Thursday, October 25, 2012

To NaNo Or Not To NaNo - That's The Question

Are you doing NaNoWriMo this year?

NaNoWriMo - the initiative to get everybody writing a book in November via a commitment to at least 1k a day - is not only great fun, it had wonderful community spirit and it's an excellent example of how books can be written. E.g. by just doing it! There's no magic, honest! Actually the magic comes later via patience and editing and being unfazed by a dog's dinner draft! But that's another story.

Since I'm on the edges of a new book I figured I would embark on the November NaNo adventure. And then I realised I was ready a week early and by waiting I'd miss out on over 10k so I've dived in and already started.

But I am a huge fan of NaNoWriMo and have done it several times; it's great fun. Hopefully I won't flag halfway through November by doing this solo. Actually, I'm determined not to and to just keep going.

So so far I'm at 9k. And there are tangled bits of plot wool already.

Are you taking the plunge?

Friday, October 19, 2012

My Clever Friend

My very clever friend - Kate Griffin - has just won the fabby ...

Stylist's Crime Fiction Competition! Yus!

Cool eh?  And well done Kate on nabbing prize money and a prized contract with Faber and Faber no less. You can read all about it and see her lovely pic here. Or indeed pick up a copy of the magazine for more juice.

Writing rocks and Kate is destined for great things - you heard it here first. (Um, no you didn't, Stylist told you first natch, but don't split hairs young man and show respect to your elders! - Said in Lady Grantham voice, I am generally using Lady Grantham voice around the house these days, I find it keeps the children in line.)

And in other news Ian Rankin is coming to Dunfermline Waterstones in December. My mum told me so it's must be true.  But I don't care and may  just lurk there in disguise with an umbrella handy cos he slags off romance writing - shame on him (again - Lady Grantham voice only LOUDER and with venom!)

Right enough book stuff and on with the hunky men and jibber-jabber.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Another Book Finished - What Goes On In My Head

I've just finished writing, editing and polishing the current book and it's been hard work - but a blast because it's an old story with a revitalised twist. The writing was largely helped along by the picture below featuring Marios Lekkas. Did I mention my fixation before? Yes; I like to YouTube. Anyway, I'm crossing everything. And this pic sums up the book that I've lived with for the last few weeks of my life:
niwdenapolis: Fashion Greek God- Marios Lekkas

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Cover And A Cowboy

I'm flying by (because it's the school holidays) and I'm also in the writing cave... Just to say check out this lovely cover for the large print version of Pitched Into Love that's just appeared by magic on the interweb!

Also in mid November I have a 'cowboy book' releasing on magazine stands, at good supermarkets and newsagents with Easy Reads. Easy Read is the new look, new premise series of novellas from My Weekly (previously issued as Pocket Novels). Watch out for the first ones coming soon. The Cowboy book will be coming out in ebook format too after paperback release.