NaNoWriMo comes to an end once more

Congratulations to all of my fellow NaNoWriMoErs who hit their target this year. Commiserations if you didn't reach your target, but don't worry. I failed for far too many years to mention before finally finding my NaNoMoJo, and now I've won 4 years on the trot. Well done to everyone who took part. It can... 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 →

Domestic weekend

We manged to have another weekend off, an entire weekend to ourselves without any obligations to anyone else. And we got quite a lot of work done too, both around the house and on creative stuff. On Friday evening, the poet continued to edit the 'G' is for ... video for the alphabet adventurers. By... 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Round-up & to-do list

I had a much better week last week. I knuckled down, kept track of where I was and how much I'd done, and just got on with things . Here's a reminder of last week's list followed by how I did: write a blog post every day YES! Every day last week I wrote a... Continue Reading →

Update: Busy few weeks

It's been a whole month since my last post (before this morning's 52 in 52, that is). I haven't been lax, I've been very busy - as usual. First of all, there was a bank holiday weekend. Then there was a full week's holiday, followed by another full week's holiday just one week later. Fortunately,... Continue Reading →

Update

Once again I have been very busy and I've neglected both of my blogs. I'm waaaay behind on my 52 books in 52 weeks, but I *am* still reading them, I *am*still digesting them. And there's another finished one I'm about ready to review too. I'm trying to get a bit of cash in, though.... Continue Reading →

Update

March has been a bit busy ... apologies for going AWOL. Nothing has been wrong, all is well. I've just been really, really busy. The month began with the tail end of an editing job finally delivered on 7 March.  It was followed almost immediately with two new editing jobs from lovely-already-boss, and a proofreading... Continue Reading →

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