Posted in progress, writing

Literary Agents

Tonight I’ve been researching some agents and it all seems pretty straight forward. Over the next couple of weeks the aim is to edit and complete some work and then concentrate on covering letters.

Short but sweet tonight!

Posted in progress, writing

Publishers Ahoy!

I’ve spent several weeks on and off trying to illustrate a project but to no avail.  So whilst I’m in a very motivated frame of mind I’ve been doing very important proper work tonight…sending work off to a publishing house.  I figure what have I got to lose? the more I write and send off the more likely work, one day, WILL be published.  I’ve gone back to the beginning, researching publishers, re-learning synopsis writing, biography writing and honing those skills.

I don’t have enough hours in the day to try and self-publish and I’m at that point where I’m happy to see what the wider world has to offer/accept.

That’s where I’m at currently.  How are you getting on?

 

 

 

Posted in competition, progress, writing

New Nonsense!

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Good evening everyone! tonight I’ve submitted my entry into the Nonsense Writing Challenge and I’m feeling in a good writing frame of mind.  I do encourage those who are needing some motivation or writing credits to give this a try.  Tomorrow I’ll be heading to my new work (I guess) A.K.A Starbucks to continue my one of my writing projects.  I’m trying to illustrate it myself so let’s see how that goes!

 

Posted in progress, writing

Starbucks Writing

Hello readers!

It’s been a while but I aim to get back on track and let the creative juices flow.  My youngest has started nursery recently with his brother which means I’m all on my own for several hours in the mornings and I thought what better way to spend it than writing? here I am sat in a very chilled out Starbucks, with a latte.  I have 4 projects to edit and illustrate (still not sure how to go about the latter) so I will crack on with that and get back in the swing of things.

 

Happy writing everyone.

Posted in progress, writing

Illustrating

I haven’t been well lately so I’ve stayed away from the blog.  Tonight I’ve dabbled with illustrating my 1st project.  I know, to an extent, how I want the look of the book to be and so with the help of my trusty laptop I’ve tampered with background colours and faces.  It’s a bit hit and miss, I’m not known for my illustrations but it’s been nice to get back into the swing of things.

Check back soon as I’m looking for my next project and with having some spare time during the day tomorrow I’m hoping to crack on with some more exciting stories.

 

 

Posted in progress, writing

Project 4 – First Draft Update

Tonight, with a husband pushing me to write, I finished the first draft of Project 4.  It’s lengthy which I didn’t want, mostly because it’s a rhyming story aimed at young children and at nearly 600 words I doubt they’d have the attention span to sit through that much of a story.

I have no other projects lined up currently, I have fallen out of the writing recently but I guess I now need to go back to the first 3 projects and edit them to pieces and then crack on with number 4 and wait for my next inspiration.

 

 

Posted in motivation, personal, progress, thoughts, writing

Career Epiphany

Evening all.

This post is simply an announcement of a big life choice. Ever since I was a teenager right up until I hit 30 I have been in, what I call, ‘pit stop’ jobs. Constantly.

The goal at the beginnimg was to just get some money and then try and figure out my passions and go from there. I would get to the point where the job would bore me then I’d move on. Unfortunately that viscous cycle continued for 15+ years. Some jobs I thought would help bring out the best in me only brought out the worst, others I hated but then fell in too deep and couldn’t find a way out.

Either way you looked at it, the problem was the wrong attitude searching for the dream job that would make me happy. So what if I had qualifications in IT or I was a supervisor in the catering industry previously? What mattered should not have been driven by money which it was for such a very long time. It should have been finding what makes me tick, what makes me happy outside of work, what my dreams were and living life that way.

Instead it was not. I am a full time mum for now and when I’m done having more of the little blighters I will be returning to work. Something that for a long time has been pushed to the back of mind as the mere idea of going back to IT terrified me, has recently changed.

Because I choose to not go down that path again. It dawned on me in recent weeks that if I don’t want to get any old job just to help pay the bills then I won’t. If I want to continue with my writing then I should go and look for related work there. Not in IT, not in bakery, not in that bar job down the road as that’s the only place who will hire me. I choose to look out for my future happiness in my career and nothing has pleased me more than writing my projects and blogging to the world about their progress.

I look back on my career and wish I wasn’t so stressed out by the office politics, I wish I wouldn’t have been petty or pedantic but I am so lucky to be in this position today.

I had to share this on my blog as it’s shifted my perspective somewhat and now the thought of going to find work excites me. I know I previously signed up for freelance work but the truth is I cannot dedicate much time to it and as a result I’ve not continued down that path. I would rather wait until I’m in a better routine with my ‘work’ hours. A couple of hours every evening is not enough for me to achieve work happiness. It’s going to be a long haul before I get there…but I know I will get there one day with my new attitude.

Posted in progress, project, writing

Project 3 Complete

Good evening all! I think one of my last updates was on the subject of my current project. Well good news, I have the first draft done. I feel a bit emotional as it’s a story I’ve had swirling around my brain for years and to think I’ve done the first stage of it has made me feel quite sad – but equally excited. It’s based on my eldest and was always planned for him (and now his brother) but I think I need a couple of days for it to sink in, let the completion feeling sink right in!

Before I went to project 3 tonight I actually sat at the laptop, opened up a new word document and started on project 4. It’s in a super early stage, as in I don’t know how I want it to end, the theme or style but I’m sure after some sleeps my brain will come up with something. It’ll be aimed at 5+ year olds, that’s for sure.

How is everyone else getting on? I’m getting emails about a March 2018 Na-No-Wri-Mo but I don’t have enough substance or momentum to participate this time, maybe next time though.

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Project 3 Halted

Not intentionally but I’ve come to write the last couple of paragraphs and I know the tone it should be, I know what I want people to say and have the outcome but I’m stumped on the ‘how to get there’ stage, so I need to take a break from it.  It’ll come to me, but don’t think it’ll be tonight. Grr, right at the end as well!