Thursday, April 24, 2014

Mandatory #1Kaday

Now that hashtags have made it to Facebook they're pretty passe, right? What the hell, it rhymes.

I have a new writing schedule, and like all new writing schedules, diets, boyfriends and New Year's resolutions it simply must be talked about.

It's very simple: I have to write a thousand words per day, and if I don't I have to add whatever I didn't write to the next day's total. No excuses. No shirking. I've been sticking to this for a whole two days now and its going better than a Stark in Westeros, so that's something.

Hashtag winning.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Blood Queen, London and Life

You look away for FIVE MINUTES and suddenly nearly a whole year has gone by since you updated your blog. It was around this time last year that I started working for a publishing house instead of writing full time (it was nice while it lasted, but was always going to be temporary) and then LIFE just took over.

I moved house twice. The flat I share with my partner has a second bedroom in which I can write. There's also a balcony with potted flowers and squirrels that come up for nuts. I love it here.

Last week's blossom 

I visited Prague and Paris. Both of these cities were just gorgeous. Prague was atmospheric and gothic, and it was a beautiful sunny autumn day when we visited, and we walked and walked and WALKED. Paris was freezing cold and I was a little unwell, but we had very glam digs in Le Marais and saw lots of art, ate lots of food and bundled up warmly.


Versaille, just outside Paris

I wrote two books. Both were rejected -- yes, published authors get rejected too. I think I'm suffering from dreaded Second Book Syndrome. If you count the Lharmell trilogy as one book. But hey-ho, rejections only make you stronger, and keep you from getting cocky. 

I got burgled :( I can't stress this enough, BACK UP YOUR WORK. Sigh. I lost about 20,000 words of Blood Queen which, as you may have noticed, has put back the publication date to August. I used to very sporadically back up bits and pieces of projects but now I am using a cloud system that automatically backs things up. Automatic is good!

I flew home to Australia for my brother's wedding. OH GOSH BEAUTIFUL. What an amazing wedding it was, and it was so much fun being in the bridal party. 

The bride with a herd of deer

Me in my wedding get-up

This year I have more travel planned, more writing, more blogging and of course ....

The release of Blood Queen!

Happy Easter all.