So this weekend I did something a bit different from usual. I ran a writing workshop! It came about through a meeting of the Friends of Penketh Library (FOPL for short), who have been organising lots of events to support and promote the library. There's recently been a big consultation about the future of Warrington's libraries, … Continue reading My first writing workshop!
What a relief! Yesterday I got the last comments from my wonderful proofreader, made the changes, and uploaded the final version (I hope) of A Jar of Thursday to Amazon. I'm a natural fretter, so while I knew I had time to make changes, I still had the what ifs in the back of my mind. What … Continue reading A Thursday update: ARCs available!
Yes, it's time for the obligatory 'Yay I finished!' post. I hit my Camp NaNoWriMo target at around lunchtime on Friday. The computer finished reading the edited manuscript to me, I made the last little changes, formatted the document, and emailed it to beta readers. And then I validated the word count to get one … Continue reading Camp NaNoWriMo: past the post
A whole month has passed since The Secret Notebook of Sherlock Holmes was released into the wild. Sometimes that feels like ages, sometimes the blink of an eye. A short while ago a friend asked me how I felt about the experience of publishing an ebook. As I'm feeling a bit reflective, here's an answer incorporating some of … Continue reading The Secret Notebook of Sherlock Holmes, one month on
First things first; thank you to everyone who agreed to beta read for me. While I'd asked people to give the occasional short story a quick once-over, The Secret Notebook of Sherlock Holmes was the first time I'd asked people to read a whole (admittedly short) collection. I learnt a lot along the way, and I think the … Continue reading Beta-testing: 5 things I learnt about using beta readers
As blog posts go, this one is a check-in to let you know that I haven't been eaten by an Alsatian (or the cat). I've just been busy doing things. In my last post I talked about sending my manuscript to a small army of beta-readers for the very first time, and joked that I … Continue reading So much to do, so little time…
Some people are just gluttons for punishment. Having done, and won, NaNoWriMo in November, completing an 80,000 word draft in mid-December, who would want to do it all again two months later? *puts up hand* This time I was planning to write not one book but two. Two 25,000-word middle-grade children's books, possibly the first … Continue reading Plotter or pantser? JanuWriMo
Today, Friday 18 December, is a sad day, because the Flash! Friday website closes today. This morning I woke up and there was no Flash! Friday email in my inbox encouraging me to write a flash fiction by midnight, inspired by a photo, a novel or a dragon's bidding. Often I didn't write a story, because I … Continue reading So long, farewell: Flash! Friday
I've wanted to write this post for ages...but it's taken me a very long time to get to the point where I felt that I had anything to say! To explain: Winston Churchill was asked by his barber if he wanted his hair cut in a particular style. His response was: 'A man of my … Continue reading Better late than never: the Writing Process Blog Tour
You can blame WordPress for this post. I wasn't going to do a 'year in review' post and then I opened WordPress's infographic of visits, views, and posts for this blog and, well, I thought it would be rude not to. The WordPress review reminded me that this blog only began in July, which seems … Continue reading Goodbye 2014, hello 2015