Sunday, 30 January 2011
Unfortunately I also had a bit of a browse on ebay - aaaaaagghhhhhh! The psychology of it all is so sneaky - all that 'You won!'... 'You lost!' stuff. Anyway, I'm bidding on a dress and a DVD, having 'lost' some gorgeous boots and a different dress. I had to drag myself away from the computer before I started buying random stuff I didn't need.
Anyone else ever succumbed to ebay frenzy?!
Thursday, 27 January 2011
Anyone else come across a great children's book recently? The best bit of writing is being able to justify reading anything! I'm sure my Amazon shopping list makes me look like a serious weirdo...!
Saturday, 15 January 2011
I love a book that just sucks you in! Gotta go, coughing and spluttering here :-(
I was delighted to find that one of my favourite childhood books was on the free book list, Swiss Family Robinson. I don’t know why I liked this book so much because reading it now it seems quite preachy but I do love the ingenuity the family shows. I seem to always have liked characters who are very self sufficient. Maybe that is why I like Evie so much in The Watchers.
I have also downloaded Dracula which is another free title. I read it when I was a student so I am looking forward to rediscovering it. Handily enough the Murph also bought a cover for the Kindle which has a built in light... so I can even freak myself out reading it in the dark…!
What do people think about the Kindle and other electronic books? Are you using them or sticking to paper? And what are your favourite classics?
Sunday, 9 January 2011
The resolutions fall under different categories. A random selection of my resolutions for this year are:
- Keep my office tidy.
- Bin all granny pyjamas!
- Do something nice for our first wedding anniversary
- Write the complete sequel to The Watchers.
- Go to Pilates classes.
- Reduce computer time – no more than 2 hours a day.
Because of this last one I am unfortunately going to have to reduce my blogging, at least in the short term. I am trying to finish writing the synopsis of book two. Things are also about to get busy at work. So for now time to knuckle down and get on with things.
Anyone else got any writing resolutions this year?
Tuesday, 4 January 2011
It's hard in some ways because I feel too close to the writing to be objective. On the other hand it's really exciting reading the book again when I haven't read it for a few weeks. I feel like, "My God! I wrote this!!!" It makes up for the days when I've looked at it and thought, "What am I doing?!"
Ha! The rollercoaster ride of writing a book!
Monday, 3 January 2011
So, for 2011 I'm changing it to *Notebook to Novel* - because of course this is what I'm hoping to achieve this year! Today I signed the agent's agreement and posted it off - so I am officially represented!
The blog hasn't been as writing-related of late, mostly because everything has gone quiet over Christmas at the publishing end - but I think things wake up again this week.
So, I promise that during 2011 I will keep posting honestly about the highs and lows of the winding road to publication - and any tips I pick up along the way will be passed on pronto!
Sunday, 2 January 2011
Today the Murph and I joined our friends Bill and Fiona for a nice walk along the cliff from Portballintrae to the Giant's Causeway. We stopped off for a bite to eat and had plenty of time to chat. I haven't seen them for a while so they were really excited to hear about the book. Bill especially knew that writing was one of my burning ambitions so they are both keeping their fingers crossed that I get good news in the New Year.
Saturday, 1 January 2011
So first Resolution of 2011 is to do some of these yoga moves to stretch out my back and shoulders, which will hopefully help me to write nice and comfortably. I'll let you know how I get on with them!
Happy New Year all!