Thursday, 9 August 2012

Bits and Stuff

Have you seen that advertisement in cinemas fighting against piracy?  HERE it is if you haven't. Well it reminds me of my blog.  Obviously the fact that it isn't frequented like it once was, rather than any pirates being among the readers, you understand - although I wouldn’t mind the gogeous Johnny Depp dropping by.

Anyway, I thought I’d resurrect it, blow away some of the cobwebs, and say HI!  *WAVES*

I have got things to report.   Good things.  I DID crack The People’s Friend – oh yes indeed - and my story should be out any time soon, which is VERY exciting.   And I DID tip my Short Story Sales over the 30 mark – and today SOLD my 33rd story!  It was a much needed boost, I can tell you.  There have been some self pitying days in my writerly world of late.  Days when rejection after rejection plopped through my letter box. I would have cried if it wasn’t that I’ve developed the hide of a rhino where writing is concerned. OK, I cried.  

On a positive, I’ve got a new puppy.  Here she is, looking like butter wouldn’t melt – let me tell you it does.

And, whoop!  I’ve finished re-writing NOVEL 1, and feel, for the first time since the idea was born, very happy with it - it’s time to cut the apron strings and see what happens.    

In other exciting news, the very lovely Karen Clarke’s novel: My Future Husband

has been published in Germany.  It’s a fantasticly, funny novel – and I wish it every success!

And the equally lovely Suzanne Jones' - writing as Suzanne Ross - pocket novel Trust in Me is due out this week, I believe - can't wait to pick up my copy!

So that’s a quick catch up.  Hope you folks are all keeping jolly well.


joanne fox said...

That's such a sweet little pupster! I'm surprised you get any writing done at all, with a cute little distraction like that!

Pat Posner said...

Hi, Amanda
Well done on those sales!

Ruby is adorable. I spent a few hours with a puppy today and...shh, don't tell Tim 'n' Ted...I feel broody!

Suz's PN looks great, doesn't it! If it isn't in at my newsagent's tomorrow there'll be BIG trouble.


Anonymous said...

Hi Amanda, great news on your sales, and I'll look out for your story in People's Friend as I pick that up every week. I'm still waiting to sell my first womag story, so you're well ahead with 33, good luck with the novel as well.

Colette McCormick said...

That is one very sweet puppy.

Amanda said...

I’ve got a lot less done since she arrived, Joanne. :-)

Awh, thanks, Pat! And puppies are especially lovely if you can give them a cuddle and give them back – HA! I promise not to tell Tim and Ted. Yes, Suz’s PN looks FAB – can’t wait to read it. XX

Thanks Susan! And I have everything crossed you will VERY SOON crack the Womags!

She is very gor-ge-ous, Colette – although equal amounts monkey! :-)

Karen said...

Thanks so much for the mention Mandy, and congratulations on the story sales :o) PF are SUCH a hard market to crack.

That is one gorgeous puppy!

Teresa Ashby said...

Lovely post and great news about your sales :-)

Little Ruby looks so sweet, wish I could give her a cuddle :-) xx

Amanda said...

Thank you,Karen - I was very chuffed to crack them. Puppy not liking the heat very much, she's got far too much fur methinks XX

Thanks Teresa, we'll have to have a bring a dog womag-writer meet up hee hee! XX

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Amanda .. puppies bounce around a lot and then crash out don't they ... enjoy both types! Ruby .. fun name.

Congratulations on everything - sounds good to me .. good luck - cheers Hilary

penandpaints said...

Congratulations on story 33! Wow, that's really great going!
What a gorgeous puppy, aww, I want one!
I will look out for Suzanne's story,can't wait! You are all doing so well, must go and write something.

Amanda said...

Thanks, Hilary – and yes puppies do bounce around a lot – not much writing going on here at the moment! :-)

Awh, thank you, P & P :-)) I’ve now got my copy of Suz’s PN and SO looking forward to reading it – well that's if pup lets me! :-)

Suzanne Ross Jones said...

Aw, what a little cutie.

Well done on those sales, Mandy. And thank you for mentioning my pocket novel.


PS well done, Karen. xx

Amanda said...

Thanks Suz, and my pleasure it's brilliant! XX

Unknown said...

Congratulations, you're doing brilliantly.

I love that puppy, he looks adorable and I'm sure he can get away with alsorts with such a sweet face.

Amanda said...

Thanks, Debs :-) And don't let that sweet face fool you!

Anonymous said...

Hi Mandy, I love your blog! And what exciting news to learn that you have published So Many stories! Very very impressive!
Edith x

Anonymous said...

I love your blog Mandy, and am so impressed at your number of short stories published! Wow!

Amanda said...

Thanks for popping over, Edith - good to see you here X