52 books: Writing the Killer Mystery

I set myself the goal of reading and reviewing 52 writing guides over 52 weeks. The initial year has sailed on by, and my last post was so long ago I couldn’t find it on my dashboard. I want to finish the project, though, and only have 6 books left. So I’ve renamed it simply…

52 books: Goal Setting for Writers

I set myself the goal of reading and reviewing 52 writing guides over 52 weeks. The initial year has sailed on by, and my last post was so long ago I couldn’t find it on my dashboard. I want to finish the project, though, and only have 7 books left. So I’ve renamed it simply…

New badge on NetGalley

This just a quick newsy update to have a bit of a brag. The picture is very tiny, so it’s blown up a bit blurry, but I was awarded a new badge by NetGalley. Apparently I’ve written more than 50 reviews for them! I love these progress badges!

52 books: Time Management for Writers

I set myself the goal of reading and reviewing 52 writing guides over 52 weeks. The initial year has sailed on by, and my last post was so long ago I couldn’t find it on my dashboard. I want to finish the project, though, and only have 8 books left. So I’ve renamed it simply…

Back to (writing) work

Earlier in the year (gosh, is it still only March?), I had to take a bit of a sabbatical from my writing as I needed to replenish all of the work I lost while I was writing the latest non-fiction book. The book took me longer than I expected to write, and that meant by…

LOCKDOWN

Our prime minister’s full formal lockdown instruction didn’t come until Monday 23 March. However, we suspected it was on the way and so we did our regular shopping early, ensuring we had sufficient – or so we thought – stock cupboard items and anything else we might need to keep us occupied for however long…

Words worth editing

The sharp-eyed among you may have noticed it’s gone a little quiet here in Breezy Bottom. That’s because I’ve been frantically searching and pitching for work. Writing the biography last year took a lot of time out of my working week. In fact, it took most of it. And for four months, that’s pretty much…

Book review: The Christmas Lights

This feature is in association with NetGalley. The Christmas Lights, Karen Swan Thanks to NetGalley and to Pan Macmillan for an advance copy of The Christmas Lights by Karen Swan. This story begins in 1930s rural Norway, then skips to the present-day South Pacific. It jumps back to the fjords, and then we’re in present-day…

The income octopus: update

For almost two years I have been trying out the income octopus. You can see the original post if you follow the link. Basically, it’s a method to ensure that you are earning income from at least eight different sources, and the idea is that if one source dries up, for whatever reason, whether temporarily…

Going forward

The last few months of the last year were very busy, one way or another, and I didn’t have time to catch my breath. We’re already into the third week of the new year (or the second full week), and this time I’m sticking to the plan as much as I can. I want to concentrate…

News, News, News

I have three items of news to share with readers. The first is that there’s a new post up on the Alphabet Adventurers. Please follow the link to see K is for … the Kilburn White Horse. The second piece of news is that the Richard Cadbury book is finally done. It was submitted before…

Happy New Year! Goals for 2020

First of all, a very Happy New Year to all of you! Here’s to health and prosperity! The last three months of 2019 were quite stressful with one thing and another, but I managed to clear my desk of all overdue work. I’m officially not back at work until Monday, but I have been doing some…

Diary of a non-fiction book: Website research

I have been beavering away at the biography, but it is dragging on a bit now. We had so many interferences and interruptions that the deadline kept on being pushed back. I was ill and then the poet was ill and then we were burgled and then we had another attempted break-in … and, and,…

Wednesday 20 November 2019

Yesterday was another successful day of two halves. Once again, the morning was spent doing admin and chores. I did my daily job search but didn’t fancy any. They’re all far too poorly paid at the moment – $100 to edit a book of 125,000 words? I don’t think so. It would take me 25…

Monday 18 November 2019

Friday seems like such a long time ago now. I was very busy and forgot to write and schedule a post for this morning.  The morning was spent doing all of my admin jobs and household chores again. I did my daily job search and pitched for one job and I pitched for an extra…

Friday 15 November 2019

What a horrible day Thursday turned out to be. I’d already had a disturbed night between the cat and the dog both wanting attention several times at different times, so it didn’t start well in the first place. And then it went downhill when I heard my printer make the kind of noise it makes…

Thursday 14 November 2019

Hmm. Not only is the old classic WordPress interface much easier and quicker to use, it also posts when I schedule it to. The new editor isn’t exactly on a winning streak at the moment … Yesterday was a good working day. I got up on time, was at my desk on time, and I…

Wednesday 13 November 2019

As it happened, I did remember to schedule yesterday’s post for 8 o’clock in the morning, but for some reason, it didn’t. I have today checked the settings, and the only thing that was incorrect was the local time. But that was an hour earlier than what it actually is, so it still should have posted…

Tuesday 12 November 2019 (list alert!)

I had a busy week last week removing most of my self-published books – ebooks and paperbacks – from Amazon KDP. I’m setting up a proper publishing schedule and re-releasing them all on Draft2Digital, initially just as ebooks for now.  I’ve heard so many horror stories about Amazon and how they display their authors’ books…

Book review: Snowflakes at the Little Christmas Tree Farm

This feature is in association with NetGalley. Snowflakes at the Little Christmas Tree Farm, Jaimie Admans Thanks to NetGalley and to HQ digital for an advance copy of Snowflakes at the Little Christmas Tree Farm by Jaimie Admans. Leah’s drunken rebound isn’t what you’d normally expect. No, Leah’s drunken rebound is a neglected little Christmas…