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Planning for July

Next month writers across the world will once again decide to re-affirm their insanity by setting themselves the challenge of writing a whole novel in just one month. My own word count for this July’s Camp NaNoWriMo is 60,000 words, which is both completely ridiculous and assumptive since I have never managed to complete one of these National *insert literature type* "Writing Month challenges yet.

I have a good feeling about next month though. Partly because of my almost completion of NaPoWriMo, (hey! I gave that one a good crack, it beat December Form Challenge), and partly because I managed 17,000 words in November which is my best word-count for a NaNoWriMo so far.

I also have an awesome synopsis for my choice of plot.



Nicholas Hunt has worked for the Rebels all his life, all seventeen years of it. Never once did he question their motives or orders. Until now.
The rebels have put a price on the head of Tara Gravitell, the daughter of a King and Princess of the Whisper Isles. Each generation of her family brought more suffering to the world than the last and there is no reason to doubt that her sovereignty would somehow exceed the bloodshed of her father’s. For this the Rebels want her dead and the Gravitell bloodline wiped from existence.
But no one has seen her in sixteen years.
Nicholas is assigned the task of tracking down the missing princess and bringing her head to the Rebels. She could be hiding in any one of the fifteen kingdoms that make up Carrigan, or even in one of the Kingdom’s beyond the Witch Seas. When he finds her, he must kill her.
This is not a plan the Princess will go along with quietly and soon Nicholas finds himself pitted against the fiercest opponent he has ever met.
Dangerous and wild, Tara has spent her childhood far from the reach of her father and carefully watched by all those around her. There is a darkness that runs through her veins, one that she cannot escape. But Nicholas finds himself questioning the Rebels’ judgment when he sees the Princess he’s supposed to assassinate pitting herself against her father’s own men.
The last Gravitell will deal in bloodshed, but she will be unlike any of the Gravitells her lineage has known.

Basically I have taken an old story idea which was entitled ‘Obscurite’ and I have thrown out everything I wrote for it. I’m keeping some of the characters, mainly because I love my babies and I killed some of them off brilliantly within original drabbles. (They proved themselves as characters.)


‘Darkened Daughter’ is me starting from scratch with my story. I’m really hoping to get the plot-line planned out this month and a first draft finished next month. Then by Spring 2014 I should have a final draft to self publish through the Blurb website.


This does not mean that Henry Granger is on hold. In fact I’m planning on turning my darling Granger into a novella and getting a fully formed draft into shape by the end of June. So expect plenty of updates with snippets from both works and word counts for the next couple of months.


One final thing before I end this post! How many people who browse my sight would be interested in me self-publishing a collection of my poems? If so:


  • Would you like a whole new collection of unseen poems?
  • A mixture of ones already on the site and new ones?
  • A collection following themes from one or two of the poems I’ve written such as a collection based on ‘My Lady’ which would then be a book of historically based poetry.
  • Do any of you have favourite poems that I’ve written? (I’m curious)


Anyway. I’ll probably try and pull a collection out in the next month or so but I really want to hear your opinions. Leave me a comment below.


Tatar for now!



(Henry Granger by Antonia Brennan)

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Carol J Forrester is a writer and a history geek. Her debut collection 'It's All In The Blood' came out November 2019. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University, enjoys judo at least twice a week, and tries to attend poetry events around the Midlands when she can. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry. Her poems ‘Sunsets’ and ‘Clear Out‘ were featured on Eyes Plus Words, and two of her poems were included in the DVerse Poets Pub Publication ‘Chiaroscuro’ which is available for purchase on amazon.Her poem ‘Until The Light Gets In‘ was accepted and published at The Drabble and her poem ‘Newborn’ was published by Ink Sweat & Tears. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and has hosted a number of guest bloggers on her site Writing and Works.


  1. I did NaNoWriMo in the seventh grade through a club, and I didn’t finish my story in the month, but it got me started on a project that spread through seventh and eighth grade. I spent so long on that novel that I actually am sick of it, and so it will be a while before I can look at it again. It’s definitely a challenge! Good luck!

    • Thank you. I know what you mean about becoming sick of a novel, it is one of the reasons I’ve started afresh with what was ‘Obscurite’ and is now ‘Darkened Daughter’.

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