Beneath Ink Stained Fingertips…

A soya macchiato with steam rising into the still air as the caramel topping sinks down through the foam. Shoes empty and toppled over beneath the chair while the soles of my feet are tucked beneath my thighs, legs crossed. White headphones cover my ears and fill my mind with the sweetest of tunes, ‘he told me son, you know I lost my true love for the same exact reason that you crossed the sea’ — the morning’s still young and only a few people occupy the room, we’re all going it alone with books, laptops and phones as companions, caffeine at our sides. I sit, curled in on myself in the tiny chair, all 5’10 of me, with my chin in my scarf and my coffee within arm’s length I enter the bubble I’ve missed for so long, pen poised between my fingers as the ink flows from the tip and onto the pages. What had up until this point been a fickle of my imagination becomes a little more real as the dimensions of new people and their tragic little lives are created onto paper. My Moleskine becomes ladened with the pieces of a new world that I’ve yet to string together coherently and the very essence of my soul sighs with a neglected relief as all the fragments of thoughts and ideas release their grip on my mind and gets transferred to the crisp awaiting pages. For a blissful hour I exist only within, until I unfurl my now stiff limbs and muscles, roll my aching neck, down the remaining cold coffee and put the notes away — until next time — and enter reality once more. As I leave a guy takes my seat, I hope he will find the same peace in the pages of the book he is holding as I did with my own during the time it took my fingertips to get stained with the ink I so often can’t live without…

– Martie xx


My Nano Bubble

Writing. Writing. Writing. That is basically what takes up space in my mind these days, how, when, how much and how the best way is to make the words flow. After three days of partly forcing the words out I finally detected the problem: this is a story that will thrive better in past tense, and as I was writing in present tense (and as a result feeling like I was murdering a seemingly okay idea) this proved to be a problem. So, today I switched on the spot in the middle of the chapter, and finished the chapter this way, catching up with today’s word count goal in the process, and then I went back and rewrote the whole thing into past tense.

Even though nano is all about silencing your inner editor it was driving me mad to not do it, especially as I plan to post the story on Wattpad as I go along, and how can I do that if the beginning is in a different tense that sounds absolutely horrible? Let me just tell you that it was such a good decision and I didn’t mind the extra work one bit because as a result I now enjoy writing Nickels story. Luckily I don’t have too much of an editor brain so I didn’t change the story as a whole, I just rewrote the sentences to fit the new style.

I now have 7000 words and three completed chapters that I’ve also now posted onto my Wattpad account. The first chapter can be found here if you want to have a look!

My plan for tomorrow is to take my laptop with me as I head into town for work and hopefully when I finish at noon I’ll still be up for some writing as I need to get ahead of my designated word count goals as I’m spending literally the entire Saturday at the cinema, and I find it much more motivating to be ahead as opposed to playing catch up!

It still remains to be seen if I can follow through on my plan as my health fluctuates a lot these days, so for all I know I’ll have to head straight home from work, or I might have to leave early, or I might not even be able to go at all. Such things are usually revealed in the morning, but regardless I bring my laptop with me basically everywhere I go just in case.

– Martie xx

National Novelist Writing Month

Today marks the first day of NaNoWriMo, also known as National Novelist Writing Month! For those of you who don’t know what this is it’s basically an event that happens every November where people come together to write. The goal is to write 50 thousand words by the end of November. Because the 50K mark is where you leave the short story behind and a novel is born you’re writing a novel in thirty days. It’s crazy, I know, but oh so fun! 

I participated last year and hit my target with 15 minutes to spare, haha, it was such a mad sprint towards the end! I wasn’t going to do it this year but I changed my mind literally last minute as I decided to register yesterday evening, woops. 

My novel is called Remember Me — The End of Memory Lane and I’ll be posting it on my wattpad account as I go along. 

Here’s the blurb: 

‘Nickels is dead, sort of.

They call her Nickels because of her nickel tattoo, but personally she doesn’t know who she is or where she came from. After waking up without her memories, in a strange building, surrounded by people telling her that back in the real world she’s lying in a hospital bed, comatose, things go from bad to worse. She can’t make the decision to die or go back until she remembers who she is and what happened — which is easier said than done when you don’t even remember your own name.

Daniel is different than the others. He’s both quiet and intriguing, and unlike everyone else he remembers every little detail about himself, so why isn’t he going back?

In each other Nickels and Daniel find their missing piece, and their souls come alive. Only problem is that when the time comes for making the choice of returning to life or succumbing to death: they will no longer remember each other.

Love is a powerful force, but at the end of memory lane will it be enough?’

You can find it here, I’ll be posting it as I navigate through the month. 

It’s a fun writing challenge and it’s good to just succumb to the joy of writing without taking it too serious, and even though my goal is 50 thousand words I won’t be bummed if I don’t get there because Nano is about participating and having fun with writing, which I think is such a great concept!

Writing’s always a good idea, so here’s to creating new things and word sprints and aching fingers! Cheers!

– Martie xx