12 Books in 12 Months

writing books and blogging about it



Of Sheep and Selkies (and NaNoWriMo)

I spent the weekend with other people’s stories, editing and trying to work out a running order for the Homespun eBook. It felt nice to sit with them and give them my full attention, which will hopefully prove motivational for getting on with my own stuff.
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Editing Tales

As regular readers may be aware, I go on about how editing takes longer than first drafting to the point of being really quite boring.  It deserves attention, I trill, it is the most time consuming of all the things if you want to do it justice.

JG Ballard Crash Manuscript, found at

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Don’t Panic

Thanks, Wikipedia..

On Friday at work I had a bit of an epiphany.  Then I had a lot of stuff to do over the weekend, mainly in terms of housekeeping and ensuring my sister celebrated her birthday, so I didn’t blog about it.  Slack, I realise, but don’t fret – I’m here now.

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NaNoWriMo – A Pep Talk

I’m concerned that this year I’m being a little bit louche about NaNoWriMo. 

(In case you are unsure, this means: Oblique, not straightforward.  Also, dubious, shifty, disreputable.)

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry

I have so much writing to do this month I will go crazy if I don’t do something else too, so I’m going to join in with a couple of photography challenges.  This one is from the post a day blog.

If pushed to describe what geometry means to me (unlikely, sure, but stranger things have happened), I’d probably say something vague about lines and shapes and change the subject.  So, without further ado, some lines and shapes:

My house

And how is NaNoWriMo going for you?!


Further to my swithering about NaNoWriMo, I’ve signed up and am going to try and draft a non-fiction book about 12 books in 12 months this November.  I don’t expect to get to 50k necessarily, but you never know until you try.  And it’s not like I haven’t done the research…

In related news, I wrote about why I think everyone should have a go at least once for IdeasTap.  Have a read here – and remember it’s not too late for you to sign up too 😉

National Novel Writing Month

On this day last year, I was coming towards the end of book ten – a book of short horror stories in honour of Halloween – and I was gearing up to attempt a piece of literary fiction (fnar) for NaNoWriMo. Where has the time gone?


Time visual for you, there.

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Questions are never indiscreet (answers sometimes are…)

Check the bleary-eyed morning face...

This morning I got up early (for a Saturday), inhaled my wheat biscuit shaped breakfast cereal, made a cup of tea, and headed for my computer to answer questions about 12 books in 12 months from the people of the internet.  (And various friends and family who had agreed to submit questions based on several days of plaintive nagging).

I ended up doing this for about two and a half hours, and as well as answering questions I stuck up some never before seen (not even here on the blog) snippets from June, July, August and September’s books.  After all, it’s only good manners to offer news sources an exclusive when they offer to interview you.

And do you want to know what the best part is?

If you were busy (there were plenty of excuses – people I know were variously working, watching the rugby, asleep in bed, away on a psychology field trip for uni, attending the West Port Book festival, and paint-balling at a stag do in Wales) YOU CAN RELIVE THE WHOLE MAGICAL EXPERIENCE.  It’s right here on The Edinburgh Reporter website, and later on today the text will even rearrange itself in chronological order.

Isn’t technology marvellous.

One thing that came out of the session was further confirmation of something a lot of people have said in the comments here and via Twitter; that I should definitely switch November and December’s genres.  This will mean I can do NaNoWriMo this year without having to become Alan Moore (something that’d take years of work, and anyway he doesn’t do his own drawings).  The only question now is, what can I write about in a literary fashion?  I’ve a feeling I’ll be blogging about that in the next few days…

Live 12 Books Q&A

© Rajiv Patel ( photos/23679420@N00/)

Ever wanted to ask me a question about what it’s like to write 12 books in 12 months?

Maybe you want to know how much planning it takes, what music I listen to when writing, or my WPM?  Perhaps you want to read an excerpt, or find out what I plan to do after the 31st of December when the whole thing is over?

Well now you can, in a live Q&A session with The Edinburgh Reporter.  Assuming you have access to the internet, which you must do or you wouldn’t be reading this.

I’ll be online responding to your questions and comments tomorrow (Saturday October 15) from 10am – 11am.  To join in, all you need to do is go to the Edinburgh Reporter website and click on the link to the liveblog event.

If you want to be involved but can’t make that time, you can submit a question by email to, or on twitter using the hashtag #askaligeorge.

So that’s tomorrow, Saturday October 15, 10am – or at least that’s the time it will be here in Edinburgh.

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