Just a quick one to let you know how things are going. ---
Training for the Cardiff Half has still been sporadic but I am improving quite steadily, completing a 10 mile run along the Bristol-to-Bath Cycle Path a couple of weeks ago at an average of 11 minutes a mile. The last mile was very, very hard indeed but I felt good for it once I had finished.
This was followed by completing the Mells Scenic 7 on Sunday (with Emily) in 1 hour, 10 minutes and 34 seconds, which I am very pleased with. Even if I was half-dragged across the finish line by somebody who had way too much energy for someone with the flu and a crocked neck (I am constantly in awe).
With only 3 weeks to go I am feeling quite confident, I know I am capable of doing the 13.1 miles, I just have to do it on the day. I will be running with Emily, which I enjoy immensely and that does much to boost my confidence.
NaNoWriMo is gearing up, with only 30 odd days until it starts.
Am I ready? Am I hell.
The theme is decided. The plot, story and world are anything but defined. In fact they are so hazy as to be quite indistinguishable from anything else in my head, so all good there. I have 30-ish days to sort it out. I've only spent the last 9 months thinking about it. Trying to anyway.
It will be fine.
I am aware I have very much neglected the blog over the last few weeks. Life has become much busier and I haven't given myself the space to do so, and other projects are ever in the works, but things should return to some semblance of order in the next couple of weeks. Hopefully.
I was asked by one of Emily's friends (Ellen) to supply her with a list of decent female science fiction/fantasy writers (plus recommended novels) and this is the list I came up with:
- Witch World series, Jem Murdock series (complete bibliography here)
- Faded Sun trilogy, Chanur series, Merchanter series, numerous other books/series
- Flat Earth series, White Witch/Birthgrave trilogy, Secret Books of Paradys series, numerous others
- Earthsea series, Left Hand of Darkness, numerous other books
- Year of Our War, No Present Like Time, The Modern World, Above the Snowline
- Ghost Sister, Empire of Bones, others
- the Handmaid's Tale, Cat's Eye, Oryx and Crake
- Skyrider series
- Grunts, Ash: A Secret History, Ilario, Orthe series, White Crow series
- Magravandias Chronicles, Wraeththu Histories
- Pern series, Brain and Brawn Ship series, Crystal Singer series, lots of others
Any more for any more? I am sure there are plenty more but these are the ones that came to mind/or were on my shelves (at a cursory glance).
Perhaps one of the most famous fear quotes, from Frank Herbert's Dune, I have often thought that there is something in it.
"I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain."
I need sleep.