Tuesday Catch Up

Hi all,

We’re heading into December this week! Hope you’re all getting organised with your holiday 12321110_1494645387506651_7099576762286536610_nplans (wish I was lol!). It’s all Christmassy here in Edinburgh – the markets are selling, the fair is going, the pretty lights are twinkling away. Of course, I may not see them again as I have much too much work to get done this month to ever venture into the centre again πŸ˜‰

My Christmas angel story is finally finished – woot! It’s currently with some of my wonderful beta readers, which I will be honest always make me nervous, but I’m aiming for a release date of next Friday 9th December. Of course, that gives me a week and a half to make a cover, retweak a couple of bits that aren’t quite working, do final edits, format, get onto the sites. Sleep is over-rated, right?

wolvesHopefully it will all be done in time, then I can get onto edits for my next one (my wolfie one is finally back so looking at a Jan release now!). I have decided I will give myself a few off over Christmas though – I know, I’m too nice to me! Being self-employed though it’s rare for me to actually take time off, so it will be nice πŸ™‚

 

Hope you’re all having a less stressful week! Take care x

Monday Catch Up

Hi all,

Blue-Moon-over-Edinburgh-Castle-e1438359642194-300x201The start of another week and can you believe we’re into August now? This year just seems to be speeding by! I’ve had a good weekend, some friends up visiting so was lovely to catch up and ‘show them round’ πŸ™‚ Another week and the festival will be in full flow – and the centre will be jam-packed with tourists and performers.

It does mean that I’ve not got much writing stuff though. I put in for a publishers ‘proposal call’ last week, which is rather nerve-wracking and a long wait to hear back now. I’m also working on my novella, which needs to be finished, edited and tidied up by the 15th – so I definitely need to get my butt in gear!

indexDon’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about the next book in my wolves series. I’m hoping to set a release date very soon, though it’s going to be September now I think.

Hope you all have a good start to the week. Take care x

Monday Catch Up

Hi all,

Apologies for running behind today. Hope you’ve all had a lovely Easter weekend, whatever you might have been up to πŸ™‚ Mine has been a busy one. Had a friend’s wedding on Saturday, which was a lovely day. I was also doing the photos for it and although the Scottish weather decided it wasn’t going to co-operate, then hopefully we still have some good indoor piccies! It’s a shame when we’ve had some lovely Spring weather this week (this is a piccie at Botanic gardens with the daffodils coming out), but sadly just the way it goes sometimes. DSC00908So the rest of my bank holiday has been photo editing, and that will probably form the rest of my week now as well lol.

Sadly, all the photo work does take time away from the writing so not much new done this week. Getting things lined up for April though – it’s looking like another busy month! Hmm, now I think about it, I wonder when the last time I had a quiet month was πŸ˜‰ Ah well, I probably wouldn’t know what to do with myself anyway.

Enjoy the rest of your day x

Monday Catch Up

Hi all,

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Well, Monday rolls around again! Hope you’ve all had a fab weekend. Go me, I’ve actually made it on a night out for the first time in weeks (cold seems to finally be going, yay!). Had a lovely night, went to the Meadows (a big local park) to watch someone I know doing some fire dancing. Was very impressive and a lovely mild night for it – almost feels like Spring is coming lol. Then we ended up at the pub and well, the cocktails menus were out πŸ˜‰

Other then that though, it’s been a productive weekend work-wise. Getting back into the daily writing habit again so work has been coming along nicely. The current WIP should be finished this week I think – and then a wee break from it before the editing starts πŸ™‚

Take care x

Monday Catch Up

Hi all,

Well, it’s Monday again – they do seem to keep coming around! Have been busy as usual, writing has slowed a little while I’m waiting for the next part of the story to click for me, but still getting words down and lots of other stuff to catch up on. Also had a lovely dusting of snow at weekend – just enough to be pretty but not quite enough to bring everything to a stop πŸ˜‰

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Am getting very excited about going away next week. Just for a few days but I rarely manage a break and have been wanting to go to Harry Potter Studios pretty much since it opened πŸ™‚ Looking for some fun things to do in London as well. Be warned, you may get spammed with photos afterwards lol.

Anyways, better get back to it. Hope you’re all having a good start to the week.

Take care x

Monday Catch Up

Hi all,

12321110_1494645387506651_7099576762286536610_nWell, it’s Monday again and we’re creeping closer to Christmas! I must admit am still rather under the weather and haven’t been able to concentrate enough to get any new writing done. I’m consoling myself with getting some blog and social media updating done and have finally made a new cover for my Christmas story, which is going to come out this week (watch this space!). I must admit though after having a very productive November I’m feeling a little disappointed that not much seems to be getting done at the moment.

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Still, these things happen and I’m thinking that since Christmas things will be coming up soon anyway, I might be better just writing this month off in terms of new writing and getting some planning in place for January. Ah well!

I hope you’re all having a more productive December, and getting into the holiday mood. I do love Edinburgh at this time of year, the markets, the fair and the historic streets lit up are just lovely – so I thought I’d share a few piccies with you πŸ™‚

Take care x

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Leona Bushman Art Walkabout

Hi all,

Today, we’re doing something a little different. Some of you may know Leona Bushman as a writer or editor, but you may not know she’ll also a talented artist – I know those multi-talented people make you sick, right? πŸ™‚ Anyway, she’s dropping by today to share her art with us, and to talk about how it gets about!

Hi everyone!! *waves ecstatically*

Thank you for having me on your blog again! I’m here today with my art. I’ve taken many art classes, but it’s been years and years, and I’ve been out of practice. This year, I renewed my commitment to my artsβ€”painting, quilting, sewing, crocheting, writing, oil pastels, soft pastels, etc. as well as adding in a new one, designing fabric.
And what a rush it has been!! Throughout time, I try all sorts of styles. Some successful, some not so successful… LOL I have two styles now: Impressionist expressionist, and palette knife a la Georgia O’Keeffe. Love a lot of different types of art, but these seem to be the ones I can do successfully.
victoria pantheonAnyway, today, we move from Scotland to the US and the state of Georgia. This was done as a gift bought from one friend for another. It’s really some of my best work. I was given plenty of lead time. The friend who received it, loves ancient Greek and Satyrs. She writes about some that have different horns (the two different shaped horns, one the tradition “spike” and the others the rounded that I’ve used here) and it sets them apart as to which type of Satyr they are.
It ended up coming at a critical juncture that she really needed a happy thought for, so it made me and the gift giver doubly happy.
heather commission detailsAnd let’s travel north and a bit west to Indiana. Here there’s a wedding gift, and a composite animal portrait. For the cat portrait, I was given 3 separate cat pics, taken at random times, and put it together.
commission take 2 002And let’s roam on down to Phoenix where another commission is:

Where My Art Roams is the first of what I hope to be many virtual walkabouts. I’m taking you on a tour of my paintings that I have given away and sold. From Australia to Washington, to Scotland, and places in between, I will show you the paintings in their new homes.

 

Told you she was talented! I’ve been lucky enough to get a gorgeous personalised painting from Leona, and since I know she has a bit of soft spot for Edinburgh sites, I decided to take it on a bit of a photo walkabout of its own! (Possibly I have too much time on my hands lol). See what you think πŸ™‚

CastleSo, it wouldn’t be Edinburgh without the castle, would it? Now, I did want a piccie right from the entrance but sadly they are still taking down the stands from the Tattoo, so this is from Princes St Gardens.

 

 

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This is taken from the Royal Mile, the historic street that runs from Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyrood House, the queen’s official residence. In the background you can see Waverley Station and Calton Hill.

 

 

 

 

 

MoundOverview of Edinburgh from the Mound πŸ™‚ In the background you can see the Scottish National Gallery, the Scott Monument (the tall tower) and Princes Street.

 

 

 

Police BoxAny Doctor Who fans out there? πŸ™‚ Yes, we do still have these but sadly not for much longer! A lot have already either been removed or converted into kiosks or wee coffee stalls and the last few are now being sold off. So, you could buy your very own Tardis but the rather mean people at the council will make you move it or paint it another colour straight away! Shall miss seeing them.

 

 

 

 

 

Piper

Well, come on, no tour of Scotland would be complete without a man in a kilt now, would it? *looks innocent* It’s purely showing our culture and all that – education purposes! Possibly I’m smiling too much to pull that one off. πŸ™‚

 

Anyway, so ends our painting walkabout tour of Edinburgh. I hope you’ve enjoyed – and I really hope you go and check out Leona’s work. I shall hand you back over to her to give you all the details!

 

 

I have a FB art page: https://www.facebook.com/LeonaBushmanArtisteExtraordinaire

And an Etsy page: https://www.etsy.com/shop/LBushmanStudios

You can follow me on twitter: @L_Bushman

My blog where I share my writing journey and post some of my artwork is here: http://www.lbushman.blogspot.com/

Do you have a favorite artist? From past and present? I love the impressionists, notably, Monet, Renoir, and Van Gogh (I hated Van Gogh during art classes…learned to like him as I was exposed to more of his work ), Georgia O’Keefe, a lot of Dutch artists, particularly Jan Van Eyck, and his painting, Arnofini Wedding. Modern day includes Russ Potak and Jennifer Beaudet. Okay, anyone who comments, can PM me on FB and get 50% off any artwork they’d like! Also, will provide an ACEO (2.5 x 3.5 inches) if I get 20 comments or more on today’s blog. Open to USA, UK, and Canada
This concludes the summer art walkabout, Where My Art Roams. I hope you enjoyed your tour of the world where my art resides!

Believing in Impossible Things

Hi all,

Follow the White Rabbit 200x300Well, it’s busy here as usual and the countdown is on until Follow the White Rabbit is release this Friday! The festivals are on in Edinburgh, which, like anyone else who lives here, I both love and hate it. The atmosphere, the bustle, the huge variety of things to see and do everywhere, the creativity that just seems to be in the air. Sounds great, right? And it is, until you actually want to get anywhere or do anythingΒ  in a hurry πŸ™‚ Still, it is only once a year and on the upside have seen some great shows already – not to mention got to see George R R Martin doing a talk last night at the International Book Festival.

He’s an author that I have a huge amount of respect for (read, may have fangirl squee-ed a bit at actually getting to meet him!) and several key points I took away from his talk were that success doesn’t come overnight – it may seem to but every author that you see appear to ‘come out of nowhere’ has actually been plugging away for years in the hopes of one day getting that ‘instant success’ everyone will talk about. The other point was that he was constantly told that what he was doing was ‘wrong’, that it was impossible or shouldn’t be done. He’s combined sci-fi and horror in his books, while his most famous ‘Song of Ice and Fire’ series is a combination of fantasy and historical fiction – taking inspiration from a lot of British history in order to add grit and realism to a fantasy world. Sometimes, we need to aim for the impossible and not listen to those who tell us it can’t be done.

6 thingsThat brings me back to one of my favourite ‘Alice in Wonderland’ quotes. What if the only reason we can’t believe in the impossible is because we just haven’t tried hard enough? Maybe we just need to practice harder, until we can think of six impossible things before breakfast πŸ™‚

Follow the White Rabbit is now up on Goodreads here, so please add if you have an account!

Take care x

 

Release Day – Love Reawakened

Hi all,

You’ll have to excuse me for being excited today – it’s release day for my zombie-themed romance Love Reawakened! (Squee!) I think release days have to be the best days for authors – after months of writing, rewriting, subbing, edits, cover art, promo work and all the other bits that go before, then your baby is finally being released into the big wide world. People can buy it, read it, *cough judge it* – yup it gets scary as well! This is now my second ‘stand alone’ novella, and three stories in anthologies, and I don’t think it will ever stop being just as exciting and just as scary πŸ™‚
Anyway, enough of my gushing and on with the book lol!
Love Reawakened is my first zombie-themed paranormal romance. Those who know me may know just how surprising that is! I’ve never been someone who watches zombie films, or even horror films for that matter – I’m way too much of a wuss. If you’re the same way, then don’t worry about hard-core horror in this – I can read it myself and not have nightmares! At the end of the day I think it’s all about the characters and, of course, the romance πŸ™‚
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Blurb

Emma needs to find an escaped zombie! With lives on the line, the only person who can help is the man who broke her heart.

Emma Strachan is a professional witch and quite frankly a zombie raising should be all in day’s work. Now, though, something has gone horribly wrong and with lives on the line Emma is forced to turn for help to the one person she never wanted to see again.

When Emma shows up on Garret’s doorstep he knows she must be in trouble-after all nothing else would bring her to his door. Still, he never imagined a zombie gone rogue, or that the blazing attraction between them would be as strong as ever.

As Emma and Garret risk their lives to track down the missing zombie can they put aside past insecurities and trust in each other-before it’s too late.

Excerpt

Shocked gasps came from behind her, but the vibrations were already running through the ground. Quickly she smeared the blood around the edges of the circle. The energy was rising now; waves spreading out as she could feel the hairs on her arms standing up and tiny tremors through the soles of her shoes. She drew a final symbol in the blood on the gravestone itself, the rough stone grazing her fingers and making the lines awkward.

“Patrick Connell rise. Come from your grave at my command, rise from your sleep at my bidding.”

The earth in front of her practically bubbled now, and then it parted and a tall figure emerged. Neil almost shrieked behind her but her attention stayed focused on the corpse in front of her. He was newly dead and so perfectly preserved. In fact, gazing at him, you would barely know the difference if you saw him walking down the street. She was quite proud. She didn’t do this spell much, but this was a damn good raising!

“Patrick Connell, you have been raised at my command. You will do as I say and nothing more, bound to me by blood and magic. Do you understand and obey?”

The corpse looked at her, surprising clarity in his deep blue eyes. She didn’t think she’d ever raised one this ‘new’ before and it was actually a little disconcerting how alive he looked. He’d obviously been a handsome man, tall with broad shoulders, thick dark hair, strong jaw, and quite startling eyes. Then he opened his mouth and said a single word.

“No.”

And where you can buy it! πŸ™‚
Amazon US

Amazon UK

Breathless Press

 

I really hope you give it a try – and enjoy! πŸ™‚

Motivation

Hi all,

Haven’t been on here for a while so bit of a catch up! Am hard at work as usual – subbed a short story to a competition last weekend so fingers crossed on that one. Working mainly on a novella at the moment – it was originally going to be a rather short 20k-ish one but as often happen it’s taken on a life of it’s own and is currently at around 30k with a bit to go yet. I’ve given myself a mini writing challenge until the end of May and then sadly I think June will have to be focused on editing, rewritingΒ a few pieces that were rejected over the last six months and general tidying up. Must admit I much prefer the ‘just writing’ part! πŸ™‚

I have been thinking a lot over the past few weeks about motivation – that elusive thing that trips so many writers up! The thing about writing is that it’s something that so many people want to do, or think they can do. The number of people who will say to you that they’ve always fancied writing a book – with the best will in the world 99% of those people probably won’t get round it. Maybe it would have been a wonderful book, a best-seller, a classic but then if it’s never written we’ll never know.

So, what separates people who want to be writers from those who actually become them? And going further afield as I have fingers in other pies – those who want to be photographers, film makers, songwriters, music producers, directors etc. I know talent obviously plays a part but I think so much more important is putting the work into it. If you see something as a hobby, or a way to relax then that’s great, but it’s probably all it’s going to be for you. If you want something to be your career then you need to treat it as such.

So if you maybe don’t feel very ‘inspired’ today then instead of taking that as a sign not to do anything you try and force a bit anyway – maybe you won’t get as much down as on a good day but very little helps. You wouldn’t call in sick to your ‘regular’ job if you didn’t feel creative enough πŸ™‚ It may mean coming in from your current 9-5 or after a long day with the kids and just wanting to chill in front of the tv, but instead booting up the laptop and getting on with the WIP. It may mean ignoring people who look at you like you’re crazy when they ask what you did last night and you reply ‘worked on a novel for 4 hours’.

Of course, none of it’s easy, sometimes it can be impossible to physically fit things in around other commitments and I’m the first to say I have blips πŸ™‚ but isn’t there a saying that ‘nothing worth having comes easy’ – think on the end result and whether it’s worth putting the work in for. I know for me, if it’s a question of getting to live my dream career then yes it must be πŸ™‚