Words that flow...

Words and images - powerful elements of our everyday life. Most of the time we take them for granted, but sometimes something happens to make you aware of how important they are... and how thankful you are to have the opportunity to use or appreciate them. Here lies some of my words and pictures (which are untouched apart from cropping, unless I've said otherwise) - Please add your words to mine, and leave a comment. Thanks for visiting!

01 April 2007

I did it! I done it! I'm now officially a novelist! :-D

If I still smoked, and I was a guy, guess I'd be getting the cigars out now - I did it! I've written a novel (over 7500 today alone!!) And I'm so chuffed with myself I could burst! And to celebrate, I'm putting my first post of April up - First post in a month!

Tomorrow, I'll be back... and there's things to talk about, things to tell, things to hear - hey - I'm back!!!

© Annelisa Christensen 11:23 pm

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At April 01, 2007 9:34 am, Blogger TopChamp said...

woo hooooo!!!!!!!! :)

Was just coming to prod you into posting... only it's not required I see.

Congratulations! That's a big achievement.

At April 01, 2007 10:57 am, Blogger My Marrakech said...

That is truly suuperkalefragelisticexpealodocious. Congratulations! You are an inspiration to us all!

At April 01, 2007 11:38 am, Blogger Akelamalu said...

BIG BIG CONGRATULATIONS let's get the bubbly out! I'm so proud of you! (((hugs)))

At April 01, 2007 7:49 pm, Blogger M. Shahin said...

You go girl! :)

Congratulations on finishing the novel!!! What you did takes a lot of discipline. Are you going to share any tasty tidbits with us? Hope to hear more about your experience.

At April 02, 2007 2:07 am, Anonymous krystyna said...

Hi Annelisa!
Hura! You did it! Yoy are novelist! CONGRATULATIONS!!!
I'm soo proud of you!

At April 02, 2007 9:20 am, Blogger Annelisa said...

Thankyou everyone for your congratulations - I'm basking in glory right now...and every now and then break out into the 'winner's dance' singing
"I did it, I done it, I wrote a novel;
I did it, I done it, It's a load of drivel!"

Ha ha! One wonders if my writing in the novel is of such bad literary quality :-D Well, I couldn't tell you, because I haven't read it yet...but it's been fun!

:-D No prompting required, TC! Boy was I tired of seeing the same old post up! I'm back, and I'm going to write a whole new post - just for the sheer heck of it - about the last month's fun... or maybe not (haven't we all had enough of that?! :-) )

Maryam... you can write 'supercalafrajalisticexpeyallidoshus'? Cool! I thought it was only for tongue-tying you! Now I've done writing, I have time to wonder about other writers out there - you being one of them. How's your own book experience going?"

((((({{{{{hugs}}}})))))Akelamalu!!! I particularly hold up my glass of bubbly to you, my friend - you have been a tireless visitor, and even when I've added nothing new, you have still taken time to stop by and give me words of encouragement. Your cheerleading has taken me round the track a dozen times, and seen me through the finish line. Thank you, my friend, thank you! I appreciate your support and your words of wisdom. I lost those last few ounces with help from you. You are my star!!

M. Shahin - (I have so often wondered what the 'M' stands for...) - Yes, it took discipline. The days when life wanted to reclaim its stake in me, and threw everything in my path to slow down my progress, it took gritted teeth to sit down, with absolutely nothing to write, and write!

I think I shall have to read it through myself first, before I decide how bad it really is. Of course, at the moment, I feel there is a touch of genius about it... but there may also be a touch of madness... I'll look, and see if there's a bit that would be readable without having to read the whole thing.

I'm sure I won't be able to stop myself gassing about my experiences! :-D

Thank you, Krytyna - you, also, were a daily cheer in the majority of the book/month. I appreciate your many visits and toast you also! Cheers!

At April 02, 2007 10:10 am, Blogger Akelamalu said...

You are welcome honey, it was my pleasure. Can't wait to hear all about it. :)

At April 02, 2007 12:04 pm, Blogger Mystic Rose said...

congratulations!! wooooo hoooo

and now celebration time!!!

big smiles and hugs!

thank you for the regular and inspiring updates! and for keeping intouch even though i know it must ahve almost impossible for you..what with your own personal responsibilites!! thnaks for still posting those pics...:)

At April 02, 2007 12:45 pm, Blogger ANNA-LYS said...

Congratulations Annelisa
I am very happy for You!!!!!

(( hugs ))

At April 02, 2007 1:50 pm, Anonymous Brian said...

Maybe you should show some excitement. :P

I'm so happy for you, what a great feat of overcoming you have done. You give me hope. :)

Err, this date says March 18th on the new post?

At April 02, 2007 2:52 pm, Blogger Dave said...

Oops! I put my congrats message on the earlier post. Oh well, I'll repeat it here. Good show!


At April 02, 2007 6:44 pm, Blogger steve said...

Jolly good show! Hip-Hip!
Whats the Title! do you have a title? Who's your publisher? how about the dedication?
what I rweally want to know is...
Am I in it?

At April 02, 2007 7:20 pm, Blogger Steve said...

Congratulations and celebrations!

At April 02, 2007 9:41 pm, Blogger soubriquet said...

Applause! Applause!
Author! Author!!!!!

At April 02, 2007 9:46 pm, Blogger Katie McKenna said...

Congratulations Annelisa!!!! Fabulous job well done!

At April 02, 2007 10:10 pm, Blogger TopChamp said...

So what happens now? Are you gonna show us?

I may soon join the aa. Bloody h' this last month or so's been a b;gger (;'s not an 'i') x Sure you can sympathise after your literary marathon.

Just noticed my sweariness is really bad today. Sorry.

I've not been a walkin much lately as have not had much time but am genuinely itching to go somewhere exciting soon..... any woods pics to stave off my craving?

At April 03, 2007 12:33 am, Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Yahoo! I knew you'd do it of course! You are very determined and stick with things to the end. I hope we get a synopsis! Are you happy with the ending?

Send it somewhere and/or get it bound yourself into a book.

At April 03, 2007 2:40 am, Blogger QUASAR9 said...

So is that April Fools Day joke?
Annelisa, A novel in a Month?

10 pages a day 300 pages in a month
Wow Annelisa, that's some feat!

Look forward to a read, or do we have to wait till you 'publish' and pay to take a peek of the tale of monsters from other dimensions climbing the beanstalk thru your imagination and neural networks down your fingertips, into this 3D+T 'world' of ours.

At April 03, 2007 8:28 am, Blogger Annelisa said...

I'm going to look at it later, and see what I might be able to put up without requiring explanationAkelamalu, - patience... it's not that good :-)

Yay! I've been celebrating, alright, Mystic - by having a total brain collapse and zombie-ing out.... And visiting folks, and spending lots of time with the kids (after all, they've been soooo patient with me this last month!)

It has been difficult, but obviously not impossible, cos I somehow managed it (gives hope for future projects!)

Anna-Lys - welcome back, and thank you!

Ha Ha, Brian! I should probably calm down now actually. I think I've danced enough... got so much work to do on it yet!

Now, I should have some time to read the chapters of the story you sent me - I'm looking forward to it!

I have no idea why the date was 18th March - I didn't set it like that. Must've been Blogger's April Fool's day joke!!

:-) Doesn't matter where you put it, Dave, I'll still get it.

Thank you! And thank you also for your many encouraging words - especially to take a break. Sometimes I get a bit wrapped up in something, and can forget to do that (you should have seen me investigating my family tree - talk about obsession!! :-D)

Hey, Steve - I have a title that I've been using for the sake of having one... 'Mum's novel' didn't quite do it! :-D

I've called it Souls Apart...it's appropriate and snappy, so will do for now.
Publisher? ROTFL (that's 'roll on the floor laughing' for any that don't know that one).
Dedication? Well, there are so many I could dedicate this to - everyone who's supported me, everyone who's stood by me, everyone who's had to put up with me (that's the kids)... then there's people who I have a lot of affection for (friends), or various members of my family. But, I think this would have to be for my mum... I will try and explain in the next post.
Are you in it? Of course you are! You're the star (did you have any doubt? :-D )

Thanks for the congrats!

Soubriquet - I take a bow!
Thank you.

And thank you too, Katie - you've been a constant visitor and supporter, and I appreciate it!

Oops, I must be very slow putting up the next post, if you're already returning, TC... actually, I have been. I went visiting Sunday, and spent yesterday with the kids, and took them swimming in the evening with a friend, and then fell asleep with my little girl cuddled into me... so lovely!

Still thinking about the 'show and tell' bit... I'll take a look, now I've had a couple of days' break from it.

Oh dear, has it really been that bad? I can sympathise, but I think I shall just have to come round to do that properly. I've hijacked the computer for an hour or so, so hopefully get to come round in a bit.

You want pics of the woods? Certainly, my friend. I shall put a few in the next post!

MOI - Well, hello! Long time no see over here! Yes, 'determined' is one way of putting it... I prefer to call it 'obsessive'... reminds me to back off every now and then!! :-D

A synopsis... that's an idea. If I ever clean it up enough to send it off somewhere (Timbuktoo?) then I'll need one of them. Maybe that's how I can also focus what cleaning up I need to do, to keep it (I mean, 'get it') tight.

When I get my printer working again, I'll get a copy. I did consider taking in a wad of paper, and printing it out at work, but cash is so short there at the moment I wouldn't want to use the ink!!


Really, no joke, Quasar! My aching bones feel every hour on the computer typing... I invented some very interesting ways to balance the laptop after a while, just to sit in different positions :-D

It's not finished yet, though, Q9... there's padding to do. And I didn't do the research I needed to 'on the spot', so as not to break the flow of the actual writing. I'll need to go back and fill it in. Also, there's a lot of character background I worked out as I went, but didn't want to stop to elaborate.

A major feat of the first leg of the journey, I suspect :-)

A tale of monsters from other dimensions climbing the beanstalk thru your imagination and neural networks down your fingertips, into this 3D+T 'world' of ours? Oh, Quasar, I hope you write this one!! :-D (how come I didn't think of this myself...?)

At April 03, 2007 12:06 pm, Blogger Dan said...

I am so proud of you my sweet friend! You did it! Hugs and kisses.

At April 03, 2007 1:46 pm, Blogger Sanni said...

WOO-HOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Congrats - 69.449 words... I´m so deeply impressed.

*sending a cyber massage for your neck* =)

At April 04, 2007 11:47 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...


or should i being saying: MEOWWWZZZZA!!

Congratulations - I knew you would do this.....it is the fact that this experience, I KNOW, has been a turning point for you in so many ways..and you took the courage to walk that journey (And I do so love the photos you have taken of it along your way.....) much love to you!

hugs and kisses

At April 04, 2007 8:43 pm, Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Thanks, AL. My old computer can barely get on your comments page and takes forever to download all the cool stuff you've got so sometimes it's just as easy to e-mail a comment! Some day I'll get a computer with more juice and maybe I'll step up from the lousy Windows '98 I have!!!

At April 07, 2007 9:13 am, Blogger Annelisa said...

Thank you so much, Dan! I really love that you found time to stop by, when you have sooo, so, many visitors to your own site!! (((hugs!))

That massage worked a treat, Sanni - MMmmmmm, lovely, I needed that! Thanks for the congrats, and for coming and cheering me on! :-)

Kitty, me ol' pal! I have to thank you for accompanying me on my journey! You're right, it has been a turning point... the biggest has been that it's helped me realise I can turn out that number of words, that I can finish something I start, and that I have a long way to go before my initial pap can become the most amazing novel in the world! :-D It's been fun, and I couldn't have done it without my friends dropping by and encouraging me! So thank you, my sister-across-the-sea! (((Big hugs and kisses back!)))

Just for you, I've removed some of the 'extras' on the page - even I was noticing it was taking a long time to load! If I were to use my old laptop, it probably would've taken the rest of this week. It's when the graphics you use are 'stored' somewhere else... the computer had to call each different website to obtain the piece. I can do without them, but I can't do without you!! :-D

Thanks for your patience, sweetheart - I appreciate it!

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