A few days ago, I very nearly became overwhelmed by the non-writing tasks that I had to do. Being an author – being a commercial indie author, is so much more than just churning out the volumes. I have to plan and execute a marketing and promotion campaign for each book I publish. I’m writing weekly blogs and […]
I just finished watching the third and final season of Penny Dreadful. If you haven’t seen it yet, go watch it before you read this. There will be spoilers. As a writer of love stories, I understand the happily ever after doesn’t always happen as it’s supposed to. But, writing romance, happily ever after, and […]
What do you do when you have a thousand different stories swirling around in your head? I’m asking, because its a problem I struggle with all the time – I have a lovely novel all lined up in my head, and I’ll be writing along merrily, then another idea will swamp me. Then another. Then […]
This past two weeks has got to have been one of the most emotionally topsy-turvy of my life. First of all, we took the heart-wrenching decision to cut our losses, and sell our house to cover all of our debts. There is something so tragic about working so hard to accomplish something so big, and then […]
I was working out my schedule for the next three months the other day, trying to fit in three different writing projects, uni, nice things for other people that I’ve said I will do, socialising (otherwise known as remembering what my friends look like), bookkeeping type stuff for my partner and, well, sleeping. It didn’t […]
I seriously don’t know what to do about my hair. A couple of months ago, I said to myself “Screw it, I’m chopping it all off.” It wasn’t exactly LONG, but it was in shit condition, so at least the Big Hack fixed that.
They reckon every person has at least one novel in them. Even if this is true, many (or perhaps most) of us choose never to write that novel. We think our story will be boring or hackneyed. Maybe we struggle to put our thoughts into words on the paper or screen. Maybe we prefer to leave our […]
In the lead up to Christmas, I thought I’d take a moment to reflect on how I personally think about this time of the year, especially since this is only my eighth Christmas as an adult. Eight? Is that all? What happened to all of the other years?
Please forgive my dirty, sweaty state. I’ve been very busy filling in a plot hole. It’s been bugging me for weeks. I’ve noticed it there, deep, dark and foreboding, but none of my ideas even came close to filling it. And if they did, they created other plot holes. Which was not even an alternative. […]
It’s a very simple formula: Take one long weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) Liberally sprinkle with information overload. Add lashings of talk. Mix in 1 cup of overwhelming generosity. And top with amazing new friendships. What you get is the Romance Writers of Australia Conference 2015. Now, I’ve been to conferences before. And they are […]