NaNoWriMo and Call the Midwife

These two things aren’t related at all, but I thought I’d better mention them both before I go silent for a while.

This year I’m attempting NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) for the first time.  Madness!  For those of you who haven’t heard of it, it’s an annual international movement that sees a whole bunch of people try to write their own novel (or at least 50,000 words of one) during the month of November.  Here’s a link if you’re curious.

As I’m usually rather a slow writer (sigh) this is a real challenge for me and I haven’t been able to stay on top of my blog entries.

However, I did want to suggest that you check out Call the Midwife.  The last episode of the first season aired on PBS on November 4th but all the episodes are available online until around December 4th.  The show is about the tragedies and triumphs of a group of midwives working in East London in the 1950s.  It’s really well done – acting, production values, the lot.  It might tide you over as you wait for January 6th and the season three premiere of Downton Abbey.

Fans will be happy to know that the BBC has commissioned a second series that will air in the UK in mid-2013.  There is also going to be a Christmas special this year — although it will likely take a while to make it over here.

Happy viewing and wish me luck.  I’m going back under!

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