Friday, 30 August 2013

Make your own Twitter Video

I've been procrastinating, AGAIN, and just wanted to share with you the results of my procrastinating-itus this time.

I've made my VERY own Twitter Video.  HERE

I think, and I'm sure you'll agree after watching it, it might explain why I've only got 113, no wait.112 followers.

If you're on Twitter and fancy making one yourself to share on Facebook, Twitter and all other major online outlets, visit  HERE    (Do read the small print though.)

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Turning my short stories into an anthology

No I haven't!  Turned my short stories into an anthology, I mean.  But I have been thinking about it.

I know, I know, it's not the same thing at all.  And, yes, I can hear you muttering about me doing a lot of thinking about Kindle, and not a lot of doing.  

But I have an excuse why I haven't uploaded my local history book, as the images are proving to be a bit of a nightmare. And my novel; well I’m searching my cupboards for a jar of confidence as we speak.

My stories, however, have already been given the green light by many wonderful magazines, so I don't need so many spoonfuls of confidence as I do with my novel. I actually feel I may go for it, particularly as I know my mum and Aunt Doris will buy a copy.

And, like an good omen, Cally Taylor has posted a great post on Womagwriter’s blog HERE, about uploading a short story anthology, so I have no excuse not to. Not a single-ly one.

And, many short story writers have paved the way for me, by already taking the plunge successfully.

Here are just a teeny, tiny few.  But there are SO many more wonderful anthologies out there to be snapped up.  Why not trundle over to Amazon and track them down?  

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

An Interview, A Sale & A Competition

‘Didn't you blog just yesterday?’ 

‘Mmm, I did, but I’ve  got a couple of things to tell you.’

Firstly, I’ve been interviewed! YES! ME! Cor Blimey, does this mean I’ve finally arrived? OK, maybe I'm getting a bit (a lot) ahead of myself, but I’m still rather chuffed that I was asked by the lovely Charlotte Harrison, who has a great blog called A Place on the Bookshelf  to answer a few questions about my writing.  The interview is HERE.  Do please pop over and say hello so it doesn’t look like I’m talking to myself.

The second piece of news is I've SOLD a story, which is fab in itself, but even more exciting as it's my 49th sale.  This means I’m nearly 50!  Oh yes! And when I reach 50 there will be much cyber-celebrating, and even a wee bit of real-life celebrating.  Mind you, I'd better not break open the bubbly and box of party-poppers just yet, as it can often be months between one sale and another ... and there are 'no' guarantees I'll ever sell again. 

Ooh, and I saw over on Blog about Writing a link to an exciting novel competition.  It’s for a romantic ‘Christmas Novel’ and the prize is a three-book deal with Harper Impulse and afternoon tea at Fortnum and Mason in London, and the link is HERE.   I’ll certainly be considering it!

Monday, 19 August 2013

Where I Write and Other Stuff.

Well lookie here, mis amigos, here is my brand new writing home.   It’s a summer house, obviously, but it’s also my little wooden writing haven.

A Story Mountain Planner

A little mat my son bought me.

On the top row are the magazines I've been published in.
On the second row are all of Roald Dahl's books because he had
a wooden writing haven too.

We can but dream.

I admit I used to write hunched on the sofa. I know, I know, dreadful for posture, and my neck and back have really paid the price over the years.  But all is well now. In fact I’ve already sat at my desk and written a story.  I even had visitors while I wrote it. The doggies seems to love my new summer house too.


In other news, I’ve entered the first two chapters of my novel into a the Piatktus Entice Competition HERE, which I read about on Patsy Collins' blog.  It’s not Eight Degrees which can be read HERE (OK, I’ll stop that now as it’s getting old.) or my children’s novel, but my other novel, Five Men in a Box, which is much more light hearted and romantic than Eight Degrees.  I’m sure it won’t get anywhere at all, but I figure it definitely won't sitting on my harddrive.   So if you have a romantic novel ready to go, why not enter too?


And in yet more other news, the uploading onto Kindle for my local history book and novel isn't getting very far, I'm afraid.  But I have downloaded a book for 1p about uploading images, and it looks rather good.  It's called 'Pictures on Kindle', and it's by Aaron Shepard, and can be downloaded HERE.  Oh and thank you Suzanne Ross Jones for pointing me towards it.

OK, better stop.  So much for reducing my waffle.  A bientôt, les amis de blogs - until next time!

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

A History of Hitchin

St. Mary's Church, Hitchin
I’ve been procrastinating since I uploaded the chapters of my novel HERE. (Did you see what I did there?) And, while down with procrastination-itus, I’ve created ANOTHER blog.  

OK, I'm guessing you’re going tell me I’m a blog addict. That I’m stealing all of Blogger's domain names.  Well that’s enough name calling, thank you very much. Google very kindly told me I can have 100 blogs if I want, so be prepared.

Anyway, my brand new blog is about Hitchin, the town where I grew up.  It’s called, ‘Hitchin through the years’ and if you know of the town, or just interested to see where all the domain names are disappearing to, do pop over and visit HERE.

I've always had a love for local history, and some may recall this POST, where I mentioned the local history book 'wot I wrote' on the Hitchin school I attended, ‘Hats off to the Past, Coats off to the Future – a history of Wilshere-Dacre School.   The thing is, I recently saw a secondhand copy of MY book being sold by a bookseller for £65.00.  Jeez! Well, I  thought, I’m not having that.  I’m going to upload it onto Kindle – oh yes I am.  Trouble is, I’ve been looking into how to upload onto Kindle on my post on one of my other blogs (I know) HERE.  But, truth be told, the thought of uploading a book with images is pretty daunting, even more daunting than uploading a novel.   But that's my next project, well one of them, once I'm over my procrastination malady.

Thursday, 1 August 2013

The People's Friend Annual 2014

Okay, I have a plan.  A blogging plan. I'm going to blog more, and, when I do, I'm going to waffle less...

So, starting as I mean to go we go...

I'm chuffed to tiny bits to be in The People's Friend 2014 Annual.  It arrived from Amazon yesterday and is absolutely gorgeous.  The picture with my story is just beautiful, and just how I imagined when I wrote the story. And even better than that, I'm sharing the pages with so many fabulous writers, including Suzanne Jones, Pat Posner and Samantha Tonge.  *Does a wee happy dance.*

And talking of the lovely The People's Friend, why not pop over to Samantha Tonge's Blog and enjoy her great interview with Shirley Blair, The Commissioning Fiction Editor of The People's Friend?

So what do you think?  Not too much waffle? Too much waffle?  Answers on a postcard please, to arrive before July 31st 2012. ;-)

Have a lovely day all!