Happy December! (And what a month November was!)

Happy December everyone! (*^_^)v

Hello Kitty Advent Calendar

My Hello Kitty Advent Calendar

I’ve been a bit quiet over the last month, so I just wanted to let you all know what I’ve been up to, and say that I’m still here. November was a mad month! I did manage to squeeze a few blog posts out, but I still have so much to share with you. You might remember that at the end of October I announced that I would be taking part in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), writing a book called The Shizuka Tea Shop? Well, I’m delighted to announce that I completed the challenge – ending up with a 50,106 word manuscript.

I can’t say too much about The Shizuka Tea Shop at this point except to say that I’m calling it ‘travel chick-lit’, which is a title I would apply to books such as Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. It’s set in Japan and England, and is pure fiction, although I have drawn on some of my own experiences to set scenes. The Shizuka Tea Shop is a book I hope people will simply enjoy for what it is – a sweet, funny, story about people everyone can relate to.  If you’re into Japanese culture (as I suspect you are if you’re reading this blog), you’ll probably like the book for the cultural and language references – even more so perhaps if you’ve lived in Japan. Watch this space for more about The Shizuka Tea Shop next year – I will be editing my manuscript like crazy and trying to turn it into something publishable.

NaNoWriMo 2012 certificate

Also in November, I attended the wonderful Hyper Japan 2012 Christmas. Actually, I worked at Hyper Japan this time, helping to run their social media (Facebook and Twitter) and reporting on the event. Here are the two reports I wrote:

Friday 23rd November

Friday 23rd November at Hyper Japan

Saturday 24th November

Saturday 24th November

I will, of course, be blogging all about Hyper Japan soon – I’ve just got to sort through the 900-odd photos I took first…

If you’re a regular reader of this blog you might have noticed there was no Monthly Recipe in November. Sorry about that! I actually got as far as buying ingredients, but everything else got in the way and I wasn’t able to get cooking. However, I am hoping to get something cooked this weekend, so keep an eye out for something delicious (hopefully!) coming your way soon.

Finally, I will be back later this weekend with Weekly Shiritori #48 – starting with ぐ (gu) this week. If you have any last minute suggestions for me, please do leave a comment on last week’s post.

7 thoughts on “Happy December! (And what a month November was!)

  1. Congratulations on finishing NaNoWriMo! I do the musical equivalent (www.rpmchallenge.com) so know how tough it is – will be watching this space! 🙂


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