NaNoWriMo starts in three days’ time. Another November. Another 50 000 words. Another novel to edit. This year I'm going to write one long blog story and later edit it into posts. That's the plan. But will I actually do the editing? I haven’t finished editing last year’s novel or the one from the year before… 

Today I was thinking about last year’s novel. It’s called The Angels of Gum Tree Road. It’s the sequel to another story I wrote called The Angels of Abbey Creek. I actually finished that particular novel. I even got it professionally edited. But publishing it? Two out of three isn’t too bad.. is it? One day…

Anyway, back to The Angels of Gum Tree Road. This afternoon I opened the file and started reading. Maybe it’s not too bad. Perhaps I can do something with it…. if I ever get around to working on it. My problem is blogging. I love writing blog posts. These are fairly quick to write. They get posted and I move onto a new story. They’re mostly pleasure rather than work. And most times I’d rather have fun blogging than work hard on my novels. I have come to the conclusion that the only way I’m ever going to finish my novels is if I stop blogging.  But is that really the only way? I have another idea…

What if I post my stories here on my blog? I would be blogging and editing my novel at the same time. What do you think?

The Angels of Gum Tree Road continues the story of the Angel family: Mum, Dad, Edward, Kate, Joe, Celeste, Lizzie and Annie. Each chapter is an individual story but forms part of a larger story that stretches over a period of a year.

I wrote the first Angels’ story for my Catholic Goddaughter. I wanted to write something she could identify with. There are lots of Catholic details and my stories follow the liturgical year with everything explained in a simple way a young child would understand. 

The language is also rather simple, with short uncomplicated sentences, something a non-reader might enjoy hearing or a beginner reader could read to herself. But then again my girls, who are older and enjoy very long and complicated novels, like my stories. But maybe they have to as they're written by their mother! 

I’ve tried to add subtle humour, mainly for my own enjoyment. And I've included lots of details of everyday life as I think young children like hearing about those. (I could be wrong!)

Would you like to share my stories? I would be posting drafts so they won’t be perfect. Oh and I don’t mind feedback if it’s of the constructive kind!

I could start with Part 1 of Mrs Perkins’ Garden Party. The novel starts with these words…

It is the feast day of Mary, Mother of God. It is also New Year’s Day. The Angel family have just returned from early Mass. Mum and Dad and the children are sitting around the table eating a late breakfast. Fourteen year old Kate has made a huge stack of pancakes. She always makes her famous pancakes on special days. Of course a feast day is a very special day….

I might post some more of the chapter another day.

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  1. All I can say is I can't wait!

    Love ya...

    1. Thanks Chris! That's very encouraging. xx

  2. Sounds wonderful! Looking forward to reading more, for sure!

    1. Kathleen,

      Thank you for wanting to share my stories. I hope you like them!

  3. Your Angels family sounds like exactly the sort of family I tried to find books about when I was a child. I remember borrowing a book about one fictional family from the library, and loved it so much that I was miserable (no exaggeration) when I had to return it. All these years later, I still recall snatches of their stories (they once went swimming in a pond, which to me was practically magical). Each story could stand alone, and together they were like chapters in the life of one family unit.

    So to think of being able to read about a family as written about by YOU (you are just plain gifted at writing stories... that's my opinion, anyway) - fills a little old grandma on the other side of the earth with anticipation. I'm just sayin.'

    Not that I'm trying to talk you into doing it or anything.

    Who am I kidding? I absolutely am!!!

    1. Nancy,

      You won't be surprised to hear the Angel family are very much like another family I know very well. OK, I admit it, I based the stories on my own family! You will recognise Dad without a problem. Maybe I cheated but I did hear we should write about what we know, and so that's what I did!

      I like stories that can be read individually. A collection can be dipped into without having to start at the beginning, especially when you've read the whole book once through.

      I am so glad you want to share my stories. Maybe Bunny would enjoy them. If you'd like a copy of the first Angel volume to try out on her, please let me know. I'd be happy to email you the file.

      After all your kind words, how can I not post at least a chapter or two of my story? Thank you for your encouragement, Nancy!

  4. Wonderful idea! Can't wait to read each installment as it comes along!

    1. Karla,

      Thank you! I hope it works posting an instalment at a time. The chapters are quite long so I might have to post only part of a chapter each time. We'll see how it goes!

  5. Yes plaease, do continue the story - once the soot has been swept away and everything stacked in the emergency cupboard - it's also the kind of story I'd like my wlets to read.

    1. Uglemor,

      We've unpacked our emergency bags and got our home back in order. It's good to be able to concentrate on normal things again... like writing novels! I hope your owlets do like the kind of story I have written. They aren't very sophisticated but interesting to a Catholic child... I hope. Anyway, I shall soon find out!

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    1. Thanks Lisa! I've posted the first story. Posting on a blog is certainly an incentive to get the editing finished!

  7. I think I already maybe mentioned this, and I don't remember what your said, but look up the Kindle novel called "joy in the ordinary", a lovely Catholic novel that was self published using a website that she mentions in the beginning. I think it is maybe only electronic? Anyways, maybe you could publish it electronically first? I have the PDF, but if it was accessible on Kindle, it would be cool!

    1. Elisa,

      I did read Joy in the Ordinary after your recommendation! I don't remember about the website though but I'll look it up.

      I am quite happy to publish my novel as a Kindle book, but I was wondering if paperback copies would be better for children to read by themselves. Of course publishing both versions would be perfect. I might start with the Kindle though! Thank you so much for your suggestion.


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