editing, writing

Latest The Backup Girl Edit

I think I have either editing fatigue or I’m just lazy, probably the latter. I’m doing another draft of The Backup Girl at the moment and I’m mentally done with it. How many more times do I have to go over it? But I hadn’t even touched it since last Novemeber as I wanted to give my brain some time between drafts. But there always seems to be something to fix 😦 Currently I am only half wat through this draft. I was hoping that I would have it done around this time. Now I’m hopeing to hvae it done by mid year. I’m using my holiday back to Australia as the due date for self-publication.

editing, emotions, personal, writing

Four books a year?

I just finished reading this article which talks about how many books a person should write. By the way, the answer is how many they want.

But it was in response to this article about someone saying that writers shouldn’t write four books a year. Reading through her article I can see her point. What is your end game? Be known for producing a few top quality novels? Or maybe churning out more but lesser quality ones? Or maybe you just want to pump up your catalog?

In relation to me, my books and stories are beginning to seem like they might be shorter works. Not like the contracted 100,000 words a publisher wants. I don’t think I can write a novel that long. They end up the length they end up. I don’t have a word limit goal in mind when I start them. And I’m not going to pad up the story with things that aren’t needed.

Thank people for creating self-publishing websites and platforms. It’s them that have allow people like me to achieve my dreams. I don’t think I’d be able to do it with traditional publishing houses. And maybe that’s a good thing too.


Book Cover, Mental Notes

Second book cover image :)

I finally got around to buying a designing my book cover image for my short story 🙂 I originally bought the large image, but it was too big for the text I wanted to use, so i got the medium. By the looks of how it uploaded onto my blog it looks like the picture will be big enough for smashwords 🙂


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My second book :)

Just finished a 3rd draft of my new book – Mental Notes. It’s a YA mystery novella. This little book just came out of nowhere for me to write it. The genre is so easy to write as well 🙂 Editing this book is nothing like Feet or Fins. I think I might have this one done within the month 🙂 I have done up a page for the book, it’s just lacking a book cover image. But I’ll create one soon.

I should write novella’s more often. This one was a breeze and without the need for an overly complex worl like my other books means I churned this one out in weeks.

advice, Book Cover, editing, emotions, personal, writing

Second story on the way – Mental Note(s)

Just finished the first draft of my young adult novella 🙂 Mental Note(s) (the title so far) and it’s just past 16,000 words 🙂

I’ve had the bones of this story since late 2009, but it has changed so much since then. I was thinking that it would be a full on novel, but this shorter style suits it more. At this moment I’m going to leave the 2nd draft for a week or so and then rip it apart. But at the moment I’m looking at stock photos for the cover. I thought I had found the right one the other day, but after going back and looking some more I’ve found lots of others that I’m interested in 🙂

editing, writing

All my new stories from 2016

Once you go sci-fi you can’t go back.

It appears that in the last year I have been working on nothing but sci-fi story ideas. Being inspired by The Force Awakens has really left a deep impression on me. I’ve got a fourth story being mulled out atm 🙂 I’m writing down my thoughts on it as I type.

I’ve written and edited twice over a draft of one YA Sci-fi, I’m almost finished writing another and I’ve got two other stories in their beginning stages 🙂 But I think it is going to be quite a while before they see the light of day 😦