I missed my NaNo update on Friday, but I have a very good excuse. Namely, that there’s nothing to update! I have made a start on the new novel, and I’ve written around 2,500 words (which is, of course, better than nothing), but as we hit the halfway mark I know there is no way I’m going to make 50,000 half-decent words by the end of the month, so I’m bowing out gracefully right now 🙂

What went wrong? Well, it was deciding to change my intended novel at the last minute. I had an outline and a first chapter, but I suddenly realised I didn’t want to write that book – not now, and maybe not ever. There was another, more pressing, idea I wanted to explore, but that is barely out of the planning stage – I’m certainly not ready to start hammering away at the keyboard to produce a first draft. And I’m fine with that. Will I attempt NaNo again? Definitely! But next time I’ll make sure I have an idea I love, a detailed outline, and no indexing to do or other work to distract me!

Now on to other news: I can reveal today that the title of my new novelette (this, apparently, is what you call a short story that’s too long to be a true short story but too short to be a novella) will be called A Wedding At Christmas. It’s a short romantic comedy I’ve been working on for a while, and I’m giving it away to mailing list subscribers at the end of November. This week I’ll be posting the first chapter as a teaser, so watch out for that, and I’ll also be doing a cover reveal.

And there’s more! I was absolutely delighted and honoured to be named last week as one of five women writers to watch out for in 2014 on the Crime Fiction Lover blog – check out the post here. Thanks so much to the lovely Marina Sofia for this. I’m in great company, along with Helen Cadbury, Jonelle Patrick, Ioanna Bourazopoulou, and my good friend Celina Grace. It’s fantastic to see the cosy genre represented on this site, as not every lover of crime fiction wants police procedurals or gritty themes. Saying that, I’m definitely going to check out Helen Cadbury’s new series – sounds fab.

Good luck to everyone still ploughing ahead with NaNo – I’m envious of your output, and I can’t wait to hear more about the work that gets produced this month. Bye for now!