Book Swapping

You know that adage one person’s junk is another person’s treasure? That doesn’t seem to apply on book swapping sites. Don’t get me wrong, the idea of book swapping is a interesting one. You get rid of something you don’t want in return for something someone else doesn’t want. In …

Death by paper

Word count: TOO MANY I’ve been working non-stop on my novel for the past few months, and while it’s going well word count wise, progress isn’t being made. Let me explain. The writing is solid. Inspiration isn’t a problem and I’ve been disciplined, sitting at my desk from the wee …

Here be (writing) dragons

Writer’s block. No one talks about how painful it is and how disconnected it makes you feel from everything around you. You don’t, or can’t I suppose, realise just how disconcerting it is until it grabs you by the collar and shakes you around. Well actually, it doesn’t so much …

I have dreams I can fly

Sometimes I dream that I’m running. There I am on a long stretch of road: arms pumping, legs taut, chest rising and falling in rhythmic breathing. In, out. In, out. I’m moving fast, pounding my feet against the pavement, blocking out the fear, the doubt, the pain. I can do this. …

What I want for Xmas

I thought I’d post a brief catch-up and hopefully later get around to writing a more substantial post. Here is what I’ve been up to since you last heard from me. I have a new full-time job along with a possible agent who is interested in seeing a second draft of …

My so-called summer

I gave up my freelance job in May for a summer of non-stop writing. Well, that was the intention. I’d polish the novel, land an agent, get a publisher and a modest advance so I could focus on book number 2. I’d been looking forward to the opportunity for months. …

Wanted

Wanted: Drill sergeant to crack the whip and get me back on track. Well meaning, kind-hearted types need not apply. One month of no serious work and I’m feeling flabby and out of sorts. I’m thinking of hiring a literary trainer to come by and cut off my internet . …

My kitchen sink

There is an agent interested. We met for coffee last week to talk about improvements to the book. I must strive to be sleeker and less kitchen-sinkish, she says. Apparently that’s a technical term and a common one that plagues first time novelists.  Structure is also a problem. No surprise …