04 July 2014

9 days to go!

I'm heading off to Europe in just 9 days - that's done to single figures.  Have you ever noticed how, when you have a holiday planned, you feel like you have forever to go then sudden it's almost upon you?  There's no medium ground.

I spent today doing all those annoying jobs you have to do before you leave - like ringing the banks so they don't think you have dodgy transactions on your cards and cancel them.  I've got other jobs to do next week but they are fun ones like getting my hair done. I think I'll get shellac nails too - I usually don't wear nail polish when I travel because it's a pain when it chips.  You can't exactly chuck a bottle of nail polish remover in your luggage because if that shit leaks, your entire luggage is ruined.

So, the worst part of travelling for me is flying.  I'm not scared of flying but I hate being confined to a tiny seat for hours.  I have an 11 hour flight then a 5 hour stopover then 13 more hours.  How tiresome is that?

What do you do to entertain yourself when flying?  Are you a movie person or a reader?  I find it hard to concentrate for long periods of time and worry about my batteries going flat in transit.  I am thinking of asking my doctor for some sleeping pills.  Being knocked out is best.

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06 May 2014

99 Cent Chick Lit Sale!

More chick lit than you can poke a stick at! Not just me, but 26 writers are joining forces to make this the best Chick Lit Month ever.  



May is finally here! The weather's warming up (in the Northern hemisphere at least), your cute new bathing suit's all ready to go, and you've got the kitchen stocked with fixins for your favorite fruity cocktails. The only thing missing is the perfect book to read while you're soaking up some Vitamin D at the beach or pool. Good thing May is also International Chick Lit Month! To celebrate, some of the genre's funniest and most talented authors are offering their lighthearted, romantic reads for $0.99 each! So, load up your eReader and slather on the sunscreen, because your new book boyfriends are waiting for you under the umbrella . . .

Check out all the pretty covers on Pinterest!

 The full list of books on sale, including titles, authors, and Amazon links:

 
A Heat of the Moment Thing by Maggie Le Page
 
A Questionable Friendship by Samantha March
 
Another Saturday Night and I Ain't Got No Body by Jennie Marts
 
Blogger Girl by Meredith Schorr
 
Breaking the Rules by Cat Lavoie
 
Dangled Carat by Hilary Grossman
 
Divine Moves by Ellyn Oaksmith
 
Exactly Where They'd Fall by Laura Rae Amos
 
For the Love of Cupcakes by Anita Kushwaha
 
French Twist by Glynis Astie
 
Good Intentions by Kathryn Biel
 
Hard Hats and Doormats by Laura Chapman
 
Here, Home, Hope by Kaira Rouda
 
In Need of Therapy by Tracie Banister
 
Let's Be Frank by Brea Brown
 
Lila's Choice by Laura Brown
 
Mail-Order Groom by Cindy Flores Martinez
 
Mr Right and Other Mongrels by Monique McDonell
 
Open My Eyes by Jennifer Collin
 
Reframing Emma by Missy Kierstead
 
Speaking of Love by Ophelia London
 
Tear Stained Beaches by Courtney Giardina
 
The Accidental Prophetess by Michelle Lam
 
The Bad Girls' Club by Kathryn O'Halloran
 
When Girlfriends Collection (Books 1-3) by Savannah Page
 
Whiskey and Gumdrops by Jean Oram

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03 May 2014

A-Z Challenge Fail!

After getting nearly all the way through the A-Z challenge, I failed on the last three days.  I've had a weird and frantic week so haven't had the time or impetus to write blog posts.  

I worked for two days this week which didn't end well.  Without going into too much detail, it was not the kind of work culture I want to be in.  I finished my last contract in January and, even if this had been my dream job, I found it such a rude shock to be bad in the commuter lifestyle.  

It's a major commute to the city from my house - a bus then the train then sometimes a tram depending on where I'm working.  It's a pretty special day when all those run to timetable and I get where I need to be without extensive waits.  Then, I get on the train and I have to deal with people.  Lots of people.  

You know, for a while I thought I suffered from social anxiety.  Then I looked up the symptoms. Social anxiety hinges around being afraid of being judged by others (total simplification there).  With me, it's not so much that.  It's that other people annoy the fuck out of me.  Even if they aren't actually annoying me, I know they have the potential to do so and that puts me so much on edge.

Last month, for the first time, I made enough money from writing to comfortably live on.  Everything was in the right alignment - I had a new release on the series I'm writing under my pen name and have a very successful ad run for the first book in the series.  I'd had a dream that if I released the second book and priced it at 99 cents for a week while having the first in the series available for free, I'd get to #1 on Amazon.  Of course, that didn't come true but my free book went to #6 in free books on the entire US Amazon site.  That's a pretty huge accomplishment.  

The past few months, I've been writing and getting things done but I've been totally haphazard about it.  After the few days I spent working, I've realised I have to get serious about this.  I need to treat writing as a job.  Something that's non-negotiable every day.

It is possible to make money writing, enough to live on.  I've seen people do it.  The "trick" is to work hard.  Really hard.  Have constant new releases available and get a huge catalogue of books out.  I need to work on making every month the same as my April.  When that becomes the norm, I can stop thinking about getting a job because writing will be my job.

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26 April 2014

Writing {Things I love}


I have to admit it's a love/hate relationship.  My ability to procrastinate rather than write is legendary.  But when you get into the zone, when the words are flowing, it's the greatest feeling in the world.

I have bad writing habits.  I sit on the couch, legs up and the laptop balanced on my lap.  Not the best ergonomics! Still it's the best way for me to write.

I'd love to be one of those cool kids who go to a hip cafe to write but that never ends up happening.  Instead I drink coffee and read the paper and do everything but write.  It's too distracting.  Plus I hate having all my stuff on the table then needing to go to the toilet and risk having it all stolen.

I do like writing on public transport.  If I'm on the train and it's quiet, I can write.  Many years ago, I'd write in my notebook every morning on the way to work.  I had notebooks full of "I hate my job..." scribblings so I kissed that shitty job goodbye.

I write better at night.  I have night owl tendencies anyway.  When I write, I drink coffee sometimes, other times big cups of tea.

How do you write?  Do you write in big chunks of time or a few moments stolen between other responsibilities?  What is your favourite time of day for writing?

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