Tuesday Catch Up

Hi all,

Hope you’re all having a fab week. It’s less than 3 weeks to Christmas – eek! I have been so christmas_tree_by_julie1226busy with Christmassy writing tasks that I’ve done nothing for real-life Christmas. I think ass-in-gear is required this week 🙂 I hope you’re all much more organised than I am!

It’s been a good, if ridiculously busy week! My shiny Kindle Fire from Black Friday came, and early as well, so am a happy bunny. My Christmas treat to myself. I managed to squeeze in my first Christmassy reads – it’s officially December so I’m allowed to start my huge list of Christmassy ‘to-read’ books – yay! It was also a good weekend – went to see Placebo on Friday night. 20th anniversary tour with all the classics – took me right back to my teenage years lol.

Apart from that have been working hard on Christmas stories. It may have slightly slipped my mind that I’d promised to send in a Christmassy short story to an Advent Calendar type event, so ended up rather dashing something out at the last min. I think it’s quite a fun wee story though – so hopefully will get to share with you soon. Divine Justice is finally finished (*sighs* I only rewrote the ending about a dozen times!) so final checks and go-over tonight and then can format and get onto Amazon for Thursday. I’m really excited to see what you all think – there’s nothing quite like a release day 🙂

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Have a great week – take care x

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 😉

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 🙂

 

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

Tuesday Catch Up

Hi all,

Well, I don’t know about where you are, but November has definitely hit here and it’s bleedin’ freezing! Even the Christmas lights have gone on this week so we must be into mid-winter *sighs* At least it looks twinkly! It’s been a bit of an up and down week. My sort of surrogate gran passed last week (used to be my gran-in-law but we’ve still stayed in touch) the funeral is tomorrow so will be a sad day.

2016-05-11-1462971004-479389-writerWriting-wise, it’s very much all-go. I’m thinking I may have to admit defeat on Nano – I’m currently just under 10k behind and with funeral tomorrow and family coming to visit at weekend it’s not looking very likely I’ll get back on target. (I’m still looking forward to them coming though – don’t worry Mum!). I’m not getting too stressed over it, I managed to get a standalone finished, some extra words on book 3 in my wolfie series and hopefully will get a Christmassy sort finished this week then can get it out in time lol. It’s angel-themed and I have some fab stock images to play with for a cover – can’t wait for you to see! I’ve also finally got back my first edits on book 2 in my wolves series. I think I’m probably going to have to push release back to January now – but hey, I have a Christmas book for you in the meantime 😉

Hope all the rest of you Nano-ers are doing better than me 🙂 Take care x

Tuesday Catch Up

Hi all,

Another week is upon us – please no one tell me how many until Christmas lol. I think we can 111411_nanowrimo-702x1024-670x977agree though this year is speeding by! How are my fellow Nano-ers getting on? I will admit I’m lagging behind a bit as we hit the halfway mark. Still, I’m trying not to get too worked up over it – I have more words than I did at the start of the month so that’s a win already, right?

I know some people get themselves rather stressed over Nano and sometimes I wonder how productive that is. I do like the little push it gives and the motivation, but at the same time, November is a rather cold, dark and miserable month at the best of times (well, it certainly is here at the moment!) so I think it’s important to try and make sure we have a bit of relaxation and TLC as well 😉 Of course, I should practice what I preach a lot more lol!

fantastic-beasts-where-find-them-movie-2016-redmayneSpeaking of relaxation… does anyone have any fun plans for the week? I’m very excited that Fantastic Beasts is out on Friday – and am trying very hard to restrain from the midnight showing when I know I have work the next day. Wish me luck!

Take care x

Tuesday Catch Up

Hi all,

Well, I’m running a day behind here – this week has been chaotic already, and it’s only Tuesday lol! indexTo all my American friends – I hope you’re managing to get out to vote and good luck with it. I saw a lovely article this morning showing people at the grave of America suffragette Susan B Anthony and placing their ‘I voted’ stickers on the gravestone. I’m aware it’s been a difficult election, such a lot of nastiness and strong feeling on both sides but sometimes an image like this can make us think how important democracy is and how we should never take it for granted. I know a lot of people are disillusioned with both sides – but I do hope you manage to vote anyway and that at the end of the day people will be able to accept the result (whatever it may be) and start to move forward.

Anyway, I feel that’s maybe getting a preachy and that’s the last thing I want to be 🙂 How are those of you doing Nano getting on? Our first week is done – hope you’re on target! I am surprisingly still on track, I’m usually slipping behind by this point, but we shall see how it goes. If I can have book 2 released and book 3 written by the end of the year then I’ll be pretty happy 🙂

14937337_1613969382233268_602095235217030311_nSpeaking of happy (or not in this case lol) I have some traumatised kitties today. I am apparently a horrible monster for daring to take them to the vets (they had an itty, bitty jab and their nails clipped) – they made their displeasure fairly strongly known so I may be covered in plasters today *sighs* I do appreciate the irony of them having their nails cut after they scratched me to shreds. It’s a good job they’re sodding cute 😉

Hope you have a good week. Take care x

Tuesday Catch Up – Who’s Doing Nano?

Hi all,

Hope you’ve all had a fab Halloween, lots of spooks and candy 😉 I managed to get to some fun story-telling sessions, plus it’s an excuse to watch all my favourite Halloween movies. Anyway, we’re back to reality and into November now (eek, no one mention Christmas yet!) and November for a lot of us means Nano. In case you don’t know, Nano stands for National Novel Writing Month, where thousands of writers, both brand new and established, attempt to write a novel (well, 50,000 words at least) in the month of November. It’s fun, exciting, stressful and a little bit mad!

111411_nanowrimo-702x1024-670x977So, who’s joining in this year? Are you off to a flying start or (like me) still trying to catch up on all the prep things you should have done last week. Please make me feel better and say it’s the latter 🙂 I do have slightly mixed feelings about Nano, for some people it’s a lot of pressure and that mad rush can be stressful, but I do find it useful for a bit of a kickstart and to get back into the habit of writing every day – especially if life has rather been getting in the way lately (and let’s face it, it has a nasty habit of doing that!).

Personally, I think it’s so important to use Nano for what YOU can get out of it. It’s all too easy to look at other people and feel discouraged but it’s not a competition – honest! If you miss some days – so what, you can catch up and sometimes you need a break. If you’re not going to make 50k – so what, if you have more words that you did at the start of the month then it’s still a win. If all your ‘writing buddies’ are speeding along and you feel like you’re lagging behind – so what, we all have different speeds and styles. Who’s to say your 30k might not be twice as good as someone else’s 60k? Take the good things – the motivation, the team spirit, the community support – and use it to help you (and of course, don’t forget to give a bit of that support back again!).

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I also think the main thing – and the thing I see so many enthusiastic Nano-ers seeming to slip up at. At the end of November make sure you DO SOMETHING with all these lovely, shiny new words you have 🙂 I’m winterdusk on the Nano site, so do feel free to add me as a writing buddy if you are joining in – and the best of luck with it!

 

Take care x

Tuesday Catch Up

Hi all,

A shiny new week and a shiny new website! It’s still rather a work-in-progress so please excuse any teething blips and more content is being added so if there’s a random blank page it’s probably in the process of being filled 🙂 It has definitely been a bit of a tasking job (complete with total mess-up at weekend where I broke the whole site and had to have a rather amazing friend baby-step me through fixing it lol!) Hopefully, I’m slightly starting to get the hang of the new set-up though – comments always welcome!

img_5259Apart from that though, it’s been the usual business here. Drizzt and Dresden are starting to settle in nicely – first vet visit yesterday so they are all checked over and jabbed up. It’s great to see the difference in Drez in particular, who’s gone from hiding behind the sofa for most of the first week to insisting I drop everything so he can sprawl over my lap for cuddles. Possibly not the best thing in terms of productivity, but you try saying no to that little face 🙂

witch-fantasy_00408573Despite cat distractions though, work is happening. My standalone witchy/vampire novella is almost finished and I’m having a lot of fun writing it. It’s a little lighter than my usual style so it’s nice to have that bit of humour in it and I really hope you’ll enjoy reading it as much. My wolfie book is still with my editor but progress is being made and fingers crossed shall get it back soon and then can update with a release date (exciting!). I’m also putting the finishing touches to the cover and am really happy with it – so can’t wait to share 🙂

Hope you’re all having a fab start to the week. Take care x

Tuesday Catch Up

Hi all,

Well, first I guess I should apologise for the lack of posts lately. 2016-05-11-1462971004-479389-writerUnfortunately real-life has been kicking my ass. I won’t go into too many details, but just been feeling rather down and fed-up which makes it a bit harder to ‘switch on’ the creative side. Still, it happens sometimes and we get through it x

Anyway, onto more positives! Had a lovely weekend catching up with family and things are slowly picking up this week. Back on edits and should get the next book over to my editor in the next few days. Am just working on those last little tweaks – and of course, de-Britishing it lol! My heroine is suppose to American but since I’m obviously not, all sorts of British terms and phrases tend to automatically pour out when I’m just getting the story down – and then need to be ruthlessly cut out in edits! It’s a tricky process sometimes, and while I love you Americans then sometimes you don’t just have good substitutes for certain words and phrases 😉 I think for my next one I definitely need a British main character then I can happily go nuts with the UK words lol.

gray-wolfOnce I get this off for edits then should hopefully be able to get back to writing (well, and the other one I need to edit). I also have a cover almost finished, which I am loving – shall share soon and hopefully you’ll agree 🙂

Hope you all have a great week. Take care x

Tuesday Catch-Up

Hi all,

2016-05-11-1462971004-479389-writerHow’s your week going? Mine is hectic already – hence me being a day late with this post! I’ve decided to put a submission in for the Carina Press proposals call-out, so have been panic polishing and rewriting some chapters for that to get in by tomorrow. I’m also still working on my novella for a publisher submission call, and while it’s coming along the deadline is also looming rather close 🙂 Not to mention edits whenever I get a free minute!

I’m hoping to get on track by weekend as I have friends visiting and am looking forward to seeing them. Then next weekend, flying visit back to England for a wedding. Lots of fun, but also slightly adding to the deadline panic 😉

Wolves_wolf_great_wallpapers_for_your_deskopA big thank you to all who shared my free read at weekend – some great numbers so hope you grabbed your copy, and if you did that you actually like it now! I’m also working on my shiny new newsletter. It’s going to have lots of fun updates, free short reads, special offers, bonus content and basically anything else I can think of to throw in there! If you haven’t signed up already, the link is here:

http://eepurl.com/b-g1un

Your email address is never shared with anyone else, and absolutely no spam! I hate it too, would never inflict that on you 🙂

Have a good week. Take care x

Tuesday Catch Up

Hi all,

Hope your week is off to a good start. I’m a day late with this but hopefully you will forgive me! It’s been a busy week. Have just got back from the RNA Conference, which was a lovely weekend, but def a bit on the exhausting side lol. Don’t think I’ve ever been in a building with so many other authors, so for an introvert like me was definitely a bit on the intimidating side.

2016-05-11-1462971004-479389-writerI was reminded of several years ago when I went to a local crime authors panel. One of the main speakers said something about how crime writers were a great community – unlike some other genres like romance writers! Well, I think all I can say to that is that she obviously didn’t know many romance writers. Being a conference first-timer meant I got a little sparkly flower on my badge so people were ‘extra-nice’ to me, but I think people were just generally lovely. All you had to do was stand near someone for them to start chatting to you, sitting at a table with a group of strangers was ‘the norm’ and everyone was happy to share their experience and tips with you.

psychic3A lot of great panels and talks, with some really helpful information, and I’m already thinking how I can translate some of it into my writing and marketing plan. I also had an industry appointment with Harlequin/M&B, and while I was aware going in that the people I was talking to didn’t really deal with the specific ‘line’ I would be suitable for, they were very positive about the story and encouraged me to submit to the relevant people.

Overall, was a really lovely time. Being a writer can often be a solitary occupation, even with the wonderful connections you can make online, so was definitely a new experience to be with so many others. Hopefully can make it back again, but for now little introvert me needs to hide in the house and recharge for a few days 🙂

Have a great week. Take care x