Hello, lovely people! Long time, no blog post. Yes, I’ve been busy this year, both in real life and in getting stuck into the Samhain backlist republishing project. But now that’s drawing to an end (all books are back out again in Kindle format and paperback, with other vendors in the process of going live) I’ve got a bit more headspace to think about other writing-related things. And to give you the big news about the other thing I’ve been working on
Yes, I’m pregnant again! And yes, that’s my real name at the top of the photo–I’ve reached the point where I really don’t mind sharing that. But you can call me Jo, coz that’s my middle name and I’m used to it now
The baby is due on 9th May and so far everything is looking good. I had a pretty horrendous first couple of months with morning (or all-day) sickness and exhaustion, but now I’m in the second trimester I’m feeling full of energy and can handle looking at food without feeling ill again. Except garlic, which I’ve had to ban from the house along with salt and vinegar crisps. Just the smell of those on people’s breath is enough to turn my stomach *sigh*
So, we’re all really excited about welcoming a third child into the family. Daisy says she wants another little brother, and Gabriel seems kind of interested in the whole idea. Then goes off to play pirates. Andy is dead chuffed, as any man would be who had reached the point in life where he’d resigned himself to the idea he was never going to have a child, and soon he’ll have two. And here’s a relatively recent pic of me and the kids so you can see how cute they’re looking these days:
As for other stuff? Well, I’ve been sewing up a storm (my sewing blog is here, if you’re interested in seeing what I’ve been up to), learning Italian and working on the garden. I’ve even joined a book group to get me back into reading again–something that I just haven’t felt like I’ve had much time for since Gabriel joined the family.
And with this sudden surge of second-trimester energy, the drawing to a close of the Samhain backlist project, and the prospect of getting my mornings free in January when Gabriel starts nursery (free for a few months, at any rate!) I’ve been feeling motivated to start writing again. I hadn’t realised just how much the whole Samhain situation had got me down until recently, when I could see the light at the end of the tunnel. Formatting and the business side of writing have never been my favourite things, and adding in the dwindling royalty income inevitable with no new titles and the resulting money worries, I was starting to second guess my choice of career and wondering if I wouldn’t be best off just giving it all up and going out to get a job.
You’ll be pleased to hear this was only a temporary state of mind and I’m now very much back into the writing headspace. I have several exciting projects planned (more on all that soon!), and am really looking forward to getting back into a regular writing habit. Yes, that might have to wait until January but in the meantime I’ll be flexing my writing muscles with some shorter snippets, and working on tidying up the backlist ebooks and website so that everything has a good old facelift.
And in lieu of any new work at the moment, I’d like to offer you all one of my existing titles: over this weekend (Friday 17th November – Monday 20th) Junk will be free on Amazon–so if you don’t already have a copy, head on over there to grab one!
And please, if you know of anyone who doesn’t have a copy of Junk and might like it, do spread the word. I’d really appreciate it! And Jasper and Lewis will send heaps of love your way. Which let’s face it, has got to be better than sending towering heaps of old newspapers 😛
Right, I’ll be back with more news on good backlist deals and future projects over the next month. I promise I won’t be silent for so long in future.
And if you have any news of your own to share, please do so in the comments. I’d love to hear from you all again!
Ciao for now!