“I’m a writer. My hobbies include not writing.”
I have a bit of a fixation with writing memes, and the above was my favourite from this week. I’ve been on holiday in Brisbane for the last 10 days, and even though I’m on holiday I’ve found it hard to tear myself away from my story. I was sitting in a coffee shop, doing the final read of book 3 from my trilogy before hitting publish, when this meme popped up. Needless to say, it made me chuckle.
I dabbled in writing for so many years before I published, and the moment I did publish it was like BOOM I’m addicted. I really don’t have any other hobbies now…except walking or maybe gardening, because walking and gardening mean you can still think about writing!
Some pictures from my Brisbane trip…
The end of the Divided World…not quite so divided anymore…more of a…well, you’ll have to read it to find out 😉
It’s taken me nearly 18 months, but I’m finally at the end of the trilogy with the 3rd book out on Amazon in print, and ebook on pre-order!
There will definitely be more adventures for Tanis and perhaps even spin-offs, but for now I’m starting a new series.
Such a great feeling to get to the end. And super excited about the next chapter…pun intended
For those who love sci-fi with a touch of fantasy and a lot of conflict!
It’s been nearly four years now since I started blogging, and exactly four years since I set myself a goal to write a book. With this anniversary in mind, I thought I would share my own reason why I believe in setting new year’s goals. I still have a long way to go in my writing journey, but every year spent working toward my writing dream is a year well spent.
I just wished I had started working toward it sooner 🙂
You don’t have to set a goal on the 1st January, whenever you set that goal is the right time. But sometimes a new year provides an opportunity for us to assess where we are and where we want to be.
It can also be the catalyst for us to embrace change, set a new direction, and follow our dreams.
If you have read my about page, some of this will be familiar…
Why I believe in setting New Year’s goals…
I have never been one for new years resolutions, for making plans, or setting goals, or any of those things that most people do every year on the 1st January.
I don’t do diets – too boring.
I don’t want to run a marathon – too hard, jump out of a plane – too scary, or to ‘find myself’ in Tibet.
I have always been at heart a bit of a drifter, and a lot of a procrastinator, and yet at the same time I have never let go of my dream to publish a book.
I spend anywhere up to 20 hours a week working toward this dream and have done so for nearly 20 years. For far too many of those years I never actually committed to converting that dream into a reality…I am the living embodiment of George McFly out of back to the future.
On 1st January 2013, I watched the ball drop in Times Square, and like every other year I never set myself a goal.
The 1st January 2014 was a little quieter, and I had a little more time to reflect. This time, everything changed because I set myself a goal – just one – to publish a book.
It took me a lot longer to get there than I ever expected, but I’m always going to look back on that day and be thankful and grateful that I changed my mindset.
Happy reading and writing and dream chasing in 2018!
“Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365 page book.
Write a good one.”
~ Brad Paisley
Love it or loathe it, it’s a necessary part of the writing process. But it does present some challenges.
Life is sweet…
“Oh, look at that sentence.
So beautiful and so perfect!
Who says you can’t write a sentence right the first time, go me!”
“Why did I put that comma there?”
“Nope, it was right before.”
“Nope, it’s a semicolon!”
…replaces with a semicolon
“It works better as two sentences. Ha!”
…splits into two sentences
…removes all punctuation and joins using an ‘and’
“Why do I have three sentences in a row starting with ‘He’!”
“I don’t like that word…it feels clunky…I need a better word.”
…puts original words back
When nothing works…
“OMG! This sentence is so bad! What the bloody hell was a trying to say!”
…changes to internal thoughts
…gives to another character as speach
“OMG!!! I hate this sentence!”
I’m Red, all in, no hesitation 🙂
What color are you?
Where we write…
I thought I would begin my writing update by sharing a little about my writer’s nook (or pod in my case).
The funny looking structure above is my writer’s pod (The bit on the left…the big bit is a bedroom). I call it a pod, because…it really is a little pod on stilts and the perfect place to hideaway and write.
Here is the view into the valley from my window, which of course I never look at because I’m so focused on my writing! Okay sometimes I peak.
The inside of my writer’s pod…it doesn’t normally look quite that tidy! And I am also normally squished onto one side of the desk to make space for my cats…and their blanket.
And this is Toby, who was snoozing beside me while I was writing yesterday.
I’ve been busy with a couple of writerly things. Firstly, book three has received all the beta feedback, so I’ve made the changes and will let it settle for a couple of weeks before I tackle the final read and review. I’m very excited to see the trilogy completed! And very grateful for all the constructive feedback I’ve had on the book…including all my bloopers. Between ‘discounting’ a horse instead of ‘dismounting’ and ‘lunching’ instead of ‘launching’, I’ve kept my beta readers entertained for all the wrong reasons! 🙂
My second bit of writerly activity, has been cracking into a new draft. This is set on the same planet as my current trilogy, but with a new cast and explores the planet’s colonisation. I’m about 30% in, and going reasonably well…reasonably, because I never feel comfortable with a draft until I get to the end and all the bits come together.
About my beta readers!
We are all at different stages of our writing journey, and so I would like to finish by dropping links and bios on two of my beta readers who are published authors themselves.
Jason J. McCuiston’s story, “The Wyvern” can be found in Pole to Pole Publishing’s new anthology, Dark Luminous Wings. It is a post-apocalyptic steampunk horror story set in the skies above a Mojave Desert filled with magic and dark memories.
You can find out a little more about Jason here in his guest post. Talking about sport and writing! Don’t let the title scare you, I am the least sporty person on the planet, and I learnt something new 🙂
And this is the lovely Cassandra Parker, who always has at least 3 writing projects on the go, but still finds time to read my book and give me feedback! If you are looking for a little 70’s nostalgia with a wistful and endearing love story thrown into the mix then check out her book Harley & Me.
You can also find out more about Cassandra in her author interview here. Author Interview – Cassandra Parker
Wishing everyone happy reading and writing! 🙂
I have never been a person enamoured with that thing called adventure. If there is something exciting going on, I am usually heading in the other direction. For me adventure is trying out a new restaurant, or cutting an extra inch off my hair.
I think the technical term is ‘novelty averse’.
I am the sort of person who feels deeply emotional when hearing an anecdotal story about someone I have never even met. Homeless puppies, sagas of lost journals, can really tear me up. If there’s a spider trapped in a sink, I am the kind of person who rescues it—Ok, maybe not the spider.
Despite this I have lived a million adventures within the pages of a book, and particularly bloodthirsty adventures at that.
Yes, I will confess at this point that I possess particularly violent taste when it comes to other peoples adventures. Torture and killing is absolutely fine in the quest of a good story—the more brutal the better. Our heroes wouldn’t have a chance to shine without a few trials and obstacles in their way.
Let’s face it, a walk in the park never made a hero—unless the walk in the park happened to involve thwarting an attack by alien vampires with secret plans to destroy the earth.
Perhaps it’s just as well that I stick to the books 😉