Thursday, 2 January 2014

2014 already!

Things didn't go to plan in 2013 but I have great expectations for 2014! I've been working on my time management so I'm more productive this year. I've been looking for an artist to do new covers for my Space Rats books, contacted a couple but never heard back so my search continues!

Here's to a productive and happy 2014!

Sunday, 11 August 2013

What can I say...

... except to apologise again for my lack of posting! *sigh* I'd like to say it's because I've been so busy writing but that wouldn't be true. I started a new job back in February and at first it was okay even though it was 12 hour shifts I was only doing 3 a week but then it started to get busier. Coupled with my travel time I was leaving the house at 6.30 in the morning and getting back home at 9.30 at night and this was 4 days a week sometimes more. To say I was tired was an understatement! : )
But now I've got a new job in my home town so I don't need to rely on public transport anymore - my own feet will do! This also means more time at home finishing up the next Space Rats book! I'm hoping to get it out by the end of November, I'm also looking for an artist who could do some new covers for me but someone who is within my meagre budget! I will also make sure to blog regularly from now on - every Sunday hopefully - and if I don't feel free to remind me! : )

I now have a blog for my Young Adult work. I've just been outlining an idea for a fantasy trilogy with a male protagonist. If you want to know more you'll have to go and check out the blog!

Thursday, 25 October 2012

My bad!

I can't believe it has been so long since my last post! In my defence, nothing really exciting has been happening. I'm writing which is basically bum in seat and typing on a computer! I have the next Space Rats book planned out and will begin that some time soon. For anyone that is interested in the sequel to Red, I have to admit I hit a brick wall with that and had to step back from it. I didn't think I was going to be able to finish it but last week something happened, I honestly couldn't tell you what it was. I was writing a short story when inspiration hit and I thought of a great plot point for the sequel and it brought back my flow on that particular story. The worst thing about self-publishing is that there is no agent or publisher breathing down your neck making sure you're working and on time to deliver. My self discipline is not good although it is getting better the more I'm writing and I'm constantly working on it. This is something all writers - or perhaps everyone who works for themselves - has to work on for themselves. Anyway, this is just a quick post to let people know that I'm still working despite a few hiccups and will have new work out next year - hopefully the beginning! : )

Monday, 13 August 2012

Couple of videos ...

This next one is on the aniboom channel which has some very talented movie makers contributing their work. Worth checking out! : )

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Space Rats on Monster Planet

Coming soon....

I'm almost done with this and it will be released on Sunday 12th. My son's birthday so I thought it was quite fitting! : )

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Free on Kindle

A funny thing happened a couple of months ago. I checked on my Kindle reports and noticed that my children's science fiction novel had been downloaded nearly 300 times  that week but as a free book. At first I was rather confused as I hadn't put it for free on Kindle until I remembered that I had done just that on Smashwords and Amazon like to price match.
Both 'Space Rats' and 'The Spirit Tree' can be downloaded free on - tbh, I'm not sure about the UK as no-one has downloaded it there yet. I was surprised that no-one has downloaded 'Spirit Tree' as I always thought that fantasy would do better than science fiction (it's my preferred genre) but as always these things just can't be predicted! : ) 'Space Rats' has been downloaded between 100 to 200 times a week for the past month and a half so this has made me realise I need to get the next one all polished and shiny and up for sale.
I have it booked in for a proper edit the end of this month and I'm looking for someone who could do a cover for me - possibly for the first one too so they have a similar cover to make them recognisable as a series. I'm quite pleased as I really enjoyed writing the first one, it was a fun adventure, and I'm enjoying getting back to these characters.

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Oh happy day!

Nothing to do with writing or books...

Two months ago our oldest cat Tom disappeared. At twelve years old we surmised he'd probably passed away somewhere. I hasten to add that we did look and knock on doors but no one had seen him - he's a big black and white cat yet somehow invisible as only cats can be! : )
Anyway, yesterday as I opened the door to let our last cat in for dinner (4 cats down to 1) who should be sitting on the doorstep but a much slimmer Tom! Took me a minute to take in I was actually seeing him! : ) He was quite a fat cat - active but still fat - and now we can feel his ribs and all that belly flab that almost reached the ground is gone. He's alive though and that's what is important.
Not sure what happened to him but the fact that he won't stay in a room on his own makes me think he got trapped somewhere and has spent the last few weeks alone. He slept with me last night, something in all his twelve years he's never done. He obviously missed us as much as we missed him!