It’s Here!

Concordia Book Cover v0.1So here we are again, Judgement Day.

You can now purchase on Amazon Kindle UK the sequel to The Break entitled Concordia.

So tell your friends and anyone who will listen we are live and to get reading!

I hope you enjoy this one as much as the first, I actually really enjoyed writing the sequel, it was quite a ride again!!

I look forward to reading your reviews and as always Thank you for your support.

 

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I Am Alive, Honest!

Well happy 2014 to you all!

I know, we’re in May but it has been too long and I never wished you all Happy New Year as I did in 2013 so I thought it would be the best place to start!

I won’t bore you with excuses of my absence but suffice to say life interrupted me somewhat, some good, mostly bad and most definitely Concordia Book Cover v0.1difficult but I’m here now and as you can probably deduce from last night’s post entitled ‘Tease’ I am almost ready to bring you the sequel to The Break and yes I stuck with the working title, Concordia, it just seemed right.

Just to reassure you when I say almost ready I do mean it, I am currently working on the formatting for the Kindle version and as soon as that is complete you will have the finished product. I am toying with the idea of a Beta reader though just to make sure it’s as good as it can be, any volunteers?

Through my previous and first experience of self publishing I did learn a considerable amount, the main thing being my decision making process. Now I won’t bore you with any personal details but just to give you a little context last year I got a new job, a job which I fell into by necessity and was incredibly happy to realise it was a perfect fit, very me shall we say but what it has taught me and made me confront in new ways is the art of my decision making process (my previous decision making process was NEVER an art!). Now, from my first outing as a self published, indie writer I learned many lessons the hard way, one being my consistently ranted about mistake about skimping in areas that need the most attention. So this time I have invested properly in an editor as I do not want to be equally as devastated by the comments regarding the appalling grammatical errors in the first for which I may never forgive myself.

DecisionsMy new found decision making process has also lead me to consider my creative process, a process which changed half way through this book and which I will continue to future projects (Possibly Screenwriting, as it’s something I am keen to get back to).

One of the things which I have discussed before and hope someday to compile all of this information as part of my idea for Books with special features, is the soundtrack, I realised I wasn’t just using certain songs to write certain scenes or whole chapters but I had practically constructed a whole sound track which told the story in the same way as if you were reading it.

I am a massive lover of music, my collection is as diverse as me, (I have deduced I have a distinctive 6 personalities all with varying degrees of geek, normal and weirdness: Me, friends, family, work, strangers and people I haven’t seen for years and bump into in the street) . Anyway, I digress, as music-head-convertedalways; my point is, music is a distinctive part of my creative process, it moulds my imagination as much as that initial first idea. People have asked me, if The Break was ever made into a movie who would play the parts? I have to say just for the record one of the important things to me is, if it was ever a movie it would have to have the same soundtrack as when I wrote it (Not that this will ever occur!!). So as a challenge to you, my readers, if I was to ever revisit Annabel’s adventures and the world of Concordia, something I haven’t quite figured out is what would be the main characters theme tune. I have songs for situations and atmosphere but not people. So tell me what song suits their character.

Moving on from this, another decision I have taken for the sequel is, I will only be releasing on the Kindle, I have no immediate plans to release a paperback at this stage, it doesn’t mean I won’t it just means not right now. I love reading an actual book we have a room in our house just full of them but I am becoming ever intrigued by new media and technology and want to explore the possibilities it can offer.

So on that note I will leave you to ponder and hopefully eager await the release of Concordia. As always if you have any questions or want to comment please do contact me.

Pitch & Put

OK, Hello there guys, it’s been a long time.

We have loads to discuss, don’t worry I haven’t been Procrastinating that much! I have in fact been a busy little Bee. I’m currently putting the finishing touches to the sequel to The Break before it gets whisked away for proof reading and editing, with, I might add, a much more reliable person. I still get angry about all the mistakes in The Break but hey it’s all a learning curve and thankfully it hasn’t affected the narrative and you guys have all loved it, (So you tell writingme anyway and that actually makes me ecstatic!!)

I’m also working on a New project which I am about to start pitching to agents and publishes. Don’t worry I’m not abandoning my Indie roots but I thought I would give it a whirl! The new project’s current working title is “The Jenson West Journals” and that’s all I’m going to tease for the time being but watch this space!

Finally I also have a third project on the go, something completely different. For those of you who have known me for many years or have actually read my rantings on this site you will know that many many moons ago when one was a mere teenager I had some success with a screenplay, sadly this never amounted to anything but I originally started seriously writing by writing Screenplays.

Its funny what stays with you over the years but the reason I started off writing scripts and screenplays came from something my English teacher said to me in Year 9. Her name was Mandy Barfoot and the assignment she gave was based on the book we were studying at the time, William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, we had to take a scene of the play and re-write it in modern day English an assignment which prompted my love of Shakespeare. Incidentally, My Favorite became Macbeth, which I’m sure will surprise nobody. Insanity, blood, guts, medieval battles, witchcraft lets face it it’s got it all but I digress!

So I spent ages on this assignment and when the day came to get our grade for it I did pretty well and Miss Barfoot turned around and said to me “Well Done, that’s the best piece of work I’ve seen from you, have you thought about writing more scripts” And that is how it started, so It seemed a natural progression from that one inspired sentence to the success I nearly had with Channel 4 when I was 18 years old.

So yes you’ve guessed it my third current project is script based but not for the screen. I keep telling anyone who will listen to me, I’d love to be in a musical, I love them, I can’t help it, it’s my guilty pleasure! So I thought I would try my hand at writing a musical, don’t ask me how it’s going though as I’m only in the beginning stages I’ve pretty much sorted out the narrative it’s figuring out the rest now, mainly being the music side of it!!

The problem with starting lots of different projects is time. I don’t know about anybody else but when I feel inspired I want the finished product in front of me NOW, NOW, NOW. I tend to work really quickly and then when I look over it at a later date think what a pile of …… (Please insert word of your choice!) and that’s why I went back and re-wrote the first half of The Sequel, working title of which is still, Concordia, at the moment. So because I was so eager to continue the story, the ideas that came out on the page were a little mismatched to say the least!

So the next thing I really need to start seriously considering is a cover for Concordia, I still love the idea I cover DSCF3985design something myself but my artistic skills are seriously lacking. So I guess it’s between do I look for a graphic designer and do something digital or should I look for an artist/illustrator and go with something more intricate.

So I’ll leave you with this question, what do you look for in a book cover? I know they say don’t judge a book by its cover but let’s face it it’s the first thing that catch’s our eye, not the synopsis, not the title but the design.

Well The Weather Has Inspired All Sorts Of Idea’s

20130119_110305I had another encounter with Bambi’s Dad this week again he didn’t seem very impressed that I was sharing the same road and breathing the same air as he was! I have to admit he really is magnificent but I did feel more sorry for him this time than apprensive as it was the beginning of the week just as the snow had started I don’t think he appreciated the cold thick white stuff much. To be honest by Wednesday I was rather bored by the weather, the snow lasted one day and was a bit to light and fluffy it could’ve done with Manning Up to be fair and in true typical British weather style it kind of started to vanish as quickly as it appeared but today, out of nowhere it seems to have come back fighting. I left my home yesterday morning to set off for work at ten to seven and it was snowing, it was still snowing when I got home, I’m a little concerned I’m not going to be able to get out of the front door tomorrow!! It’s like Bambi’s dad stared at me so hard he’s cursed me to be snowed in!!

I guess being snowed in is a perfect excuse to find the time to finally spend some quality time IMG_0018writing. My efforts have been so sporadtic of late but today I actually wrote a whole new chapter for the sequel that I intend to slot in somewhere in the first six chapters, which I’m quite pleased with so hopefully by the end of this weekend I will be able to say I have done my first draft re-writes it’s time to let someone else have a ganders! Although with my track record of late I doubt that!

20130119_110137I have had my hands full recently with the new edition to the family, Sheldon The Puppy!! He is such a cliche, he chases his tail, he chases cars (well tries too), he’s so funny, although when we took him on his first proper walk we also discovered he does not like sheep or pigs… I’m seeing a kids book in there somewhere!! Maybe I’ll try children’s fiction after I’ve finished the sequel I have niece’s and nephew’s they could be my focus group!!!

Stalked by Bambi’s Parents

So how’s 2013 treablossomting everyone so far? I have to say I am completely baffled that it’s only the 6th day of the year and there is already blossom on a tree in our garden, very odd! And yesterday I was actually gardening because it was that mild out.

Something else that always baffled me, which kind of ties in with my little road rage rant not so long ago is people who only have one head light on their cars, that vexes me! About 75% of my journey home from work consists of no street lights so when a car is coming towards me with only one light it angers me and I’ve always wandered why the hell don’t they just get it fixed, a bulb is like a fiver which is nothing compared to another car smacking head first into you because he/she didn’t realise you were a car. Well the answer is simple, why would you know unless someone told you? And that’s when I realised I’d joined the world of hypocrisy. As I drove in to the work car park on Thursday morning, a bloke on a bike followed me in. A little weird I thought as it’s a private car wickedwitchpark, what was even weirder was the fact he was a litte parculiar, he was rather a little reminicent of Rab C Nesbitt, now take that image and imagine Rab C Nesbitt riding the Wicked Witch of the West’s Bicycle (obviously before she was bright green in the land of OZ, I’m talking the kansas version!). He watched and waited for me to reverse in to my spot, also creepy as he flashed me a creepy smile which made me think of the guy from the Goonies and then rode up to my passenger side window, which I wound down whilst having 999 ready to dial on my mobile. Then the words came out of his mouth, “Did you know you’ve got a head light out”. NOOOOOOOOOOOO, I’d driven to work in the dark with one bloody head light, I couldn’t believe it. I’d also made the most hideous assumptions about the dude on the bike who did a good deed by informing me, other wise I would never have known, well probably untill I’d had the worst look and the police pulled me over but luckily that never happened. While I’m on the subject of other things that vex me while driving I realy should mention suicidal animals, seriously I’m driving along this country road, complete with horror movie quality house and out of nowhere a huge stag comes running out of the adjacent wood, I slam on my brakes and he just stands there starring at me before casually strolling into the field across the other side of the road, I mean the cheek, I nearly kill Bambi’s dad because he had some crazy death wish and then he has the nerve to give me the “Stare”, three mornings later on the same big-stag-winterstretch of road, the same thing happens only this time it’s not Bambi’s Dad it’s his Mum, again I slam on my brakes and she stands there and stares at me, clearly the stags wife I’m guessing, then something I really didn’t expect, fifteen other Deer came out of nowhere and began to cross the road behind her, all the time whilst she stood there starring at me, once the last one had crossed she then followed, it really was, truely a spectacular sight.

I have to say it’s moments like that which have really helped with the sequel, I’ve re-written whole chapters purely because I’ve been inspried by my new environment, I would say a change of scenery is definately good for the writter in me. Not that I’m saying everyone should pack up and move to the country but for all you writers out there, I would say a change of scenery once in a while definately helps the Writers block!

New Year…. Bar Humbug!!

Well I guess as it’s the last day of 2012 it would be rude not to post something!

Anybody who knows me well will know I hate New Years Eve, yep I am the New Year Party Pooper, I1337577_wine_swirl stay in, enjoy a glass of wine and indulge in an early night, I don’t even stay up till 12. I’ve just never seen the fascination, the moment the clock strikes midnight you still have the same issues as 10 seconds ago, you make New Years Resolutions you can’t keep and just get so drunk you don’t even rememebr the party anyway and spend the first day of the New Year hungover so bad you think you’re dying!!

However I do take the opportunity at New Year to, not look forward because nobody knows what will happen from one day to the next but to evaluate the year just gone. It’s never what I expect so it’s always cool to look back and say “I made it through another year in one peice, I’m happy”.

So what happened in 2012, obviously the Olympics were here in the UK and being a crazy tennis fan I watched as Andy Murray won the gold and then later in the year won his first grandslam! The Dark Knight Rises finally arrived, one of the best comic adaptation trilogy’s EVER. Then personally, I bought a house (with my partner obviously!), got a new car, a promotion, Self published my first DSCF3985novel and we added a new edition to our crazy household and got a puppy!! So to be fair even though there was a lot of negative’s and struggles and all that stuff in 2012, I can’t complain really!! They say it’s about the journey and to me the journey is always, in some ways more valuable than the end goal.

So I just wanted to post today, not to complain about my views of New Year but to wish you all an amazing 2013 and I hope the journey of the next 365 days inspires you and also to thank you once again for all your support, I will try and get the sequel out next year!!!