Wednesday, 27 November 2013


Well, with three days to spare and after a few marathon writing sessions, I stumbled over the finishing line. My first novel written under NaNoWriMo (well, my first novel full stop as well) is complete at 50,881 words. I may have done a little dance. The certificate is soon to be printed and placed on my wall somewhere.

It's a great feeling and I'll no doubt be having another go next year. It's certainly strange to see an idea from inside my own head down on paper, no matter how random or poorly structured it may be in places. The main thing is, it's mine, it's done and it's a bucket list item ticked off. There'll be another one ticked once the publishing options are available...

All on Lancashire day, too. Can't be bad.

Friday, 22 November 2013

Scottish Forlornment

New Zealand v Scotland, Rugby League World Cup Quarter Final, Headingley, Leeds, 15/11/2013

Marian Call & Scott Barkan, Nexus Art Café, Manchester

Last Thursday I had the pleasure of seeing the wonderfully talented Marian Call play a show at Nexus Art Cafe in Manchester, ably assisted by the equally talented Scott Barkan. If you're a nerd, like folky type music, or a combination of such, check Marian's music out. After all, what's better than someone singing songs about zombies, sharks, Battlestar Galactica and a whole host of other geeky subjects?

Scott was also excellent, it was the first time I'd heard his stuff. Well worth checking out as well.