I have two weeks to catch up on here as I didn’t do my usual update post last Monday, as my head was still buzzing from the UK Meet on Saturday 23rd. I blogged about that here, in case you missed it. However, I did do some other things in the week leading up to the Meet. I was pleased to finish my story for the Charity Sip call, Last Chance, and managed to submit it a scant three days before the call ended. I also began work on my story for the College Daze call and managed to write the first 6766 words of Tailor Made. It was fun to meet my characters properly for the first time, although I was a little perturbed to discover Andrew was a lapsed Catholic – not something I’d planned. I hope this story ends up keeping to a lower word count, or I’ll never get it finished in time.
This last week has been a bit of a write-off, though. I came down with a nasty virus on Tuesday which sapped all my energy, and then LiveJournal’s problems meant I had to spend a fair amount of time loading all my usual blog feeds onto Google Reader instead (I’m glad I did, though, as it’s much easier to use than the LJ friends page)
What I did manage to do, though, when my head was up to it, was to start arranging my Barging Inblog tour (so far I have a week booked up around the release date, with a couple of things before and another date in October), get to grips with picnik.com so I can start creating my own simple graphics and covers for my free reads, and to get my website moved over to a new host. Of course, some of my pages have gone missing in transit, lots of links are broken, and a few features supported by WordPress.com need to be accessed via optional plug-ins on WordPress.org, but I’m sure I can get it all back the way it was, then gradually start on tweaking the CSS until the site is exactly the way I want it. It’s a steep learning curve, but I love learning new skills
I have also started on some research for my next novel (in the same series as Barging In), which I plan to write in the half term running up to Christmas. So far, I’ve ordered some BDSM handbooks I’ve been recommended, but I also need to find behind the scenes info on being a West End dancer and research road mending. An interesting mix going into that one…
Just being ill and reading lots. The garden is looking lovely, though, as is Daisy.
It’s the school holidays now so I know I won’t be able to keep up with the regular blogging – not if I’m ever going to get Tailor Made finished in time. Expect a reduced service until school starts up in September – just my Monday updates, a word of the week on Wednesday, and some Boatsat the weekend. I’ll post links and thoughts at other times, though, should they occur to me.
I’m going to write as much as I can of Tailor Madethis week – but I really don’t know how much I’ll manage. 8k might be doable – we shall see. I suspect I shall have to try writing in the evenings once Daisy has gone to sleep.
I also aim to have the website all sorted out by the end of the week. Oh, and beta a 53k novel for JL Merrow. Hmmm… I may be giving myself a bit too much to do there, but sometimes the less time I have, the more productive I am!