A Roam With A View


Giant’s Gate Falls, Milford Sound

I’m all over the place at the moment – up hill, round coast, down dale – hitting highlights of the south island of NZ before heading to the north, and thence home to the UK for Christmas (if anyone missed the memo back there – Hey! I’m coming home for Christmas!).

Working on the road comes with its unique set of challenges – locating pockets of signal and persuading my phone to tether to pick up email the most perfidious. Often the most beautiful spots are the most out of touch, and while it’s wonderful to be lost, I can’t be too free-range or I won’t be able to afford the road user charges. Which don’t half rack up.

But despite any drawbacks, it’s a delight to embark on a life that reminds me how much joy there is to be found in the simplest of pleasures. A year ago, I couldn’t have contemplated too much time solo, but after a winter season of unsurpassable social activity, through ice hockey, snowboarding, and playing with the best pals Queenstown has to offer, I’m due a hiatus – a pause to get back to the more creative side of life and get more writing out in the world.

I love waking up smelling of campfire and dreams, and I love seeing friends after a spell in only my own company. I love exploring new horizons and witnessing the wildlife there. And I love being free. But I also love to create something out of nothing, and that’s what I’ll be doing this November.

‘Tis the week before NaNo, and all through the house….not a writer ain’t prepping and using their nouse.

For the uninitiated, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) involves writing a 50,000 novel in 30 days. My debut NaNo led to the publication of my debut novel, The Night Butterflies. Usually, my prep involves wishing I’d done more prep. But this year I’m writing the sequel to last year’s manuscript, Luminosa, half of which blew out the window of the van in a gale, but which I’ve still managed to look over this month (life on the road eh, you can’t make it up).

I’m a pantser not a plotter, in all walks of life. But I’m planning to succeed. And I’m looking forward to taking the next step in this story, the next step in my writer’s wanderings, and seeing what lies over the waterfall.

Are you gearing up for NaNo or just readying for the next step in your journey? What lies over the waterfall for you?

9 thoughts on “A Roam With A View

  1. saraletourneau

    You’ve really become quite a pilgrim, Sara. I don’t know how you do it, but reading about your experiences and seeing your gorgeous photos is eye-opening for someone like me who’s content to stay in one place (with the occasional excursions) and isn’t so adaptable to changing situations. What are your plans after you’ve finishing touring the south island? Heading back up to the north island?

    Also, best of luck with NaNoWriMo! 🙂

    1. Sara Litchfield Post author

      I think I’ve gone the other way – getting a bit itchy if I’m somewhere too long now! It’s wonderful to pause and realise I’m happy to be exactly where I am at any given moment.. But I envy you being so settled.. After the south, it’s to the north! My ferry’s on the 16th and then my flight back to the UK is the beginning of December (hopefully full NaNo draft in hand!). Thanks for the luck!

  2. ontyrepassages

    Gearing up for NaNo. I’m all-in this year with my goal somewhere in the distance beyond 50k. I’m into my second week creating a loose outline and exploring characters so I know them well enough to turn them loose.

    1. Sara Litchfield Post author

      Oh yay! I want to do much more outlining than usual this year.. but I really don’t understand how it’s the 28th already!! Best of luck 🙂

  3. Kelly Roberts

    What a wonderful life you lead! You photos are beautiful, and I look forward to seeing them.

    I’m NaNo’ing, but doing it slightly differently this year. I’m going to finish the book I wrote last year. I still have another 20k words or so, and I’m taking the last week of the month off work to focus on it (with our Thanksgiving holiday thrown in there on the last Thursday of the month). It didn’t feel right starting something new when I hadn’t finished the last one. So that’s my new goal: finishing what I started.

    Here’s to a productive November, wherever it may take us!

    1. Sara Litchfield Post author

      It is a wonderful life 🙂 Ah that’s great – best of luck with the book!! Buddy up with me – I can’t find you! I’m already behind, but planning to catch up today – always the way! Here’s to meeting the goal come the end of the month 🙂


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