Got Goals? Done and Dusted

Big Goals BloghopAt the beginning of the week, I released The Mothers; the fourth and final book of my Paper Duchess series. So that’s it. Goal complete. The quadrilogy is fully published.

I can’t quite believe I’ve written and published an entire series. It’s taken me two years, and I have learnt so much along the way (which you can read about here). I’ve already been implementing better practices for my next series, and learning from my mistakes.

So, with my initial goal now complete, what’s next? November sees me make another attempt at NaNoWriMo, and I’ll be starting on my next series; The Memory Trader series. This will be a trilogy, and it’s urban fantasy rather than dystopia. I’m really excited to get started on it, and I’ve spent October plotting and worldbuilding.

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The Series Concludes with The Mothers Out Now

Got Goals? Pretty Much There

Big Goals BloghopOver the past month I’ve finished writing The Mothers, I’ve edited it, I’ve sent it to beta readers, and finalised the cover and blurb. So we’re pretty much there and ready for an October release.

It’s really quite monumental: the last book of my first ever series.

But, as with all endings, it’s also a beginning as I’ve already started on my next series. Fun, fun, and busy, busy!

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Got Goals? Still Not There… But Almost!

Big Goals BloghopToday’s post is going to be similar to last month’s. Again, I had really hoped to be saying that The Mothers was finished. But no. It is nearly though, really, really nearly! Just a handful of chapters left to go.

The trouble is, my writing time is entirely dependent on two young boys. If they won’t go to sleep, or they wake up early, or need my attention, that’s it. My laptop has to wait. And they’re not always generous when dishing out writing time.

But, that’s my life, and I’m so lucky to have them. I love them both to bits, but I do wish they’d let me write more!

Saying that, I am determined to finish it this month, and I’m hoping, fingers crossed, for a late September launch. We’ll see how it goes…

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Got Goals? Reviving Long Lost Habits

Big Goals BloghopI was hoping to be able to tell you that I’d finished writing The Mothers, that I was just about to wade into the editing. I’m not. I’m around halfway through. But that’s ok. Because I’ve been getting lots of other things done.

For the first time in more than a year, I’ve written one of my Story Worms posts for Horror Tree. It was good to write it, the guilt of letting the months drag by without posting anything was slowly gnawing away at me. I’m hoping this will be a revival, that I can get back into the habit of writing them regularly again.

Also this month, I’ve written a short story to submit to an anthology. This is where I started out with my publishing journey, and it’s something I’d been wanting to get back into. It’s great to stretch the writing muscles with a prompt, a deadline, and a tight wordcount limit. And after years of being submerged in the world of The Paper Duchess series, it’s really nice to write in a different world for a change. It’s also really nice to be back writing horror again.

And I’ve been blogging lots. This is something I promise myself regularly that I’ll try to do more. And I’ve been working on my business; networking, promoting, and saying yes to a great opportunity that terrifies and excites me all at once.

So I may not have finished The Mothers, but I’ve definitely kept myself busy.

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Got Goals? Slow and Steady

Big Goals BloghopJune has not been a bad month at all, writing-wise. As for real life, it’s been nothing short of turbulent. And it’s that reason that I’m not as far forward in my writing of The Mothers as I would have liked. But, real life happens, and sometimes, we have no choice but to make room for it.

But I’m moving forward, slowly but surely, and the first draft is about a quarter written now.

I’ve also been thinking a lot about my next series, for after I publish The Mothers, and I’ve had a good chat with my alpha reader, my husband. We came up with some great ideas, which has added in things that are going to be great fun to play with. I’m feeling much more sure of that now, and it’s nice to know where I’m heading after I finish The Paper Duchess series.

So, yeah, it’s just a case of carrying on, really. And hoping for a calm, quiet July with lots of writing time.

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Got Goals? Plugging Away

Big Goals BloghopMay has been happily productive, and I am, as the title suggests, just plugging away at my next book.

The Mothers will be the last book in my Paper Duchess series, and it’s coming along quite nicely. It’s got some great twists and turns plotted out, but as I write, the characters are throwing in some more curve balls, which is great. Even though the book is fully plotted out, they’re still making their own decisions and surprising me with them.

But there’s not much more to report than that, just steady progress behind the scenes. Long may my writing mojo remain!

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The Mothers Coming 2017