Author Journal 23rd – 29th June 2022

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I had hoped to share a decent leap in my progress this week, but alas, that was not to be.

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Things in Scots: Running the Asset Edition – Gaither

It’s another Things in Scots day, or Friday if you want to call it that. 😁 As I mentioned in previous posts, it’s challenging to find snippets that don’t contain spoilers… or torrid sex scenes. 😈 But, I managed to find something that doesn’t give anything away, and it doesn’t have anything more than some naughty thoughts going on in the text.

Here’s the snippet… (mid-editing draft!)

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Author Journal 16th – 22nd June 2022

Hiya 👋

It was only a matter of time before I hit a roadblock with editing. Mainly because editing is a mammoth task, and like with any job this big, it’s inevitable to stumble along the way. And stumble I did.

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Things in Scots: Gies a Scots Phrase Day

According to Scottish Twitter, it’s #GiesAScotsPhraseDay (give us a Scots phrase) today! And, luckily for me, it’s a Things in Scots post day!

As I can’t think of a complete Scots phrase in Running the Asset (off the top of my), other than stick the heid oan, I’ll share this one with you.

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Author Journal 9th – 15th June 2022

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Last week I shared that I set up a timetable to help me focus on my edits. I also mentioned that I’d probably not stick to it. My prediction was correct, but not to the extent I’d internally feared. Yay!

The timetable I set up is a fantasy. The fact I actually stuck to it 70-ish% of the time is shocking to me. The times I did stick to it, I saw a considerable increase in my focus on the job–and a boost in my overall productivity. 🤓

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Things in Scots: Running the Asset Edition – Bide

Hiya! It’s getting pretty hard to find a Scots word in the manuscript that doesn’t contain spoilers. 😬 Even though this one comes from later in the story, it’s not much of a spoiler, thankfully!

Here’s the snippet… (mid-editing draft!)

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Author Journal 2nd – 8th June 2022


Last week taught me a couple of things. First, editing for myself requires so much more discipline than when I did it for clients 😬. And second, I need to take a serious look at my daily work schedule.

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Things in Scots: Running the Asset Edition – Mibbe

Hiya! I thought I’d open this week’s post with a huge thanks to everyone who gave me feedback on the stick the heid oan post. You’ve saved my future readers a big headache (😂 ) in figuring out what it means. There are a couple of ways to deal with it, either I mention the word headbutt close to the phrase, or I just remove it. I’m leaving it for future Susan to deal with 😉.

This week’s word is an everyday word in Scots, as is its translation into English. Oh, and it’s pronounced mih-bey.

[I don’t tend to add a set-up for these scenes, but when I read this wee snippet back, I realised I had no clue where they were. Adam and Elle (and Dani–Elle’s sister who is offscreen) are in a restaurant in Marseille, France–the bulk of the book is set there.]

Here’s the snippet… (unedited first draft)

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Author Journal 26th May – 1st June 2022

Where did the time go? The last two weeks have flown by, and my holiday is over. We had a wonderfully relaxing time as we celebrated our anniversaries. Chilling out at home, watching movies and playing original Halo on co-op! (Thank you for all your warm wishes for us both 💖)

With that much-needed break under my belt, it’s time to get back to work on the editing 😬

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Author Journal 12th – 25th May 2022

This week’s entry covers the next two weeks, which can only mean that I’m taking a break and plan to do sod all during that time (other than catch up on your comments 💖 and some blog and book reading 🎉 ).

Last week was my first one away from writing the actual story. I’d thought it would be relatively simple and not too taxing on the brain… Until I sat down at my desk at 0600 on Thursday…

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