Wow, I’ve been busy the last few weeks. Perhaps I should change the title of this post to Oh, what a month!
As we’re rapidly flying through June I’m reminded of my New Years Aims and Resolutions but I think I’ll review those another time (and perhaps catch up on a few too beforehand!).
So that last few weeks have been rather crazy. There’s plenty of plans afoot with the Girls’ Guide to Surviving the Apocalypse which has left me planning, writing, meeting other creative people to get them involved and more. Hopefully all this planning will come to something in the next few months and I can announce the GGSA’s plans to take over the world but for the moment, it’s rather a secret mission, so sssh! Until then, I’ve discovered where I want to do all my shopping: The Monster Supply Shop in London. Check them out here.
Resident Writers is also going well and every week we seem to be attracting new members. This week we also attended the Exeter Respect festival where we made poetry bunting which was a fun challenge and I’m really proud of the poem I wrote: real love means the time given to ghosts.
The Resident Writers were also invited to the book launch of ‘Tell the Wolves I’m Home’ by one of our writers, Carol Riftka Brunt which was incredibly exciting. We met some really interesting people and were lucky enough to hear Carol give a reading from her book, as well as taste some of her amazing baking.
I’ve also submitted a short story for ‘The Nun and The Dragon‘ which will be published in ebook format by the newly formed publishers ‘Fox Spirit‘. I’m exceptionally honoured to have been asked to contribute to this anthology and I’m hopeful there will be more in the future so watch this space!
I’m in the middle of Camp NaNoWriMo. As normal, it’s taken me a while to get into the swing of things but I’ve caught up and am writing a sequel to last years efforts ‘The Vampire’s Bodyguard’. I’m loving returning to a couple of my favourite characters and I’m already planning the next book in the series! The only negative thing about the Camp NaNoWriMo is that we were placed in ‘cabins’ with other writers. I’d love the opportunity to chat on the message boards but I seemed to be in a silent cabin! None of the other writers are chatting or really taking part. However, I put in a request to change and now I’m surrounded by lovely writers who seem to be enjoying the Camp as much as me. Luckily I’ve got friends on Facebook and Twitter who are writing so we’re keeping each other going, along with a lot of coffee!
The last week of May I was offered the chance to guest blog on Vie Hebdomadaires which was an interesting and challenging experience. I wrote four pieces for them, ‘What Writing Means to Me‘, ‘What Are You Reading‘, ‘Round the World in 80 Flavours‘, and ‘Luck of the Draw‘ but the piece I struggled with the most was my addition to the short story. Two earlier writers had started an interesting piece with two characters but if I’m honest, I didn’t ‘connect’ with the characters as I’d hoped I would and in only 1000 words it was tricky to move the story forward. However, I introduced two new characters and the feedback I’ve had from people who read it has been positive. I won’t spoil the ending for you but you can read my contribution and the rest here.
Thrown into the mix is new temp jobs, plans to meet up with friends in far flung places of the globe and attempts at BBQ’s in the garden. Phew, what a week!