Thursday, March 5, 2015

Novel Writing Stage: Complete

Yesterday was a good day for me. I finished writing a novel, which has been sent out to my lovely beta readers for feedback. Specifically, this book is the second in my Rachaya series, the first of which is due for publication at some point this year.

Once I realised I had finished the book I felt completely and utterly bone-crushingly tired. I didn't feel any sense of elation - I suppose because I know I still have several rounds of edits to go before I will be well and truly done with it.

But for now I am going to take a break from writing, hopefully recharge my batteries. I have little Peanut here to keep me company:

I am so proud of this little guy. Two days in and he is toilet trained and mostly comes when he's called.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Fact or Fiction? Bees

Welcome to the latest segment on my blog, Fact or Fiction, wherein I tell you a story and you need to figure out if I am telling the truth, or if I am simply making it up. 

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One day, when I was around fifteen years old, I was sitting on my bed reading. Suddenly, I heard a strange buzzing sound coming from behind my bedroom wall.

'Hmm,' I thought to myself, 'that sounds an awful lot like bees.'

Being young and inexperienced in such matters, I decided to get some expert advice. I went to my father. 

He scoffed. 'Bees? I don't think so. You're imagining things.'

He followed me to my bedroom and placed his ear up against the wall.

'Yup,' he said with a knowing nod. 'What you've got here is definitely a case of the bees.'

He solved the problem by poking a hole in the wall with a screwdriver, then spraying an entire can of bug spray into the wall. He then sealed the hole up with silicon and placed a tapestry over the top so that no one would ever know. 

So tell me. Do you think this story was Fact or Fiction? Leave a comment below with your answer :)

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

My Name Is On The Internet

I was so excited yesterday when I discovered that my name is now on my publisher's website, listed alongside some amazing, awe-inspiring writers. I cannot wait to have my debut novel ready to share with you all. Twenty-Fifteen is going to be a great year!

This is the screen shot from my phone. To visit the actual website click here.

I have written just over 26,000 words in book 2, and it's starting to look like a real story. Fingers crossed I can make it just as good, if not better than the first so that I can see it published, too!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Wherein I Do Not Buy Any Books

Yesterday I entered into a bookstore, trying to see if there were any books I wanted to buy. Suddenly, I became aware of what I was doing and immediately left the store.

Day 26 and I have yet to break my vow of not purchasing any new books.

I bought myself a coffee instead.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

2015: The Year In Which I Cannot Buy Any More Books

Last year I found myself re-reading a lot of books. But that didn't stop me from purchasing new books - oh no. I bought so many books that they make a tower taller than myself (although, to be fair, I am a very tiny person). (Also, I just stacked them up and they only come up to around my hips. Exaggerate much?)

And so the year 2015 is a year of reading books that I have already purchased. I am imposing a book-buying-ban on myself until I have at least attempted to read all of the books on the list below. I am being fair to myself: if a book is absolutely not my cup of tea than I won't try to finish it.

The books I must read before purchasing any more are the following:

  • The Ring of Curses: Merlin's School for Ordinary Children, by Margaret R Blake (I started this one at the end of 2014 and have been enjoying it so far. Christmas got in the way.)
  • The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss (I have read this book before, but I bought it recently so now I have to read it.)
  • The Wise Man's Fear, by Patrick Rothfuss (I have also read this book, but I bought it over Christmas so have to read it again.)
  • The Slow Regard of Silent Things, by Patrick Rothfuss (This one I have not read and is the reason that I bought the previous two books to re-read.)
  • The House of Hades, by Rick Riordan (I got half-way through this book but never finished it for some reason.)
  • The Blood of Olympus, by Rick Riordan
  • Fevre Dream, by George R.R. Martin
  • Sourcery, by Terry Pratchett
  • The Dragon Queen, by Alice Borchardt
  • Alliance: The Convergence, by Tayla Kershaw (Life got in the way of this one. I started to read it and have been enjoying it so far.)
  • Harpy's Flight, by Megan Lindholm (Otherwise known as Robin Hobb)
  • The Prodigal Mage, by Karen Miller
  • Queen Kat, Carmel and St Jude Get a Life, by Maureen McCarthy
  • Somebody's Crying, by Maureen McCarthy
  • Children of the Lamp: The Akhenaten Adventure, by P.B.Kerr (This one's not my fault! My mother bought this book for me.)
  • Missing, Presumed Undead, by Jeremy Davies (I went to the book launch for this one, but never got around to reading it. The premise sounds awesome, though.)
  • The Beach Bum Millionaire, by Anthony Khoury (I was given this book at a business event and was able to meet the author. He spoke a lot of sense, so I have a real curiosity to read this book.)
  • Passage to Pontefract, by Jean Plaidy
  • Smoke in the Wind, by Peter Tremayne
  • Katharine, the Virgin Widow, by Jean Plaidy
  • Dragonquest, by Anne McCaffrey (I read the first book in the series, but never got around to the second. I really enjoyed the first so don't know why I never read book 2.)
  • Tuf Voyaging, by George R.R. Martin
  • The Armageddon Rag, by George R.R. Martin
  • I Wrote This for You
  • The Cuckoo's Calling, by Robert Galbraith (I bought this one out of curiosity, but I'm not a huge fan of mysteries so keep putting it off.)
  • Path of Revenge, by Russell Kirkpatrick
  • Battle Axe, by Sara Douglass
  • Pawn of Prophecy, by David Eddings
  • Queen of Sorcery, by David Eddings

Phew, that's quite a list. What is more, I am pretty sure I am missing some books out, but I can't seem to find them on my overloaded bookshelves. 

All I can think right now is: Where on earth am I going to find the time???

Monday, December 1, 2014

NaNoWriMo 2014 Wrap Up

I looked at the calendar today and saw that it is the 1st of December. This came as a bit of a shock for me, and I was a little bit sad to realise that this means I have no more time to complete my 2014 NaNoWriMo. I only managed 10,722 words due to a much busier schedule than I had originally anticipated (see my previous post on this).

However, I am far from disheartened. I have learned a lot from this year's NaNo. Chiefly:

  • I have learned how I write best. In tracking daily word counts I have discovered that I work in large bursts, following by long periods where I need to rest my brain. This is good to know. It means that I need to make sure I have zero interruptions during my writing time. It also means that I know there will be gaps where I will have plenty of time on my hands to complete errands.
  • I have come to realise that I am far more task oriented than I am goal oriented. This means that, for me to maintain my motivation, I need to set myself smaller tasks to be able to achieve that overall goal.
  • The story that I was writing makes me cry a lot.

I have accomplished the main thing that I wanted to achieve during NaNoWriMo. I mostly set out on this adventure as a way to get to know a character that had been proving elusive. I feel I have a good understanding of her motivations now, and she feels much more real to me. I am really excited to go back to my pre-NaNoWriMo novel and implement everything I have learned about this character.

And so, this is not the end of writing for me. It's just the end of yet another competition. Just because November is over does not mean that the words have to stop.

Happy writing, everyone!