Favourite Nano Videos, Progress to Date, and a Winner!

I have been procrastinating. It’s particularly bad today, because I now had a clear outline of how to get this story to the end… I spent half an hour yesterday (or maybe it was the day before… it’s all blurred together at the moment),  working out how this story was going to end, and how I was going to get there. And yes, my writing has deviated slightly off the outline, but in a better way! Much much better. So I should be writing, and NOT procrastinating. But I couldn’t help myself.

Above is one of my favourite Nano Videos (or at least an attempt to embed(?) it, I really have no idea what I’m doing, so here’s hoping it works!!). I can’t remember what year it comes from but it was incredibly inspiring at the time, and I enjoy watching it again now.

But watching old Nano videos is not the only procrastination I’ve been doing today.

Pinterest has got me too and this morning I began to search for travel pictures – of Scotland in particular. I’ve been to Edinburgh once before, for two days! I loved it! It felt like home! I’ve got to go back, explore the rest of the country, pop across to Ireland and explore that too! I can trace several branches of my family tree to these two countries (Yes, I’m ignoring the fact that Scotland and England are now the UK – that’s ok, isn’t it?), and I would love the chance to see some of the places they lived, and to maybe do some genealogical research at the source.  I want to travel again!

But at the moment the funds are dry, and I have other things to do anyway… like finish this novel. Only 8 days of Nanowrimo to go. And less than 10,000 words to reach my goal! I know I can do it, if only I can drag myself away from the internet for a few hours. :/

DS’s Young Writer’s Program experience is not going so well… “I’ll catch up tomorrow,” he tells me. He is now several days behind. He needs to write 80 words a day to catch up. I’m sure he could make it, if he wanted to. He has, after all, had a day of over 100 words. But I’m not sure he does want to. We’ll wait and see I suppose…

But I did come to post for a purpose today, and that was to draw a winner from the ‘hat’. There have been a few more commentors this week, but finally, finally – Monica! You have won!! Yay!! Will send you an email right now for your details, and soon your book will be winging it’s way to you! Enjoy!! 😀

I have one more copy of Kate Morton’s The Secret Keeper to give away. Comment on any post or page, and stay tuned for next weeks draw to see how you go!! 😀

Something different…

I intended for this blog to cover all aspects of life, but have found that writing seems to have taken up most of my posts so far, so I thought I should do something a bit different. I found the above pic on facebook, it seems to have done the rounds a couple of times now, and I found it interesting … In my own genealogy research I have not got so far back as 1400 – my own personal research extends to the mid 1800’s – and a distant cousin has managed to trace one branch back as far as the late 1500’s, in France.

Now, the image claims that there were 450,000,000 people in the whole world in 1400 (a look at world population on wikipedia suggests that the population actually dropped around 1400 from 450 million people, to about 350 million – due to the plague). So far as I can gather my ancestors all come from Europe: Denmark, France, Germany, England, Scotland and Ireland. While my Danish ancestors came straight out to Australia, my French and German ancestors emigrated to England, where they lived for several generations before one thing or another found them on Aussie shores.

The population of Europe and the  UK at that time was around 50 million (http://www.flowofhistory.com/units/west/11/FC75 ) That reduces my potential ancestors to only 50 million, but pentuple’s (yes, it is a word means ‘multiplys by 5’ – I just googled it), the amount of times I am actually related to anyone else who ancestors come from the same area.

As a family historian, this is good news. If I am lucky enough to get that far back in my research, then I only have to find 50 million great, great, great (etc. etc.) grandparents – instead of the billion I’d be searching for otherwise. 😛