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Steep learning curve


This week I read the Smashwords formatting guide, and boy what an eye opener that was! Thank you very much Smashwords! I never realised that my book was so badly formatted previously. There are so many more layers than I thought possible! I have developed a deeper understanding of Word and the havoc it can reek without my knowledge. With  this in mind I spent hours (while nursing my oldest through a nasty bout of chicken pox) working on and improving Above The Limit. Now I hope that my work will come across in a much neater and more professional way. All being equal Above The Limit will be available through smashwords on 1st August. If you really can’t wait until then 😉 there is a free giveaway of the Kindle edition on Amazon this weekend to celebrate my new knowledge! Enjoy.



Tonight the world of Smashwords was introduced to me…I haven’t mastered Amazon yet! But, regardless, I am going to spend the next few days (while I am house bound with chicken poxy children) exploring this new world and see if it opens up any new doors for me. My marketing skills are still hiding somewhere just beyond my reach and I am failing miserably in that department. Any help I can get is much appreciated. Everyday is another step in my learning journey as I aim to master the world of publishing and make a success of myself.



Another 2000 words and the baby that was born after 35000 words is now in dire trouble…will he survive? Who knows? Not even me as I haven’t got that far yet! Gosh writing this book is exciting! It’s taking on a life of it’s own. Don’t Rock The Boat…Due for release Dec 2013! Watch this space…


Oh and opinions are wanted on the two possible front covers the moment although I’m sure it will change a dozen times before publication!Image



35376 words and counting…


Yay! Finally after 35000 words we have a baby in Don’t Rock The Boat! I was starting to think I’d never get there. Over recent weeks I have struggled a little to find the focus and motivation required to write but thankfully it has come flooding back to me over the last couple of days. Novel two is well and truly underway and things are just starting to get really exciting. The chapter I am currently working on will hopefully tug at the toughest hard strings while maintaining a healthy element of surprise and excitement. The deadline I have set myself is fast approaching and I am really going to have to knuckle down if I want to finish on time. Of course I will not sacrifice the book to keep a deadline but it would be nice to be able to follow the plan I worked so hard on. 

Feeling good…


Another 1000+ words into Don’t Rock The Boat and I am feeling good. I have decided that bite size writing sessions are the way to go. This book is forcing me to draw on some very deep and personal emotions which can be exhausting but it is also strangely exhilarating. I am currently writing a very emotionally charged chapter which is exploring some of the darker corners of the human psyche and I am having a great time and realising a few things about myself in the process. This chapter is also going to provide a chance for some excitement too which I look forward to. One or two more paragraphs and my imagination will be released full throttle! I know that I am of course biased as the author however I really feel that Don’t Rock The Boat has the potential to become an epic story.

Hope you all have an awesome day 🙂

Moving on


Some of you may have noticed that I have been strangely quiet over the past few weeks, this is very unlike me who usually has something to say. Unfortunately my Grandad passed away a couple of weeks ago and I have been feeling less than social to say the least. Now however I have decided that it is time to move on and channel my grief into a more productive avenue. My writing has fallen to the wayside while I allowed myself to wallow but now it is time to pick myself up and carry on. I have just reached a chapter of my new novel which should be fun to write and also give me a chance to vent some of my pent up emotions that I have been struggling with for the past few weeks. Writing is once again proving to be an effective outlet for the turmoil inside of me, further distilling in me the sense that I have found my calling. 

Starting them young


Every night before bed my six year old daughter writes, she writes stories and poems and she loves it. Last night I was proudly showing my partner her work which is pretty good most nights and he suggested that we compile it into book form and on one page have it exactly as it is written , then on the next have it with the correct spellings. This is an idea that my daughter loves and is now pushing forward to fill her little notebook with writing so that she can publish her first book. Both she and her little sister are currently helping me to write a children’s book anyway so are already co-authors. It is having a wonderful impact on their imagination, vocab and creativity. I guess its a case of like mother, like daughter 🙂