My Illlustrated Travel Journal with Essays about Roman and Mediaeval History and some Geology

  Ain't it Pretty?

I managed to write the required 50,000 words to 'win' Nano. And a few days ahead to boot. When I registered my active participation this year, I had low expectations about the chance to win, but since several online friends do it, I decided to join. Well, it paid off. :-)

It was sheer stubbornness that kept me going some days when I didn't feel like writing after a stressful day at the job. But once I got into the flow, I usually could write a fair bit. Continuing to write the amount of words I did these last 25 days would take too much time off other things - like writing blog posts, for example - but I hope I can take some of the discipline with me into the next months.


  Nano Update

The National Novel Writing Month it is going better than I expected. I reached the halfway point (25,000 words) last night and thus I'm ahead and got a buffer of two days worth of writing.

Autumn at the Externsteine rock formation in the Teutoburg Forest

What I learned this year is the value of discipline. If I want to make it, I need to sit down every evening and write, even when I don't feel like it. Most days, the writing starts to flow after some time. I hope I can keep up some sort of routine after Nano, though not with such a high daily wordcount.


  It's Nano Time Again

I'm participating in the National Novel Writing Month again, and therefore I'm a lazy blogger and commenter. My regular readers may have guessed already. :-)

After last year's unexpected success I've grown more ambitious; I now want to win Nano even with Real Life (TM) getting in the way. Wish me luck.

You can follow my progress on the sidebar.

Autumn Forest

The photo shows part of the Hainich National Park in Thuringia, seen from the observation tower. The grey line in the right lower corner is the tree top walk we did back in 2011.


The Lost Fort is a travel journal and blog based on my travels in Germany, the UK, Scandinavia, Flanders, and the Baltic Coast. It includes essays on Roman and Mediaeval history and some geology, which are illustrated with lots of photos of old castles and churches, Roman remains, and beautiful landscapes.

All texts (except comments by guests) and photos (if no other copyright is noted) on this blog are copyright of Gabriele Campbell.

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I'm a blogger from Germany with a MA in Literature and History which doesn't pay my bills, so I use it to research blogposts instead. I'm interested in everything Roman and Mediaeval, avid reader and sometimes writer, opera enthusiast, traveller with a liking for foreign languages and odd rocks, photographer, and tea aficionado. And an old-fashioned blogger who hasn't yet gotten an Instagram account. :-)



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