Quick Update – I’m Alive!

Hi dear friends! I'm still alive (post op). Sore, sorry, bored. Not quite able to sit at my keyboard for a long period of time though. But! I wanted to point out a few things that have been going on in the blogosphere/Writing Community while I've been away that you might've missed. First, if you... Continue Reading →

Sins of the Lamb teaser

Ever wondered how Grace Dyer, that uncouth gunfighter from the Wild West, might behave at a swanky dinner party? Well, here's a sneak peek (extracted from Sins of the Lamb, The Armageddon Showdown Book II): Ethel launched into an excited description of her upcoming gala event. “It will be the ritziest blow of the century! A masquerade ball.... Continue Reading →

Sum Up Your WIP With One Image…

I recently came across an image on Pinterest that is the quintessential embodiment of my newly released debut novel Guns of Perdition, and indeed, my entire series, The Armageddon Showdown. This has inspired me to ask you all to find and share an image (or gif) that represents your WIP. In the meantime, enjoy, Guns... Continue Reading →

Is there a write time?

So, I've had a busy week publicizing the first installment of The Armageddon Showdown series - Guns of Perdition (my debut novel), and I'd love to say thanks to everyone who has supported my release! But, aside from promotion, I've also been doing a bit of work on Book 2 - Sins of the Lamb.... Continue Reading →

Guns of Perdition – Chapter Teaser

Guns of Perdition, The Armageddon Showdown, is now available for preorder. Want to know if it's for you? Sample some of the first chapter here: CHAPTER ONE Jessie was on his hands and knees picking up shards of glass when the batwing doors swung open, and a stranger strode into the Bad Hoss Saloon. As... Continue Reading →

A Brief Update

Morning all isolated folks! Hope everything is going well in your part of the world. Here, down under, we're practicing social isolation, though some of us are still coming to work (ie, me). I haven't touched the WIP in months, despite being only a quarter of the way from publish-ready. I've just lost all enthusiasm... Continue Reading →

Finally Back in the Saddle

I finally found the time, motivation, and effort to do a little editing on Guns of Perdition today. Only seventeen more chapters to go and it. is. done. I'm thinking of sending it off to a pro to complete the formatting, as it's not a task I'm particularly keen to undertake myself nor, do I... Continue Reading →

Editing is Important

So, if you've been following my blog for any length of time you'll know I've been wrangling with my debut novel - Guns of Perdition - for a few years. I wrote it, rewrote it, edited, edited some more, edited again, printed and edited, beta'd, edited, and edited again. The dang thing had to be perfect... Continue Reading →

Spring Vacation

We're about to head off for a couple of weeks' vacation. First, to Australia's National Capital (Canberra) for some museum hopping, to check out the National War Memorial, and to see the National Zoo (watch this space for "cute" Australian wildlife pics). Then we're headed to the Gold Coast (think California) for sun, sea, sand,... Continue Reading →

The Write Way?

Do you ever write scenes (or chapters, or parts) out of order? I've always written from the start to the finish in the past, however I'm contemplating skipping Part III of my current WIP and writing Part IV first. The reason being, Part IV directly relates to events in the previous Book, and I intend... Continue Reading →

Eventful Day of Writing

I managed another eventful day of writing today - the muse is being kind to me. 5,300 words wracked up and Part III of the WIP planned. Here's a very small snippet from today's session (I can't share too much of today's writing because, you know, spoilers). Rolls of naked flab dripped down his torso... Continue Reading →

WIP Progress and a Teaser

Managed a most productive day today. Achieved 4,000 words on the WIP - some of them half-decent words too! This attractive fellow was the inspiration for today's two chapters: And here follows a little snippet of today's adventures: Though the light was dim, it was enough to illuminate the horrors within the hut. Every surface... Continue Reading →

Writing Mojo

I've got the mojo at the moment. I've managed 2,500 words on my WIP  in the past two days. I'm putting it down to having finished the computer game that was devouring my free time (*cough* Witcher 3 *cough*), and getting my ass into gear. Part II of Book II is now shaping up (just... Continue Reading →

The Pen is Mightier…

I finally got back to writing today. Not editing book 1, not rereading or editing book 2, but actual writing... and like any other muscle, my writing muscle is out of shape! I only got 1300 words done for a whole afternoon of effort. Woe. Boo. But, I'm writing again and that means book 2... Continue Reading →

Progress Update

A quick update from the spec fic corner down under... My manuscript is at the Doctor. That is; my manuscript is off for its final edit from a pro. Yes, I found an editor who seems to offer quality work at a fair price! I'm very excited to see what she comes back with and... Continue Reading →

Small Progress

Some small progress made today. I edited another 10 chapters in my WIP (Guns of Perdition) and am now over half-way through what I consider to be my final edit. I'm amending some plot points found by dear beta readers, fixing grammar, and tightening, tightening, tightening. I estimate it'll be another two to three weeks... Continue Reading →

Progress

I don't know if it was a visit from my Muse (who is definitely not as eye-catching as Staci's) or just some good advice following an out-loud debate about the future of my writing, but yesterday I was able to sink some hours into editing my near complete WIP Guns of Perdition... and I actually enjoyed it.... Continue Reading →

Avena Sativa… and a few other things.

"Avena Sativa"... it means - greetings in a non-human language? Character name for a mouthy half-human, half-elf archer? Capitol city in a mystical land? Nah... it's actually the Latin name for 'oat extract'. I read it on my shampoo bottle and thought 'wow, that sounds cool'! So, why am I talking about the soothing ingredients... Continue Reading →

Unfocused

Long weekend Monday here and I'm feeling pretty unfocused at the moment. After receiving some wonderful feedback on The Armageddon Showdown Book 1, Guns of Perdition, I now have some (more) editing and revising to do. I also have Book 2 WIP to continue writing (which is stalled at chapter eight), plus I've kind of... Continue Reading →

Miscreant Words

What words really honk you off? Words that are used out-of-context that make you want to scream. Or words for their very own weird, unknown reason, get under your skin? Or maybe, they're made up words adored by the masses that just steam your buns... Following are a few of my least favourite miscreant words:... Continue Reading →

WIP Update and a Teaser

It's been a slack weekend writing wise but I did get some planning done and reorganised the structure of the WIP slightly. To be clear, I mean Book II in my WIP series! I don't have a lot of motivation for writing at the moment, and I'm putting this down to an impending holiday (or... Continue Reading →

Almost There…

I managed to almost  make my word target this past week. Just shy a few hundred words to finish the chapter. BUT considering it was a massive, exposition-heavy chapter, I'm pretty happy with what I achieved. I'll finish it this week and crack on into a bit more of an easier few chapters. That's all from... Continue Reading →

Stay on Target

Okay, so this is the plan... 2000 (approx) words = 1 chapter 2 chapters a week = (approx) 1 Part per month 7 Parts = 7 months 7 months = 1 complete manuscript, (ie) Book 2 - Sins of the Lamb It's just a simple mathematical equation really. So, by this logic, I have one weekend... Continue Reading →

Weekend Progess

Despite still not feeling fantastic, I got around 3,500 words written this weekend, and completed chapters 4 and 5, and started 6. Feeling pretty happy with them too. One more chapter to go before things shift gear and I need to do a ton of research! When writing a WIP, I always think it's interesting... Continue Reading →

The Writing Magic

Why do we write? During the long hours of editing, the critiques and rewrites, the formatting and marketing, we might find ourselves asking this... why the hell do we write? We write for when the Writing Magic happens. As a planster (a plotter AND a panster) I have an outline divided into chapters, each chapter... Continue Reading →

A Thrill and Indecision

Goddamn what a fucking thrill it is the first time you see your front cover! Especially for your debut novel! That was my joy yesterday when my extremely talented cover artist, Jennifer, from Indie Designz, showed me the first draft of Guns of Perdition. Thrilled is actually downplaying how I felt. So now I'm back to that... Continue Reading →

It’s all in the Point of View

Dear esteemed writerly fellows, I have a POV question! I'm in the process of outlining The Armageddon Showdown Book II (yes, and still editing Book I), and am trying to decide which POV to use. Book I was third-person limited, which worked quite well, however I am toying with third-person multiple (albeit limited to two characters), for... Continue Reading →

A Writer’s Nightmare

**Warning, maudlin post ahead** It's been a crap week. First, The Day Job has been unbelievably busy and extra demanding this week. We've had a mammoth amount of social functions, nice weather (which brings everyone out for a chat), and a medical emergency which required hubby to perform half an hour of very graphic CPR... Continue Reading →

A Writer’s Treasure

Check out this early birthday present from my wonderful husband; Know what that is? It's a WATERPROOF NOTEPAD! No more ideas down the drain! These magical Aqua Notes come all the way from America (because we're so backwards down here in Aus we barely have plumbing yet), and are a godsend to all those deep... Continue Reading →

What Inspires You?

What inspires your writing? D Wallace Peach mused about reading and how it impacts your writing, but what else impacts or inspires you and your writing? For me, it's mostly music and images. To that end, here's a couple of things that inspired Guns of Perdition. Bringing Home The Rain - The Builders and the... Continue Reading →

WIP Update

Still editing. That is all. Okay, note quite all.  I am still editing so no real news there. Reading a few good books - which I’ll review on my blog later. Trying to find time to exercise (and not greatly succeeding). And putting in the hours at The Day Job. So yeah, no real news today.

Advice Post Publication

I've been trawling the internet for information and advice about 'what next' after publishing. I came upon this incredible article over at Standout Books Publishing Services by Robert Wood, and thought I'd share. It's a breath of fresh air for the newly published writer (or about to be published writer) who is a little (or a... Continue Reading →

News

It's been a very busy week in my day job this week. Unfortunately, that translates to 'it's been a crap writing week', or rather, editing week. I've hardly looked at my manuscript all week. I'm intending to do a lot this weekend, however I'm nursing a bit of a sinus infection so I mightn't get... Continue Reading →

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