When it’s been busy.
I think we can all agree that my blog has been a tad quiet over the last month, in fact, it’s fair to say I’ve totally neglected it, only using it for my own selfish reasons (have you seen about the Free School yet? Have you? Have you put your childs name down if you live in Lincoln? DO IT DO IT DO IT).
Anyway, things have been crazy, I have so much to tell you, and every time I plan to sit down and write about something funny, (have you ever tried to create a “rubbish Spider-Man suit”? It’s not as easy as you think, and The Chunky Monkey as a three-nager? HELP), something happens.
Nothing to worry about, just life getting in the way. I mean, how can a five and three year old have such a frantic social life? Then there’s work. That has been absorbing my every not child infiltrated minute, which usually means when I’m woken up at night my mind doesn’t switch off, which has lead to a pretty big decision.
As of the new year, writing stories will be my full time work. I’ve been gripping on to the tail of marketing, it’s been my safety net in case “it didn’t work out”, but I’ve realised writing kind of has to work out, it’s what I’m meant to do. Plus, The Chunky Monkey, I want to spend a bit more time with him, so we’ve moved some bits around, and now I get extra time with two out of the four things I love (the other two are Mr Aimee and The Beast incase you’re wondering).
How corny am I? Perhaps I’ve had too many mince pies.
ANYWAY, after having a brief falling out with THE NOVEL (by brief I swore at it and very nearly deleted it all, because I don’t really know how to delete everything on Scrivener yet she’s saved in dropbox to see another day). So, Social Status is still there, playing on my mind, little notes frantically being added to the one notepad I carry around, that hasn’t been destroyed by The Chunky Monkey. But we are taking a break, and in true Ross and Rachel style, I’m cheating on her for a while.
I had a really positive chat with somebody mid December, she’s my logical voice who is always there to drag me out of a meltdown and as a result of that chat, I decided to sample a short story with Dottie from Survival of the Ginnest. In a rush of a week I wrote, edited, bribed my very clever designing friend to create a cover, and released Survival of the Christmas Spirit with very little fanfare on Friday 20th December.
I’m a little overwhelmed with the response to be honest, I didn’t know what to expect, I’d not farmed it out to any bloggers, and the fact that I’d decided to do it over the course of about a week meant I’d done very little marketing at all. So to all of you who bought it a massive thank you. Really, it means so much (also if you liked it, it would also mean a lot of you wrote me a lovely review too – please and thank you click here).
So, now I’m thinking a lot about The Survival Series, about Dottie, about Henry her husband, and also about another character in another story I might tell you about in a few weeks, once I’ve had a play.
This isn’t what I was hoping, I was hoping to finish Social Status and decide what to do, but I’m not ready for you to read that yet. I will go back to her later in the year once we’ve had some space.
In the meantime, here are a few things we’ve been up to over the last month.