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Summer Holidays v Writing Time?

We are officially on our summer holidays. The boys are loving being at home and are playing with all their toys (Dr.Who today) and dressing up clothes as I'm attempting to keep house and home together. My husband tootles off to work each morning ('Bye Darling!') and I get on with the near impossible tasks I have to do as mother, wife, daughter, friend, cook, cleaner, doctor, vet, entertainer, artist, Sarah Jane Smith (for my boys, not my husband - don't give him any ideas), recycler, gardener . . . .

There is one job missing. Writer. When do I get the time to write now?????!!!!!

My boys are my life. All three of them. But I'm struggling to fit it all in! Today I've managed about five tasks and then a knight in shining armour appeared. Okay, it was actually my Dad - Grandpa - in his silver VW Golf arriving to take the boys to Sherwood Forest for the day. Hoorah!

So after coffee and catch up with Dad, loading the washer, waving off Grandpa and two exciting, nois…

New meds - new ideas!

Well, as you know I'm always looking for that silver lining, the good in every person and situation. My rose coloured glasses are currently being used to full effect. But I must tell you how I'm managing to find new inspiration. . . . .
After my Friday appointment at the pain clinic, I'm now trialling a new drug to help with my pelvic/lower back pain. As I already have a daily dose of 62.5mcg of morphine patch to deal with, on top of anti-inflammatory medication, my pelvic pain had really been reduced since my pelvic reallignment back in November. Since then, I've spent twelve weeks weaning myself off Tramadol (addicts - I know what you're going through!) then another sixteen weeks purging the stuff completely out of my system. This has left me with permanent double vision - only mild but wearing contact lenses is now out of the question, as I need glasses with the addition of a prism in my left lens and mild balance issues.
The lower back pain was still present th…

'Driftwood' coming along very nicely!

I've been a little knocked out this week - I think my busy days are always followed by a fuzzy day for me, but being busy writing has made me push myself a little more than I usually do - made the mistake of taking codeine and sleeping all day Wednesday which was not good!!! Walking with sticks now though, not very far, but using my muscles more and feeling much more positive as a result. I'm learning my limits - a little walk each day, writing, housework, coffee and chat most days (to keep us all sane) and family life - very full days in every way imaginable - I couldn't imagine living my old life now. Although I loved it back then, I love my life now - it's very different but I'm happy. Poor but happy!

Driftwood & Amethyst is now in the copyediting stage - I won't hear anything back for a few weeks and then the time will come for re-edits (perhaps) Nerve-wracking!

Creating the copy for my blurb (there must be a better word) on the back of my book, author …

Driftwood & Amethyst to be published!

After an exhausting trawl of publishers and agents, many of whom wrote positively about the manuscript yet were unwilling to take on a new author - a measly 3% of new authors earn publication this way - I am working with Xlibris who will be publishing my children's novel, 'Driftwood & Amethyst',  over the next 3-4 months.
I cannot believe the wheels are finally in motion - it's taken three long years alongside chronic illness, hospital visits and operations not to mention raising a young family with a self-employed husband (need I say more?!) and the first steps are finally under way.

Quite a few pieces to work on over the next couple of weeks:
BiographyBrief synopsisFront coverand in the mean time, my manuscript is going through the copyediting process (this process is harrowing - much worse than sending a child to school for the first time) and I'm wrestling with the 'Shall I Shan't I' of returning to Facebook. Maybe I'm addicted. I'll give…