Friday 18 May 2012

Gin O'Clock

I have just read, cover to cover, the Gin O'Clock book, based on the Twitter account of Elizabeth Windsor.  The (obviously fictional) twitter account of the Queen has the catch phrase 'gin o'clock!'

I have spent hours giggling, laughing out loud (literally) and reading snippets out to unsuspecting passers by.  I can't do the book justice, but I really recommend that if you are on twitter that you hook up - and buy the book.  It isn't by me, I wish I could write that well. 

Speaking of which, it will be about a week before I can write again.  Elizabeth Windsor has a very distinctive voice, that I sort of soak up like a sponge.  One text from today's twitter feed was, 'The King of Tonga thought Catherine was Cheryl Cole. Awkward.'  It's a terse writing style, because of twitter's constraints, and very pithy.  I am finding myself thinking in the same style and struggling not to write this blog entry in the same tone of type.  I can't just write things like, 'So he turned into a werewolf.  Awkward.'

I have the same problem when I read Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories, and I have unofficially banned myself from them.  It is a shame as they are beautifully crafted, but I find myself typing in a copperplate tone of voice for weeks after.  This is one reason why I stick to reading a lot of non-fiction. 

So I am doing some research.  Currently I am dipping into some historical recipes.  After reading some of the more outrageous medieval ideas I am happy to stick to microwave meals!

Monday 14 May 2012

Witch Hazel - thank you for the inspiration!

Witch Hazel - something you have asked re the Forgotten Village has helped me work a major plot development.  I was working on it before, but I really need to make sure you get the credit.  Thank you!

Saturday 5 May 2012

I'm published!!!!

It's official, I'm selling 'The Forgotten Village' on Amazon Kindle here

I am just soooo giddy.  And thank you to whoever liked the book - OH was almost disappointed that he couldn't be the first, but just as thrilled as I am that it has been liked.

I can't keep the smile off my face, and OH is being equally giddy with me - it's brilliant.


Big step taken

I have put 'The Forgotten Village' in to be published.  It is working through and should be on the virtual shelves of the self published kindle by the end of tomorrow.

I am still worried that I have put the price too high.  It was the lowest that I could do under the royalty scheme.

Now I wait and see.  And, really important bit, get on with writing the next one. 

Image from Unsplash, taken by Asterisk Kwon

Friday 4 May 2012

First post!

My very first post on my own blog about writing!

I am getting ready to upload a story called 'The Forgotten Village' to Amazon Kindle, and I am so nervous.  I really enjoyed writing it.  Mind you, I enjoy writing so much I can get fun writing a shopping list!

Uploading it is the easy bit.  Writing the next big story is the harder part.  This blog is to encourage me along the way.