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Celebrate the Small Things

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Celebrate the Small Things is a weekly bloghop now hosted by Lexa Cain. The idea is to post anything you want to celebrate from the last week, no matter how small.

Here's what I'm celebrating this week:
- I had a fantastic time in Wales with Jamie visiting friends last week; we visited a windy beach and built a huge sandcastle, went to a pub quiz and played a lot of card games. Even the seven hour drive down there wasn't too bad!
- There was another WEP challenge on Wednesday. I decided to write a poem for the first time in 3 years, and I got some really good feedback for it, which I was surprised about! If you want to check it out, click here. This month's theme was reunions.

WEP August - Reunions

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OK guys, this month's theme is Reunions. I've gone for something a little different this month; Poetry! I haven't written a poem in about 3 years, so I'm a little rusty; hope you enjoy it anyway.


Reunion

Sun shines through the blinds,
Eyes close
Against the glare,
The pain.
The smell of sickness
Barely there
Under a heavy layer
Of disinfectant.
Stiff bed clothes rustle
With every movement,
Scraping her sore,
Sensitive skin.
Machines beep incessantly,
Attached to her wrists,
Her chest, her failing body,
Each beep bringing her
Closer to the end.

A gentle breeze caresses,
Taking away tiredness
And pain.
The smell of summer,
Flowers and soil and
The trickle of water.
Eyes open again;
A clear, starry sky,
Trees touching the heavens
Rustle in the breeze,
A small stream
Wends its way through
The flowers and plants,
A riot of colour
As though lifting a shroud.

Pale walls reappear,
And pain, so much pain,
Bone deep,
And so tired.
Faceless people crowd around,
Tears dripping, s…

Celebrate the Small Things

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Celebrate the Small Things is a weekly bloghop now hosted by Lexa Cain. The idea is to post anything you want to celebrate from the last week, no matter how small.

This week I'm celebrating:
- Reaching my goal of 50,000 words for Camp NaNo - I really didn't think I would get there, so I'm very happy about this!
- After today I'm off work for a week; I'm going to Wales to visit some friends, so that should be fun (once we've gotten past the 7 hour drive!)

IWSG - August

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I did it, I reached my goal for 50,000 words on my Camp NaNo project! It was touch and go there for a while; my sister got married on the 15th, which meant 4 days in a row of 0 words. I actually changed my goal from 50,000 to 40,000 at one point, but put it back up when I realised that it could be done.

And I did it!


Here are my final stats:


I actually finished a day ahead of schedule, so I'm pretty pleased with that!

The writing is absolutely awful (as first drafts so often are) but I'm looking forward to getting on with the editing process. I am going to let it rest for a while though, so I can come back to it with fresh eyes.

Besides, I have other things to focus on - there's another Write Edit Publish challenge this month, this time focusing on Reunions. After writing 50,000 words, 1000 should be easy! I just need to come up with an idea...

Celebrate the Small Things

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Celebrate the Small Things is a weekly bloghop now hosted by Lexa Cain. The idea is to post anything you want to celebrate from the last week, no matter how small.

This week I'm celebrating:
- I'm doing well at my Camp NaNo, and as long as I continue to stick to my plan, I'll have hit 50,000 words by the end of the month. I can't believe it's August next week! As much as I've enjoyed the challenge, I'm looking forward to a couple of days off writing when I'm done!
- I've watched Beauty and the Beast twice in the last week, and I've been listening to the soundtrack pretty much non stop, and I'm still not bored of it! Definitely my current obsession.

Camp NaNo Update

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Less than a week to go! I had a fantastic writing weekend, I did 5000 words on Saturday and 4000 on Sunday, which has really helped me to catch up. I've decided to up my goal back to 50,000, because I really think I can do it; I've got a plan, and as long as I stick to it I'll definitely finish at 50,000 words.

Here are my stats:


I'm confident that I can reach 50,000 words; I'm going to make sure I don't make any plans on Sunday, so I can do what I did last weekend and write about 4000-5000 words in one day. I've worked out how many words I can realistically write each day, and it's more than enough to get me to 50,000 by Monday.
Wish me luck!

Celebrate the Small Things

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So, I was going to use this week's Celebrate post to show you guys some pictures from my sister's wedding over the weekend. However, that was before I heard the news of the death of Chester Bennington, lead singer of Linkin Park.
Linkin Park was my first ever favourite band, one of the first bands that I saw live, and basically the band behind my entire taste in music today. Their music helped me through a lot of tough times, and helped shape who I am today.
I'll be forever grateful to the band, and to Chester Bennington, for that. 
I still listen to their music, and will continue to do so, even if I will be a little sadder as I listen to my favourite songs.
Rest in peace, Chester Bennington. 
This is me, celebrating you and your music.