Due to some sheer bad timing, and overexcitement, I posted an update yesterday and then immediately created a new blog (see, the link is right up there, under my name!)
My plan at the moment is to keep this page but turn it into an events/notification page.
So, if you want to read my random thoughts, you want my blog instead.
The first weird thing writers do is get so caught up with NaNoWriMo that November disappears, winter weather comes as a surprise and Christmas is a myth until it's already the 12th and decorations are being put up around them.
For my non-writer readers, NaNoWriMo takes place throughout the whole of November where writers commit to writing at least 50,000 words - novices and experienced writers alike. If you have a normally gregarious friend who was suddenly quiet and a bit spaced out in Novemnber, they may just have been involved. Give them a coffee and a hug and run through anything they may have missed in November!
Another weird thing writers do is gather as many writers around them as possible. This year a wonderful writer called Raimey Gallant organised 404 writers and got them to share their social media links. So, for the past few days, I've been working through that list - following people on Twitter, Facebook (grr, Facebook has serious issues about people using their site!), their blogs, Goodreads and more.
All of this means I haven't been writing. But, at the moment, I don't mind. It's fun. I've been chatting with some fun people, and hopefully that'll continue once the list-following flurry has faded.
In case you're wondering, I didn't complete my 50k during November, I reached 38,006 words, and then another 4k in the subsequent few days. I'm currently letting it breathe, before printing it out so I can mutilate it (I love a good old-fashoned cut-and-paste with scissors and sticky tape!) and turn it into the story I realised I was telling at about the two-thirds mark.
Just a note to the #nanohop-ers: the only sign up I have is a newsletter, or Bloglovin button - so it's possible you'll never see my posts, unless I get myself a little more organised on the newsleter front. I'm still wondering how to best engage with my new followers. Bear with me!
UPDATED NOTE TO #NANOHOP-ERS: I have created a WordPress blog which will be my main blog from now on.
I'm aware this is a very 'small corner of Cornwall' announcement, but all of my physical books are available at Gunnislake Post Office. So if you've found this website via meeting me in person - and you live in Gunnislake - you can buy them there.
And as always, the books are available at Saltash's Bookshelf and Tearooms. Buy a book, and enjoy a delicious hot chocolate all at the same time.
Would make great Christmas presents!
A recent review of You. I. Us. says, "all of these stories are quick, satisfying reads that will stick with you long after the book is finished."
Yesterday, I got to mix with a wide range of writers from all stages of their career, and hear some fantastic speakers talking about the publishing industry, and how to get published. It was hosted by the Writer's & Artist's Yearbook in conjunction with Literature Works.
What made this even better was it was on my dootstep. I didn't have to venture up to London or Birmingham or Manchester... or even Bristol, which is still two hours away and difficult to organise. No, this event was a 30 minute bus ride into the town I spend a lot of time in anyway.
It was a long day, but the speakers were so engaging, and the questions from the audience so interesting, I didn't really notice. The glass of wine at the end was very welcome.
Here are a few interesting points from the day:
Thank you to everyone who made How to Get Published happen. It was really great that you chose Plymouth as the venue for your first outside-London. If you come back, or indeed if you find other venues around the country, I can guarantee they'll be very much appreciated.
Life since my last update has been a flurry of polishing some short stories to submit, and - sadly - rejections. Those little beasts always come in pairs, or worse. Never mind... Onward and upward. I'm looking at a novel that came back with its tail between its legs and wondering whether there's a way to completely flip the story on it's head. Maybe I need to listen to some music?
Here are a couple of links to guest posts I've written recently:
I love September. I love the chilly, frosty mornings that give way to warm (or even, hot) sunshine by lunchtime. I love the thought of getting back into my jumpers and thick woolly tights. I love my kids going to back to school and finally having the house to myself again.
September always feels like a fresh start.
So far this month, I've written - and submitted - two short stories, and a flash fiction. I'm on my third short story now - trying to reduce a 50,000 word novel now to a 5,000 word story. I'm playing around with all the different threads and trying to work out how I want to tell this story. It may sound like a silly thing to attempt, but if I do it right, it'll be awesome. (And, if I do it wrong, no one will ever read it, so that's fine too!)