Doesn’t Time Fly

My new view from our bedroom window!

I’m back people and I must say it doesn’t feel like it’s been nearly a month since I warned you all I would need to go radio silent due to the big move, which did not go as planned but we’re in now that’s all that matters, so people keep saying, I say, how do you sue a solicitor but that story is for another day! On a more positive note I’m now surrounded by the most inspiring scenery, I’ve seen my first barn owl that wasn’t in a book or on TV, in fact it likes to land on our back fence now and again!!! and I’m loving the rural life, I can’t wait to own chickens once the jungle of the garden has been sorted!!!

It’s very strange in this day and age not having the internet around all of a sudden, I mean I’ve been able to check my e-mails on my smart phone (modern technology amazes me!) but it hasn’t been the same to just sit down at the computer and surf. I do however find it disturbing how much we rely upon it, it has quite obviously become part of everyday life. We ended up using a family members computer so we could set up all our utility bills online for the new house. This was because it was the fastest way to do it, when we phoned these places you had to go through a zillion automated messages, press 1 for this press 3 for that by the time you’d finished punching in numbers you were left on hold for half an hour before you could speak to a human being, yet on the internet we’d set up all our utility bills in 20 mins. It’s almost like the company’s don’t want to speak to you anymore and set up all these barriers to force you to do it online!!

It wasn’t like I didn’t have plenty of distractions to deal with in my absent weeks from the blogging world, there was Wimbledon, where I cried when Andy Murray made it to the final and cried some more when he lost to Federer in the final. Yep I admit I cried at sports, is there a group I can attend for this??? Well there’s still the Olympics and next year’s Wimbledon!!

However as I set up this blog to promote/discuss my writing projects I guess the biggest thing I should share with you all is I now have a completed first draft of my sequel, granted it’s a little all over the place as first drafts tend to be!! but now I’ll just do what I always do put it away for a few weeks and go back to it with a fresh head ready to rip it to shreds!! I think the most difficult stage of any writing project is to be able to go over that completed first draft and be objective, I mean you’ve spent weeks and months creating this baby you’ve poured your entire soul into it and then when you re-read it in full you realise, actually chapter 6 is crap, I don’t like how that character got from A to B in chapter 12, why did I write character X into the story she has to go she’s useless and also to think about the reader as opposed to how you read it. I find this the hardest because its hard to get the balance between being a little cryptic to keep your audience intrigued and making it way to over complicated that it confuses your audience, alternatively you’ve dumbed it down so much you realise you’ve written a book for primary school kids!!!!! I’ve also managed to gather some great material for the book with extras idea I had a while back, I have several alternative endings I would like to try out so naturally they’ve all gone in the folder for that project.

Anyway, naturally now I’m back and I’ve finished my first draft, you can expect to see more posts ranting about similar things from the beginning of the year, I need to start thinking about cover design and most importantly who I can go to for editing this time around so I don’t get conned again as I did with The Break!

Book Trailers… Seriously?

So now the Car drama is over and Yes I did get the wing mirror fixed and no I didn’t do it myself my better half did!!! Anyway it’s now time to get back to business. The writing business!! Now, amongst all my research for a good marketing strategy and preparation for the release of The Break there is one thing that keeps flashing up everywhere and that I keep blatantly ignoring and trying to avoid and that would be the crazy notion of The Book Trailer. I remember seeing a book trailer on TV for the first time and my first thought was ‘You’ve got to be kidding me, why?’ But on further reflection my second thought was ‘What an interesting concept why isn’t everyone doing it’ and I kind of came to the conclusion that it’s a little odd to present imagery to the reader before they’ve read the book. I mean I enjoy reading because it’s my interpretation of the story and each reader takes out of a story what they will, what’s personal to them and their view of what’s significant and their own imagery, surely by presenting them with images of your own perception is manipulating your reader before they’ve even read your work. It’s different to movie trailers and obviously movies as a whole for that matter because we’re viewing that Directors interpretation of the script and there’s hardly ever any room for personal interpretation.

I have to admit though the concept of Book Trailers intrigues me still so I had a Google and found a few people who’d shared their experience of making such a trailer, now naturally my first reaction to the idea was Oh My God do I need to start casting actors and getting them to act out scenes from the book? I now chuckle at the idea! And the answer is certainly not, I typed Book Trailers in to You Tube’s search bar and trawled through the many listed from the amateur to the professional and found not one single actor in sight, which is probably good news as I doubt  Johnny Depp would’ve been available!!!  Now one of my many passions as a kid/teenager/young adult was film making, my first real shot at this was when I made a promotional video for a local education centre which they used to send to primary schools to promote what they did, I was seventeen at the time and I was all about the cinematography, I was always so excited about everything but unfortunately a passion which died once financial responsibility started and I needed to pay the bills!!! So now, I’m thinking why not relight that little film makers spark hidden away and experiment with a Book Trailer, I still think the idea is crazy but I’m all for crazy it’s all part of the adventure after all!!!!

Mother’s Day Mayhem On a Saturday????

So, So far, I’ve had no opportunity to hone my drawing skills, (what skills?!) Yesterday was spent doing Mother’s Day things (Yes on Saturday!). Myself and my sister decided we would take Mum out for lunch somewhere nice, we decided this last weekend then on Friday night I bumped in to my Mum in a Supermarket and said “You looking forward to tomorrow?”, “What’s going on tomorrow?” She replies, “Me and Rachel are taking you out for lunch” I tell her “Oh are you? First I know about it” She tells me. Now it’s the first she knows about it because it was apparently meant to be a Surprise and I’ve just let the cat out of the bag!! At what point was it discussed that it was a flaming SURPRISE!! So, yesterday morning began with me picking up the Mother’s Day bouquet of flowers, then off to the parents house where I’m instantly met with “I want a signed copy of your book for Mother’s Day”! “Well you’ll be waiting a while as I don’t even have a copy yet, this huge Bouquet will have to do”!!!

Now as I mentioned in a previous blog my sister is currently hopping around on crutches and I have to say she’s become well nifty on them!! Not only walking with them but she has found them useful to prod you with, point with, and pick her bag up off the floor with (the many uses of crutches!!).

Sat in a restaurant with Mum and Sis is like being involved in a live Catherine Tate sketch, they have the funniest banter and it just flows and rolls off their tongue, natural comedians I’m telling you! So my sisters trying negotiate a maze of tables and chairs to finally sit down at our allocated table, my mother is wondering around through the same maze of table and chairs admiring the decor in a manor a little reminiscent of Dorothy first landing in Oz going “oh this is lovely” I was waiting for her to add “Where’s the Yellow Brick road”! While simultaneously with her phone out wanting to take pictures of everything, my sister filled with embarrassment nearly falls over a chair, no wonder they sat us in a corner away from “Normal” people!!  After dinner, we dropped our mum off and then went to pick up our three year old Nephew from my Brother’s and god knows what possessed us to take a three year old to Toys R Us on a Saturday afternoon. If you didn’t think we were crazy before I’m sure you do know. In all credit to him he was very well behaved and even gave the naughty children, cute, disapproving, disgusted looks and tuts, this is until we found the Thomas the Tank Engine section where he began to gather up one of every engine and start handing them to me and my Sister, where we’re beginning to sway with nausea and panic as we notice they are £10 each!!! We were pretty calm until he’d managed to stock up about £300 worth of toy trains, before we started to negotiate!! They should get small children to negotiate huge corporate business deals! So after surviving the toy store it was back to my parents house to start building train track, which of course is never right, it’s always to curvy or there’s not enough bridges or there’s nowhere for a helicopter to land!

After my little adventure on Saturday with my three year old nephew, my sister on crutches and my mother who’s a closet comedian I was shattered, and was happy to spend my Saturday night sat in front of the TV with a nice bottle of Bordeaux whilst others partied like it was 1999 on St Patrick’s Day!

So today is reserved for quiet working and maybe some more TV!!

Lacking in Virtue

So my proof finally arrived!! It has now been all read and checked and amendments made and mistakes corrected now I’m back to waiting. HATE waiting, I’m told patience is a virtue, one I’m clearly lacking in. It’s weird I have no writing to do the house stuff is moving along nicely it’s like being on Annual Leave, I’m pretty sure that’s probably the point of the weekend!! So I’m attempting to do weekend type things. So I’ve gone for a run (nearly killed me, it gets easier right?), visited the family, which, I have to say has provided me with amazing material if I ever decide to write a comedy, take my sister for example, she spent her Friday night in the Emergency Department and walked out with crutches after she chased after a shop lifter at work and managed to fall down a flight of stairs, seriously she is the most accident prone, clumsy person you’ll meet, she also enjoys falling off ladders, falling over and into large boxes and somehow cutting herself on coat hangers. You’re probably all thinking now how evil I am to find my sisters misfortunes hilarious! It’s the way she tells the story folks, she should be on the stage!!! Maybe I’ll ask if she wants to write a blog for me!!! Anyway I now find myself chilling out with a nice bottle of something fruity and a DVD and although this all probably sounds nice and relaxing I feel frustrated that my mind still won’t settle, I want to be holding my finished product in my hands Now Now Now!! It was such a thrill just to hold the proof copy even now I’m sat here starring at it, admiring how pretty it looks even though I’m still undecided about the cover but I think like any creative process you’ll always be correcting and amending but it’s only you that knows there’s a problem.

So this weekend to pass the time my theme is going to be discover something new, I’ve already discovered a new TV programme, Whitechapel, admittedly I’ve caught on three years too late but nevertheless have enjoyed season one.

So the above was yesterday, as you might have guessed. So today still continuing with the theme of something new, I have every intention of completing the following, discovering a new colour for the lounge wall of the new house, discovering new music, love discovering new sounds, discovering a new book I don’t think I’ve actually got around to reading anything for months and of course I would love to discover a new video game. I don’t believe I’ve shared my little obsession of gaming with you guys yet, so just to clarify I LOVE it, it’s my own little escape, it’s like writing, you can just lose yourself in another world you can even re-load from the last check point if you missed something or messed up, again just like writing where you can delete and re-write (something I’m now quite familiar with!!)

I’d love to say I go out of my way to discover something new every day but I think the sad reality is there just isn’t the time anymore maybe that’s what’s wrong with the world there’s not enough time? Not enough time to do, see and experience everything you would like so this is why I’ve decided to utilising my waiting times by using it to discover something new. Fingers crossed this goes to plan and if you’ve got any ideas or recommendations let me know!!!