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Day three is over and I haven’t quite caught up myself where I should be by this point

I went to my first write-in at Mono in Glasgow. Mono is a really nice little vegan cafe, I even tried some food. I’ll admit that I missed meat but the falafel wrap and Cajun wedges I had we’re still quite good.

The write-in was a mixed experience for me. On one hand it was really nice to be surrounded by people that are all in the same boat as you and that forced me to actually do some writing. On the other hand, there was already a full table by the time I got there and they already seemed to know each other so I was stuck on a really awkward table with just a couple of other people and my girlfriend who I’d dragged along for moral support and so she actually did some of her dissertation. It felt a little bit lonely when there was a table full of people all laughing and comparing ideas and then us by ourselves.

I started to feel sick after a while and the noise level had risen too much for me to concentrate so we left. I didn’t manage to get any more done after we left either because I ended up feeling too sick and falling asleep.

My story itself is progressing quite nicely. I like some of my secondary characters more than my main character but I’m sure that will change soon. I was also quite an evil writer, I ended up sending a father and four of his sons to war leaving just his wife and youngest son at home by themselves. I also orchestrated a suicide that left a little girl parenthesis and that scene was in the first ever flashback I’ve written!

I’m glad I chose to take part in NaNoWriMo and I’m not regretting it. Yet anyway.

Word count: 3,767

I was genuinely thrilled when I met an absolutely stunning girl in the most unlikely of places. A gay bar. I was even more thrilled when this girl liked me. And things got even better when I realised that for the first time I was dating a girl who devoured books like they were necessary to live like I did.

Browsing through the freshly pressed blogs I came across someone who planned to do some summer reading and as Rhianna was reading over my shoulder and gasped at the brilliance that this blogger had a reading club with her partner we decided we had to do the same.

We hurriedly emptied the books onto the bed and talked over which ones we had read and which ones we wanted to read. We have a joint list and a list each. They are very ambitious lists but we will get through them, even if it means our booktastic summer of fun turns into a booktastic year of fun!

Rhianna’s list

The Sacred Art of Stealing – Christopher Brookmyre
The Ingenious Edgar Jones – Elizabeth Gardner
Grave Secrets – Kathy Reichs
The Game – Neil Strauss
The Night Watch – Sarah Waters

My list

Lost Souls – Poppy Z Brite
All Fun And Games Until Somebody Loses An Eye – Christopher Brookmyre
A Gathering Light – Jennifer Donnelly
Charlotte Gray – Sebastian Faulks
One Of Our Thursdays Is Missing – Jasper Fforde
Shades Of Grey – Jasper Fforde
Devil Bones – Kathy Reichs
Interview With A Vampire – Anne Rice

Joint List

The Magician’s Guild – Trudi Canavan
The Rotter’s Club – Jonathan Coe
The Hippopotamus – Stephen Fry
When They Lay Bare – Andrew Greig
The Broker – John Grisham
The Court Of The Air – Stephen Hunt
The Football Factory – John King
My Beautiful Laundrette – Hanif Kureishu
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – Steig Larsson
A Short History Of Tractors In Ukraine – Marina Lewycka
Brothers – Ted Van Lieshout
Broken Angels – Richard Montanari
The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
Pygmy – Chuck Palahniuk
Burton on Burton – Mark Salisbury
Them – Fay Sampson
Girl Meets Boy – Ali Smith
A Series Of Unfortunate Events (all) – Lemony Snicket
Dracula The Un-Dead – Dacre Stoker
Tipping The Velvet – Sarah Waters
We – Yevgeny Zamyatin
The Book Thief – Markus Zusak