Reblog: Silent Sunday July 18

Can’t wait to get back out on the bikes with Jez and see this view again.

Forth & Clyde Canal

Source: Silent Sunday July 18

Fan Of… My Husband

My husband, Jez, runs a weekly Fan Of… challenge. It’s less of a challenge and more of a way to share what you’re passionate about. Well, as it’s our eighteenth wedding anniversary this week (and twenty-fourth together yesterday), and as a romance writer and lover, I’m allowed to get sappy once in a while, and I thought it was pretty perfect timing to do a Fan Of…post.

My Top Ten Reasons For Why I’m A Huge Fan Of… My Husband

  1. His highbrow sense of humour.
  2. His creativity.
  3. His kindness in sharing custody of the only functioning brain cell between us.
  4. His passion for and his dedication to his photography blog is inspiring.
  5. His adorable and zany inner chimp, Godfrey, is a perfect match for my own inner chimp, Neenee.
  6. His love of nature and history.
  7. His inner strength.
  8. His unwavering support, even when I let doubt creep in.
  9. His skill in cheating at Scrabble just by saying, “it’s part of a boat,” with an impish grin.
  10. His smile. Seriously, how am I supposed to resist that?

Happy Anniversary, Sweetie! 😍

If you ever find yourself thinking, “I’m a huge fan of…” Why not share it with your blog readers and the Fan Of… community. Posts are on Mondays; check out Jez’s latest post for more information on how to join in.

Thanks for reading.

KonMari equals AWOL

It’s October and I should have been back in the word mines for a week or so by now. But, I’m not.

After my week off at the end of August it seemed pointless getting back to work only to have another week off for my birthday—sounds like a lot of off time, but I hadn’t had a day off since June.

Anyway, after my time off I sat down to work and found that I couldn’t. I just kept getting distracted by the neatly organised clutter. No matter how much I tried to ignore it, I just couldn’t focus.

It was driving me crazy and I knew that cleaning wasn’t the solution. I actually already had the solution: Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Cleaning.

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Working the Asset — Update 20th August

I love update post day! It means that I’ve made progress on my WIP, and that I’m ever closer to my goal of releasing Working the Asset.

Since the last update (ten days ago), I’ve completed Pass #5 — four days ahead of schedule 😃🥳 — and have made a start on Pass #6. In fact, I’m 12% of the way in.

For those interested, Pass #6 is all about the characters. Whittling down the cast size, cementing introductions, ensuring that I’ve treated them with respect–even when I’ve got to make them suffer 😈–and a whole host of other character related tasks.

Thanks for reading, and for your support 😍

As always, stay safe and stay awesome!

Working the Asset — Update 10th August

It’s been a couple of weeks since I did an update post for Working the Asset.

Since the last update, I’ve blasted through Pass #4, the aim of which is to deepen audience delight with genre sequences, dramatic irony, and making sure that the story escalates well.

I’m now working on Pass #5. This pass takes care of the Fou Rs or as H. R. D’Costa (the creator of this outlining method) calls them The Four Workhorses. The four Rs are Realism, Relevance, Repetition, and Rhythm.

For the past few days I’ve been working through my stack of index cards—the continuously growing stack—looking for, and creating, setups and payoffs. And, tomorrow sees me tackling the fun/teeth-drying task of wrangling my subplots into shape.

And onwards!

Thanks for reading, and for your support 😍

As always, stay safe and stay awesome!

Hi all! Our internet went on a major go slow, like slow-slow. I spent the better part of today getting it back up to speed, and thankfully it’s running smoothly now. Yay! On the non-yay front, I’ve run out of time in my workday and haven’t had the time to work on this week’s Genre Scribes.
Never fear, Amy and Kelvin will be back tomorrow.
Till then, stay awesome.

Genre Scribes Update

Hi everyone! I just wanted to let you know that there won’t be a Genre Scribes post this week. It’s my anniversary (and Jez’s), so I want to have a wee bit of down time with the man himself.

Fun fact: 23 years ago today, we hung out together for the first time.