It's Monday again. How did that happen? Where oh where did the week go? It's nearly the end of June already...seriously where is this year racing off too and why is it in such a hurry to get there?
News first...I REALLY am getting my newsletter happening this time. Mail Chimp and I seem to have formed a truce and I think I can actually manage to not just write the newsletter but send it out. Amazing!
If you haven't signed up you really should - there's a little box on the right of this screen - I promise not to bombard you with useless information but I do have some exciting news to share in the next couple of months and this will be the best way to get it.
Can you believe it is a year since I did my wonderful research trip to LA to get my mind sorted for the sequel to Mr Right and Other Mongrels? No. Me either. I haven't written that book yet but I have the story sort worked out in my mind and I would like to get it out by Christmas or maybe early 2015. Stay tuned for that one.
I'm taking part in an Indie Author promo and you can enter the competition here on my site or at any of the sites of the participating authors.
Meanwhile for Musical Monday here's a classic song that I have loved for years and I particularly love this version. It fits well with one of the books I am currently working on and ironically it was sent to me by an old boyfriend on a mixed tape way back when. (If you haven't read Mr Right and Other Mongrels you might like to find out what Teddy uses as the modern equivalent of the mixed tape.) This is a very odd video if you haven't seen it the song starts about 2 minutes in.
I'm participating in the wonderful Summer Splash Blog Hop this weekend.
Stop by because you could win the grand prize:
Kindle Paperwhite or a $50 Amazon gift card
This hop is a great way for you to win some fabulous prizes, find out about new authors, get some bargain books (lots on sale for 99c) and stock up your e-reader for the Northern Summer (or the winter down here in the Southern Hemisphere - also an excellent time for reading!)
There are so many blogs to stop by and visit so please click on the image above or the link below to find out all about the many authors involved in this hop. Every author has prizes up for grabs on their page so make like a bunny and get hopping to each page.
My novel A Fair Exchange is only 99c during the Summer Blog Hop so please grab yourself a copy.
I'm also running a give away here on my page where you can win $20 Amazon Gift Card or a copy of my novels Building Attraction or A Fair Exchange.
If you are a first time visitor to my page you may wish to sign up to my newsletter while you are here - to hear about further competitions, promotions and upcoming releases.
I seriously can't believe it is Monday again. I also can't believe that I am participating in a thing called a Summer Splash Blog Hop (which I totally am, this coming weekend) because it's cold here in Sydney now and really not at all summery. My brain is having serious difficulty processing.
I'll be giving away a $20 Amazon GC and some e-books during the hop so you really want to come back and enter.
The hop, for those who haven't participated in one before is where a group of authors get together and do a joint promotion where they host giveaways, promote their books and get the word out about great books. There are lots and lots of prizes up for grabs - some of these authors are very creative people - and even a Kindle Paperwhite.
My advice is COME BACK 13 June.
In other news I'm hoping my novella will be off to the editor in early July and then will be out as soon as possible after that. I've been messing around about doing a Box set of my first 3 books and I'm almost ready with that as well. I have the cover (I'll show you next week).
Oh yeah and I'm trying to master Scrivener which is a really cool software program for writers but apparently I am not really cool because I'm doing some basic stuff very wrong. (eg Why can't I create a new Chapter that appears where I want it? Why? Why?)
Anyway it's musical Monday and so that calls for a song. My daughter has been practicing her clarinet today but I'll spare you a concert.
Instead because I seem to be eternally attached to my computer I'll give you the song Electric Dreams, the theme song to the movie of the same name about a computer that is obsessed with it's owner in a romantic way. Ah the 80's.
And I'm actually giving you two versions - movie soundtrack and a recent live version because I would have lost money and bet that no way would The Human League be able to fill a stadium with people happy to shout along to this! I thought I was the only tragic out there...just goes to show.
People are often fascinated by writing space. Where does a writer work? How do they work? How is their sacred space laid out?
I'm sure it would be nice to have such a space but above is a small slide-show of a few of the places I've written over the past few weeks. They vary from my dining room table (my regular haunt), to the local library to the beach.
The truth is most writers are just trying to carve out a niche in their family home and da to day life to write. Finding the time to write is a huge issue and finding the space is another.
I know lots of writers with young families who write on laptops in front of the TV pretending to be enamoured by Ben Ten or Pepper Pig or Superman. Some of them have a space but no one will leave them alone long enough for them to use it.
I know people who write wildly o the train as they commute from the outer suburbs to the city. They find a space between the thrumming music of their fellow traveller's headphones, the newspapers and the school students to scribble in their notebook or tap out a few words on their laptop.
I know others who spend their lunchtimes in cafes, libraries and parks trying to keep the story moving forward daily with only forty minutes to spare.
There are writers who share a desk with a teenager and others who have an armchair and a coffee table.
Of course there are many writers with a desk and an office just for them. A constant and regular place to develop good habits (or tear their hair out) and most of them are extremely grateful to have it.
I myself am usually perched on the end of the dining room table which is a total pain when we have visitors and we do that pretty regularly. I load everything in an archive box or my backpack and tuck it away. At the moment we're doing some renovating so my space is dusty and noisy. It's hard to write to the dulcet sounds of an angle grinder.
You will often here people say "I have no time to write" and "I have no space to write" but just like exercise or watching Game of Thrones or following a football team, if it matters to you then you find a way. You sacrifice one thing for another. In the case of writing space often what gets sacrificed is good posture and ergonomics, in the case of time it's one of these other pursuits.
So for the next few weeks as the dust flies and the contents of my kitchen remain scattered around my home I guess I'll have to be creative about my writing space.