Tuesday, 26 April 2011


I'm toying with moving to wordpro - any tips?

Need to dedicate a bit more time to blogging - how do others manage it?  Still only a few pages into my blogging book too - maybe I need to have a blogging week when I  concentrate on it? Or 1 day a week?

Perhaps I can do it on friday when I am avoiding the wedding mania gripping some. Mainly the media I suspect.

Saturday, 16 April 2011

PS Welcome to Knackered Mothers' Wine Club...

....my 11th follower!  I am on the prosecco tonight - Maschio from Tescos. Cheers!

Nothing to see here, move along....

Bit of a disaster week. Kids off on hols and my "I'm still going to write 2 hours a day, hell we can all write for 2 hours a day" plans has not worked completely. Or, in fact, at all. Hmmm.

I did manage to enter write invite last week - thought I owed them after the hard copy comp!! But I wasn't shortlisted. I have ALMOST managed to read an entire issue of writing magazine - no mean feat! - and have got quite a few comp ideas from there.  Haven't acted on any of them yet though.

Kids off again next week - will see if I manage to get any writing time at all. In related news, I haven't seen the gym in QUITE a while. And my Davina dvd is just collecting dust. Must do better. In fact, if I manage just 1 session of either exercise of any kind of writing I will be doing better. Shouldn't be too hard a goal to tackle?

Monday, 11 April 2011

Good & Bad

Well the new schedule has been a run away success - I wrote for 4 out of the 5 days and only skipped the last one because the kids were breaking up at half one and I had a prosecco picnic to get ready. But that's a pretty good run for me - the best since I've started, I'd have to say.

And it means I've almost, almost nearly, finished ass 10. I just have one little bit to finish off. The snag is that the girls are now on holiday and so my 1 - 3 magic slot can't work. And I can't get to the gym either. Am going to need to be really disciplined and get up early or use the evenings - yikes! Disciplined is not my strong suit!

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

It's working!

Well, I know it's only day 2 so I probably shouldn't get carried away, but what the heck - it's working!!! Hooray! I am really loving the 2 hour writing slot - it's nice and easy because it's the same time every day and it's amazing what I've got done in these 2 days.

My assignment is almost finished! I have written a synopsis of a non-fiction book that I think I could write. I have written the chapter headings and a brief (under 100 word) description of each chapter. I've also part written the covering letter. All I have left to do now, is write one chapter out in full and then pick 3 publishers that I think I could submit too. I have been mulling this over for weeks so it's nice to finally get on with it, although obviously the mulling helped a lot as I pretty much knew the idea I was going to run with before I started yesterday.

I have decided to stick with 1pm - 3pm mon - fri and there is an unavoidable clash in the afternoon, then I will make the time up in the evening. Or maybe even get up early like some of you already do.  I just hope I can keep disciplined. It's never been my strong point!

Monday, 4 April 2011

New Week, new schedule

I love a new week or a new term. Especially a new year. Clean page in the diary = chance to start again. This week/term/year it will be different, I will steam forcefully through my to do list, I will write every day and the children will be clean and nice to each other.

I'm feeling optimistic.

New regime, that I'm piloting this week is to write 1 - 3 every week day. This gives me the morning to get gym, jobs and even coffees out of the way before I head home to get stuck in for 2 hours. Today I have been to the gym, gone to the Eco assembly at school and been to the tip. I'm about to eat a leisurely lunch (32 minutes) before I drop everything else to concentrate on the old writing.  I am going to ignore the fact that I haven't made dinner yet and there is a god forsaken easter event on at school later. 1 - 3 is not to be messed with.  I think I sound convincing this time - there might just be hope.

Saturday, 2 April 2011

Welcome new followers - oh the excitement!

Hello to Jill, John (my husband - nice of you to come along honey!) and Simon - I think I am following all of your blogs back now, but please feel free to leave me a rude comment if I'm not.

I recently posted an ad through write invite - I won a competition before christmas and got a free one - I'm not a cheap skate, but not sure I'd have thought this blog worth spending advertising money on just yet!
So I was wondering if you new followers found me through that ad? Or some other crafty means?

I really haven't got the hang of blogger yet. Or twitter. They make me feel totally inept. And quite old. I must stop wasting time arsing around on facebook and research these other two more. Facebook feels to me like it's about to become the next myspace and I'm toying with ditching it for a full time move to twitter. The only problem is I don't have much of a network on twitter yet - it would feel a lot like talking to myself. A bit like this blog then!

Friday, 1 April 2011

I'd like to thank God, Sony, God, My Agent....

Well, apologies for the immodest blog yesterday but I was in TOTAL shock. My first competition. In fact, I still can't quite believe it. Am glad the results came out yesterday and not today or I'd have thought it was an April Fool.

I have to say, I was quite excited just waiting for the results. I get like that each week that I enter Write Invite too - I can't wait for Wednesdays to see if I've been shortlisted. Does anyone recognise themselves in this scene from the Simpsons?

Lisa: [panting] Grade me...look at me...evaluate and rank me! Oh, I'm
good, good, good, and oh so smart! Grade me!
[Marge scribbles an A on a piece of paper]
[Lisa walks off, muttering crazily and sighing]

So why aren't I entering more competitions? I could have this wonderful feeling of anticipation a lot more frequently. So here goes, another new start is declared! With this lovely confidence boost fresh in my mind, I am going to really get stuck into the writing now. 10 hours a week minimum. I'm going to block it into my diary again like I do with the gym. Pah, the housework can wait. Or maybe I could spend my winnings on a cleaner!!