Late blog this morning as was busy early, but just popping in to say have a great weekend all! The countdown begins and next week I will be posting short extracts of some of my published short stories and maybe novel extracts too on here in my own countdown until Friday!
So watch this space folks!
I love that I have a lot of work, although my own writing has to wait when that happens. I suddenly have a lot of work this side of Christmas; from both private clients and Cornerstones, but that is all fab! It is, after all,an expensive time of year!
Tomorrow I finally get to meet my Cornerstones colleagues when I am off to London for a little drinks evening; although I have a consult with a client first! As you do. So tomorrow I will not be in the office even though I have a lot of work to get through! Anyone would think it’s Christmas! But when I think about having colleagues who do what I do for a job I can’t help thinking about how I created the ideal job. I think back to when I would sit in the open office at work; all discussing pharmaceutical technical things and wishing we were talking about character motivation and the like! And now, well it is only me in the office, but I do have phone calls and I do spend my afternoons doing just that! I have indeed created the perfect job! And I will forever be grateful because I am quite sure I could never go back now! How could I do anything else or work for anyone but me? I couldn’t!
Tomorrow morning I also have to be at the gym early to be put through my paces by my lovely friend and one of the trainers as she has her final assessment to become a fully qualified personal trainer. So later I get to be trained by the man and then in for another session tomorrow for her and him again Thursday! I will feel it! I will not blog in the morning as I need to be up and editing at 5 so at least I get some work done before my busy day! But I will be back on Thursday to report on meeting my Cornerstones’ colleagues!
Have a fantastic day folks, whatever you’re doing!
Create the life you love…
Short post this morning as I woke up thinking about all things positive and how much we take for granted; even breath.
Sometimes we need to stop, take stock and fully appreciate what we have, while we have it.
That is all. Enjoy the day whatever you do.
Today sees the 53rd anniversary of the assassination of John F Kennedy. Three years ago I had the official launch of While No One Was Watching, my debut novel. And what a three years it has been.
The same year I won the inaugural Bath Short Story Award, was shortlisted in the prestigious Commonwealth Short Story Prize and my story, The Theory of Circles, was also nominated for the highly acclaimed Pushcart Prize! It was hard to top that in a year!
The following year also saw successes, the biggest of which was finding an agent.
Since then I have had something published each year to keep that short story momentum going and had numerous signings and events along the way. I also moved to Essex, joined a gym and met a lovely man. So personally and professionally my life has changed.
Give me a WHOOP!
Novel wise, I have still got the other three novels and been working on at least two new novels but am waiting for something to happen. My agent is so incredibly busy and she has now joined a much larger agency where her focus has changed more towards non-fiction. She still represents… me for the time being, but I am now making plans for 2017. I need to have another novel out there now!
I talked about my novel, and this whole idea of using a real event, such as the Kennedy assassination, woven into the fabric of fiction at the U3A event last Friday. Aptly timed of course for the anniversary. We used examples from film and talked about the historical novelists like Philippa Gregory and Sharon K Penman and where the historical novel sits (although mine is not a historical novel per se) in terms of representation of history. Can fiction change what we believe and is that a good thing? It went down really well and I sold 14 books which isn’t bad for an event like that!
I will share links to the U3A site as they also took photos when that is live.
So on this special day, I am sharing links to my novel again (sorry!) for anyone who has not read it! Give it a go! Christmas presents?
Thanks and thoughts to Kennedy and what the world might have been if he was still here.
Would I even have written this novel?
I am so blessed that from the day I started to work with writers on critiques and edits, I have never been without a steady stream of work. I also work with Cornerstones and so take work from them, at the moment I mentor three lovely writers. I arrange my day so I write in the mornings and then some days, like today, I just work, but it’s great and I am so grateful I get to do what I love every day.
On my wall is a plaque that reads ‘Create The Life You Love’ and I can’t actually believe I did.
I plan to introduce a couple of day-long workshops next year; one will be local to where I live, another might be in London if we have enough interest; a day workshop on writing and where to take your edits. If anyone is interested in the London one please let me know as I will need to look into venues. I also would like to offer some more mentoring with novels or short story collections as I feel this works really well so might open a couple of spots initially for people with serious intentions of making 2017 their year. So if interested in this, please let me know.
If you are simply looking to hire an editor or someone to really critique your work then please do check out my website. It gets busy but I am happy to pencil you in for edits — a couple of spots still available for 2016 but then I am booking for 2017.
Check it out!
So I wish you all an amazing weekend whatever you do… and remember if you want to give an unusual Christmas presie to a writer friend why not give them a gift card for a critique of a short story (2- 5000 words) £50 including follow-up… or for shorter pieces up to 2000 £25 and I will send a certificate and they can use it any time in 2017.
That is all!
I keep out of political discussion; I never expressed my Brexit view all over social media nor will I blog about Trump and what’s happening over in the US. While I live in Britain I have a deep connection to the US and hence my debut novel about Kennedy and my many trips over there and my many special friends. But what I will say is in this time of unrest and hate, stay focussed on what matters to you.
Yesterday I did not blog as I, like so many across the world, watched how the events of the election panned out and then, well did what I always do, I wrote and then I went for my yoga class, which is a great way of keeping grounded. And then I had lunch with the man and then edited all afternoon.
Keep in mind what matters and let’s see what happens next. Yes it might be scary, and yes I am with you all on that one… but try to remain focussed and calm, if you can. That is all; please no political responses; that is not the purpose of this blog.
Love one another ❤ Do what you love ❤ Be with people you love. ❤ LOVE.
That is all.
And anyone wanting to read my novel who hasn’t yet… here it is! American flag and all!
Got yours yet?
Have a good day folks. Find your peace.
If not… read my novel!
Short post just to say welcome to another writing week and may it be a fantastic one!
That is all 🙂
I want to say a huge thanks for all the lovely comments about my post last week; I never planned to do that. My outpouring of raw emotion… but it was all from the heart
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In the mornings when I sit down to blog I often have no idea what I will post about; it depends what shows up and that morning it was that. I meant every word. So I appreciate the retweets, Facebook shares and the lovely comments. The day had its sadness but was a reminder that we really must appreciate those around us.
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On Thursday I was sat having lunch with Mal and I was talking about the blog and a special letter I’d written to him about what he means to me. I got a little emotional thinking about that and about Lee when I thought about the song ‘Always’ by Bon Jovi. Lee loved it and I know he knew every word. Mal loves the song too. Why I thought about it at that moment I don’t know, I guess I was being nostalgic. Two minutes later when I said something pertinent to Mal and he said ‘Lee was a big part of you and you will always love him’ that song came on. You could not have timed it better. It was something about the words: ‘I wish I was him, I wish the words were mine to say to you till the end of time’ that made us look at one another; as if Lee was wanting to say that to us. Not in a bad way, because I know he will be happy, but just because.
You could say that this is just a coincidence and maybe it is… but isn’t it better to see it as something that means something; and then to feel that love, to hold that moment. I think so.
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On Friday I had a lovely day between working and time with my friend; one of my oldest (not literally!) friends and we just had time to talk and think about life.
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On Saturday I was in Mal’s yoga class and right there next to me floated a little white feather. Sure you can say it drifted in on someone’s shoes or through an open window, but I prefer to think that for that class Lee was there.
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Sunday was a lovely day after working we went to see Simply Gershwin at a local theatre as one of Mal’s lovely clients who teaches dance and is a great dancer was in it and he managed to get us two complimentary tickets. I so love the music of George Gershwin, has to be one of my all time favourite composers. I think my favourite is ‘Someone To Watch Over Me’. Bliss.
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Monday: and now for a lovely new week and whatever wonderful things it brings.
So have a great day and look on the other side of the little things that happen because there is more to this life than we know.
My story that won the Bath Short Story Award in 2013 about dealing with grief was called ‘Learning to Fly’ so this seemed kind of apt!
Think this says it all!