Monday, November 30, 2009

Crazy Crofter Returns

I am pleased to divulge that I've re-started Crazy Crofter again! Yey, he went into unworkable hermit hiding but he's back full force. Welcome back Crazy Crofter and now he's much more bad boy than billionaire big shot. Fabulously exciting to write.

The jury is still out, and will be out for a wee while on Crazy Nanny, so instead I'm taking solace with the bad boy's efforts to secure his bothy croft home. Nice to take the mind elsewhere and let it run free. Especially when that place happens to be amid the glens and heather of the highlands. Yum.

Friday, November 27, 2009

My Friend, The Goldfish...

I've grown rather attached to our family pet, Charlie Bucket, the fish. Sad but true. He's a calico Oranda, has already tripled in size since he first arrived and has lost his calico stripes getting more and more orange instead.
He's kinda cute in a quiet, unobstrusive, swims/hides/loves his breakfast pellets more than life itself kinda way.

Basically he's a low maintenance source of empathy. And I'm finding myself nodding to him regularly, rewarded when he blinks back in a fishy enigmatic manner. Three months on he's still here-so what do you buy a goldfish for Xmas? Answers on a postcard please.

Monday, November 23, 2009

A Wonderful, Wonderful Book

Lately I'm having a reading fest. And it's keeping me up late at night.

If you're looking for a book that will be stuck to your hand from chapter one, look no further!

Sue Moorcroft's newly released 'Starting Over' is a hand-magnet, uplifting novel with twists and turns that'll leave you both addicted and breathless for more. Miles is a hero that just pulls at your heart and makes it race McLaren style while illustrator Tess has you rooting for her and her HEA all the way (even when she gets it wrong there's just no way you can't love this woman!)

So...buy this book. You will not be disappointed. Though strangely, having finished it, I am - withdrawal symptoms from the wonderful world of Middledip and its brilliant cast of characters. Can't wait until Sue's next one comes out in April. Thanks for a brilliant read, Sue! As addictive as hand-made, expensive Choc Lit.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Finger Licking Reading

I've been losing myself in some truly wonderful books lately.

Nina Harrington's latest Hired: Sassy Assistant which I will blog review in a few weeks...it's due to hit the shelves in January and is well worth booking your advance copy as a Christmas Giftette To Yourself! Why not? You're worth it!

And Michelle Styles's The Viking's Captive Princess. If you haven't seen the wonderful cover it's here on her website and once you start reading...it gets even more spellbinding than the inspiring artistry on the cover. Ivar is just 'to die for' and Thyre is a feisty beauty you'll be rooting for from the off. Love love loved it! Every chapter end just made me itch to read, read, read.

Reading this book, and finishing with a hugely satisfied sigh, was a wonderful way to round off an amazing year of having Michelle's fabulous mentoring advice through her annual competition. In Summary Then...

Get these books. Or regret it. Keeper shelf latest additions and the status is thoroughly well earned!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Busy Week

This week has been unproductively busy. My wee girls have had a sickness bug (bah yuk itis!)
The only up side is that wee one, when ill, loves nothing better than to snuggle all day (which I secretly enjoy) while big one has taken great comfort in lounging around with her beloved Nintendo (cooking mama is her life's passion!) Unlike her mother who has an aversion for the real kind never mind virtual cooking under critical pressure.

One brick has been decanted from my stress handbag. I got a pass on my novella but with encouraging comments about the cute and publishable story that just needs to go elsewhere. So it ain't all bad.

So maybe when the bug has passes and my life has eased a tad it might be morphing into a brick again when I send it out there once more...oh the joys of brick carrying!

How are you all anyhow?

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Bricks In A Handbag

Why is it that as soon as you have a couple of submissions out there (yes, I now have two) it's like someone's added a couple of bricks to your handbag?

One minute you're carefree and browsing life's shelves, getting on with the tasks in hand. The next. All you can think about is the sub cutting a hole into your shoulder...your brain...and your sleep patterns. Not fair.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Me and Stevie



Last night a major realisation hit me. With a THUNK.

I have a Stevie Nicks alter ego I've really never analysed until now. But it's really there, lurking...

Yes I am a big Fleetwood Mac fan. There's a copy of both Rumours and Tango In The Night in my car and actually I think the song Everywhere and its video are what spurred me to write romance in the first place. I just love that vid. Did I mention my secret thing for Highwaymen (and don't even get me onto my teen obsession with Baroness Orczy and crush on the Scarlet Pimpernel...but I digress).

So after X Factor I switched over to a music channel's Fleetwood Mac roundup. And suddenly it hit me.

I want to be 'Stevie Nicks'. Blonde (check always wanted that); wearer of romantic gypsy style clothes and long boots, frilly petticoats and perhaps even strange hats with feathers in (check perhaps because I've always been a jeans wearer there's a deep secret part of me that longs to dress up in a wispy butterfly dress and maybe even a velvet corset with BIG HAIR and just go for it...ggg). Anyway. Perhaps that's why I write romance...I have this inner 'ethereal' crazy woman whom I've never given full control to. Because she scares me...

And possibly would scare passers-by too.

So I keep my inner 'Stevie' repressed...Well, I mean. Who wants to go to Sainsbury's with mermaid hair and a velvet cloak especially with kids in tow?

Anybody else got any embarrassing alter egos? Or perhaps you have an unworn velvet cloak in the cupboard too...? Go on...fess up!

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Mouth Is Alive...

Actually that's a lie. It's my fingers that are alive!
Nothing like NaNo to get you writing feverishly and even if it's bad, does it matter? No, heck you can fix it later. It feels good to be flying fast and free.

The Mouth is Alive title is a result of Duran Duran Hungry Like The Wolf overdose. My hubbie's family brought him a huge bag of old stuff from his 'childhood home'. And guess what we found...Rio by the DD boys. So it slipped on the CD player as you can imagine.

And can I stop playing it? No. Good old Simon Le Bon. A rejection easer if there ever was one.

Monday, November 02, 2009

Life After The R Word

I've had some lovely squeezy hugs from lovely writer chums since the dreaded R. The R has got me thinking too. Thinking a little deeper about the particular requirements of the line...which I'll admit here, perhaps I pushed?? I do have a habit for sailing on in an 'I love it so everyone surely must' fashion. Perhaps this is a future wake up call to really think things through. Perhaps I pushed because I wanted it to fit. But did it really? Anyway 'if ifs and ands were pots and pans etc'.

So...the best cure? Writing again. And since it's Nanowrimo month I'm figuring a 1000 word count for November will blitz away the blues as good as any. Luckily I have a project at the 2.5k mark just waiting to be bickhoked! Happy writing Nano people. Let's make November busy!