Oh what a week!

June 10, 2012 at 7:22 pm

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.

Carol Rifka Brunt Book Launch

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!

What a week!

April 14, 2012 at 7:00 am

It’s been another busy week. Luckily Monday was a Bank Holiday here in the UK so I didn’t have to work (which annoyingly means no money as I’m still temping! But a couple of rest days were definitely needed). I also celebrated Easter as only an Apocalypse Girl can, by making a zombie themed Easter Bonnet!

Monday saw my interrogation by Cat Connor go live. You can read my answers to who would turn me gay, my drink preferences and most importantly all about my writing here. It was fun to answer all of Cat’s questions and it’s got me thinking about all the wonderful people in my own life who I’d like to know more about so I might start asking a few questions of my own.

This week was also our third meeting of Resident Writers. The group is still going well and I think we’re generating some buzz (we’re a writers group who actually meets to write, unlike most down here in Exeter). I’m still struggling somewhat with the poetry aspects but it’s a skill I know I need to develop and this week I actually wrote a poem which didn’t see me want to curl up in embarrassment and die so I was quite happy. My partner in crime, Oriana, and I have plenty more plans afoot so keep checking back for more updates and I promise as soon as I’ve edited some of my work I’ll put it on here.

It was also my last week at the temp job I’ve had for a month. I have to be honest, I wasn’t sad to leave. While some of the people I was working with were nice, I was leaving my house at 7.15am every day to walk to the other side of town to catch the bus – door to door was taking 45minutes! I’ve always said that I’m not a morning person but this very much took the biscuit. I’ve been absolutely shattered for the last month, with long hours and a lack of sleep meaning I’ve been tired and grumpy with every one. Was safe to say that hubby and Oriana, and probably everyone else I’ve groused to or at this month, joined me in raising a glass to getting a different job with nicer working hours.

I’ve not written much this week, except at Resident Writers. The other problem with the job I had was that I was too tired to write anything in the evenings and my creativity has suffered but that was last week, there’s new opportunities in the next so bring it on!


Resident Writers

March 11, 2012 at 7:49 pm

One of my latest projects is setting up a writing group with my friend Oriana. I’ll be honest, she’s a lot more technologically minded than I am and has created a fabulous website for us, complete with logo (see above). Check out the website here.

Our aim is to become a resource for writers all over the South West and beyond!

We’ve got our first meeting on Monday 12th March, in the Bike Shed in Exeter which will be interesting and fun – I’m excited and nervous at the same time. We’ve invited an eclectic group of people and I’ve been busy working on different writing exercises for us to use. It feels as if I’m going back to my teaching days! Check back here on Monday and I’ll let you know how it goes :-)

Anyway, I’ve written my first post for the site about getting the most out of writers conferences, which you can read here.

Happy writing :-)