Tuesday, 26 November 2013

HELLO NaNo Winner

I finished ahead of time. 'When The Gods Come' is finished! What a relief though, to get 50K (+ a bit) under the belt. The thing is that was a rough first draft. I will leave it a few days before I read through it and check the order of things. This will be easily done using Scrivener. Then it will be kept in a darkened hard drive for later redrafting. Much later. I have a pile of books to catch up with you know.

Happy Days!


Tuesday, 29 October 2013

HELLO Hook, Line and Sinker?



I was pleasantly surprised to see this link from Allison and Busby Independent Publishers featuring my short story, Green Door, as an example.

I might have the hook, but have I landed the fish? Time will tell.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

HELLO Book Signing

No, not mine. I went to my first book signing event. It was the brilliant YA author, Patrick Ness. He was one of many authors on my list of books to read. I'd gone into Waterstones to buy The Knife of Never Letting Go and found out from the website, later, that he was doing a talk about his new book: More Than This, and a signing. Wonderful.


HANGING WITH PATRICK NESS

There were lost of teens/students there as well as adults. It was great to hear an author reading from his book, though he said he didn't like to do this, or be read to. It reminded him of how is father, a preacher, would read The Hungry Caterpillar like he was reading a sermon. He read, anyhow, the first three pages of his new book.

Patrick answered questions about this and his other books including: Chaos Walking trilogy and A Monster Calls; as well talking about screen plays, and discussions about The Knife of Never Letting Go film (? watch this space!).

An hour later, we were all queuing up for our books to be signed. I think some parents saw this as great Christmas present opportunity with arms cradling all this books.

I would recommend going to such an event.

Have you been to any? I'd love to know.

Friday, 25 October 2013

HELLO NaNo

Oh, yeah! It's 7 days till N0VEMBER. Yeah, in 7 days it's NaNoWriMo.

It's that time again. How it comes round so quickly. Before you know it, it'll be...I won't say it. Bah humbug!

I bailed out last year due to other commitments, but I'm hoping to be a winner again. I will be working on last years project. If you remember, I was inspired (a popular word these days) by a childhood annual.

Thick Skinned is a YA novel: Gravity Falls meets Stepford Wives. This is the short synopsis I put of the NaNo site.

Help! Nana's an alien.

Told from alternating POV, teens, Al and his friend J follow a paranoid trail of suspicious characters to the alien hub, the local department store, where they try to infiltrate the imposters.

Sci-fi. Humour.Mayhem.

PS 1/11/13

Since I wrote this post I've abandoned this story for 'When the gods come,' a YA sci-fi novel.

Look for the omen. Rain is the precursor to their return.

The rain stops and Redman watches as the huge monsterous machines emerge from the clouds. Aliens? or our future selves manipulating Transhumanism.

Now the battle will begin.



Monday, 14 October 2013

HELLO Yakety yak

I came across a newly launched website this month via Leeds library

YakTale
I requested an invite and showed evidence of my writing from bookwormbitesback. It was accepted and I have uploaded Green Door on to YakTale. I will be uploading others over time.

I think it's a great idea, sharing short fiction. And with everyone these days with little time to spare, what better way to grab a bit of 'me time' than a bite to read on the mobile. Let's face it, we kind of live and breath our lives through this device.

What do you think? Why not give it a go?  Let me know if you use YakTale, either to read or write.


Sunday, 1 September 2013

HELLO Great Tips


I am still revising The Junk Room and, surprisingly, finding it a fun experience.

On my blog travels, I've found these posts extremely helpful. This one is on self editing, and the other one on chapters.

I hope these are useful.

Thursday, 22 August 2013

HELLO Holiday

SEVILLE:

THEY GROW ORANGES THERE.


IT WAS HOT,
SO WE KEPT IN THE SHADOWS.

THERE WAS GOLD,

GOLD EVERYWHERE.

AND BLUE SKIES.

WE WERE CALLED

TO GIRALDA, 
THE BELL TOWER,


TO VIEW.


INSIDE, COLUMBUS RESTED


WHILST WE TOURED 
THE CATEDRAL DE SEVILLA;


THE ORGAN,


THE GLASS,


THE ENTRANCE.


PLAZA DE ESPANA
 (EXPO 1929).


ACHING ARCHES KEPT US COOL


FROM THE HEAT OF THE DAY.



UPCLOSE: 
GEOMETRIC CEILING.


NATURALISTIC DESIGN.


NATURE THIRSTED FOR...


AGUA.


MORE DELIGHTS 
AT THE ALCAZAR.


BEAUTIFUL TILES.


THE UNIVERSE REPRESENTED
ABOVE.


COOL WITHIN.


COOL WITHOUT.


AND PEACE IN THE GARDENS.


 FANCY THAT.
THE UNIVERSITY WAS ONCE
A TOBACCO FACTORY.


A LITTLE BIT MOOR(ISH). 
TORRE DEL ORO.


JULES VERNE  


CAME TO MIND.


ANY OFFERS


FOR


STEAMPUNK?


DID SOMEONE RING?


FOR TEA?







I hope you enjoyed my tour of Seville. It was a great place, overflowing with history. Maybe August wasn't the best time to visit with temps at 41c/103f!

Monday, 29 July 2013

HELLO Great Tips



Nnnn no! Not these sort of tips. Writerly ones. Check these out here. I came across this article via Leeds Reads.


Wednesday, 24 July 2013

HELLO Baby Prince

Thought I'd be topical.



I've been nurturing a new baby.

The past few weeks has found me getting involved in setting up a new e-critique group over at SCWBI. I've taken the lead with this and have enjoyed the process. It's early days yet, but we're all starting to give and receive feedback on our little bundles, namely our WIPs.



As I continue to revise The Junk Room, I've found I'm learning more about the story and the characters. Of course I should. I've written it. I know that, but stepping back and analysing the story has enable me to see it more clearly. I suppose I'm unravelling a jumbled ball  wool. Checking the threads: emotional arcs, plot and sub-plots, characterisation, etc.


At the moment, I'm wondering if I've started in the right place. I may have to do some unpicking. It's all part of the journey.

Speaking of which. I've just started reading Vogler's The Writer's Journey. I keep hearing good things about it. I will let you know what I think at a later date.

How is your 'baby' doing?

Saturday, 29 June 2013

HELLO Yellow

Yellow car! Yellow car!

If I tell you about this game you must come back and tell me, if you agree, that it is FUN!



A few years ago I was driving my car and said to my daughter, 'you don't see many yellow cars.' Low and behold, did a yellow car appear round the bend. True. 'Right, let's see how many yellow cars we can get on our travels.' Heck. Even on our short journey we got a few. We couldn't believe it.

We didn't play it every time, but when we did it was 10 points for the first to spot a yellow car. I revisited the game this week and got a massive 190 whilst at work. I'm a community nurse so I cover lots of miles and, of course, see lots of cars.

There are no hard and fast rules. Yellow Car includes cars and vans; parked or on the move. I'd love to play it in New York, but it'd be cheating, because taxis and buses aren't included.

Other colours to try are pink and orange. These seem to be pretty rare at the mo.


Sunday, 26 May 2013

HELLO Oh Heck!

Has it really been a month since I've blogged? I've been about, though I do need to catch up on reading blog posts.

A quick round-up, then, of what I've been doing.

It's a year tomorrow since I joined The Classics Club, where I set myself the challenge to read 50 classsics in 5 years. I've read 10. This coming year I hope to read Jane Austen and all the books in the Chronicles of Narnia.


I got some feedback from The Wind Knows My Name. I won't go in to detail about the crit, except to say, I know it needs revision, revision, revision!


On a positive note. The SCBWI workshop, The Revision Game, run by author, Sara Grant, was excellent. I got so much from the day. It was nerve-racking sharing an extract from our MS, but the feedback was positive and I feel encouraged to move on further with my revision of The Junk Room.

One of the things we did was to come up with a pitch for our MS using movies or TV programmes. I chose Jonathan Creek meets Tales of the Unexpected. Or, to bring it up to date, it'd be Gravity Falls meets Warehouse 13.

So, I'm currently working on The Junk Room and will be attending the second part of the workshop in October.

Read loads, of course.


Finally got out and sowed some veggie seeds. Now that the sun has made an appearance - sh! not so loud - I might get to eat some lovely salad this summer.