And now we wait

Here we are again. As I mentioned last time, I was making the final changes to my book – the ones that actually needed to be made. Those are now done (for the moment) and I spent the weekend searching for agents, creating a spreadsheet and finalising a synopsis.

Again, I could have spent weeks and months tinkering with these but that beats the point. I sent enquiries to five agents on Monday and now I’m playing the waiting game. It’s my least favourite game. Ever.

It needs to be done, though, so until then I better find ways to pass the hours (and boredom).

Catching up on, well, everything

I’ve spent a lot of my free time over the last two years working on the book. I’ve balanced it with work and seeing friends and family at various places and events.

What I’ve missed out on are games, books and TV shows. So, while I’m waiting for responses and getting myself ready to start the next project, I’ll be playing catch up (and not feeling guilty about doing so).

I’m up to date on Game of Thrones, at least!

There are games I started and never finished – and others I never even started – and there is a mahoosive pile of books to read that glare at me whenever I don’t pick one up. Seriously, it’s a little creepy at times.

I don’t have a job yet, although I’ll start looking for one shortly, and I’m enjoying the downtime right now. My batteries are getting close to full for the first time in ages! Until I get back into a normal routine again, I’m going to enjoy this.

Oh, and…

A writing challenge!

After discussions with other writers, I’ve decided on something to do over the next month or so. Starting next Monday, I’m going to write some short stories, one each day (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday etc). I’d better get those random thoughts and ideas together this week!

However, that’s not going to keep me going long…only one week!

The following three weeks, I’m going to edit those stories on the same day I wrote them – so the following three Mondays I’ll edit the story I wrote on the first Monday. The same for Tuesday, Wednesday etc.

By the end of four weeks, I should have seven stories which are looking pretty sharp. If I get a job by then, it’ll be harder but I’ve missed the shorts and think this will be a good way to get back to them.

I’ll keep you posted on how it goes over the next few weeks!

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2016: The Year of Editing

I’m back!

I took a little bit longer off than usual for this time of year but it’s been a busy couple of months. This is just a short post to let you know what to expect for 2016.

I have a new schedule so the second and last Tuesday of the month will see a new post on the blog, in the form of writing advice, tips, experiences, events and reviews. Occasionally I’ll get a guest in which will probably be an additional post for that month rather than a replacement. Every so often I’ll give you some new writing – again, as an extra.

Obviously, this is an exception as it’s not the second or fourth Tuesday but next week will be the first regular of the year.

So why the year of editing? Well, I’m finish the first draft of a novel project in the next couple of months and then it’s editing for the year. That project, another novel and the fabled novella could all do with some work so I want to make some real progress this year. I’ll still write short stories and any good competitions will be posted here too.

With so much to look forward to, you’d be crazy not to keep up with me and share with your friends too. Until next week!