No computer has given me so much time and I don’t know what to do with it! 

For the first time ever ( in the three years I’ve had it) my MacBook broke last Monday. 

I’m already starting to lose my mind, I don’t know what to do with myself, Like I have all this free time and nothing to do with it. I can’t edit any or work on my novels. The funny thing is, I’m pretty sure that I went longer than this without touching them, but because I know I can’t work on them it’s just making it so much harder. 

It also doesn’t help that I had to take a very rare sick day from work yesterday due to a  migraine that started on Thursday while in work . I’ve never gotten a migraine before. But I’ve started to get back into playing The Elder Scrolls again (I haven’t touched it in months, and I know why- it’s extremely addictive) so I have this free time and I can use it up by advancing in that game. (I may go and buy myself a television for my room, so I can play it whenever I want and not wait around for people to finish watching tv. 

My MacBook won’t be home till next Friday, so a whole week to find stuff to do when I come home that’s not wasting I front of the television. 

It’s just weird that I use to function without a computer. What the hell did I even do with myself? I need to fill up this free time and right now it’s looking to be the Xbox that’s going to do it, because I can’t think of anything else to do with it. 

Sending out the chapters and writing weekend. 

Sent the first three chapters off to more publishers on Thursday, and I have to say that it gets easier.

I sent off to 4 agents/publishers, bringing the total amount now to 9.

This time around I didn’t get palpitations and didn’t break out into a cold sweat or even closed my eyes when hitting the send button. It was more of a ‘whatever, just send it off.’

Going to write 5-10k this weekend because I haven’t done any writing all monthly… Weirdly, because I’ve been so focuses still on editing this book. But I really need to get the words going on the other books to even be where I want to be. 

What is everyone else’s writing weekend looking like? Any big plans? 

Chapter Lengths

I was reading a book when I was stopped in my tracks by the length of the chapters.

They’re tiny!

I went to my own book and figured by what I’ve written compared per-page to a chapter, that a ‘chapter’ is about 2,500 words.

This is not what I wanted to hear.

My chapters tend to go from anywhere between 4,000 – 6,000 words long, and I’ve started thinking of breaking what I have into smaller chapters.

This would bring my book from 17 to about 40 chapters if I break them up where the scene changes or if they would naturally be book chapter.

So readers and writers, Do you like longer or bite-size chapters? 

Beta Readers

I think I’ve come to the point in my first few chapters, where I’ve edited them so much that I cannot go any further with them.

Now, I’m a complete roadblock. Because?

I do not have a single person that I can give the chapters to and get an honest review back. I don’t trust a complete stranger reading my work- because, the obvious, what if they rob my work?

I’m so lost.

Bookshops are losing out.

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I’ve spent the last 20-minutes of my life searching for books on my to-read 2016 pile. There was five in total, wouldn’t you have thought that at least one of the bookshops in Dublin would have one of the books?

Nope…zilch…zero

I could- if I really wanted to- ring them up and ask for them to get it in, but why when I’m already on my laptop and a quick google search to the Bookdepository get’s me cheaper-than-usual paperbacks and all the books that I’m looking for.

Bookshops moan and complain that big online sites such as Amazon are taking away their business or they’re being squished by Kindle and Ebooks, but how about having a system in place that allows readers in search of physical books that they can order online.

I know you can walk into the store and ask them to get a book in. I did this while in the grips of a series when I was 14, but am I really going to go out of my way to go to a bookstore just to tell them to order a book in? Nope.

The Bookdepository just got €50 from me, and I’m already planning on going there to get new releases when they come out in 2016. I feel slightly let down, because the whole experience of walking around looking for the right book, to then flick through the pages won’t be there. But I’d rather have the books than to go on a cat-and-mouse trip to find them.

Liebster Award

I’ve heard about these awards, seen them being proudly shown on blog-after-blog, and I woke up to being nominated for the Liebster Award by Jay! Thank you so much!

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The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions your nominator gave you.
  3. Tag 11 bloggers with less than 1,000 readers.
  4. Think of 11 questions for the bloggers you have nominated.
  5. Let them know you have nominated them through social media or their blog.

Jay’s Questions

  1. What do you like to write? What specific genre? I like darkish, emotional stories because I’m pretty good at getting emotions across and making people cry.
  2. What are your writing goals for 2016? I literally just wrote them down yesterday as a ‘new years resolution’ – yea, those things we never keep to. But, as of now, it’s to write 300k or 5 novels.
  3. What kind of thing do you find yourself doing when you procrastinate on writing? Listening to music…a lot. I just got Spotify, and it’s either the best or worst decision ever, because it’s addictive, so instead of writing I’ll spend an hour gazing into space listening to songs.
  4. Do you talk to other writers about writing at all or no? Yes, my whole family know and keep updated on when I send off the manuscripts, I was also away in Amsterdam with new people when I got a rejection letter and I think once people know what drives you, they click with you more, I know a song writer and my bestie and my family are my little cheerleaders to keep me going and not get in the dumps.
  5. Does reading a book/watching a movie inspire you to write? Does the genre matter? It doesn’t matter, I think once you’re a writer you’ll find inspiration everywhere, you’ll be doing the most boring thing, but in your head you’ll be coming up brilliant and vibrant scenes.
  6. If you create fictional worlds for your writing, how in-depth do you go with world building? Depends, in my series it get’s all knotted together and twisted and everything needs a reason. It takes so much time and effort. ugh…effort.
  7. What do you plan on doing with your writing? Published writer, etc? Well, trying to get published [at 4 rejections, 5 if you count the one that didn’t reply]. Going to keep till June and then see where we are then.
  8. When did you start writing (what age)? I know this, because it was the weekend before I started secondary school [or highs chool], I was 13.
  9. Related to the above, when did you decide that “writer” was something you wanted to be? I didn’t exactly decide, I was stuck in a room, with a shitty computer and everyone was asleep, so I started typing…and I’ve been typing ever since.
  10. What hobbies do you have that are unrelated to writing? I’m trying to learn guitar and I love photography, I also want to go back into acting.
  11. Do you have any hobbies that don’t seem related to writing, but have ended up being applicable?  I don’t think so.

I Tag

Mikayla from Mylifeinverse

Dalit from  Coffee n Notes

My Questions

Why did you start blogging? 

How do you choose what to write about? 

Have you learned anything from Blogging, if so, what? 

Who is your favourite blogger?

 If you have some spare time, what do you do?

Are you a planner? Or are you spontaneous?

What makes you smile?

What is your favourite food?

What is your most prized possession? 

If you could bring anyone back from the dead, who would it be? Why? 

What do you use to take pictures for you blog? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I can see why most writers are alcoholics.

I love writing, I love watching worlds and characters come to life… but I hate editing.

I’ll write chapters. Then they sit…waiting…for months. It’s so long that I know them off-by-heart, and by the time I go back around to them for their ‘cleaning up’ I can’t do it because I literally cannot take this sledgehammer to the little parts that give my novel life.

It’s like slowly chipping away at pillars, terrified that one wrong move and you’ll watch your own masterpiece crumble to dust before your eyes.

My plan was the edit this whole novel during my winter break from work. To have it semi-readable before I go back, but it’s turned into a mental battle rather than a physical one.

I’m only on chapter 3 and I hate this novel a little bit more the longer I work on it, but I know the longer I work on it, the more likely I am to start liking it again…

I can see why most writers are alcoholics.

Self-published? I want your book!

Hi writers!

I know how hard it is to get your book out, it’s even harder when you don’t have the money to spend on fancy review tours or pay to do giveaways, so I’m here to help!!

No matter when you read this message, if you have a self-published book, I want to read it!

If it comes in hard copy, even better, I’ll buy the physical copy to treasure forever and forever! If it’s an ebook I’ll download it before the new year [I’m doing a no ebook 2016]

So, do you think you got a book for me to love in 2016? Send me all the details in my contact form Here.

The Weekend of Christmas Spirit!

This weekend has left my Christmas-ed out. It all started on Friday…

After everyone giving out, with me being the only person with a Christmas jumper. I was going to go for Christmas drinks, but by the end of the day, I was just too tired. While walking home, I was thankful because the pubs and bars were already busy and I would’ve ended up having to drag two bags into cramp spaces while trying not to lose them. Not my ideal Christmas drinks.

Saturday morning I got up super early…

This was what I was staring at at 9am on Saturday morning, getting pretol to go into town. Had to get in early to miss the crowds.Just had to get the last few presents.

[been sending messages while writing this, scratch that- still got a present to buy for the bestie]

I’m super proud of what I got everyone, but I really like what I got my brother that I was very tempted to take my brother’s present and keep it for myself.

 

Mulled Wine 

My one-and-only nanny usually makes this mulled wine on Christmas day that everyone shimmies over to her house to get a glass, but for the first time ever she won’t be here for Christmas [she’s going down to the country to my uncle] so I’ve taken it upon myself to make mulled wine… and it didn’t turn out half-bad. Still not as nice as nanny’s, but it’ll do for Christmas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am a tiny bit drunk on my first glass right now, but I’m going to make it Christmas morning and be merry and cheerful for the day.