Tuesday, May 25, 2010

I Can Dance If I Wanooo

Just had to come out of cyber hibernation to URGE everyones to watch Glee on Friday just for The Safety Dance and the buzzy feel good 80s memories it conjures. If you missed it go see YouTube. Terrrrrrific.

Yesterday I did 10k. See...cyber curfew can be good.
New story is burbling away (hurray for shiny new ideas!)
And today I have listened to the above catchy 'brain flea' tune way too much, but dash it's good!
Okay. Back to the cave of doom.

Saturday, May 22, 2010


It's gorgeous and hot outside and the kids are delighted making birthday cakes from sand and twigs!

So without further ado here's something equally 'scorching' to mull over while I'm gone to play in the sun and tackle my jungle garden with large metal implements.

This picture is from the Judy Private Swoon Collection. It has inspired many happy hours writing! A nude man with a coffee cup...sigh!

I'm afraid I'm going to be a tardy blogger now for the foreseeable future. Time is limited right now (see above clamouring kids) and between the family and the 'story bugging my head' I need to get to it. So while I'm gone take time to appreciate caffeine Lacoste man. And think of me fondly!


Friday, May 14, 2010

Knuckle Down And Believe

I've wasted time lately. I've been very very naughty. Refurbing the blog (actually that was great fun), reading loadsa books, evading the housework and applying myself to pointless tasks, such as daft cyber-linked chores like surfing You Tube (see my obsession here)! You get the picture?

I've been time wasting.

As of today. No more.

I need to write. I need to knuckle down and focus on the 30k 'Pants Personified' file sitting on my p.c. Even though it's pants I know there's some gold in there somewhere. I need to focus and get it into shape. I know I can I'm just evading and being pathetic. And yesterday I even managed to work out some pretty good backstory that works...so what's my excuse now?

Rubbishness. And now I must get tough.

You know you're procrastinating when you find yourself playing your daughter's Club Penguin and buying her new puffles! No more. I must must must do better!

P.S. Actually I've realised I shouldn't be too hard. I now have two subs out there, both fulls (one of which was revisions) and I got them in quickly after major work. So I guess I deserve jelly brain recovery time!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

A New Cyber Look

Yes. My blog and web have a new look.

It's rather radical (for me). Don't be surprised if I'm still tinkering with it. But so far...I'm liking!

A bit like a makeover haircut to beat away the submission angst (and it's only been two weeks).

Saturday, May 08, 2010

The Handbag I Had To Have

Back last year I blogged about a handbag. Here. Yes I'm that sad.

And I didn't even get said handbag. Because I convinced myself I needed an ereader more. And I was okay with that...until today.

I happened upon a Ness Store. Yes. With the handbag sitting winking at me. With money off. In the colour I wanted.

That's what's called, my darlings, kissable kismet. I'm a sucker for a 'reduced' price tag. Let me just bask in the glow of a new bag with my own name on it! The fact that I don't have a social life to use it in is neither here nor THA!

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

EReaders and Speed Dating

Thought I'd post about reading. I've been doing a lot of it lately (in between subbing preps). And I wanted to write about my lovely pink ereader and other observations. The ereader came into my life in January and boy, it's a big part of my life now. It goes in my handbag like a little buddy.

I can heartily recommend one to anyone considering it (thank you to Susan Rix for first introducing me to hers at the last RNA conference! Big high five).

The benefits of the ereader as I see them are this:
For a writer the ability to upload your book draft and read it in 'almost book' format is a gift. It really helped me fine tune a manuscript I'd thought I'd already gotten close to good to go. Somehow reading in a change of format brings new clarity.

There were tinies I'd missed but seeing it in smaller page chunks in my hand really made a huge difference. It also helps flag up formatting issues you may have missed (stray tabs and such, there were two but at least I could pick them up without reams of print out and knock on impacts on the print out). I also love that I don't have to kill lots of trees when proofing things for others and myself. It's much closer to the 'book' experience too.

I love being able to get the book I want pretty instantly and just read it. I've never had any problems with downloading/purchasing new books.

I love not having to go hunt my choice down and go through pullaver. Or wait for the store to send it only to find out there's delays etc. Instead I just click it and buy. It's also making me more inclined to re-read books again I've read recently if they're keepers. I'm more inclined to dip back into a book I loved and discard one that isn't living up to its promise (this is new for me, I've usually been of the school of stick with it to The End). But now that's changing.

I really like that the copyright is so well protected with an ebook and yet you have the longevity of a book without the storage/spare room turned book depository issues. For a while now my TBR pile and stash of books has felt like a guilty pleasure. With each new purchase I sense the walls of my home getting smaller. I love the fact that I'm not giving away books to charity (not that I mind giving to charity shops, weeding out for thrift stores is almost a part time job with a toddler in the building, I just feel dubious about doing it with books when the author gets no royalty). I like the compact nature of the ereader where everything's to hand and it's really easy to delete/upload and organise my own little book world. Sold yet?

And finally on the topic of discarding books that aren't living up to promise. Lately I've started being much harder on my reading matter. And surely this is a good thing. If it's not got me by chapter five I'm moving on. If the heroine hasn't won me over, it's time to part company. Makes me realise how editors must feel...you've only got so long to keep me on side! But it's quite liberating...it's made me wake up to the duty to keep your promise to the reader. It's a powerful thing and a scary one too. It makes you think about sharpening up your act. After all, are we likely to buy a title again when an author has failed to deliver after our purchase?

So lately I've been speed-dating with books. Some I want to go out to dinner with, or share a romantic city break. Others I can't wait to shake hands and move on to a better match (not that I've ever speed-dated in my life!)

So how about you guys? Are you hard on your reading material? How many chapters do you allow before you turn your back?