Saturday, 27 November 2010

Surname Saturday: Lock

Eliza LOCK (1820-1902) was my ggg grandmother.  At least, I am pretty sure she is - unfortunately I have HAYWOOD ancestors called John who seemed to prefer to marry ladies called Eliza, which is really the one thing that makes me uneasy.  Was she the correct Eliza?  The unease deepens when I can only find her parents and siblings from the IGI. The marriage has been extracted from the original record (so at least I know there's a pretty good chance of it being correct) - rather than submitted by a member, which always makes me nervous.  But is it the right set of parents?

If anybody out there is reading this, and has information to share, I would be thrilled to hear from them. Her parents (possibly) were John LOCK and Elizabeth LONDON, married in Ottery St Mary, Devon, on 2 February 1817.  Her siblings (again possible) were Mary Ann, chr 30 March 1817, Anna chr 12 Jan 1823, and Elizabeth chr 27 Jan 1826 - all in Ottery St Mary, Devon, England.

Thursday, 25 November 2010

I won NaNoWriMo! That's why there have been no posts...

I did it! I won! I won! I WON!

If you are not familiar with NaNoWriMo, let me explain.  It is held in November of each year, and is a challenge (mainly to yourself) to write a 50,000 word novel in a month. It's to avoid the one-day novelist or, as Chris Baty says: "one day, I'll write a novel"... You can write a not-very-good novel, as long as it is not the same word 50,000 times over!

And when you hit 50k, you WIN!  There are no big flashy prizes like cars or a million GBP or anything, but (for instance) CreateSpace.com print a free proof copy for you.  I won for the first time last year, and let me tell you, holding that proof copy in my hands and thinking "I did that!" was one of the best feelings I have ever had...

So that's why I haven't been posting on this genealogy blog for a month.  I've been too busy making sure my head wouldn't explode while I kept all the threads of a time-travel novel straight, with warrior-priests and a stone that dripped blood and an ancient prophecy - oh, it's been great!  But I'm not going to post it on the net, for two reasons: 1) is that I will get done for copyright (because it is about characters from a TV series; if I keep it to myself, nobody gets bothered); and 2) one of the ways you spur yourself on to write it in the first place is because you know that nobody is going to see it!

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