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I did it!!! 🎉🎉🎉

Guys, I completed NaNoWriMo!

I wrote a 50k novel in a month! 😱

I am a NaNoWriMo winner!

After years and years of attempts, I finally passed the finishing line and wow! There’s still a part of me that can’t believe I did it. A novel in a month. A novel that is longer than Unravelled and I wrote it in a month. Wowzers.

In November I nailed the art of writer discipline. The only reason I won is because I wrote every day. Even on days where I had plans, I mapped out my time and wrote something. Even if it was only a couple of hundred words, I added something to my word count and it paid off. I’ll be honest, on the 29th I had to play catch up. But I managed it because I planned and persevered and believed. I also learnt to silent my inner editor. This one was most certainly a hard one to crack and took me some serious pep talks from cheerleaders. 😂 But I got there.

Don’t get me wrong, the manuscript needs a lot of work, I cannot wait to read some of the hot mess of words I was writing late at night through tired eyes! 😂, but the story is there. It just needs improvement and that’s the point. So I can’t make any promises for when or how this story will make it’s way into the world. But, for those of you who are interested here is the mock cover, synopsis and excerpt from my NaNoWriMo profile:

Synopsis:

Richard Clarke, or “Richie” as he’s known in the industry, is an actor in his prime. At the age of forty one, he’s been on his journey through arthouse and low budget. He’s played corpses and extras then gradually moved up to evil villains and romantic leads. He’s dabbled in almost every genre, and recently his career has taken an all-time rocket boost and he’s four times winner of The People’s Magizine’s ‘Sexist Man Alive’ Poll. But if only someone could have told that to his soon to be ex-wife…

Penelope James, or “Penny” to her friends, has always loved fashion. That’s why she’s devoted her life to it… or as much as she can. A Levels, University, Apprenticeships, she’s done it all. But the fashion world outside of the comfortable four walls of institutionalised education will eat you up and spit you out in seconds. So Penny currently works in her Auntie’s boutique selling glamourous fashion to the over fifties in a small little town in the middle of nowhere. However, when Penny’s Dad has a friend who knows someone, who’s heard that the big boys are looking for new talent; a very small job role in a huge television production. It might not be exactly what Penny’s after but it would be a foot in the door.

And then Penny meets Richie.

This could be Penny’s big break in more ways than one. It’s a risk, but then isn’t all things in love, and fashion, a risky business?

Excerpt:

“Ready?”

I nodded slowly, was now too late to start feeling a little uneasy about this situation? Next thing I know Win has opened the door and is leading me into the biggest office I have ever seen. At the far end of the room two men are sat opposite each other. On the desk an open decanter and two glasses of whiskey, on the rocks.

Win cleared her throat as we made our way over to where the two men were seated, “Penny this is Carl Wright our Executive Producer, I don’t think you’ve met yet.” The older of the two men turned to face me. He had a kind but stern face. The laughter lines around his mouth and eyes were deeply set, but by the way he owned the chair he sat in  he made you know that he was not the kind of person you would want to cross. He extended his hand to me, showing me a full pearly white smile.

“Hello Penny, lovely to finally meet you, welcome to FBW Productions.” I took his hand, his grip was firm, the practiced handshake of a well accomplished business man.

“Thank you.” I barley whispered. Where had my voice gone all of a sudden?! But luckily Win came to my rescue with a second introduction.

“And this is Richie Clarke. Our star.” She added the last part with a grin, which Richie himself tried to shrug of with a half laugh as he got to his feet to take my hand.

Richie Clarke. I was shaking the hand of Richie Clarke.

My knowledge of popular culture outside of fashion was rather limited, (Remember my current favourite band is Queen?!) but even I knew this guy’s name . The definition of tall, dark and handsome , Richie Clarke has been a household name for a few years now, his specialities being television and romance. If there was a cop show that needed a heartthrob or a romantically challenged criminal mastermind, Richie was your guy. Popping up in many lead rolls across the different television channels for the last five years. Being in his early forties, his wall calendar was the kind of thing you’d buy your Mum for Christmas but secretly something that you, personally, would want on the wall all year round. He was always a firm favourite in the “Sexist Man Alive” polls but also at the TV award ceremonies too. And the last I heard he was happily married, with a baby on the way and breaking a lot of ladies hearts.

“Hey.” His voice was as smooth and as rich as cocoa.

For those of you who don’t know, NaNoWriMo is such a beautiful, kind, loving and inspirational non-profit organisation that help and encourage writers of any ability to write a novel in a month. The main event is November. (National Novel Writing Month.) But they do other things throughout the year that you can be a part of. Please take a look at their website and, if you can, help them by donating to their cause and give more people a chance to realise their dream. 💫

I’m off to print my winner certificate now and hang it on the wall along with my Christmas decorations. 😂 I can’t believe it’s that time of year again already?!

Happy Monday everyone.

– B xo

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I’m a judge! 👩‍⚖️

Hello again,

Bit of a blogging overload coming from me at the minute! 😂 But I’ve just got so many exciting things to share with you all.

So today’s news is that I have been picked to be the judge of three_hundred_words on Instagram’s Flash Fiction Competition! How cool is that?

There’s £50 up for grabs and the chosen topic for the fiction is cake! 🍰 It’s a 300 word count too, so nothing too daunting and a great opportunity to flex those writing muscles. 💪 So what are you waiting for?

Head over to @three_hundred_words‘s page now for the full details and I look forward to reading your entries!

Happy Writing! ✍️

– B xo

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Unravelled E-book Available Now!

I just want to say a massive thank you to everyone who came to my online launch party Thursday night. 💕 Here’s a screenshot from the beginning of the Insta Live, wine in hand! Safe to say we had a fabulous time! 💃🏻 Special thanks to my girls Ellesse and Kyah for being such stars! ✨(I literally could not have it done it without you!)

It’s official, Unravelled’s e-book is now available in the Amazon Kindle store! 🥂🎉

Check it out on the link below!

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B07K1YFJSN/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=&sr=

– B xo

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Nanowrimo 2018!

Happy November 1st Everyone and welcome to National Novel Writing Month. For those of you who have followed my blog for a while, you’ll know that Nanowrimo is a challenge I’ve always dreamed of winning but never quite managed it.

Well, after finally finishing a novel length manuscript and with my first draft of book two on the horizon, I thought what better opportunity than to give Nanowrimo another go.

Soo… I thought I better post this here, right now and commit.

I am officially a 2018 Nanowrimo participant! I’ve updated my Nanowrimo profile and I’ve already wrote 500 words. So that’s it, I’m in!

If you’re joining me on this crazy yet amazing journey of words, I’d love to be buddies! You can find my profile and the details of the novel I hope to write here. And… I’m also currently taking applications for cheerleaders! 😂 (I’m gonna need the support!)

If you want to follow my Nanowrimo journey I’m sure I’ll be mentioning it over of my social media. Which you can find here, here and here.

Oh and don’t forget! It’s my e-book launch party tonight where I’ll be answering questions on my FB & Instagram lives, any Nanowrimo questions very welcome!

See you then!

B xo

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Unravelled E-book Party Invite! 🎉

Here we go everyone, the invite you’ve all been waiting for, it’s the Unravelled e-book launch party! 🎉

So here’s the plan:

The launch will be on 1st November 2018. (Unravelled’s first birthday! 🎂)

8:30pm ‘til 9pm – I’ll be live on Facebook. (www.facebook.com/brionymarshallauthor)

9pm ‘til 9:30pm – I’ll be live on Instagram. (www.instagram.com/brionymarshallauthor)

I’d love it if you dropped by and said “Hi” 👋 . Maybe even join me in raising a glass to celebrate? 🍷 Either way, I’ll be there answering your questions, sipping rosè and celebrating Unravelled’s digital age! 🎉

Be sure to leave your RSVP in the comments. I can’t wait to party with you all soon! 🎊🍷🎉💃🏻🎂

– B xo

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E-book Release Announcement! 🎉

For #throwbackthursday this week I’m pulling this moment from the archives; the moment I sent the final draft of Unravelled to my kindle for my last ever read through before it went to print! 😱

I remember how once the document was open, it felt like I was reading an e-book straight from Amazon, already published, already out there in the big wide world. 🌎I know it sounds crazy, but it was one of the first moments I actually saw Unravelled as a “book”.

Well today, I am very excited to announce that that day dream is about to become a reality. Unravelled’s 1st birthday is coming up and I thought what better way to celebrate than with the release of it’s e-book!

So on November 1st 2018, I will be celebrating the e-book release of Unravelled with an online party across my social media and you’re all invited!🎉🎉🎉 (Expect: wine, q&as and lots of knitting!)

More details to follow over the next couple of days. 👀

– B xo

Posted in My Journey, Woolly Wonders

Yarndale 2018 Haul!

Wowzers! What an experience Yarndale was. 😍😍😍

I can honestly say it was everything I’d ever dreamed a yarn show could be and I think a part of my brain is still blown away by it all! There was so many lovely things there and it was so hard to choose just a few to bring home! However, I’d like to share with you all today my bundle of goodies so you can get a taster of my experience and give a shout-out to some of my new friends along the way.

I really wanted to try something new with this haul post and do a video, but unfortunately as soon as I got back on Sunday I came down with a horrendous cold! (And I don’t think sniffling, sneezing and coughs are what anyone’s after. Even if only for an FB live!)

So here we are, doing it the good old fashioned blogging way! (However, if you did fancy a more detailed look at anyof these items, I’ll be sure to pop some videos/ boomerangs up on my Instagram/ Facebook story either today or tomorrow. 😊)

Right then, let’s get going…

The Yarndale Shop

The equivalent of the band t-shirt from the rock gig, who could say no to the Yarndale shop?

This was actually our first point of call, where I quickly snapped up the necessities, such as; a programme, a pen, this year’s exclusive pin badge and of course a bag to carry all my goodies in. The butterfly I actually purchased on my second visit to the Yarndale shop. 🙈 It was part of Yarndale’s Creative Community Project in support of a charity called Pioneer Projects, who help people living with dementia. He was such a cute little thing, one of the smallest butterflies there and his colours reminded me of a pumpkin! (And we all know how I feel about that.) I’m hoping to make him into a brooch or necklace one day.

Doug the Pug Pattern

How cute is little Doug here? I just couldn’t leave him behind. I think part of it is do with my weakness for moss stitch. (Those of you who have received my Adrian’s Scarf Pattern will completely understand!) If like me, you can’t resist the cute and cuddley, be sure to check out Sardines For Tea, all of her patterns are just adorable!

Yarnie Guide Badges

As soon as Yarnistry revealed these on her Instagram, I knew I was going to have to get some. Being a Brownie in my youth, I thought this idea was just adorable and perfect for nostalgia. I tried to only buy a couple that I’d actually achieved and treat myself to the others as I progress my skills. Fancy doing the same? These badges have now been listed on the Yarnistry Etsy store too!

I won a set of Knit Pro Zings!

The Knitter Magazine had a Wheel of Fortune type game on their stand which was free to play. I was over the moon when I won a pair of Knit Pro Zings! I love using these knitting needles, they’re ultra smooth and glide through you work. I am in love. 😍

Wild Wood Pattern Book

This book is the stuff of dreams. 🤩 Honestly, Marie Wallin‘s stall made me very happy. Everything there was a work of art. I found it very hard to walk away! 😂So of course I had to purchase something. Even if I only drool over this book for rest of eternity, it was still worth it. Absolutely gorgeous.

Yarnivore Goodies & Beautiful Yarn

I got a little bit excited at this stand…

My good friend Ginger Galore sent me the link to Stitcher Tees a couple of weeks ago and we both agreed that their merch was a must buy. However, we’d just missed out on the Kickstarter and wasn’t sure how else to go about it, when we find out Stitcher Tees and Vicki Brown Designs we’re going to be at Yarndale. We got very excited. I must admit the pin is a present for my boyfriend (He loves dinosaurs and wool, it’s a no brainier!) but the project bag and hand dyed yarn are all mine. 😍 The skein reminds me so much of a unicorn how could I say no? It’s even got shiny flecks in it. I’m literally so excited to get it caked and on the needles!

Scheepjes Shawl Patterns

The Scheepjes stand was very exciting for me as I already knew of their beautiful things! (Especially after asking for their Sophie’s Universe Stool for my birthday. 😍) All the staff were super friendly and they had their bloggers there which was a nice touch. We were also go given these shawl patterns as a freebie after we’d got chatting, which I thought was very sweet of them.

Pollevie Hooks & Shawl Pins

I couldn’t wait to reach Pollevie’s stand and when I did it was everything I’d hoped and dreamed of. 💕 I’ve been a fan of hers on Instagram for some time now and never thought I’d get the chance to meet her. Everything about her brand is just so colourful and cheery, you can’t help but be happy when you see her fabulous creations. So of course I soon snapped up her flowery hook and scissors, what a stunning addition to my collection? And I just could not leave that shawl pin behind, definite Wilma vibes there, it have to be done. She even gave me this lovely Phildar project bag as a gift, how nice was that?

Lucky Dip & Super Cute Stitch Markers

Who doesn’t love a lucky dip?! Since I got back from Yarndale I’ve seen lots of these little packages across my newsfeeds and rightly so, it was a fab idea from Oh, For Hook’s Sake. My mini skein is in the shade Grape Soda (which I already have plans to turn into a beautiful bow), my stitch marker was a teapot (how apt!) and my teabag was Settling Ginger (yummy!). I’m also still building a stitch marker collection and couldn’t resist these three beauties for obvious reasons. 😍

And that’s all folks!

I hope you enjoyed my little haul and be sure to check out my Facebook/ Instagram stories for a closer look. 👀

Hands up, who already wants to book their Yarndale ticket for next year?

– B xo