New Years Resolutions (or lack of them)

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Churchill was a wise man……. and his sentiment on failure is very apt…..although to look at the other side of the coin there is WC Fields who said

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no point in being a damn fool about it”

I fully intended to write a post on 1st January 2014, laying out my concerns, that my blog posts have slowed, and reaffirming my commitment to keeping it up to date with interesting content……Well….kinda failed that one…..

I succeeded in taking a noble New Year Resolution and turning it into “Ignore the blog for a year”, and had that of been my aim, I would be feeling pretty smug about now.

So, what have I been up to? Have I been scaling the treacherous peaks of Everest?, wrestling alligators in Australia?, discovering my inner self at a retreat in India?

Err, No, I have not. In fact its hard to say where I was….. Not that I can’t remember, but last year trudged by like the dull scenery on a train journey. Nothing particularly happened.

I didn’t write a lot, still have not published my book, although it is fully written and all I need is covers and formatting (which is where it was last year!)

I didn’t travel, or do anything exciting, in fact, apart from the fact I have been paid, so i know I have been at work, I can’t really list a lot of things I did.

What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger

Well I am not dead, ….. so that must be a good sign, although statistically must be one year closer to being there

Bur rather than promise anything, I will just reaffirm my commitment to making a regular appearance, and hopefully build from there…..

Just a short post for now……something is better than nothing as they say!

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The Upsetting Reality Of Modern Day Poverty.

Phil Deane:

Really powerful tale of those who fall through the cracks. Someone not wanting to be on benefits, but someone who has had some bad health luck, and how she is coping.

On of the most poignant blog posts I have read for a while

Originally posted on kathleen kerridge:

This is a post about a subject very close to home.  My home.  It is about politicians who wouldn’t know poverty if it chewed on their overpaid arses.

It’s about Jamie Oliver.

Now, to put this out there, I loved Jamie.  For years and years, I idolised the man.  He taught me to cook, when I could barely operate a Pot Noodle and we lived off Smash (dehydrated potatoes) and pasta (we even overcooked that).  I would watch all his shows and learn, slowly, from the TV.  In less than a year, I was able to cook a three course meal for 15 people.  Gourmet became easy and I was soon laughing my way through 3 meat roasts and cooked-from-scratch curries.  I owe my skill in the kitchen to Jamie.  I have a lot to thank him for.

Jamie Oliver was good to watch, when I had money.  Before I had…

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tribute to Roald Dahl

Phil Deane:

Without doubt the best children’s author of all time.

Originally posted on whizzbang 1698:

CCF-RDBritish novelist, short story writer, poet, fighter pilot & screenwriter Roald Dahl sadly passed away on 23rd November 1990 at the age of 74 of a blood disease, myelodysplastic syndrome, in Oxford, and was buried in the cemetery at St Peter and St Paul’s Church in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, England.Born 13 September 1916 in Llandaff, Cardiff, Wales. He was named after the polar explorer Roald Amundsen. Dahl first attended The Cathedral School, Llandaff. Thereafter, he transferred to Saint Peter’s Boarding School in Weston-super-Mare, and in 1929, he attended Repton School in Derbyshire, During his school years He was never seen as a particularly talented writer , although He excelled at sports, and was made captain of the school fives and squash teams, and also played  football. As well as having a passion for literature, he also developed an interest in photography and often carried a camera with him. During his years…

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Five free books from the PDP Catalogue

Phil Deane:

Great Offer, from a small independant publisher.

Grab them while you can!

Originally posted on Paddy's Daddy Publishing Blog:

Grab yourself five FREE kindle books from Paddy’s Daddy Publishing’s catalogue. On promotion from 20th November 2013 until the 22nd November 2013. We hope you enjoy the novels and consider leaving reviews once you’ve completed them.

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Friday Feeling….

 

keep-writing-with-friday-feelingI seem to have woken up this morning (late morning) with that Friday feeling, I am not sure why necessarily, it could be I got a good nights sleep, or simply I am not working today (That’s real work, not writing work)

 

 

 

But I do get to spend the rest of the day hopefully finishing the revisions to my book, and get it back to my editor.

On that note, I really need to express thanks to Stephanie Dagg, who is editing the book. She really is making the difference to the quality and flow of the book.

When I sent it to her, I thought it was pretty tight. I had worked hard on the grammar (not my strong suit), and spelling, and in a way, kind of hoped she would send it back and tell it was perfect the way it was.

Not that I mind revisions, or that I find criticism hard to take, but I wanted to see how good I was.

Well good news, is that there were not that many spelling errors (Thanks F7!), but the grammar was obviously pretty bad!

After I fixed all the issues, and worked through the revisions (not too many thankfully), and I am reading it back, it now seems to flow so much better. I hate it when you are reading a book, and then you think

“Whoa, hold on a minute, what did that say?”

And then you scan back up to re-read a passage to make sure you know exactly what is going on.

Well, with her work, I have not found myself doing that at all, it seems to flow nicely, the language is tightened, and the extra “fluff” bits have been removed.

And although it still needs to go through a final proofread, and maybe a couple of small changes, it is so close to being ready.

So thanks Steph!

Now, back to writing.

Enjoy your Friday!

 

 

Stephanie Dagg’s website can be found at http://edit-my-book.com/ 

She also has twitter, a blog and all sorts of great interesting tips and tricks to read about.

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My Book is being Edited…. And the Editor is…..

 

The editing of my book is underway…..

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It was a tough decision who to pick to edit the book.

I narrowed it down to two editors, based on personal recommendation, and agreement they would edit a small sample, so I could see how they work.

I sent it along to both of them, and waited for it to come back.

The standard of work from both, was of a super high standard.

I sent the first two chapters, both of which I had been over and over and over, so as far as I was concerned they were perfect.

 

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My Book is Finished–An Emotional Rollercoaster.

 

Well, I am feeling kind of emotional right now.

I just completed the final draft of my book and am about to send it off to be edited.

This book has been on-going since November 2011, and has gone through four different drafts.

An emotional rollercoaster is an understatement.

I have laughed and cried. And even just today, I started laughing while I was crying.

 

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