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!!!

Day Of Rest

Sunday, the day of rest… How wrong they are, there’s no rest here. As I continue my little adventure to become an author it is quite apparent that there will be no rest, which is fine as the end result is bound to be rewarding.

So yesterdays little outing was rather productive, I investigated book shops and purchased various magazines and general stuff to help me in my quest for good, cheap advertising ideas and then this morning I find out that I need to deal with some formatting issues for the ebook version of The Break. This sounded simple enough in theory but in fact it took me and my better half! around three hours, I now officially have square eyes but now at least all formatting errors have been corrected, I even popped a copy on my iPod touch it looks pretty cool well worth the time!!!

Meet Lillian The Attention Seeker

So now my waiting checklist looks something like this: Waiting for paperback to go live, waiting for ebook to go live, waiting for copies of paperback to send with press packs and in the meantime I’m trying to give this Facebook fan page malarkey a go. Maybe it’s my age but so far I think I’m making it all a lot more complicated than it needs to be and unless I’m going mad I’m sure Facebook pages never used to look like this one does at the moment, so I’m either doing something drastically wrong or they have actually up dated something or other!!!

What’s also annoying is one of my cats keeps trying to get my attention by Vogueing, she does this quite often, couldn’t tell you why it’s not like she doesn’t get spoilt rotten but as her technique seems to work I’ve been trying to think of ways to adapt it for book advertising purposes but I’m pretty sure if I started rolling around on the floor I will either be committed or arrested so this will be a last resort!!

No Blossom here!

Although I have needed to question my sanity a few times this weekend, it’s amazing how wrapped up in the whole book process I’ve been. Only today I realised there was blossom on the trees, how long has blossom been out? last time I paid any attention there was snow on the ground! I think whilst researching for the best marketing ideas I also need to set aside some time to start doing real things again before I become a third Tron movie!!!!!

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!!!