Right, here we are then, I’ve been flitting about for around five months and the updates I’ve made have been pertaining to the very sad nature of what is happening in my family and a very brave little boy.
I haven’t really written anything to do with writing, to be honest I’ve been off the scene more or less completely. I’ve been, for lack of a better word, purging.
I’ve also been training for this:
Now that is out of the way and life is kind of getting back on an even and less crazy path, I feel I should explain the purge.
Fifteen years ago I wrote a book that took me four years to write. I then sent this book out to publisher, after publisher after publisher. Then agent after agent after agent. I wrote scripts, I wrote stories, I wrote poetry, and I received rejections, rejections and more rejections and I lost sight of what it was I wanted to do.
I put my stories in a box and I went back to university deciding if I wasn’t go to make it as a writer then I wanted to do something other than stack supermarket shelves for the rest of my life. (there’s nothing wrong with that, I just didn’t want to do it!)
Four years ago I left university, got a job and started writing again. I wrote Judged by Your Peers. I got one swift rejection and on the hype of E.L.James success and to be fair, not a lot of research, I thought what the hell? And pressed the self publish button.
Then a month later I got out that story I had written so long ago, reformatted it and what do you know, pressed that button again!
Then…I started doing some research, got totally trashed reviews and realised the research really should’ve come first. Being a First Class Science Graduate, you think I’d have got that right from the off, but eagerness overtook common sense and I spent the last two and half years trying to keep up and figure out what I’m doing.
Then of course life got in the way. I got a new job which is great but busy and I’m back in the scientific world which requires not just work, but CPD (Continued Professional Development) as well. After Christmas when we received the news about my cousin I kind of shut down a little, personally and in the writing world.
I took down most of my website for reconstruction…then didn’t actually go back and reconstruct it. I’ve barely blogged at all. I basically walked away from it all and purged.
Did I do anything?
I finally got Wedding in Paradise finished, edited, proof read, Cover designed and out to a few reviewers. (all positive, yay!!!!)
I also wrote a short story for an upcoming anthology Summer Bigger Than Others, from BeatenTrack Publishing. It’s called Offline! Can you guess where that inspiration came form?
I’ve been reading for some research about a pre-war love story I want to write.
Other than that. I’ve been spending time with my family, I’ve been reading, watching telly curled up on the couch on a Saturday night. I’ve been seeing friends, playing games and spending time with real people.
I’ve been trying to keep fit, train for crazy obstacle courses and I also climbed a mountain!
Me at the summit of Mount Snowdon
(oh and yes I voted too)
Now I’m back, cautiously and carefully. I’m purging every blog I subscribed to with advice about how to get rich quick in publishing. I’m leaving almost every group I joined on Goodreads. I’m cancelling memberships to society’s I’ve been paying a fortune to be a member of and quite frankly getting nothing out of.
I’m starting again!
I am now officially reconstructing the website, it should be up and running within the month, if it’s not, then someone shout at me.
So while that’s happening, where better to start than here?
What can I offer here on this blog?
I can’t offer you advice on how to succeed in self publisihing or the best places to go and blogs to read, because quite frankly, I failed!
I can however offer advice on what not to do!
So that is what I will offer: How not to Succeed!
I will also offer snip bits and blurbs and samples of my writing.
I am also, going to start almost from scratch on the networking side of things, looking to make friends and contacts who can offer advice, instruction and of course friendship.
Blank page, here I am!