So, I think the title says it all... Except it was my 9-yr-old who went surfing. I didn't this time, and thank goodness! If I had, we might not be able to afford the train home from Gatwick because Flybe just charged me 40 quid to put a single, tiny bag in the hold! FORTY … Continue reading Surfing, bodyboarding, running through an ironage settlement to a headland and extortionate bag charge from Flybe. I will go to Newquay again, but I will NEVER fly with Flybe
As I'm thoroughly entrenched in writing my young adult fantasy trilogy now and sick of trying to market my 'psychological suspense' novel Dunn, I've decided to focus my blog on the mythology that underpins the trilogy. I will probably alternate between that and the biology that underpins my marathon training because I love them both, … Continue reading Where did Louis – the Sun God character in my mythology-based young adult fantasy novel, ‘The Seagull’ – come from?
I've neglected this blog shamelessly for a few weeks because work is an irritating distraction. And today I'm going to take it in a different direction. Because I'm ridiculously ecstatic! After 8 ish months of chronic left thigh injury/ 'soreness', I managed my first half-marathon in a year in 1 hr 44 mins and 46 … Continue reading Could the less-is-more approach to marathon training be the way for me to get good for age times? Using aerobic cross-training to feed the intracellular bacteria that fuel my cells and my running addiction…
Hmmm…I’d better look out for this during my editing. Fairly sure I’m guilty 🙂 Thanks very helpful
A while ago, someone gave me some writing feedback, and in a handful of comments, one person dug into my work and left it a smoldering heap of trash. I was impressed how much they gutted me when I thought I was a better author.
Fast forward two weeks, after my ego healed, and I looked into the things I had dismissed: filters. That word appeared in almost every comment. I couldn’t figure out what they meant, and they offered no explanation. Filters? How do you filter with words?
I searched high and low for this elusive term and discovered little on the topic, and what I read only explained the surface of what filtering is. Since then, I’ve put in a lot of work to understand what it is and what it isn’t (because sometimes a filter word doesn’t act like a filter), and I believe I can make this vague…
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I'm about halfway through the second draft of the first book in my young adult, urban-fantasy novel, and filling the plot holes is actually going well. The only problem is, I've had to twist the traditional myths to help me.... Quite a lot. And I've borrowed creatures from other 'related' mythologies because they're cool.... Selkies … Continue reading Mixing and twisting mythology(s) to suit your cunning fantasy novel plot plan. Is it okay for an author to do this? I say, yes (because I have)
So, 'The Seagull' didn't make the shortlist, but I'm still very excited at having made the longlist. Here's chapter two for anyone who isn't on Wattpad and wants to read it Chapter 2 Louis looked up as the seagull called sharply from above the wave-ship. The vessel seemed to emit an aquamarine light, like the … Continue reading Chapter two of my Wattys2018 longlisted young adult, Celtic-mythology-based, urban fantasy novel ‘The Seagull’
As an unknown author who has come to publishing (and back to creative writing) in my 40's, one of the hardest and most frustrating things I've come across is book promotion. More about that in a bit, though.... I'm going to start with the positives. Because there are lots. The Good thing about publishing your … Continue reading Publishing a debut novel as a middle-aged unknown author: The good, the bad, and the downright frustrating
Hi anyone who's reading. This is the second draft so there will still be lots of errors - probably involving semi-colons, hyphens and rogue commas. Please feel free to offer constructive feedback. (By constructive I mean politely worded, not mean 🙂 ... always helpful to have problems pointed out nicely...) "Aargh, aargh," screeched the seagull … Continue reading Chapter one of ‘The Seagull’ (part one of the Longhand trilogy), longlisted for the Wattys 2018
To be honest, the title says it all. After another night's insomnia (this time I'm blaming my personal trainer for making my back muscles scream), three checks of the Wattys 2018 longlist, lots of reassuring messages from the lovely people on my Wattpad notifications list, an official notification this morning, and having to clean up … Continue reading I’m in shock. My young-adult urban fantasy novel, ‘The Seagull’ has made it onto the 2018 Wattys longlist
This was interesting. As a newbie self-published author who has always written what I want as well as I can, it would be nice to think that some of this might be true … if I had any fans that was 🙂
There’s no doubt that some things are changing in the self-publishing landscape. This year has marked things I never thought I’d see when I started publishing on Amazon and Smashwords back in 2009. Back then the big thing was setting up free or cheap ebooks in order to gain a readership. Ebooks were new, and people buying e-reading devices were looking for content. This led to a boom in self-publishing I never thought I’d see. I honestly expected self-publishing to remain the redheaded step-child of the publishing world. Then somewhere around 2012-2014, it became popular and took off.
Around 2015, I started hearing about self-publishing becoming less lucrative than it used to be. Granted, there were some breaking out and making a lot of money. Some were making much more than I ever did at my peak. Some authors are still flourishing in this landscape. It seems to be mostly…
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