It's Wednesday. Did you know that? Somehow I missed the start of the week and bam, here I am.
One reason is I finished (won as they say) #NaNoWriMo on Monday. 24 days, 50,000 words no wonder some things slipped, like blogging. Oh well, we're back on track now.
Happy Thanksgiving to all those who celebrate. I do because even though I am Australian, i like the idea of sitting with family and being grateful. There's not enough gratitude in the world. I'm certainly not thankful enough in my day to day life so any opportunity to be thankful I embrace. It's a good reminder - and there is pie.
This week two of my books are 99c. Any Way You Like it which features plenty of pies and Alphabet Dating which features two Thanksgivings.
For details visit my Amazon Author Page
COMPETITION - ME AND MY PIE
And I'm running a competition this week. Take a photo of you and your Thanksgiving pie(s) and share here or on Facebook to go in the running to win a $20 Amazon GC. (I'll do a random draw among the entrants).
I'll upload my own pie photos when I've made my pies.
11/16/2014 0 Comments
So we've passed the half-way point in NaNoWriMo and I've crossed 40,000 words for the month today. I think this is my best result ever. I can't remember as far back as my first time (I'm talking about NaNoWriMo people, keep it clean).
Regardless that's a pretty good result and I will own it, pat my self on the back and feel good.
Last Thursday I had a stall at the local night markets and saw lots of people I knew and sold lots of books. I was reminded of how many people still read paperbacks and don't use e-readers or tablets to read.
The good news is my first FIVE novels are all available now as paperbacks from Amazon.
Pop by my author page and purchase them from there. They'll posts the straight to you. If you are in Australia and want me to send you a copy just let me know.
Here is a link to the Amazon Author Page also note in the picture above you can favorite it now to get regular updates about upcoming releases.
Speaking of pictures I also had some new author photos taken last week, so look out for a slightly updates image and across all my platforms. I really hate having my photo taken that way. It feels weird and unnatural. I wonder if the Gen Y and Gen Z writers who have grown up in the selfie age are more natural under such pressure. Perhaps.
Today I'll just share with you some random facts about my writing life.
* I write best between 10am-1pm and 4-7pm. This is good to know because if you're organising your day to get a big word count, or solve an issue in your writing it's so much better to work during your best times. Some people think they're morning people (I do not think this about myself even a teeny tiny bit) but when they analyse their actual output they discover that the morning may not be their most productive time.
* I really love the thrill of creating a new story. I like getting to know my characters and their friends. I like beginnings in life as well and even though I can be a tad wimpy I like new experiences. Starting a new story is like going on an adventure and I do like an adventure.
* I'm reasonably disciplined with my self (I've worked alone for a lot of years now) but I can't force creativity. I need to write a story about a chicken/a love triangle/ a murder will probably shut me down. For whatever reason I can't just create a premise, some people can I guess.
* I like a challenge. At the time of writing 've done 27,000 words of my NaNoWriMo in 10 days. I took 2 of those days off. That's a pretty good effort. I'm not a competitive person (in fact competition makes me anxious, it is why I don't enjoy sports) but I do compete with myself and so challenges like NaNoWriMo are good for me.
* I'm doing a book stall at a local market night this week. I haven't done one in two years and things like this scare the snot out of me. I feel self-conscious and embarrassed for some reason. Lots of authors are like that so be kind to them in these situations.
* My first five books are all available in paperback now via Amazon...order a copy here .
Musical Monday again and today I have chosen a fun classic - Who Wrote the Book of Love.
Today it is my stop on The Stupid Movie Blog Tour and my choice is the wonderful, horrible and magical Better Off Dead. It's an 80's teen classic. This movie isn't as well known as The Breakfast Club or Pretty in Pink but everyone I mention it to, who has seen it, says they love it.
Why did I choose this movie? In 1985 when I was an Australian exchange student called Monique who happened to be in America ,this movie, about French exchange student called Monique who happened to be in America ran almost weekly on cable TV. It was on so much one of my host sisters started calling me Mow-neek in the accent of the horrible host mother in the movie, complete with the face smushing actions.
So I love this movie because it holds a personal connection to me but for several other reasons as well.
1. John Cusack
What's not to love about John Cusack. This may well have been the first movie I saw him in he was quirky and intelligent and interesting. He didn't look like the cookie cutter teen movie heartthrob one was used to seeing and I liked that. I've liked him in just about everything I have seen him in since. Apparently John himself kind of disowns this movie and won't discuss it (his from a man who was in Hot Tub Time Machine!). I think that's a mistake because I know lots of people who met and fell in love with John in this movie.
2. Diane Franklin's Monique.
I really liked this character. She was just about the only one in the whole cast who was't a lunatic. She did dazed, confused and intelligent all at once. She was frustrated and exasperated but she was always a kind character. Oh yes and the short, foreign chick with curly hair got the guy. That's perfection right there.
3. Cast of wacky characters
In the movie Layne has been dumped by his girlfriend, the very perfect Beth, and he doesn't want to live without her. The kid is already depressed and he's not helped by the characters that torment him daily from his own oblivious parents, the psychotic paper boy or the Japanese race car drivers who burn him off, complete with track-style commentary, at the traffic lights every day. Of course these characters are absurd and over the top but they take the edge off the serious subject - Layne's many hopeless suicide attempts - and in a weird way show his reaction to being dumped is also ridiculous and over the top. Suicide isn't a funny subject but this movie makes it funny and it also shows that things get better, if you just hang in there.
4. Memorable moments
You know a movie is good if years later moments in your day to day life remind you of the movie. There are a few scenes like that in Better Off Dead. The movie often uses Layne's internal dialogue - he commentates with his inner thoughts so you get to see his awkward teen angst through his eyes. There's one where Beth rubs her nose so he rubs his she rubs harder so she does too and until their rubbing their faces with both hands like utter lunatics - each thinks the other is trying to say "Dude you have a little something....". Every time someone 'has a little something" this scene flashes through my mind nearly 30 years later.
It's hard sometimes to say why one movie stays with you so clearly and others fade. I'm not really a big fan of slapstick and prat-falling in movies and this movie has plenty. I think what this movie had as well, which is why I remember it, is heart oh yeah and a happy ending.
11/2/2014 0 Comments
November already and that means NaNoWriMo is underway.
Here's a little update from me this far. As I type (4pm)my word count is 13, 038 words thus far. I managed 6,000 on Saturday, and just over 4,000 tomorrow. I feel I can probably manage a few more today so hopefully another 4,000 word day.
That seems like a lot and it is. I don't write like that normally. The truth is I didn't have anything I had to do this weekend socially and so I didn't make any plans. My husband was working and my daughter was recovering from exam week so she was fine with having a mellow time of it. That allowed me the luxury of indulging myself by doing not much besides writing.
The weeks don't work that way. I have work deadlines, social commitments, places to take the kid to and from. I like to get ahead when I can so that when reality hits hard I don't fall too far behind.
Take a look at that photo up there. That's my writing space. We're half way through repainting the inside of our very open plan house. So that means this week I'll be shunted around in the chaos. Oh yes, I probably should help a little so that takes time. A very good incentive to get head, don't you think?
Aren't these pretty? I have paperbacks of my first five stand alone novels. They'll be live on Amazon any day. I'll let you know. I also have a box on their way to me as next week I'm having a table with another author at the local Christmas night markets. I hope I sell loads.
It is always hard to sell e-books at something like that. I like selling paperbacks and one feels very authorial signing copies but the truth is I don't make any more profit this way. Still, I'm well aware, especially here in Australia, how many people still prefer a paperback.
And now for musical Monday. Let me find a song to fit the mood of my current project.