Saturday, 31 December 2011

HELLO What To Do? 2012

I mentioned in an earlier post (1/12/11) that I was taking part in the 100k in 100 days challenge. What will I be doing? Well, one of the plans is to complete a novel of 15,000-35,000 words for the 8-12 yrs category. This is for the Francis Lincoln Diverse Voice Children's Book Award 2013. This award is linked with Seven Stories. The award was announced 1/12/11 and the closing date is 31/12/12 with the winner announced Spring 2013.

The entry criteria must include cultural diversity in the widest possible sense, be it in story content or ethnic and cultural origins of the author. Well, that's two boxes ticked for me.

I'm doing this like NaNo, so I'll be writing 1000 words a day and writing to the max word count (35,000). The plot is more or less laid out so type, type, type ahoy. It's called 'The Wind Knows My Name, a fantasy story for 12 yr olds. The first award winner was Takeshita Demons by Cristy Burne. It's a great read.

When that's done, the next thing is to add more words to my WIP-Shadowmaker. Then I'll see how I get on from there.

Yesterday, as I looked through a months worth of blog posts; (sorry, I had a break from all things writing after NaNo); I came across A Classics Challenge from November's Autumn. I will be taking part in this. Here are my 7 works of classic literature that I will be reading in 2012:

     1- Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
     2- Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
     3- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
     4- The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
     5- Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
     6- Dracula by Bram Stoker
     7- The Time Machine by H.G Wells

I picked Rebecca because I bought this book as a teenager and for some reason had never got past the first chapter. I don't know why, because I do know this is a brilliant book.

Tess I read as a teen and loved. Thomas Hardy was my literary hero. It will he great to read this again. And the same goes for Jane Eyre. You can believe in love after reading this.

The infamous line; 'a handbag.' I've seen the film a lot of times and the humour and the characters are perfect. I can't wait to read some Oscar Wilde.

I've read Alice's Adventures in Wonderland but not the second book, so this will be a nice gem of a read.

You can't beat a bit of Gothic horror so it had to be Dracula; the original vampire story.

Another great that I read in earlier years. I shall be revisiting a love of science fiction in The Time Machine.

That's some of what I plan to do this coming 2012. What will you be up to? Happy New Year! x


  1. Thank you for joining the challenge, Debbie!

    I've yet to read Hardy but I'm a little familiar with him through adaptations. There so many great authors out there on my list. Looking forward to your thoughts on his Tess.

    Happy New Year!

  2. Thanks Katherine. Should be a good year in books.

  3. Those are some awesome choices. I read Rebecca as a teen and loved it, though I didn't realize at first that we never do find out what the MC's first name is. lol

  4. Thanks Donna. I think third time round I'll make it.