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Come what may… in 2014.


At the moment I am working my way through re-runs of How I Met Your Mother.
So perhaps it is appropriate that my project for 2014 is to start editing the NaNoWriMo novel I wrote last year about how I met and married the fabulous Mrs Seven.

I wrote about 60,000 words, but there is a lot more to write.  I have the bare bones of what happened, but now I need to add the most difficult part… how it made me feel.

‘Cos we al know how much men like to talk about their feelings, and putting them down in black and white is even worse.


cwm (740x1024)As I look at this mocked-up Book Cover, three things occur to me:

1.I am sooooo looking forward to editing this book.

2. I have no idea how I am going to edit this book.

3. WOW, but my chin looks fat.

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Posted by on January 30, 2014 in Novel


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Come what may…

Even if I live to be 100 years old, and win an award every year for a new book, I will never write a book that is as important, or valuable to me, as the one I wrote in 2011 called Come What May.

The “book” is only about 5,000 words long, and is handwritten in a leather bound journal. 

20131030_151733And only one other person has ever read it.

So why is it so important to me?

Because I wrote a short story about how I met and fell in love with the love of my life, and on 27 July 2011 I gave her the book as a gift.

Once she read the last page, she asked me why there were so many blank pages at the end, and I replied, “So that we can fill the rest of the pages together.” … and then I asked her to marry me.

And the rest is history.

So I guess you could say this book helped me to gain the world, and who cares about awards and huge royalties cheques after that?

cwm (2)I never really felt like I had the time to do our story the justice that it deserved.  So this year for NaNoWriMo, I will be writing a love story called “Come what may which will be my literary equivalent of “How I met your Mother.” 

I am still not sure how I will handle it, because I want to incorporate as much as possible of the original text, but also amplify it.

But I am looking forward to trying.

(I was going to try in 2011, but since we chose to get married in November, NaNoWriMo took a bit of a back-seat that year.)


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Posted by on October 31, 2013 in NaNoWriMo, Novel


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Time to write.

Last year, 2010,  marked the 6th year that I have done NaNoWriMo.  The first three years were failures of sorts, i.e. I did not finish.  (Mostly health reasons.)  The last three years I finished my novels, but I do not think I will be publishing any of them anytime soon  

So that means I have three completed, and three uncompleted manuscripts in my drawer.   So, enough with the rough drafts David, time to actually finish something.

This year I am committed to finishing one of these novels.  Well, actually two, because I will be combining.   In 2006, I wrote a novel with the stunning title of I Made the Devil do it.  How can you not like and want to read a novel with a title like that?  It is half-finished, but it was a little… bland.  It needed spice.  Which is where my 2005 novel Only Tuesday, comes in.  I wrote about 25,000 words on this novel, but I never got anywhere.  There were lots of beautiful scenes, and dialogues.  But no point to the novel.  So I am going to rip the guts out of it, and stuff them into I Made the Devil do it.  Then, with some editing and re-writing, I think I will have a decent completed draft to start polishing. 

Watch your bookshelves, because there might be a David Seven original arriving soon.

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Posted by on January 12, 2011 in NaNoWriMo, Novel


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NaNoWriMo ’10 – Day 19

Midnight of day 19, and my final wordcount is 31,002.  Not a bad push, given the stresses of the day.  I should have made it to 31667, but midnight caught up with me.  🙂

Tomorrow (today?) I will be driving up to Grahamstown to have a combined write-in with the writers there.  We have made a trip for the last few years, but this is the first time I am looking at such a large contingent.  Heck, with 6 of us going that is more than has even written in PE before.

Things are looking up.

On the down side, I have stalled my novel a little.  I had some wonderfult dialogue and action advancement two says ago, and since then my Main Character has been in the kitchen cooking lunch.  Don’t know exactly where this one is going.

Madness?  This is NANO!!!

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Posted by on November 20, 2010 in NaNoWriMo, Novel


NaNoWriMo ’10 – Day 12-17

Well, it has been a while since I posted.

I have had a heavy week, and a heavy weekend.  Last night I only got back to my home/office at about 7PM, and the last thing I felt like doing was writing.

So, I am at 27000 words right now, where I should be at 28,333.  Which is not too bad, but I have been chasing that day’s lead since Saturday.  I should have written harder last week after the wonderful victory of Day 11.

On the plus side, my story threads are starting to weave themselves into a plot.  As they usually do towards the end of week two.  I now know why my main characters brother is leaving the clergy, and what it has to do with the plot.

I also just realised that the novel is not satire, but well-disguised Christian fiction.

Who would have guessed.

For a day-by-day account, go here.  To see more about my novel, go here.


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Posted by on November 18, 2010 in NaNoWriMo, Novel


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