Week 1 didn’t go well

I started the year with great plans to catch up with the backlog and crack on with new stuff. (Wow, I got a dropped capital.) (Hmm, not sure if I like it or not.) It hasn't gone well so far ... I've checked the job boards every day, but nothing has taken my fancy -... Continue Reading →

New Year, New Start

Welcome to a shiny new year. What are your plans for the coming months? We had a decent, relaxing holiday, with a very busy first half and a very lazy second half. The Saturday before Christmas was perhaps our busiest day. This was the day we went out and did ALL of the Christmas shopping.... Continue Reading →

Just messin’

Today was supposed to be the start of the new regime. I was going to have a good long look at the work I already have in and the work I already have planned and then I was going to put it into some sort of order. So far, I've updated the diary for the... Continue Reading →

Back to normal … ish

We had planned on visiting my mom at the weekend, but the country was battered by storms last Thursday, and most of Saturday was spent rebuilding the greenhouse. I'd already spent time on Thursday and on Friday looking for bits that had blown off. But we live on the edge of a cornfield opposite a... Continue Reading →

Clearing the decks

Before I start, please hop on over to the alphabet adventurers to see the latest post. There's still time to enter a competition there, with a closing date of midnight (UK time) this coming Friday, 28 September. It's been a while since I published a to-do list. This is mostly due to me trying to... Continue Reading →

A good writing day

Despite the recent difficulties I've been having regarding finding a new paperback publisher, yesterday turned out to be a good writing day. My working days are clearly split into two now, with "my work" for 3 hours in the morning and "client work" for 3 hours in the afternoon. The rest of the (working) day... Continue Reading →

It’s all so complicated!

The news that Amazon's CreateSpace is being swallowed up by Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing spurred me into action yesterday, a little. The first thing I did was contact KDP with a few questions. While I awaited their reply, I set about researching an alternative. CreateSpace was always the paperback arm of Amazon's self-publishing platform. KDP... Continue Reading →

Temporary change of plan

Due to the changes at Amazon CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing, my plans have changed slightly for the next few days. Well, they've changed completely. I don't think KDP is as good as CreateSpace. I don't think it's as easy to use. I don't think it looks as professional. And it looks as though it... Continue Reading →

Organised again

I've been a bit overwhelmed with trying to catch up with work again, but I think I finally reached a balance once more. The past week in particular has been busy - as usual. I've not had a single idle day, though, and I'm looking forward to the week ahead. On Monday I caught up... Continue Reading →

New reading badge

In May I joined NetGalley. This is where authors and publishers may list their books, for a fee, which are then requested by professional readers and reviewers who, if accepted, review the book(s).  Fiction and non-fiction. I joined as a reader/reviewer. The readers/reviewers are selected by the publisher/author based on: the requester's biography, where they post... Continue Reading →

Logging time, and a thunderstorm

The time-logging app worked on Monday, very well - to an extent. So too did the "no housework" thing. I say to an extent, because on Monday afternoon we had a thunderstorm. Only a little one. There was one distant rumble ... and then the internet dropped out. It took several hours to re-set itself... Continue Reading →

Assumptions

When I tell people that I'm busy, I really do mean it. I'm not lying, or avvin a larf, or making it up. I really, really am busy. We were talking about this at the weekend - while we were out running errands. Yes, even on the weekend, our "time off", we were busy. We're... Continue Reading →

Thanks for listening, Cosmos

Yes! The Cosmos listened. At last. After several rain dances, we finally had our storm yesterday evening, overnight and this morning. And there's more to come. The rainwater is sitting on the ground surface between showers, but it's going into the ground eventually. We had several storm-bangers, which the dog didn't appreciate very much, and... Continue Reading →

Back in the Saddle

It's been a bit intense, but I'm starting to make some calm out of the muddle that was my backlog of work. I've caught up on a few things, dabbled in some new projects and continued fielding phone calls. The biggest job this week is the editing job for lovely already client. But I'm on... Continue Reading →

Technobabble

I'm not great technically. I get by. I can learn how to do many things, and I even learned computer programming once upon a time. But these technical giants, they don't exactly make things any easier, do they? The past few days I've been working on the blog. I'm transferring my domain name over to... Continue Reading →

Good start, Cosmos

Yesterday, I had a quick word with the Cosmos. Yesterday evening, this ( ←) popped up on Amazon. Yes, it's my book on the history of Cadbury. The one I've been working on for the past year. No, it's not published yet, but it is on pre-order, due out on 30 November. That was a lovely... Continue Reading →

Slow day yesterday

When we moved house, we treated Rufus to 2 new baskets. One was for the living room, the other was for the bedroom/office. This is the one currently in the office. Do you think he likes it? I didn't get a lot done yesterday. I didn't feel like doing much anyway. Here's how it went:... Continue Reading →

Sad day

Just over 18 months ago, in December 2016, we rescued 6 ex-cage chickens otherwise intended for slaughter. We named them Aggie (the Agoraphobic), Baldy (she literally was 'oven ready'), Blondie, Lara (the Adventurous), Pauline (Poorly Poorline) and Pink. At Christmas, 2017, we lost queen of the coop Aggie. And today we lost the lovely Lara. Lara... Continue Reading →

It’s going well

This is my writing bag. Once upon a time, when I *worked for a living*, I worked for the National Grid in Coventry. We were quite close to Warwick University and, in fact, did most of our banking and shopping there. As it was a university, there was - naturally - a university bookshop. And... Continue Reading →

Fair start to the week

This is my current writing work in progress pile. The A5 book with the touchy-feely cover of pink flowers on a foliage background is the ideas book. This is where I jot down words, titles, scenarios, plots, outlines of short material, topic lists for non-fiction, market information. This book is where the magic begins ...... Continue Reading →

The best laid plans … again

It was just starting to go well, with everything dropping into place. I had a great list of things to do. We were going out Friday evening. And we were taking the weekend off ... ... and then the dog disappeared. For three hours. He'd escaped from the garden and I was certain a car... Continue Reading →

Decisions made (*** lists alert ***)

I spent much of yesterday trying to prioritise my workload and putting jobs into some sort of workable order. I even did a little writing, which was very good. Yesterday Following my navel-gazing, here is what I finally accomplished: I wrote 479 words (against a 1,000-word target ...) ✓ I continued reading a book for NetGalley... Continue Reading →

To-do list (*** list alert ***)

So, it's all over bar the shouting. Well, actually, it's all over. We've moved the last scrap of wood over from the old house to the new house. We've handed over the keys. It's taken us two and a half weeks, but everything we own is now back under one roof. This means I have... Continue Reading →

Round-up and to-do list

I had a lot to do again last week, and I didn't manage to do them all. daily writing exercise write a blog post every day I only managed one of each of these last week, and they were both on Wednesday. Saying that, I've done both already today, but it's unlikely I'll get any... Continue Reading →

Round-up and to-do list

I'm a bit late with this, this week, but I have been busy, just not necessarily busy doing what I was supposed to be doing ... I did some work on Saturday last week, at the front end of the week not the tail end. Here is how I did for the rest of the... Continue Reading →

Working at the weekend

I don't often work at the weekend, or of an evening if I can help it - unless, of course, there's a genuine emergency and only then if it's for me or for a regular client. Since we installed the new office, we've both been drawn to it, even of an evening or at the... Continue Reading →

Round-up & to-do list

I had quite a hefty to-do list last week, one that even made me gulp, and only 4½ days in which to do everything. However, I got through pretty much most of it in the end. In fact, I had quite a good week. Here's how I did: choose illustrations for history book write captions... Continue Reading →

A time-management experiment

On Sunday I pre-scheduled Monday's blog post (round-up) and I worked on my diary for the coming week. I stuck to my original plan of having an hour for morning chores, an admin hour, three hours of writing, three hours of client work and an hour for dinner (lunch). On Tuesday and Thursday of this... Continue Reading →

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