a project?

Well, let me tell you how I’m doing it.

Let me tell you about Ortelius.

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Amazing NaNoWriMo News!

I haven’t forgotten about NaNoWriMo, I promise! In fact, the novel is going really well! And there are some huge announcements related to it, too. There is so much to say, in fact, that I decided that a video would probably be much better for letting you know about how things are progressing, so here it is—hope you enjoy it!