Look at me, blogging an’ that

I seem to be doing better on my interaction with people lately. Which is not very secret code for hanging around on social media a lot. Anyway, last night I brought my wordcount spreadsheet up to date. I keep my own Excel spreadsheet, recording my daily wordcounts on various projects. It’s a good idea, so I can try to keep myself on track, and give myself motivation. It also allows me to track my endeavours on various writing challenges (I love a good challenge, me). So, after adding up the blog posts I’ve written (few of which have seen the … Continue reading Look at me, blogging an’ that

Final, final update

And with this, I really do promise to move on. Ros Barber was written a blog post. You can (and should) read it here: http://rosbarber.com/you-one-me/ In it, she tells the story of how she came to write *that* article, and of some of the ‘feedback’ she’s received from it. I have written a reply, but I don’t know if it will get approved. I hope so. I shall put it here as well, just in case (for some reason, I can’t copy and paste it from there, so here’s a screencap) (and it’s not particularly well-written, and unedited) I didn’t agree … Continue reading Final, final update

It’s not often I get annoyed …

For me, writing is a delight, and allows me to create characters and worlds out of thin air. And then I read the following article: http://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2016/mar/21/for-me-traditional-publishing-means-poverty-but-self-publish-no-way And it made me angry. Because, yet again, here is a traditionally-published author pouring scorn and derision on the world of self-publishing, and making the same old clichéd statements that trad authors, publishers, and the whole traditional publishing industry spew forth. Go read it, and come back here. Because, in the great tradition of Joe Konrath http://jakonrath.blogspot.co.uk/, we’re going to do some fisking http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Fisking * I exploded the myth of the wealthy writer. Only … Continue reading It’s not often I get annoyed …

Moan, moan, complain, complain …

Once again, I’m inclined to write about the ability (or otherwise) of writers to achieve commercial success and / or recognition for their writing. This follows complaints from some would-be authors: a) An indie author complains that their books aren’t selling enough to enable them to give up work and write full time. b) An unpublished author complains about continuing rejections from agents and publishers. Both complainants stated that they’d been working hard for some time to produce the best books they could, and they’d paid out for editing services – one of them, a considerable amount, well into four … Continue reading Moan, moan, complain, complain …

Welcome, 2016

So, here we are again. Another New Year – countries to the East of us here in the UK have dropped into 2016 already. So in this increasingly globalised society, we are all in the New Year. Sort of. None of us knows what lies in store for us, as individuals, as a country, as a society. And yet, each year, we make resolutions – promises to ourselves, made public, to lose weight, exercise more, join a gym, drink or smoke less. All things designed to make us healthier, and maybe to live longer. Inevitably, a lot of these so-called … Continue reading Welcome, 2016

2015 – what was that all about then?

As is common, I’m using this blog post to look back on the year that is past, and then writing another blog post looking forward to the year which is to come. Firstly, let’s see what I achieved in 2015: 1. NaNoWriMo. I ‘won’ NaNo again – my 11th win in 12 attempts, writing over 56,000 words of a political conspiracy thriller. This year, I used a slightly different method of planning the book. I had the whole novel planned out in broad terms in advance, then detailed plans were drawn up a few days in advance of me writing … Continue reading 2015 – what was that all about then?

2013 – a look back, but not in anger

SUMMARY It’s been a bit of a mixed year for me. On the positive side, I had two successful #100kwords100days challenges (January and July), and a successful NaNoWriMo. At the time of writing (December 30th), I’ve written 409,575 new words this year. Not all were fiction – the ‘rules’ of #100kwords100days allow for blog posts and planning to be included in word counts. But that’s still a good total for one year. On the negative side, I didn’t publish anything this year. SHORT FICTION One of my aims this year was to complete a selection of dark Christmas-related tales, and … Continue reading 2013 – a look back, but not in anger

Late summer update. Busy busy busy.

Tonight, I had cause to log in to my WordPress account, in order to comment on a friend’s blog. No problems occurred, but I did look at my blog, and saw that the last item was posted way back in early April. Ugh. Bad blogger. As a way back in, I’ll give you an update on what’s happening. Summer is happening, that’s what. For once, the UK, and especially the Eastern side, has been bathed in beautiful sun for what seems likes weeks on end. Which makes it hard to write. It always seems that there’s something else that needs … Continue reading Late summer update. Busy busy busy.

Please! How can I sell more of my books?

I’ve been writing for over 40 years. Okay, so for many of those 40 years I was working for a living, having children (not literally), and generally being too busy, or lazy, to write, but I’ve taken writing much more seriously over the past ten years. In that time, I’ve written getting on for three-quarters of a million words. I’ve submitted short stories and flash fiction to online publications and competitions. I’ve been part of writing groups, where my writing was subject to open, honest, and sometimes harsh critique. I’ve completed (‘won’, if you will) eight NaNoWriMo’s. That’s 400,000-odd words … Continue reading Please! How can I sell more of my books?

New Year Proposals

I don’t do resolutions. The dictionary definition of “resolve”: to come to a definite or earnest decision about. I have intentions – things I would like to do, to achieve, but if I don’t, I wont feel bad or upset with myself. Anyway, here they are: 1. Do 100k in 100 days. 2. Write 500 words before looking at Facebook 3. Do River of Stones in Jan 2012. 4. Write at least one piece of short fiction each week. 5. Produce 3 novel-length pieces of work – 100k100days, finish something else, and NaNoWriMo in November All these are achievable. I’m not going to make empty promises about losing weight, … Continue reading New Year Proposals