Monday, February 18, 2008

Wellie Boots On


Sadly I haven't had much writing time since submitting my Instant Seduction Contest entry and my latest novella sub - however I have been busy...


GARDENING.


Hard but satisfying work.


Pulling out all the dead wood, having a forage to see what's got life and what's best forgotten and generally breathing fresh oomph into the place.


Much like a good hard edit and polish :)

Monday, February 11, 2008

Lordy Lordy!

Just read Fiona Harper's English Lord, Ordinary Lady - wistful sigh! 'Twas fab. Go read it.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

A Free Read!

The Unique Enterprises Blog is currently featuring one of my SHORTIE stories to celebrate the LOVED UP month of February.

I'm loving dabbling in short short stories right now. I figure it's good for honing the craft, writing short - and it's huge fun dipping into new characters.

Click here for a freebie Valentine-linked read.

jx

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Tagged

I promised I'd share some snippets on my current project. The novella - working title Wedding Fever - is virtually done, at final final polish stage and should be on the tick as done list come end of the weekend.

So what's it about? Well it's aimed at the sister publisher of the lovely company that released Taking The Leap and it's hopefully for an anthology. It's the story of Flick - desperate bridesmaid who's tripped down the aisle in a supporting role no less than ten times before. It's also the story of Rod - novice best man and fire truck driving hunk. The two of them spar from the off, but then in true romantic style - sometimes the people who get under our skin the most...are the ones we most want to have come out to play with us.

Anyway it's been a hoot writing it and I'm crossing my fingers that it'll hit the marker. P.S. A big thank you to a special person called J for helping poke me into action with the first chapters.

The lovely Jess tagged me - ouch. Read below for more info:


Here's my TAG requirements below (only I'm cheating on the last one and not tagging six others because I'm a Billy No Mates ggg and will suffice with - if you read this and want to do it I'll send you a treat if you do it and tell me about it, and that's a promise):

Rules:
Link to the person that tagged you
Post the rules on your blog
Share six non-important things/habits/quirks about yourself
Tag six random people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs
  • I regularly eat cheese (cheddar) and jam (strawberry) on a sandwich. It's yummy - though my husband shudders (just as I do at his marmite habit).
  • I'm a bath-a-holic since getting pregnant. The baby LOVED her bathing bliss time. And I just crave having a nice fragrant soak - it also helps me unwind character and plot knots (Marcy can attest to this one oh yeah).
  • I've turned into a smells nut - have to use the same essential oils soap, my fave bubble bath and my fave Yankee Candle *Willow Breeze* to unwind in the evenings...I'm turning into a very rigid creature of habit (which scares me!)
  • When I was 16 I used to model my hair (for hair mag photos) Cringe, I know. But I have very strong thick dark hair that gel can scuplt like araldite.
  • I have a thing for dark pink roses - love 'em to bits. And at the garden centre you'll usually find me among the David Austin roses umming and ahhing. Dead heading my garden is a nightmare though. I like to think of my roses as 'a confection of pinks'.
  • Some places that stir my wee beating heart are - Provence, South of France and Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands. I also long to visit Vienna (so that I can listen to Ultravox on headphones, have whipped cream hot choc and take in the ambience!)
So I'm done. Now back to polishing. That's writing polishing - not the furniture variety (which will have to wait gg).

Friday, February 01, 2008

Projects A-Go-Go

I've a lot of things to do right now.

A novella that's finished in draft and needs a really good hard polish. I'll post some info on it once it's done, dusted and causing me less grief (it is fun though - gg).

A non fiction piece that's been given a semi go-ahead and needs me to get stuck in soon.

And a manuscript half way through that needs dedicated time.



Help me grasp the nettles!



Eyes down for pic of new glasses...hmmm they're still growing on me.