Such a Simple Little Thing

I think the most exciting part of this whole process was when a box full of my books arrived on my door step. To see the physical finished product with my name printed on the cover, it was amazing.

I may have squealed a bit and danced around the room in my excitement.

It also taught me a lot about the publishing process and I will probably do things a bit differently the next time around. In the meantime, I Have a Book!!

But to any other writers out there I highly recommend publishing a hard copy, even just to get one for yourself. Not only is it a great milestone to achieve but the sensation when you see all your hard work printed as an actual book is something you just have to experience for yourself.

Plus it means your book can live on your bookshelf surrounded by all your favourites.



New Challenges

I recently ordered a batch of paperback editions of Coffee, Cats and An Act of Murder and while waiting for them to arrive I have been thinking again about my author’s signature. I’ve been scribbling on paper for a while now and I have to say it is proving harder than I thought.

It is most likely that I am overthinking it but nothing seems quite right.

If anyone has some tips or advice I would greatly welcome it.



A little bit of writing

Between work and study I have had little energy for writing lately. I am planning/writing what should be my next major story, the first book of the series is currently name The House of Broken. The plan for today is to edit the next episode of Cats and Cauldrons though I think I require more coffee before I start.

Also I have written a new short story as part of the writing challenge I run with my students so once I have given it a quick edit I will post it up.

For now I shall make a coffee in the biggest mug I have and settle in to edit Cats and Cauldron: What is Written. And if that goes well I may write some more on The House of Broken, but more likely I will play some Tomb Raider.


On this rainy Sunday

I do love a rainy day, the cool air, the earthy smell, and no temptation to spend all day out in the sun. And as I am happily stuck inside I thought I should put the time to good use. I’ve been making notes for a new story and I think now is a good time to start.

Though I usually prefer coffee, today is a tea drinking kind of day and my current tea of choice is Peppermint. Wish me luck.



A new short story and more

It took a little bit longer that I had planned but I finished writing the short horror story featuring my dog Izzy. It is based around some of my dog’s odd behaviour.

You can read it for free here: Fair Warning

I feel that I could work more on this story later and maybe add some more background to it. But it took longer to write then I had planned so I need to get back to editing my latest Cats and Cauldrons story.


I have also been making notes for a new 3 part novel I hope to start in the next few months.

And stay tuned for some big new about Coffee, Cats and An Act of Murder coming in the next few days.

Wow I have been busy, probably need to take a nap.


Blurbs are hard

I think writing this blurb is the hardest thing I have done so far. Trying to write a small description that sums up the content and tone of the story while not giving too much away.

Everything I write just seems so bland to me. Has anyone else had this struggle?


Bad Timing

Why does this always happen to me? I will be trying to write all day, managing to pen only bits and pieces. But now that it is late at night and I want to go to sleep the words keep coming. I would just give up and go to bed anyway but I would only lie awake thinking of what to write.

My only hope is that my body will let me sleep in tomorrow, but I doubt it.



In the meantime

I finished writing an episode of Cats and Cauldrons a few days back, but I am leaving it to the side for a while before I go over and edit it. So in the meantime I am having a little fun writing a short story about my dog’s strange habit of growling at everything.

Keep an eye out, hopefully I’ll post it in a few days.



So what have you been doing?

So I have been on holidays for the last few weeks and still have another week until I start back at work. You would think in that time that I would have been hugely productive and made some progress towards publishing Coffee, Cats and An Act of Murder, but no.

I have been writing though. I have been polishing 2 short stories that I am going to enter into a competition, which is pretty exciting. This is my first time entering a writing comp.

I have also been working on and just completed another short tale in the Cats and Cauldrons series. Yay!

Overall, I have been productive and writing but maybe not so focused on some of the writing I should be doing. I still have a week of holidays left; maybe I can make a sudden publishing break through.