Friday, 31 May 2013

Update of WIP

Things are going well, I am currently over half way done.  I hear you cry, please post another snippet. So I will of course do just that.

This is from chapter 6, flashbacks, and in the POV of the character Karen Langley.

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I opened my mouth to speak, how dare she speak to me, Karen Langley like that.  As if I would sink so low to have my nose fixed, besides there is nothing wrong with it.  I glared at her as she slammed the door shut.  I shook my head, Debbie Conway was unbelievable, and being told to be nice to her, not so much by my parents, but by the teachers.  Give her some slack, because her mother died.  Boo hoo.  Poor Debbie.  I don’t understand why so many people liked her. What made her so special? Okay, yes, she was once my best friend, but now she was just so plain and boring.  Her clothes looked like they came from local second hand shop, most likely were.
 Some things may have come from my favourite place, Jacobs, but unlike me, I can afford the designer gear.  Poor Debbie has to make do with the bargain range, or when things go on sale. Give her slack; no way was I doing that.  Ever.

No, she was not getting the better of me; I tilted my head and stared at my reflection in the glass. What the hell is that?  I leaned forward, peering at myself.  Had that been the reason for Debbie’s comment? I turned to face my friends.  The look on their faces told me what I already knew.  I had my first spot, and by the look of it, it was huge.  I placed a smile on my face, as if I had no idea it was there.  

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Bookmarks

For the past two days I have been creating bookmarks.  Using the designs of my book to be published this year, using the artwork created by my close friend.  I managed to get a few samples made.  So far they look good, need a few tweaks, but adding up the cost, it may be cheaper in the long run to have them printed by a company than by myself.

If anyone knows of a cheap place, good quailty I can use, please let me know.  I have one cheaper than the others I have found, like vistaprint and overnight print.  This place,

http://www.printbuyingdirect.co.uk/Bookmarks.html?oo=0

Anyone used them?  I would love to hear about your experiences with them.

Monday, 27 May 2013

Edits going well

Another chapter done today, everything is moving along nicely.  If I can finish this book I can work on book two, and fingers crossed get both books out this year, or at least early next year.

My fingers are crossed.

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Story cubes

Sorry I have not been on for a few days, but with school finishing last Friday, the in-laws laying new flooring in the boys room.  I have been very busy.

I just had to share with you guys something that was shown to me the other day at my local writing group.  I arrived, and the lady who will be taking over from the lovely Caroline, introduced me to these things called Storycubes, by Rory's.

http://www.amazon.com/Gamewright-318-Rorys-Story-Cubes/dp/B003EIK136

The above link is for amazon.com, but they can also be found on the UK site too.

Storycubes, what are they?  Well they are cubes, with pictues on, dice if you like.  Each pack, there are a few different sets you can collect. And will suit any age, mainly six years and up.  Each set I have seen, you have nine cubes, you shake them and whatever is on them, you use to create your story.  I have one from the group started I will share with you in my next post, for now just the images, and later the story from them.


I recall a few of the items for one story of the top of my head, a padlock, keyhole, torch, light, the rest I do not recall right now.  I put them in an order I wanted, and was given a storyboard to place them in. I then wrote a short outline, using the images from the cubes.  Afterwards I set to work on the short story.

My eight year old son has used the ones I have been lent, voyages.  He rolls them, lines them up and tells us a story about them.  He does not write them down, yet, but this is a  great start. To me they are a great visual aid, I would recommend them to adults and children alike.

I have two dyselexic children, and they have both shown a interest in them.  Please tell me if you buy some, and share you creations with me.  If not, I can roll them, and add a pic of what comes up and you guys can go from there.  If I can work out how to do that...well that is all for today, back to editing I go.

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Update and a book review

Morning all, editing is going well ,you will be pleased to hear.

I am also currently reading a book by Carolyn Ridder Aspen, called Unfinished Business, from her Angela Panther series.

So far I am loving the book.  I love how I feel connected to the characters, and can relate to the MC as she is a mother like myself.  Of course I do not have the gift that she has, but still I cannot wait to read the next chapter.  A real page turner.  I love the Ma character, and will say for those of you who love the show or any books on the same lines as ghost whisperer, you will love this book.

I have not finished the book as of yet, but I am over half way through, and just had to share this with you.

I will be in the near future, picking one book at a time to read, and review.  I will create a star system, for recommendation.  Link below if you already like the sound of this book, and if you do, please leave this author a review on amazon too.  I will be doing just that, once I have finished the book.


http://www.amazon.co.uk/Unfinished-Business-Angela-Panther-ebook/dp/B00CTACI90/ref=sr_1_80?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1368955491&sr=1-80&keywords=unfinished+business

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Snippet of opening chapter of my novel.

This is a small section of the prolouge of my novel Dream World.


I watch the cars pass by, weaving from lane to lane; one caught my eye, a blue van, weaving across each lane, causing cars to honk their horns. I could not believe the way the driver was driving. I watch it as it turns left at the end of the road and disappears from my view. This is so unlike my mother, being this late; I debate ringing home, but that meant leaving the meeting point and going back into the swimming pool’s entrance where the phone is. I decide to wait.

I begin counting red cars, a game my family often play on long journeys. After counting fifteen in a row, I am bored with the game, no fun on your own. This was beyond the joke, where was she? I stand once again; passer-by’s staring at me. I smile and continue to watch the traffic. Then I notice the same blue van. It switches lanes, again and then again. I shake my head; the driver of the car was all over the place.

I spot my mother’s car approaching me. I see her wave, and smile as our eyes lock. Then as if in slow motion, the most horrific scene plays out before my eyes. The van switches lanes once again, right into my mother’s path. The look on her face as she steps on the brakes shows on her face, but it’s too late, the car ploughs into the van at such speed she had no time to react. I watch in horror as my mother flies forward. I close my eyes, and crumble down to the floor, shielding my eyes not wanting to see the scene continue to play out. Hearing metal on metal, as screams fill the air. Its only then I realise it is me who is screaming. I remain in a heap on the floor and prise one eye open, not wanting to see. It’s as if time stands still; the sound of sirens fills the air. I open my other eye; watch people rush to the scene; I feel a hand help me up. Asking me if I am okay, if I am hurt? I shake my head, and stare at the two mangled vehicles, one of which is my mothers. This can’t be real. I’m daydreaming, aren’t I?

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

A long day, and it's not over yet

With every intention of getting some editing done today, as planned, things don't always go the way you expect.  After all I should be at work, but as my son has chicken pox, I am at home with him.  Apart from the odd spot here and there, he is his usual self.

So after clearing up the house, making lunch, and washing a few loads, I would have had at least a few hours to edit.  Sadly that was not the case, after the car failed its MOT, and trying to find the money to pay for it to be done.  I have barely had five minutes to switch the computer on.  Plus I had every intention to read a book I promised I would review once finished.  Which I will of course still do, but not as quickly as I would like, but I will get there, and that's another thing I plan to do, as well as writing.  Editing my own books, ready to be published.

I will read at least one book a month, and I will then sit and write a review, which I will post here and if downloaded from amazon, also on there.  I will be hoenst and I plan to use a star sytem for each book I read.  How that will exactly work, is yet to be decided.

Okay, so the first book will be read and reviewed as soon as I can.  Please feel free to share with me, books you have read, and reviews you have left.  If you have any recomendations, please feel free to share them with me.

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Natural reader

Something some of you guys may already do, but if like me, you do not find reading out loud an easy task.  For me it's rare the children are not home, so I cannot always manage that.  However there is software out there for you to download, there are free versions which you can upgrade, but have to pay.

For now mine is free, and has actually helped me add comma's where I feel I may have missed them.  Made me realise I had named one of my characters Steven instead of Steve. Also since i changing it from third to first, caught a few she's I had missed.

Will add a link for those interested, let me know your thoughts on this.

http://www.naturalreaders.com/

Monday, 6 May 2013

A free programme for writing a novel

We have all heard of Scrivener, and what a fantastic programme this is, and I have looked at it and loved the thought of it.  However if like me, money is very tight, and with the price higher than I can afford I recalled a programme I discovered a few years back.  Due to laptop dying I had forgotten I had used it, and with a little bit of thought recalled the name.

Now it does not have all the bells and whistles of the above, but since its free, does it matter.  All you can do it try it, see what you think, if it does not work for you, well you have lost nothing.  On the hand, if it does, well you have gained everything.

Ywriter 5, is a tool that can be used to write any novel, and if like me, you like the sound of this, follow the link, try it out yourself.

http://download.cnet.com/yWriter-5/3000-2079_4-77524.html

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Self-publishing your ebook

Well I have some news for you guys, after a good few years of working on my WIP YA book, I have been offered a contract with a publisher.  Which I have now accepted.

It will be out by Christmas, and my plans are to get the final edits done in time.

As you all know I had planned to self-publish, but with this offer, decided to take it.

I would like to share with you a link to a guide for the self-publishers, and for those who like me will be promoting there work as well as the publishing company.  This is a really useful guide, I will be referring to it over and over again I am sure.

http://jakonrath.blogspot.co.uk/2011/05/what-works-promo-for-ebooks.html

Will keep you updated.