I am taking part in the 5 Year Project, and my aim is to get a novel written and published.
As regular readers know, I have partly succeeded, because I have written two novels. The first one is historical fiction, set in the Tang Dynasty, China. Sadly the novel remains unpublished. I have been unable to get an agent interested, despite good feedback. Either agents don’t “feel passionate” or it’s “not the type of thing we’re looking for.” Continue reading “August update: the final draft”
As a writer, you learn to expect the unexpected.
I discovered, almost by accident, that I am on the shortlist for an award…
for my non-fiction book
Walking the English Coast: A Beginner’s Guide.
The International Rubery Book Award is designed specifically for small independent presses and for self-published writers.
I notice that the winners for of the 2015 and 2016 non-fiction awards were both books about the coast. For that reason, and because the standard seems very high, I don’t expect to win. But it’s wonderful to be shortlisted.
Here is what they say about my book:
Walking the English Coast: A Beginner’s Guide
A book written by a GP who decided to follow her own advice about fitness and embarked on the ambitious project of walking all 5,500 miles of the British Coast. Written in a deceptively straightforward style, it offers practical advice that you feel you ought to know, but actually don’t, from what shoes to wear to how to deal with cows. It’s the kind of book you glance at, intending to pick out a few sections, then can’t put down.
It’s been a dry period for my writing.
I’ve entered several short stories into competitions with no luck and continued my fruitless quest for agents for my two novels, again with no luck…
It’s been a long time since I submitted my book and, to be honest, I thought it had been rejected. What a great way to start the week! And it’s funny what some encouragement will do… it spurred me on to find a developmental editor for my sci-fi novel.
Time to move forward and get my next book published.
In August 2013, I signed up for Misha’s 5 year project. My goal was to finish writing a novel and to get it published.
I’ve actually finished TWO novels, but the sticking point is getting an agent interested in my work. Continue reading “Writing: update time”
Stuck for Christmas presents? Try buying books.
Gift ideas for Xmas?
I really don’t know much about selling, but I’ve shifted a few copies of my non-fiction book, Walking the English Coast, in the past few weeks.
People are buying copies as presents for other people, or even as presents for themselves.
In the New Year we start thinking about exercise and make resolutions to get healthy. So, in January I expect demand will go up! Continue reading “Is Christmas the right time to buy a book about walking?”
Yesterday was the last day of NaNoWriMo
Apart from one day of panic, when I thought I might have sucked my brain dry of inspiration, I’ve done pretty well during this NaNo month.
30 short stories in 30 days is no mean feat.
Yesterday, it was time to come up with my final story and I turned to a wisp of an idea that’s been gentle wafting through my mind for some time.
It involved a woman searching for her tortoise. And finding love instead.
Anyway, that’s it. #30days30shorts over and done with. Now follows the most important part of any writing spree: the dreaded editing!
Illustrating the stories
Somebody asked me where I found the illustrations I used in this series of NaNo posts.
- I searched for Creative Commons Zero images (CC0) on sites such as Unsplash, Pixabay and Pexels,
- opened them in my Corel PaintShop Pro programme,
- modified them with line drawings on my Wacom pad,
- and experimented with various photo manipulation tricks.
It’s been great fun finding suitable images and converting them for each piece.
Creating the illustrations took almost as much effort as writing the stories themselves. Should have really called this project #30days30shorts30pics Anyway, here’s a gallery of them all: