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My social media contacts

Thought perhaps it was time to remind folk of my social media links:)

Most of them are in the sidebar, but it doesn’t do any harm to repeat them!



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My writing habits!

quillI’ve seen a few blogs recently with authors talking about their writing practices, in particular the how and where they like to write and it made me compare my choices with the variety of likes and dislikes of these other authors, some well known, others not so much. Some could only work in silence, some liked to listen to music, while others preferred to work in public places such as coffee shops.

I have to admit I have never attempted to work in a public place, not sure I could cope with that, but I don’t like to work in silence. I have my computer set up on the dining room table (which tends to mean we very rarely eat meals there!) which happens to be set in the bay window of our house, overlooking the front garden and the main road that passes in front. Mostly the cars and buses pass in a blur and only if I get stuck will I look up and stare at the scene out of the window.

The TV is always on at the other end of the large open space that forms our living/dining area. I don’t actually listen to the TV, well not for most of the time anyhow, though it forms a comforting background. If things are not going well, I will pause and listen to what’s on and occasionally might go over and sit and watch for a time. Sometimes I will quickly abandon it and return to my computer, other times I will get caught up in whatever is on and find that break can often help to get my mind back on track again.

What does bother me though is if I am deep in the zone and someone comes along and merrily starts chatting to me. I get frustrated because the family knows if my fingers are flashing over the keyboard that I’m working and should be left alone, not exactly the most welcoming of attitudes I know, but that’s the truth behind the attitude of this writer!

I should also admit that I get distracted far too easily on my laptop, checking my emails, looking at FB and Twitter, blogs etc. etc. And that I can’t blame on anyone but myself!

Well I think it’s time to try and get back to continuing the chapter I’m supposed to be working on right now:)

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Update on my writing!

quillI’m sorry I’ve been so remiss in not posting updates for some time. Suffice it to say that I had things going on in my personal life and my writing had to take a back seat for a while. When I finally did get back into a position where writing was possible again I had rather lost the… not sure what… the will? the desire? the need? Whatever you want to call it, I wasn’t able to get my head around actually putting words on the page, which was very frustrating as I was about two chapters short of finishing the sequel novel to The Eynan.

Thankfully, with the arrival of 2014, I finally managed to sit comfortably in front of my keyboard and I was able to finish the novel – tentatively called The Eynan 2: Garileon. My publisher, Amber Quill Press, have already given me a projected publication date of 1st June 2014.

I have to confess that while finishing the novel was a great relief, I still don’t feel that I’m quite back in that simple yet perfect place where writing was enjoyable and productive. Writing the last two chapters felt more like hard work, forcing those words out. I intend to take a break until I find that place again, hopefully it won’t be too long:)

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What’s been happening?

quillFirst off, I want to say sorry that it’s been so long so I posted, but a family situation has been taking up quite a bit of my time lately. On top of that, probably related to that, when I did get to my keyboard I was having trouble getting my writing to work, and when it did it was going slowly, but then any words added to the story is good, right?

Then last weekend, I sent the last couple of chapters to my beta to have a read through, and as ever she got back to me with comments and suggestions. But this time, she was quick to point out a glaring flaw in the plot. Something I should have seen but didn’t. I’m just pleased it was picked up before I got much further into the story! It’s taking me some time to get the story back on track because of this, but I will!

As the story I’m talking about is a sequel – to my popular fantasy novel, The Eynan – I’m keen to get it finished sooner rather than later, but not at the cost of spoiling the story. I’m aware that quite a few of you are looking forward to where I take my characters next:)

Still got a ways to go yet before I can even write The End to my novel, but hopefully now I’ve got the story back on track it will flow better for me:)

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Interview on!


The interview I gave to – The best in Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror – went live a couple of days ago and I’m sorry to say I’ve only just remembered to post a link to it. Pop on over and have a read, you might learn something about me you didn’t know 🙂

Direct link to interview:

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Progress on my WIP

quillI’m still working on the sequel to The Eynan, tentatively called, The Eynan 2: Cambrion. I’d hit something of a roadblock in the plot and for a while I mostly sat at my keyboard, staring at the screen and grumbling, but at last I think I know where I’m going! Fingers crossed that I don’t hit a fork in the road:)

I started adding new scenes yesterday, continuing with more today, gradually increasing my word count. I still have to go back to earlier chapters and make some edits because I’ve made some minor plot changes, but just now I want to carry on getting new stuff written. Feel as if I’m really making progress:)

So far today, I’ve written over 2,300 words and it’s flowing better than it has for the last couple of weeks. Almost scared to say that out loud, don’t want to tempt fate!

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Family life and memories

LesSeaI spent yesterday with my son and his family, always a lovely time, but yesterday was a little different as we ended up taking a trip down memory lane.

My son is in the process of creating a family tree and it’s amazing how interesting that can be, and a little scary. We have some blanks in the many spreading branches, not surprising as some of them go back over 150 years. But what I found even more perplexing is the blanks in my own memory. Some of those blanks were not so surprising, like the fact that I didn’t know the Christian names of my grandparents – they had just been grandma and grandpa to me, both sets, and I don’t think I ever even heard their first names.

More confusing and a little scary is that neither can I remember the names of certain aunts and uncles, though cousins, thank goodness, are floating around there in my mixed up memory.

I admit this is not the first time I’ve had memory problems, and, as I am now retired, you can surmise I’m over 60 years of age:) Luckily my memory, or occasional lack thereof, is a occasional frustrating random effect and isn’t affecting my writing.

I’m now in the process of trying to jog my memory of those long ago people, some of them dead many years, and nudging other close family members for clues:)

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