40,000 words and…

Because I have a day off work and I should spend part of it writing up the minutes for a meeting, naturally I decided it was time to write a new blog post.

Once again NaNoWriMo has worked its magic and I’ve suddenly got about 40,000 words written altogether in Pitkirtly 18, for which ‘Screenshot’ now seems like the wrong title for various reasons. Somebody has indeed been shot, but there is very little about any kind of screen so far. Instead centre stage is taken up by various cats and dogs, and somebody even tried to shoehorn in horses a couple of paragraphs back – if that’s an appropriate verb to use with horses, which I strongly suspect it isn’t. Anyway, I’ve been ruthless with the horses and drawn everybody’s attention back to the story. For now.

Reaching 40,000 words should mean I am about 2/3 of the way through, which is encouraging, although at this point I have multiple loose ends trailing all over the place, and no obvious way of tying them off, although I must admit that I do enjoy attempting to do it.

For quite a while I’ve been thinking vaguely that it would be nice to make an audio version of one or more of my Pitkirtly stories, and as if by magic my son Alex has produced an audio file he created out of one of the short stories. This is a taster for what he could do if he recorded a whole novel, but of course there would be a lot more work in that, and although I feel he would make an excellent voice artist (I think that’s the right word for it) I’m sure he has plenty of other fish to fry.

Anyway, below is a link to the audio version of ‘Apocalypse Ready’. It is about 14 minutes long. You can either listen to it online or download it – there should be buttons for both these options if you follow the link.

Apocalypse Ready

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