Sunday, 10 April 2011

Bringing it back into focus

So I may have mentioned that I can easily be distracted......oh look at the pretty shiny thing....oh sorry what was I saying...oh yes. So I am most definity easily distracted. I was hoping the "big thing" that Mills and Boon were teasing at the end of March would be another New Voices comp but alas it wasn't, they are however doing a series of Royal Romance workshops.....if you are interested check out the events on their Facebook page.

Anyway where was I.....oh look a webpage full of cute cats how sweet!...........What? Oh yeah sorry I was talking about how easily distracted I am. With the lack of a competition for me to focus on I was free falling with my writing. I am the type of person who works well with a deadline, under pressure and by the seat of my granny pants! Then like a light at the end of a very long and soul sucking tunnel came Julia from my UCW group who posted this submission (click here for details). They are looking for shifter stories between 15k and 80k in words, of all heat levels from sweet and loving to rip your clothes off dirty! The best thing of all the August 1st deadline!!!!   

Now I make no promises that I will actually submit anything to it but at least I have something to focus on now. With the help of my personal editors and the UCW group I think I maybe able to submit something that might be worth reading. I have started a story that was meant for the Breathless competition but at the moment it’s just something I am playing around with trying to find a rhythm before I really get stuck in. Then maybe I can experiance the extreme highs and crashing lows of editing or as Teresa Morgan will tell you ADDiting.

I am going to need a poke with your elbows to stay on track but knowing you lot I don't think I will need to ask twice!!!  You lot are mean......lets just say in this week along have been threatened with whips and rulers and all sorts.........writers can be mean!!!!!

On a side bar if you check the link on the right---------> you will see one to my girl Suz's All Pulp review which I have mentioned before and one for my girl Alyssa Fox who's first book Road to Recovery will be out in about a month, the website has a excerpt which will wet your palates!

Enjoy the weather! In London we are in the low 20's.....ahhhhhhh nice! Shame I am a burner.....I actually make snow look tanned I am that white! 

So with a small smile and a wink to those of the UCW group who are currently threaten all sorts of mean and vile things if I don’t get back to my story I say....tell the next time people! Oh look a website full of cute baby animals.....squuuuueeeeeeeelll

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

33 years ago.............

It’s my birthday on Thursday!!!! 33 years old and still kicking! Now to some of you this might seem a tad self indulgent but let me paint a picture for you.......(screen goes wavey and we enter flash back world)

The year is 1978 and my parents have four children, two boys and two girls, aged between 13 and 17 years old. My mum is having serious issues with her kidneys and is going through dialysis to help. She is not feeling too well one day and mentions this to the doctor who runs some tests and discovers she is pregnant with yours truly.Apparently the meds she was on made me sleep the entire time.....yep thats right thats why I have suffered with insomnia ever since! Now I am sure you can see the issues here dialysis and pregnancy just don't mix.

The Doctor advises my parents that I will be born in August (at this point you should all be checking your calendars - yes we are still in April) and I will be mentally and physically disabled and won't live 12 hours. He suggests that an abortion is the only solution.

My parents are heart broken but take the doctors advice and arrange the abortion. The day arrives and my mum leaves for the appointment within minutes she is back - she can't do it (for which I will be forever grateful for!!!) 

The doctor is less them impressed and insists that my mother goes straight into hospital for observation..........she is in there for 10 weeks before I am born........she is told because I am so big and she is so ill she will have to have a C-section. 

The day I arrive my mum looses so much blood her body goes into shock and she is unconscious for 2 days. When she recovers she comes to find me.....all 6 pound 12 completely healthy not a thing wrong born at FULL TERM me..........(screen goes wavey and we come back to the present)

Now every birthday, grey hair and wrinkle I feel the need to find that doctor and say with a smile  - "IN YOUR FACE DUDE!"  a little childish I know but hay the man tried to have me aborted - kinda gonna hold a grudge on that one! 

So let me be a little indulgent and I promise the next blog will be back to its usual self.....after all as it was proven to that doctor - you just can't get rid of me!  :D

Remember people........every day is a present baby yeah!!!!

Friday, 1 April 2011

Motivation of the lack there of

This has been the week of two hot chocolates with whipped cream. Now that may not seem unusual to you but those who know me know I am a coffee addict, not hot chocolate. I don’t smoke, do drugs and because of my stupid stomach disease (really don’t ask *big sigh*) I can’t drink alcohol which leaves me with one vice CAFFINEE! My orders in the well know coffee shops are simply Medium Skinny Latte – nothing fancy and it makes me bearable to work with or so I am told. 

But this week has be one of those weeks that if I was a drinker I would be stone cold drunk about now. I have been more than just crazy busy with work, two words – COMPUTER VIRUSES, but I have been lacking in motivation too. I have great support from my unpaid editors, UCW (We so need a secret handshake girls!) and Tracy – she of the fierce red pen, as well as Tasha – she who will kick my butt if I don’t write more. They are all very encouraging and help boost my confidence more than they may ever know, and yes before you ask if I do ever get published I will mention them all in the “acknowledgements”.  Oh side bar – can I just say WELL DONE to Karin for rocking her pitch to Harlequin Medical Romance!   

Every time I sit down to write I find some sort of distraction, my life becomes all about the Facebook games, Farmville, Fronterville, Treasure Island and Cityville – no seriously I have am rocketing up the levels on these games……  you can stop laughing now.

From the conversations I have had with others out there it’s a general feeling amongst the writing community that it’s just a bit MEH or BLUR at the moment.  Although I have a couple of prolific writing friends who are the exception to the rule and are able to pull stories together and have them run so smoothly that it sometimes shames me for my lack of productivity. But they are such lovely and supportive people I get over it really quick (have to add that bit they are the ones who make you stand in the corner until you write something innit Heather! – we are scared!)  :D

Oh second side bar – Suz of the UCW has her first review on a magazine website which is brilliant– check it out here

No doubt the tides will turn and it will all come good – seriously considering going in for the Breathless Anthology – its has to be VVVVVV steamy, wondering if my unpaid editors will be happy reading that on their home computers, work pc’s or printed for the tube ride home! :D Come on ladies you know it takes more than me to make you blush!

So watch this space – I am not the only one who is considering entering or is actually entering – you never know this time in August there could be a couple more published writers amongst us!

Or perhaps I should try on of those 1h1k challenges Ally does - where you get one hour to write 1k of words......although I am not sure my name over and over again would count! note to self: check rules with Ally and Julia.

Think I might be getting the hang of this blogging lark! Till next time people! PEACE OUT! (yeah look at me hangin with the kids lingo! - well kids circa 1994 anyway!)