I've been fixating so much on the novel, I missed the anthology challenge on LH. Well not missed, but as the deadline is tonight and I haven't written anything for it...
I got Old Friends (with its reworked opening) into the Polish Challenge though. Then hopefully I can send it out again. Where, I'm not sure yet. Somewhere.
Got to agree with kara_gnome. You can't do much better than Liberty Hall and Notebored for a writing site.
The novel is going well though: bear in mind it is a first draft but I have in and around 43,000 words, many of them drivel. I have about 5 scenes left to write (I think), there is the basis of a pretty smart plot (again, I think), and I will have to go back and do a considerable amount of editing and layering.
The word count sounds very short, but I'm not really bothered about that. There will be other scenes I need to add, existing scenes which seriously need fleshing out and another which I already want to rewrite! I left out large parts of description for example, to get on with nailing down the story first. I also figured things out as I went along, so there will be some retro-fitting along the lines of
me:"They're in the caves"
me:"The caves you never knew existed in walking distance of your home, in a forest that has suddenly quadrupled in size. Get over it and go save your love interest!"
and such like. But on the whole I have a great big mess to play with. I've stalled on typing and am just concentrating on writing it down. I love the feeling of writing longhand, but it is time consuming. I think I have come to the point of treating longhand as first draft, typing as second, and frantic printing and crossing out as third.
May be finished by the weekend? (the first draft I mean)
Then I will try to leave it alone and fail. Instead I will type it up pretending I am making it better. Then I will go back and fix everything I broke while doing this.