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.

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!!!

50 Hours And Counting

So it’s the weekend and my proof copy of my book hasn’t arrived so I have to spend two days distracting myself from thinking about it.

So distraction number one, as the New Year started I was adamant I wanted to do three things in 2012, one, myself and my partner were going to finally buy a house, two I was going to publish and three I wanted to get fit. So far the latter isn’t going so well! I figured a great motivator was to enter a race, so that’s what I did, I entered this year’s Race For Life, it’s for a good course and it gave me something to work towards, a 5k run!! Now January I was 100% dedicated and ran (well it was more like speed waddling!) two miles five nights a week, well running/speed walking I think I would’ve killed myself if I attempted two miles in one go! But then February hit and so did the snow for a week and a half, then it was far too cold to go anywhere, then I was too poorly so I’ve pretty much spent the whole of February sat on my ass, until my Race For Life runner number and info pack arrived through the post this morning, it was like someone had rammed dynamite up my ass and lit it, so off I jogged, for the first time in just under a month and OMG couldn’t I tell, my throat burned, my legs felt like they were going to snap but a great distraction from being annoyed from where my proof had got to.

Distraction number two, what the hell possessed me to go to a supermarket on a Saturday, it was like a war zone. Trust me when I say NEVER be fooled by elderly ladies with one of those half trolleys slowly dithering down an aisle, the moment you get in their way they’re ready to take out your ankles and don’t be fooled by “Excuse me dear I can’t reach the top shelf would you mind passing me that can of soup” Don’t do it, they snatch and run, no thanks, no kind little smile, nothing, poof they’re gone, so Rude.

So my shopping rage distracted me quite well until we got home and put the shopping away, now I’m bored again, so time for a bit of internet shopping, retail therapy never fails to distract anyone from issues/problems/worries/stresses and the alike so distraction number three ended up being a mad hunt for Mum and Dad’s birthday present, (yes Mum & Dad their birthday is the same day, again how Rude!) Now this was meant to be so much easier than it was, I think it’s mainly because I NEVER leave present shopping until the last minute, I just don’t, I’m always so organised but what with the House and The Book, I am becoming the most disorganised person going.

So distraction number four turned out to be if I can’t check my proof because I don’t have it yet I can at least do some promotional prep stuff for the Book, I need a designated book site so I decided to start on material for that but that lasted around forty minutes before I started cursing and obsessing about how long it takes to ship one’s proof copy from The States to little old me in Cambridgeshire UK.

Meaning I’m now back to square one, obsessing. Now the post isn’t due until Monday and when it arrives I’ll be at work so I won’t know if it’s arrived until I get home at about six. I need to occupy my mind for the next 50 Hours and have no idea how especially when our internet connection continues to do what the hell it likes and just comes on and goes off again willy nilly, although I might start with laying off the coffee!!!