Blogging about solo walking
I enjoy visiting blogs written by women walkers, and that’s how I found Emily (via a Twitter retweet). Emily was looking for guest bloggers, and I pitched a piece to her. Since her blog was all about female adventurers, I suggested a blog on solo walking.
Women Who Walk Alone
The post was published in July 2017. We both tweeted about the post, and it was shared on Facebook. It was great to organise my thoughts and write a piece with a feminist slant.
Blogging about hiking and running challenges
I was emailed by someone putting together a blog post for Trespass. She wanted a few quotes about my self-imposed hiking challenge, including tips for beginners. I sent her a few lines, and the post was published in July. I appear at the bottom of a long article.
Best Hiking and Running Challenges – from Beginners to Pros
Bovine distractions get in the way of progress.
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. Since then, I’ve completed two novels. Continue reading “July Update: forwards towards publication”
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.
I just want to get my novels OUT there.
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. Since then, I’ve written and published a number of non-fiction pieces, and I’ve actually completed two novels:
- The Reluctant Scribe: a historical novel set in the Tang Dynasty, 6th century, China, following the fortunes of a young boy who dreams of becoming a warrior.
- The Orbital Contract: a YA sci-fi novel, set in a futuristic world and full of spaceships and danger.
Continue reading “Writing Update, June 2017”