NaNoWriMo Win

*Drum roll*

And its official, NaNoWriMo is over…..Yipeee. Crossed the treacherous finish line at 20:15 today with my word count at 52,158 words
*grins from ear to ear*
I’ll be lying if i didn’t say this seemed pretty impossible at the start, but i found a way amongst the stress of everyday to write a little bit at a time. Now i officially have the First draft of my novel. I had a title in mind at the beginning but as the story morphed it had to change along with it. My new working title is The Rose Rebellion. A sequel is floating around in my head even as i lay the this novel draft down for a well deserved rest till January, till then i plan on enjoying this Christmas and New Year break.
If you want to check my page on the Nanowrimo site my pen name is…….you guessed right RUBYR8. *wink*

See you in the comments 🙂


Transition: Upgrade

The challenge on WordPress PC this week is Transition.

Change is inevitable in most things; very few things in life are static.

This week i got a big brother to my trusted Nikon Camera 😀 , the shots below were taken with my phone and the difference is pretty wide. I cant wait to start taking crazy shots.


Friday Haiku: Gift of Life


Soft caressing hands,
Molding sounds of slow breathing,
To give life meaning.

Inspired by RonovanWrites Haiku 72: Life&Give
Image Credit: Pixabay


Midweek Music – Much Ado About Hello

It’s all the rave now, the words HELLO by Adele has been made almost a cult song of the moment, more covers than imaginable even the challenge on social media is un-missable. It’s the tear jerking song of the year, reminds you of the good, bad and ugly but really when the dust settles and your nostalgic haze clears up if you had been the one hurt would you pick up the epic selfish call of a lifetime to reminisce with someone who ripped your heart out.


I don’t think so. *looks unblinking into your face*

…..or would your answer be a yes. Tell me in your comment. 🙂

Image Credit – Wikipedia Commons


Monochrome Tuesday: My Favourite Subjects

Nikon and a flower by rubys polaroid
Nikon and a flower by rubys polaroid
Nikon and A flower

Today on my blog is for Monochrome/Black and White shots. I decided to take a pic instead of my two favourite subjects, one of which usually is taking the nature shots. Most people don’t believe this is my To-Go Camera but it has been for slightly over a year now. Small and compact does have its advantages and till its bigger Bro arrives it will have to do 🙂 .

How was your day today? I enjoyed mine since its my Birthday.

*wide cheesy grin*

See you tomorrow, and I’ll certainly have an Adele Inspired post for my midweek Music Post. 😀


Linked to Cee’s Black and White Photography Challenge 

#NaNoWriMo Update: 35,526 and counting

On Saturday the 21st, I passed the treacherous 35,000 word mark. I was shocked at myself, it really still feels like the 1st week of #NaNoWriMo but in real time its the home strech.
After the silly celebration dance and sweet binge, the serious thoughts came knocking. This is the perilous part of writing a novel or writing anything longer than 15,000 words (novelette)
*drum roll*
The fear of the Saggy Middle.
*cue silence*
Yes, this is the true test of a novel, the adreanaline inspiration bust is over, the perspiration begins around the 25,000 mark. this I guess is what dances around any writer’s head at night;
– Does this make sense?
A valid question as churning out words doesn’t make a novel. It has to have a great storyline, the MC (Main Character) has to be believable, his mission has to have meaning.
-Is your villian (antagonist) worth the trouble?
Sounds simple but its not, an averagely unpleasent guy with a gargoyle’s face and onion breath whose dog scares you shitless doesn’t make a good villian. He has to have a truly despicable goal that directly affects your MC or someone or something he cares 100% about.
-Do you have enough characters?
And here’s where World-Building comes in. Nobody is an island and everyone’s life has a backdrop. Be it city, village or an alien planet. It has to have supporting characters and a believable environment.
– Is your novel’s pace soaring or diving?
In essence, is the challenge for your MC ramping up the suspense or is it a smooth sailing middle. Smooth sailing is BORING. All your little clues and leads have to start connecting. The puzzle should be coming together now. This is where your reader’s breathing should get really short from all the suspense and battles.
*And last but not least*
-How will it end?
Quite possibly the nail in the coffin of bad books, the terribly boring and expected END.


Now the middle /ending is where the art really is, i would quote a statement I read earlier in the week – “writing is like painting, the more intricate and lifelike it is the more you can step into the mind of your reader”.

This is the genius in great books, the silent ability of stepping into your soul and mind. A great book steals time, i.e you don’t notice how long you’ve been reading it till your cooking burns to a crisp.

*wrinkling nose at stinging smell of burnt soup*

To my fellow #NaNoWriMo contenders it’s almost over, I can’t wait to rest my brain. Just 8 days left.


Image Credit: Flickr

Friday Haiku: Covering Our True Colours

Colours speak volumes
Quietly beneath the shades
That cover our sins

Image Credit: Pixabay

Urban Thursday: Obalende Bridge Lagos

Obalende Bridge Underpass Lagos by rubys polaroid
Obalende Bridge Underpass Lagos by rubys polaroid
Obalende Bridge Underpass

Today under the Urban Category i’m featuring a shot I took with my phone recently in Obalende, Lagos. It is a very busy and ever bubbling transport hub in Lagos, home to a variety of things, its the quintessential melting pot. From here you can get a bus ( small, medium or large) going to anywhere and lets not forget the other modes of transport in Lagos.
The every slinky KeKe (Tricycle) and sometimes bikes.
The parallel line of light inspired me to take a shot through the bus window as we passed underneath on my way home.