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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Vegas, baby!

I've been in the throes of re-writes and by my lack of posts it indicates I've actually been concentrating for once! So to make it up, I've promised the blog an exciting trip to Vegas! Oh, yes! She's already packing her bags getting ready to go but maybe I should explain before she heads for the airport!

On August 8th, the lovely (& hilarious), Jane Lovering is visiting as part of her blog tour for her new novel, Star Struck. I loved Jane's first Choc-Lit novel, Please Don't Stop The Music and ever since I heard the premise for, Star Struck I've been uber excited and can't wait to read it! And yes, if you haven't guessed, it's based in Nevada!

As part of the blog tour there will also be a competition where three lucky winners will win a copy of the book along with some chocolate! For the chance to win, check out all of Jane's Blog Tour where there will be clues in the form of capitalised letters. Gather them all up and you will have the answer to the question from Choc Lit.

Nut Press                                    18th July
LoveRomancePassion                   25th July
DizzyCLittleBookBlog                   1st August
Katy Little Lady                           8th August
Novelicious                                 11th August
Debs Day Dreams                       15th August
Lucie Wheeler                             22nd August
Choc Lit                                      29th August

The fun has already begun so make sure you check out the tours already open and start collecting those letters! Look forward to Jane joining us and taking us away from it all!

PS: All my photos appear to have disappeared from the blog?! Hope they pop back soon and it's just another blogger moment!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

The Grand Plan!

I've just returned from a glorious week in Dorset with my family. It was a lovely time for relaxation and reading. I thought my current WIP would plague me (see post below) but instead I gave it very little thought and was busy thinking about the next one.

It also gave me time to focus on my goals. You may have noticed I'm a woman who likes to have a plan. Since I started this blog I have set myself goals to try and achieve. Last year I wrote updates but this year I decided to concentrate on the novel. It's meant I'm a little behind but I'd much rather get the novel finished.

The TTD List - A few more items to go!
The great news is - I will soon gain many more writing hours! I work part-time and these hours are normally split over five days. In two weeks time I will be swapping to the weekend role so will only work two days a week. This is going to make a massive difference and I will be writing, more or less, full time.

I can't tell you how excited I am about this as it will free me up to start on numerous writing projects. For now the focus remains on the current WIP for submission to the New Writers' Scheme.

I realise I am very lucky to be in a position to do this and it is only because I have a wonderful husband who fully supports me. It is not something I advocate for every writer. I am not published novelist and I do not an agent (yet!) so it could be seen as a foolish move BUT...
  • I took a massive drop in salary when I left my job in physiotherapy for health reasons. It was a decision born out of necessity but it has taught me how to live on a very low salary. 
  • The drop in my hours and salary is a very small one compared to last time and my outgoings are now significantly less to make up for it. I wouldn't do this if my finances weren't sorted.
  • For me, this is very much like returning to University. I consider this whole process to be a learning curve and even though I can't afford a University course I'm treating it exactly the same. A lot of self-directed study.
  • I couldn't work harder at this if I tried. I found it a struggle when I started out but now I squeeze writing in at every given opportunity. Having the extra time will mean lots more writing and re-instating occasional housework and socialising. 
To celebrate the occasion I have a new magnetic red chalk board for Big Midge (the fridge) to join the yearly list. I will be chalking up my weekly plans for the joy of wiping them off again. Sad, I know!