Aimee Horton

On Missing The Blog

Dec
29

I think it’s safe to say, I’m not the only person who’s found 2017 a bit of a whirlwind.

Personally it’s been a massive learning curve, one that I’ve enjoyed. YES I may have had a tantrum or two, I may have been filled with self doubt and considered packing it all in and becoming a driver for Domino’s Pizza…but as my husband pointed out, I would be fired for pulling up and stuffing my first delivery into my gob. Hmph.

I’ve redrafted and tweaked, and revised my novel for over a year now, and as I approach the stage where I send it back to my agent with everything crossed, I can’t believe the progress I’ve made. It’s a totally different, but (hopefully) improved book, and for once I feel quite proud of what I’ve achieved.

But saying that, I still feel that I’m missing something when it comes to writing, and after a bit of soul searching I realised I missed updating my blog. I was quite surprised when I discovered this, I mean, how can I miss writing about writing, when in real life, when people ask about it, I get all flustered and embarrassed and feel like a fraud? How can I miss updating you on my #littleloves when I always tell people how boring and dull I am?

Who knows? But I do, so I’m going to make an effort to keep you up-to-date with things…whether you like it or not!

The other thing I realised this year, is how much I love being part of the writing community. Authors are a very supportive bunch, and there was a wonderful thread about empowering women writers started by @myfanwycollins a couple of weeks ago which you can read here …. It made me realise how happy my old #writethinking section on the blog made me. A place for writers at all stages in their careers to write a post and share their thoughts… Which is why I’ve decided to revive it. There are some very exciting new posts coming in the new year, but in the mean time you can check out some older posts here, and if you’re interested in joining in just get in touch.

And with that, now it’s dark outside, I am going to pour myself a sneaky gin and snuggle down with my book.

Happy New Year to you all,

Aimee x

 

 

#LittleLoves – School’s Out!

Jul
29

 

It’s the first week of the holidays, and I’d be lying if I said the kids had totally driven me mad, because they’ve hardly been here. It just fell that I had stuff to do this week so the boys have been at Mad Science camp for two days, and right now they’re currently trashing my friends house. She’s a very good friend.

But having a week with only one day to lie in has made me appreciate how much we all need it, so I’m very much looking forward to spending time with them over the next few days. I bet this time  next week I’m not quite so loving.

Read

I turned to twitter the other day for my next read, and got some great suggestions – all of which are now on my holiday reading list. However I opted for Lie With Me by Sabine Durrant. Currently I’m loving it, although I always find it strange that I dislike the leading character, which I do right now!

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Watched

On Sunday we went camping. Have I mentioned I hate camping (check over on instagram before you answer that). But it was lovely in the evening to see the boys frolic around outside the tent and play together like best friends.

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When we got back to civilisation we started watching BOSCH on Amazon Prime. It’s in the same league as 24. AWFUL but I can’t help but LOVE it.

 

Made

Progress!! I’m working on a new project – which isn’t Dottie related I’m afraid – and it’s got me buzzing. I’m so excited about it, and hope to share it with you all in the a few months…

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Wore

I might have hated camping, but I loved the excuse to wear my new leopard print joggers. I KNOW not to everyone’s taste, but they are cosy and lovely!

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Heard

Apart from somebody humming at 5.30am while I was camping (GRR) I’ve been listening to Oh Dear Silvia by Dawn French. It’s the first Dawn French book I’ve read/listened too, and it’s not at all what I expected…but that’s not a bad thing! I also love how they’ve done the audiobook, it’s almost like a radio play than somebody just reading a story.

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And Lastly…

On Friday 1st July I launched – along with my two amazing friends Kate and Charlotte THE TAKE. A site for women by women. Please check it out and let me know what you think. There is also the opportunity to submit your own posts and we’ve already had some amazing ones and that makes me happy. 

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Happy GIN Day!

Jun
11

What a gin day it has been, I may have had a glass of gin after my brunch this morning (Williams Chase GB Extra Dry in case you were wondering) and then after a fab night at Elton John last night, we went to collect the boys from my mum and then it was straight off to a party with Iron Man.

As an aside, why do we stand behind our children while they’re eating at birthday parties? I have never understood this, I just go along with the flow and stand behind my child as he ignores me, or tells me that he’s had enough and can he go and play.

Then I came home and dumped the boys are Matt so I could do one thing, and one thing only. FINISH DOTTIE.

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Technically I finished it yesterday, bar about 500 words, which at the time I wrote “BLAH BLAH BLAH fill in some crap here” but that’s not really good enough is it?

So I changed “some crap” for “something” and added “The End” and sent Mr Aimee into Sainsbogs for gin. Unfortunately he didn’t have any ID so they wouldn’t serve him, so I had to go in myself.

I had no such problem.

If truth be told this draft is a bit of a mess. Well, a lot of a mess. I spent a lot of time trying to be a grown up proper author and write a plot and an outline, and break it down by chapter etc. However, I should know by now that I just need to wing it with the first draft. Luckily by the time I got to the 30k mark (!) I realised that and the second half of the story came a lot more smoothly, and now I’m done, now I’ve written the majority of THE END I can start from the beginning and go back and make things right.

I’m actually rather excited.

So with that in mind, I’m raising a glass of my new gin Whitley Neill and enjoying the rest of the weekend before I crack on with the hard work.

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Because not only do I need to get cracking with making Dottie work for you guys, but I also need to get cracking with this lot.

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Yes, that’s right, that’s two baskets worth of laundry that needs ironing/putting away (this is why we all look like tramps right now). But it’s ok, that’s just what happens when you focus all your attention on writing a book.

ISN’T IT? TELL ME I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE!

Anyway. HAPPY GIN DAY! Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and I’ll see you on the other side of my second draft!

x

PS. If you’ve read and enjoyed any or all of my books and haven’t had chance to leave a review yet, I would really appreciate it if you clicked here for Amazon.com and here for Amazon.co.uk and just left a few words. Reviews could be the difference between somebody buying or not buying a book so I WOULD LOVE YOU FOREVER if you helped people decide to buy. x