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Friday, January 29, 2010

#Follow Friday 05/02/10

 Recommended Tweeters to follow include:

~ Liz Fielding{@lizfielding}
"Award winning romance author"

~ Trisha Ashley ~ {@trishaashley} 
"Author of novels including Every Woman for Herself and A Winter's tale"

~ Richard J Parker ~ {@Bookwalter} 
"Dark thriller STOP ME by Richard Jay Parker just published by Allison and Busby. Click on web link for chilling website."

~ R K Charron ~  {@RKCharron} 
"I am passionate about writing, my children, reading, life, the universe and everything."

Happy Friday everybody
Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

This week's goals:

As I promised myself this is a Back To Normal 'working' week [read: writing]  and it feels sooo good.

  • Monday: Reaquaint myself with the NWS Reader's Critique. 

  • Tuesday: Thoroughly get to know Kate all over again. Become her best mate. 
  • Mustn't forget to attend regular late morning appointment.
  • Book review:

    The Runaway by Martina Cole posted here.

  • Wednesday: Hopefully finishing the 'getting to know Kate'.
  • Phone call to find out how my mum's hospital appt went...could have been worse but still not good - a long journey ahead
  • Thursday: Time to get to know Matt all over again. [such a hardship ;=)]
  • FridayRe-establish where both Kate & Matt are in their respective lives ready for their first introduction to each other. [Read fireworks]  
  • Change of plan: Dig deeper into understanding Matt's backstory with his family and deceased wife.

    Monday, January 25, 2010

    If at first you don't succeed...

    keep trying until you do!

    And trust me, I've done nothing but try...and try again...to return to normal-to-me life.

    I'm pleased to announce that as of this morning I've officially returned to Kate & Matt's story -- YAYY! I'm determined not to jinx it so least said about the whys and wherefores the better. :=)

    I've only made one New Year's resolution this year and that's not to make any! So far it's working. ;) That's not to say I've been lapse at wanting to achieve positive life changes, it's just that I'm approaching them with a different (and healthier) mind set. It's still early days but all things considered I'm feeling much more relaxed and happy. Me, laid back?! Long may this continue, please.

    How has January 2010 been treating you? Have you made any resolutions? Are you keeping them? I'd love to hear from you.

    Wednesday, January 06, 2010

    Are you READY to submit?

    Just before Christmas I read a FAB post written by author, Sarah Duncan. Sarah and her agent give advice that I think all aspiring authors should read. It's particularly pertinent if you're itching to send out a partial of an unfinished manuscript. Click here to read it.

    Once upon a time in the not too distant past I *used* to be that very writer, wanting to send out my work before I'd finished. Of course, at the time I couldn't see it - despite receiving advice (and lots of it) to the contrary. It's taken me a good few years to open my eyes to the bigger picture, but when I first read Sarah Duncan's blog post I realised that I have learnt a few things:
    1. No writing is EVER wasted. 
    2. EVERYTHING is a learning curve.
    3. Perseverance is KEY.
    4. Never Give Up (and believe me, I need to remind myself of this all the time).
    5. RESIST the temptation to submit before you've finished the book (or in the words of PHS...FINDABOO aka finish the damned book!).
    • Yes, it's blooming HARD work -  so expect it.
    • Yes, it's EMOTIONALLY draining and TIRING - so be prepared for it. 
     There's likely to be the odd rejection letter or three BUT you should see each and every one of these as an ACHIEVMENT. You've succeeded on one of the crucials steps to being a writer - you've written a whole book! You can hold your head high and tell people that you're now a writer who's aspiring to be published.

    With every book that Graham and I have finished since 2007 we've learnt even more for the next.  It's amazing how much you continue to learn about your characters and their stories AFTER you've written 'The End' on the first draft.

    Where are you in the learning curve as a writer aspiring to publication? What are your current goals and where are you in the process?

    Saturday, January 02, 2010

    My first post of 2010

    Oh my...where did 2009 go?!

    For me, last year was a strange one:
    1. I enjoyed summer early [sunbathing & reading in garden] in March/April.
    2. Graham and I attended our first RNA conference in Penrith [July].
    3. Then, the middle to latter part of the year I was besieged with the MS rearing its ugly head [July-Oct].
    4. No sooner had I began to achieve an almost normal-to-me time [November] further stresses began to unfold finally resulting in my Mum's 'probable' cancer diagnosis two days before Christmas.

    And now here we are in 2010!

    I won't say I'm saddened to see 2009 behind us and I'm beginning this New Year full of hope and positivity.

    • I pray for the good health of our families; 
    • work prospects for my teenage son and security for both him and his lovely girlfriend. 
    • I pray for the continued success for my daughter in her current East Asian studies;
    • for some writerly success for both Graham and myself and all of our writerly friends. 
    • And most of all I pray to be given the strength to be a blessing to all my loved ones in whatever circumstances 2010 throws our way.

    Wishing each and every one of you a blessed and peaceful 2010!