Miles Away – Carol Ann Duffy

I want you and you are not here. I pause
in this garden, breathing the colour thought is
before language into still air. Even your name
is a pale ghost and, though I exhale it again
and again, it will not stay with me. Tonight
I make you up, imagine you, your movements clearer
than the words I have you say you said before.

Wherever you are now, inside my head you fix me
with a look, standing here while cool late light
dissolves into the earth. I have got your mouth wrong,
but it still smiles. I hold you closer, miles away,
inventing love, until the calls of nightjars
interrupt and turn what was to come, was certain,
into memory. The stars are filming us for no one.

I recently came across this poem and loved it. It’s inspired my idea for Camp Nanowrimo in July… I see a woman desperately in love with a man who couldn’t wait for her any longer.

Here’s to productive camping 🙂

R x


Day 10…

It’s been a while since my last post, but I’m still here.

I’ve recently started a summer job, working 9 til 9 during the day while is pushing me to draft on paper and type up at the weekend, or whenever I have an afternoon.

I’ve just passed the 10k mark, and I’m hoping that I can catch up with my word count. Although I’m just trying to keep going at the moment, I’ll worry about the word count later. I’ve just added an extra thousand to my word count, and I hope that once I get back to my computer I’ll be able to push that word count up a bit higher. If not there are hundreds of uncounted words in ink sitting quietly in my notebook.

Day 1

Today marks the beginning of my writing holiday… and honestly I haven’t done much of it. I finished all of my outlining last night, there are a few bits and pieces which will be panned as I go along, but the general ideas are there.

As of yet I haven’t even looked at my notebooks. I keep telling myself that doing nothing will not get to that word target, but motivation is lacking. With having Mum’s birthday to prepare for (wrapping presents and baking a cake) and waiting for the Sky man to bring hope back home (we’re waiting for a new broadband router) I just haven’t found myself wanting to write.

I get lost in my words sometimes, and that doesn’t help when I’m meant to be listening out for the front door…

5 days, 11 hours to go

As I have finally decided what I am going to be writing about. I’m putting together my plans and working out those important facts.

I’m a bit nerdy when it comes to numbers, like birthdays and anniversaries. I like things to add up, and I like them to be consistent. I learned early on that I am bad a stuff like this, unless I manage to write it all down before hand.

Still working on a system for keeping track of everything… if anyone has any good ways, please let me know.

Any how I have three women and three gorgeous stories to write about them. I’m hoping to hit my 50,000 word target.

Happy Writing
VH x

An Early Beginning

Having missed the April edition of Camp NaNoWriMo due to coursework deadlines I’ve taken it upon myself to prepare for the July competition.

I’ve enjoyed taking part in previous competitions, I’ve found that even if I do not finish there is a thrill. Requiring to spend a couple of hours writing every day during the competition is a brilliant help at becoming organised. With the main event being in November, and very close to the beginning of the Uni term it’s so helpful after a summer of being a lazy student.

Today appears to be very early for July, but I want to be prepared. This time I plan on writing a completely original work instead of my usual fan-fiction. I thought that for this year I would be prepared.