As you may have noticed, I have not checked in for ages! I haven’t blogged for ages and this isn’t really a check-in either. In the time I’ve been away, my beloved cat Widget has died (boo hoo), I have been selected to go on Mastermind, I have been to Ireland and visited my parents and my sister has finally set a date for her wedding. Also, I sent Emily Swann off to an agent where it was promptly rejected! The rejection of Emily Swann and the death of my Widget upset me greatly and so I retreated from the writing world for a bit.
I do have periods where I stop writing, usually when I’m upset but I always wander back into the fold eventually. I’m not working on any particular project at the moment. My specialist subject for Mastermind is Sitting Bull and so I’m reading and taking notes on his life like mad and as I’ve always wanted to write a book about him, the plan is that when Mastermind is over I can use all the research I’m doing now for that.
Goals; what goals? My goal at the moment is to get through Mastermind without making a fool of myself and that’s all for now. But enough about me; how have you guys been getting on?
Hooray! The brilliant news is that I have self-published another book on Amazon, bringing my grand total of works available to three! My lovely shining new book on numerology is for sale at the extremely reasonable price of 99 cents or 77 pence. It’s only a short book which is why I’m selling it at such a good price. This is a fabulous wonderful momentous book and I should know because I wrote it! (LOL).
Have taken a short break from writing so since finishing “Numerology for Daily Life” I haven’t written anything for a few days. Am finally getting back into the reading again which is good. Have renewed my library books and been for a dentist appointment. Not a lot else going on in my life.
Oh the scaffolding has been put up and the builders are coming back next week to start repairing our roof.
Am I am still spending too much time on Facebook but that seems to be the way it is right now.
Well back to the grindstone! Have started typing up the Christopher Lee interview for the book that lovely hubby and I are doing together. Have started (yesterday) on my Basics of Astrology book. So the writing part of my goals is going pretty well. I’m aiming for consistency of effort rather than huge word counts and hours at the keyboard. As long as I’m working towards my goals every day then it doesn’t matter too much how many (or how few) hours/words I do.
Have put my new numerology book on Amazon’s KDP. So the putting my work out there goal is doing well. Had a few problems with the cover which involved a great deal of swearing and intervention from lovely hubby but I think (!) its all fixed now. The book isn’t live yet and I won’t really be able to tell how it’s worked until it is.
The reading is progressing very slowly because I keep buying more books or borrowing more from the library which means although I’m reaing all the time my ‘to be read’ pile isn’t getting any smaller.
Still spending too much time on Facebook so no change there.
The good news is that I have finished my numerology book! Well I still have the proof reading and final spell check/edit to do but apart from that it’s finished. I am very pleased that I’ve done a book in just over a month. Have to decide what to do next but I’ll do that either tomorrow or the day after.
I have been reading one of the books in my ‘to be read’ pile so that’s a start.
Will be putting my numerology book out into the world when it’s all polished and shiny!
Spent less time on Facebook today; mainly because we were out most of the day.
Firstly I have almost finsihed my numerology book. I wrote twelve thousand words of it in January which I’m pretty pleased with. Then I finished (successfully) the Ultimate Blogger Challenge. I posted a new blog post every single day in January so I’m pleased I managed to do that. I will be blogging less because a) blogging every day is a bit of a bind b) I was running out of things to say and c) I have other writing projects that are more important to me.
The reading is still a bit slower than I’d like but its coming along so I should probably stop fussing over it.
As far as putting my work out into the world goes, well I haven’t specifically put any more work out but I’m always moaning about how crap I am at marketing and how much I hate it. Well lovely hubby googled my name and between us we found four and a half pages of stuff about me! I was gobsmacked! There’s my blog, my Facebook page, some reviews I’ve done on Good Reads, blog posts I’ve done for other people; there’s just loads of it! I’m always saying that I can’t build an author platform and I can’t manage to make myself a brand and I seem to have done it without even knowing I’d done it!
Done a few more pages on my numerology book. Haven’t been reading most of my library books and have realised that I don’t like at least two of them so will probably be taking them back unread. I use the library as a testing ground for books and authors I don’t normally read and sometimes I find great new things and sometimes I don’t.
Haven’t put any new work out and am still spending too much time on Facebook.
Got some very sad news from my mother today. She e-mailed me to say that her cat Littley had to be put down. The poor thing had cancer, she had two huge tumours, one in her throat and one in her tummy. She will be much missed.
Wrote every day on my numerology book except yesterday. I’m not going to beat myself up for missing one day.
Still failing on the reading the books I have in the house goal because I went to the library yesterday and took out another four books!
Haven’t put any more of my work out into the big wide world either.
And am still spending excessive amounts of times on Facebook.
Despite this lack of progress I don’t feel bad and am actually feeling quite optimistic. Did manage to locate some of the stuff for the book that lovely hubby and I are planning to do together. Located his interview with Christopher Lee; it’s longer than I thought but that’s okay. Still have a few more things to dig out and then I can start editing (mainly correcting his slightly erratic spelling) and we’ll be good to go!
Decided to use this picture as he looks very handsome here and I wanted to avoid the cliche Dracula stuff!
The writing is coming along nice and steady – not too fast but not too slow either. I have finished over half of chapter four of my numerology book; this chapter is quite long because I have to do all the correspondences. But I have written words for this book every day this year so far; obviously I have done more on some days than others but that’s always going to be the case. And I have blogged every day of this year so far as well.
I have finished one of the books I’ve been meaning to read; it was called Rose by Martin Cruz Smith and it was really excellent! I will do a review of it some time.
I have written another chapter of my numerology book and am still on course for finishing at the end of January. I will be very thrilled if I do that because I don’t actually have to finish until the end of March but I have no problem with being ahead of my goals!
Another epic fail on the reading because I bought two more new books today! In my defence I did still have some book tokens I got for Christmas to use up and it would have been a crime to waste them! I have read one library book, am about halfway through three more and haven’t even started on the fourth.
Haven’t really taken any more steps to getting my work out into the light of day. But on that note, I had an e-mail this morning from the Authonomy team about a new challenge they’re running. It’s about trying to write a novel, or more accurately, a novella, in just thirty hours! Sounds a bit extreme! Here is the link if you fancy trying it. http://blog.authonomy.com/2013/01/could-you-write-novel-in-just-30-hours.html
And finally I’ve been spending just as much time of Facebook as I normally do, if not maybe a little bit more so that’s a fail as well! Oh dear. Never mind, there’s always next week. How’s everyone else getting on?