Today is All Saints Day. It’s the first day of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). And it’s also the day I am drawing the winners for my giveaway.

Firstly, I’d like to thank everyone who stopped to comment, and anyone who shared this post with friends. It was good to chat with a few people in the comments section.


I make a list of all the entrants. I write all their names on pieces of paper which I fold in half. Gemma-Rose finds a hat. In go the names. We stir and stir. Gemma-Rose closes her eyes and draws a name. We stir some more. Another name. More stirring. A third name. 

The winners are…

Gina, Lisa and Natalie.

I am sure you will all enjoy Kari Burke’s novel, The Life I Dreamed. Please let me know the email address you would like your Kindle book addressed to. If you send me a comment with your details, I won’t publish it. Or you could email me. Thank you!

If anyone would like to buy a copy of The Life I Dreamed, it’s available as a paperback or Kindle ebook from Amazon.

Kari blogs at Overflow if you’d like to stop by and say hello.

As I said, it’s the first day of NaNoWriMo. I am attempting to write another novel of at least 50 000 words during November. I’ve been looking forward to this day for a long time. I have my novel all planned out. I thought I’d get up this morning and start writing straight-away. Instead I found myself putting off the moment I typed in the first word. I found a dozen other very important things that just had to be done first… like redesigning my blog.

“Hey, girls! Do you like my new blog header?” I asked.

“Mum! You’re supposed to be writing your novel,” they admonished me.

Why is it so hard to begin a new writing project? Anyway, after the girls told me I couldn’t have lunch until I’d written a reasonable amount of words, I plunged in and began. It’s like jumping into a swimming pool. Now the shock is over, I am enjoying myself. I am now caught up in my fictional family’s adventures. It’s hard to think of anything else.

“Mum, are you listening?”

No, I’m not. I’m in Abbey Creek, the home of my characters, and I guess I‘ll be there until the end of November. I hope to write some blog posts too. But if you pop in and find my blog deserted, you know where I am: at my computer writing a novel.

I hope all my fellow NaNoWriMo writers get off to a good start. And I hope everyone has a wonderful All Saints Day.

And now it's back to work... 2 317 words written. Only 47 683 words to go...

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  1. Congratulations to the winners - I really enjoyed Kari's novel!

    And congratulations to you, too, Sue - it's great that you're starting a new novel. I can't wait to read it!

    I often find it hard to start a new picture or re-start after a break. But, once I begin, it's usually hard to stop - oh, and I get immersed in my own little bubble, too! It's difficult to get sense out of me when I'm in the middle of a picture.

    God bless, Sue:-)

    1. Vicky,

      I am glad to hear you enjoyed Kari's novel!

      You understand how I feel! I don't know exactly why it is so difficult to start writing. I thought a bit about all the work ahead of me. It's a huge job. Maybe I was feeling daunted. Could I do it again? Did I really want to do it? But of course, as soon as I did begin writing, I got caught up in a creative world and I didn't want to come back.

      "It's difficult to get sense out of me..." Yes! It's hard enough getting sense out of me on a normal day. Gemma-Rose constantly asks, "Are you thinking again, Mum?" But for the next month it will be even harder. With so many of us writing and living in our own worlds, Andy is going to be talking to himself for the next month!

      Thank you for your comment.

      God bless!

  2. Good luck on your novel, Sue! Looking forward to hearing all about it...and, perhaps, read it? : )

    1. Stephanie,

      Thank you! I've got off to a good start with the novel. of course you may read it when it's finished. If you'd like to read my first novel to your children, just let me know and I'll send you a PDF copy.

      God bless!

    2. I would LOVE to read your first novel. That would be wonderful if you sent it to me. Thanks so much!

    3. Stephanie,

      I have your email address. I will send you a copy!

  3. I love the new blog header! So pretty! We're headed into Winter soon so it's lovely to see life! Good luck on your new writing project. You always have such great blog posts that I know your book will be great! Happy All Saints Day!

    1. Noreen,

      It is lovely to hear from you! I've been thinking about you and wondering if you've been busy. I am so pleased you visited my blog and stopped to say hello.

      I had fun making the new header. I'm glad you like it. I got fed up with the brown one and wanted something light and spring-like. I remember seeing photos of the snow you had a couple of winters ago. In contrast, the weather here is warming up. Plenty of life!

      I hope you had a happy All Saints Day too. Did you son dress up as a saint?

      God bless!


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