I've been writing this blog for 2 years now and I've been wondering whether anyone actually see's or reads anything I've written, let alone my books. This week I've had my faith restored because two people made comments to my musings. Thank you both of you. Natalie, I'd like to take you up on your offer. Please let me know where to drop them off. Kaz I'd like to consider your idea and kind offer too.
With my faith restored, I will continue putting my thoughts, ideas, self-confidence issues and the paranoia that is my writing life here in my blog. Lots of things fill my mind when it comes to writing and my life in general. One of the things is how busy people seem to think I am. Well, compared to some I seem to be, but my philosophy is "I'll do all the other things when I'm dead," Sleep, rest, diet, be quiet. Lets be honest we will all be doing those and other things once we've passed. Why worry about doing them now!
Currently, I'm the hub for the Inspirations Writers Group next planned publication - Orange Anthology. Our new system (invented by Karen Ince, never got round to THANKING HER for that one) involves all contributors sending their pieces to me first on-line. Karen has devised level 1 and level 2 critiquers. Level 1 members are those still learning the skill and able to give their point of view as readers. Level 2 are more experienced critiquers and happy to provide constructive criticism and pick the piece apart - all in the name of improvement.
So, the work comes to me, and I send in out to level 1, they critique/read it, write feedback then send back to me. I re-label the work and send out to the authors to update. They update, it comes back to me. I send out to level 2 critiquers and they repeat the process. The work comes in, goes out to authors, then back to me, then off to proof editing. Confused? Its easy to be let me assure you. This is all done in a framework of weeks during which I'm on holiday and working through the summer.
On top of that I'm re-writing my third novel Gristle's Revenge, running stalls at craft fairs in the ever fading forlorn hope of selling my books, organising a anti-slavery event at Westwood Cross in November (along with my sister soropts), trying to find volunteers for a failing local charity and one hundred and one other things: including; setting up the E-commerce site, trying to trace Hackers to my site - I know who you are - watch it. Sending out questionnaires and standing in our local surgery doing face-to-face ones for the community Alcohol Partnership I'm involved with...... Going to Pilates, Yoga & Karate and most exciting of all, managing to secure private hip-hop lessons from a brilliant Chorographer starting next week. Oh yes, Dubstep, moonwalk, locking, popping, improve my tutting...watch out world.
And still more, merchandise has arrived and I love it. No one purchased any Sunday, but I had a smashing cup of tea out of one of my mugs - apparently they're dishwasher safe for 1,000 washes - awesome thanks JJ. The staff at the hotel were a bit surprised because they serve tea in horrible diddy paper cups so me arriving with a giant mug threw them off a bit. Value for money that's what I got.
Then it's back to the writing and I'm still thinking of doing NaNoWriMo for my next novel Aquasapien - Prodigy, except I'm at a Sci-Fi conference while its on and a Soroptimist Conference just before it starts and I still have umpteen other things to do in-between.
I'd love to hear from other folk with busy, juggle-in-the-air lives.