Well, it’s been so long since I updated my blog, I just had to do a post! It’s October again – my birthday month. Autumn is here and it has brought with it some wonderful things – cold air, crunchy leaves and the new series of American Horror Story to name a few. Yesterday I hit the grand age of 30, which is simultaneously terrifying and exciting. More than anything I am feeling inspired to step things up a notch and work a lot harder on all aspects of my career.
Firstly though, I need to update you all on Preston Comic Con, which was way back in August! (I swear I meant to post about this sooner!) The day was awesome and I loved being able to chat to visitors about my book and writing in general. I sold and signed quite a few books, so overall I was pretty pleased by the end of day, though I was also absolutely exhausted! Socialising is draining for a hermit writer 😛
I don’t have any future events lined up at the moment, as I have mostly been getting my head down and working on book number two. I recently completed my first draft, and am pleased to have smoothed out the plot holes and annoying little questions that arose, and am now working on building up the bones of the text with the second draft. This is a really exciting stage as I get to expand on all the lovely bits and do more actual writing, as opposed to removing text/checking spelling/punctuation, etc.
I am intending on becoming more regular with my blog posts as winter rolls around. It’s time to go into hibernation a little and stop going on holiday so much. Time to get some solid work done, Cee.
Anyway, please drop me a tweet to say hello if you feel so inclined and keep an eye out for any further updates I may have!
I attended my first event as an author on Friday and it was really fun. I had such a good time chatting to people about writing and the self publishing process. Lots of people bought books and I also got to catch up with a few old friends, which was unexpected!
The event took place at the Harris Library in Preston. It was wonderful to be amongst so many creative types. I think it’s really important that artists and authors support each other, so it was lovely to get a chance to chat to some others within the community.
The whole evening was a learning experience. As a writer I know now to always have a blurb, so I will definitely be adding one to the back of my book and getting some flyers printed up!
I have signed up to my second event this summer, so I will be posting more about that soon!
It’s a brand new year and it’s starting to feel like we’re really heading into the future now! I am LOVING my Kindle at the moment and can’t stop downloading books. Add to this my already existing addiction of constantly buying REAL books, I am definitely feeling the weight of all this unread literature!
I have a lot of things planned for myself this year, and wish I had more time for everything. It’s definitely on my list of resolution’s to stop procrastinating so much!
At the end of last year, I finally got around to publishing the e-book I had been working on. It had been an ongoing project for quite a while, and I really need to make some time to do a bit more promotion on it. The book is called The Modern Writer’s Bucket List and is aimed at writer’s looking for a bit of extra guidance and inspiration as they attempt to navigate the ever changing world of publishing.
It is available on Amazon, so please check it out and give it a review! I’d love your feedback. *Hint – it will be free to download from 9th – 11th January 2015!*
I also have a lot of plans in my head to continue the promotion of The Poisonwood Shadows, so hopefully I will see these through also! Aaaaaand, as always, I am STILL working on my second novel. I have been thinking a great deal about what to call it and am yet to settle on anything. The second novel is proving to be pretty tricky as I have a lot less time on my hands than I did when I was writing the first one, but I will stick at it and aim to be getting SOMEWHERE with it by the end of this year (fingers crossed it will be earlier than that though!)
Thanks for reading!
I’ve been having a little clear out, and keep finding random notebooks and bits of paper with various writings on that I’d long forgotten about!
On one sheet of paper I found a short, unedited paragraph that I think was supposed to make it into The Poisonwood Shadows – oops! Reading it back, it sounds very much like the dream I had which gave me the idea for the book, so it’s very possible that this was one of the very first bits of writing I did when I started the novel.
As it’s too late to put it in now, I thought I’d post it here as extra content for those who have been reading the book. Enjoy! 🙂
The night was starless after a day of blue sky. He watched on the roof of the city, holding his secret close. He reveled in his mystery, the enigma wrapped up in a storm.
Below, the cobbled streets were dark and wet, the few gaslights a comforting constant. He felt warm air, a breeze on the eve of war.
Biting his lip, he turned and dropped down to the pavement. It was time now…time to run.
I know it’s a bit vague and mysterious, but also very nice to unearth some of the work I did years ago and be able to see now what it has grown into 🙂
I am working hard on my second novel right now and also planning more promo stuff for The Poisonwood Shadows. As well as all that, I have spent some time doing editing work for Almond Press, so it’s all go at the moment, though I wouldn’t have it any other way!