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Yes, despite the promises, the excuses, the lies (oh the lies!), I haven’t posted as regularly as I once (often) promised myself.

I’ve been in the depths of creativity (which is not as well lit as you’d expect).  As a result I’ve got a short story done, bar the shouting, screaming, wailing and crying – which is also known as editing.  The fruits of my labour will appear in an anthology to be published February 2012 alongside esteemed names like Mel Teshco and Tracey O’Hara and Rhian Cahill.

I’ve also entered one of RWAus’s most prestigious awards – the Emerald.  Now I need to write 60k by February on the off chance I get into the next round (which requires a full ms – of which I have, um 30k from 90k done).  This not only illustrates how busy I shall be over the coming months, but also that I have a good grasp of basic mathematics.  Which I’m rather chuffed about, as maths in general makes me break out in a rash and look around helplessly for a calculator or someone else to blame.

Because of upcoming events, I’m investing in Dragon Dictate.  This has caused many a laughing comparison (not on my behalf I assure you) in our household to the children’s movie ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ as I will now have my own Dragon to train – i.e. recognising my speech patterns so I don’t end up with ‘He shitted nervously’ when I really meant ‘He shifted nervously’.

I shall leave you now – to slide silently and mysteriously back into the writing abyss.  Yes, okay, it’s more like wallowing in a kiddies wading pool and throwing a tantrum after too many lollies.  But you get the basic gist.

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What the heck am I doing?  I’ve already got on ms on the go and I’m editing another one.  I have a couple that are languishing half-done in their folders and what do I do?

What is completely natural.  I start a new ms.  I’ve justified this with some damn good excuses, even if I say so myself…  I’ve been battling a particularly virulent virus for three weeks that refuses to leave, and in between bouts of sickness I can’t concentrate worth a damn.  Not good when you’re handling angels – those boys are harder than you think.  *wink*  Ah, I also justified my new ms with the idea it would not be huge – a mere 10…20…30k  not the usual 90-130k which is my range.

Knocked over in a week I assure my stern school mistress self (who lectures me on not finishing current projects).  I reassure this incarnation that I’m doing well on my editing of the vamps and my angels are okay without me and knocking out a few quickies is good for me, in between naps of course.

But am I fooling myself?  Is this just a pathetic excuse to avoid the grind of editing, the creative exhaustion of wrangling angels?  Or am I just being super efficient.  Working on one ms while stalled on another and out of energy to edit a third?

Or do I simply fear school mistress me and the fact she may well have a big stick?

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Somehow this month has  eluded me – it has flashed past like a meteor headed for a vulnerable spot on an inhabited planet (which, when it comes to Earth, seems to be Paris – why?! There are plenty of really ugly cities).

I was dawdling around my other blog, admiring my last post (actually I was checking it for mistakes and reading the comment which I wasn’t notified about – curse my email!) (more…)

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Okay – I’m gonna have a mini rant.  About mistakes in blogs, articles, comments, websites and books.  I don’t mean littlies either.  I mean whoppers.  Like putting ‘completely’ when it should have been ‘complete’.  Come on people – that’s two extra letters and a whole other world of meaning!

What really takes my chocolate layer cake is when it’s authors making these mistakes.  Constantly.  After all – we should know better.  And there are some doozies on author websites – ahem – you’re meant to know how to spell. (more…)

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A while ago I mentioned an ms (manuscript) I was writing about vampires.  At the time it was the bane of my existence as the hero didn’t like the heroine and the best friend had the hots for her instead.

After having a tiny moment (1 hour) of screaming, swearing, denial and lying in a ball sobbing, I succumbed to the reality that I’d have to change the hero.  But that was just the start on this 130 k behemoth, I mean, manuscript.

So my vampires got shelved and I started a new story. (more…)

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I have a problem.  A well documented glitch that I encounter regularly.  One my fabulous critique partner checks me on constantly (and sadly I’ve had to help her through this awful snag).

It’s the takeover of the secondary character.

Your eyebrows are raised in surprise, I know.  But it’s true.  Secondary character takeover is a well known phenomenon amongst authors around the globe. (more…)

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Am I a vampire, werewolf or angel this week?  Writing three books simultaneously can lead to that sort of existential confusion, but it sure beats the dreaded writer’s block!  And who doesn’t occasionally wonder what it would be like to be a paranormal creature?

To be entirely truthful, I’m editing one story, expanding a second and starting a third – because why not pile more on my already heaped writing platter?

Getting into the groove of a particular wip can be difficult – especially when you hit the wall creatively. (more…)

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