1st of November

New month, new chances. And it just happens to be the National Novel Writing Month. How does your (busy) month look like? I figured out what I’m going to write about, finally!

I will tell you to the story of Arabella, a sophisticated girl from Notting Hill. I have somewhat a storyline in mind but have to write down what exactly is going to happen. I already know how I want to start, however, I need to do some research about Notting Hill and Paris. Notting Hill I only know from the movie and from a university I wanted to go to (but at the end didn’t go to because it was way too expensive), Paris I only know from the three short city trips I had.

That means there’s not only just writing, I also have to do a lot of research at the same time. How do people do this? Well, guess we’ll figure it out soon.

On NaNoWriMo I’m called Just-Liz so let me know if you want to be buddies.

Have a great writing month!

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Halloween thrills

Thousands of years ago, it all started in the Celtic countries now Ireland, United Kingdom and Northwest of France. The Celts lit their bonfire and celebrated a new year while the death would return to visit the earth.

All over the world people are now celebrating Halloween; dressing up, lit up their lights and go trick or treat, and telling each other ghost stories.

For the ones with a thirst for crawling under your blanket with a good horror book, there’s a big list to choose from. So what are five interesting stories to read freak out? I did some research and this is a short list of horror novels. In addition, they all have a movie/series. If you’re like me and you prefer books over movies, then by all means read these incredible stories. If you don’t have enough time but would still like to be in the Halloween spirit, then just watch the movie (and don’t tell anyone else, just kidding!).

5. Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris. It’s actually the second book about Hannibal Lector. It’s also one of the most important books for the history of horror movies.

4. Rosemary’s Baby, a novel from 1967 by Ira Levin. It makes it harder to trust your overly friendly neighbors.

3. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewksi. This novel is ‘newer’ than the rest of the list. It’s from 2000 and I’m intrigued by the story. I’ve never read this one but it sounds very interesting (and challenging to say the least) to read it. Reading upside down, have some footnotes here and there, what is this story all about?

2. The Haunting of Hill House is the oldest in this collection of horror stories. The novel is from 1959 and written by Shirley Jackson. It always goes wrong when someone wants to look into something haunting (why on earth would you do that?). This is now a series on Netflix and to be honest… I heard some good reviews about it. Might be worth to watch it as well.

And last but not least…
1. It by Stephen King. I was first doubting between The Shining and Carrie. Even though I read The Shining myself (very good, of course, it’s mister King), I have a phobia for clowns. Who doesn’t? And then a book with more than 1000 words about Pennywise the Dancing Clown to freak you out. Have a great Halloween y’all!

November planning

Besides Harry Potter there’s another reason why November is an important month. And no, it’s not because it’s almost Christmas (maybe just a bit). Basically November means: National Novel Writing Month or shortly NaNoWriMo. You will have 30 days to write your own novel. The first question popping to your mind will probably be “how are you going to do that?” It’s a good question because if you’re working/planning to do some fun things, how on earth would you be able to write 50,000 words? The answer: with a lot of struggles. Last year in October I had my first new job after two years in Dublin. That meant I was just working two weeks before November started. Then I had to tell my new colleagues I couldn’t do that much fun stuff (looked like I was their bored new colleague); I was writing every morning before going to work, every single break, and every evening. If I couldn’t write because well, you need to be out there as well you can’t sit at your computer for ten hours every day. It always meant I had to write the double amount of words in the weekend. It was tough but it was worth it. After this whole month of blood, sweat and tears, I finished what’s now called Olivia’s life.

So hence my decision to participate for the third time.

What am I going to write about? I have absolutely no idea. I’m still thinking about it. The problem is that I have too many ideas:

1. a psychological thriller
2. a story about four friends living in different parts of the world
3. a children’s book

My guess would be: I will go for number 1 and then probably switch after one week to number 2. That’s what I did last year as well (oh all the effort that got lost in that very first week).  I will keep you updated about it!

Oh and maybe you’re still wondering why I mentioned Harry Potter in the first sentence. Netflix is releasing all the Harry Potter movies. All of them! Of course I have all the books and all the dvd’s at home in the Netherlands. So that’s going to be Harry Potter movie nights! And that means… right, triple the amount of words in the weekends. It’s going to be a looong month.

Interested in participating as well (even if there will be struggles, remember it’ll be worth it)? Check the NaNoWriMo website and let me know as well! We can help each other through it.

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PS I will create a special page dedicated to my NaNoWriMo adventure