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Building Your Platform – the BuJo Way! (First ever video!!)

Every month, I send out one free Bullet Journal spread to those on my mailing list. For March I’m giving them not one, not two but six (!) spreads to help plan, organise and improve their Author Platforms. However, the spreads are perfect for any creative entrepreneur wishing to review and improve their platforms.

To help introduce them, I have created a video (my first proper one!)

If you’re interested in receiving this month’s free spreads, as well as future ones, please sign up here.

Translating

As a qualified language teacher and translator, words and communication is extremely important to me. As such, I am going to start translating my website into Mandarin Chinese, before translating it into French and Spanish.

对这语言老师和译者来说,语言非常重要。所以,从今我就开始把网页翻译出来中文。然后法语和西班牙语。

What next?

After the festivities of Christmas, reality has set in and whilst I made some big plans at the start of 2019, within weeks it became obvious that these would be unachievable.

It has been a lot to admit that despite my original intention to publish The KeyMaster this autumn, circumstances won’t allow. I was so excited to think that this project I’ve been working on for so long might finally be on its way to the big wide world that it’s been crushing to realise this will just not be possible. Yet.

Besides coming to terms with this sad truth, these last few months have been frustrating for me creatively as my laptop finally gave up the ghost. Its memory had slowly been eaten up until there was nothing left and my documents just wouldn’t open.

I didn’t think it would affect me like it did; as a writer you feel helpless, like your creativity has been squashed. I know you can use paper and to plot I do, but to write I like to type straight away.

This last week, I have been fortunate enough to be gifted a Bluetooth keyboard from a family friend, so I can at least continue typing. But circumstances haven’t changed.

Consequently, my next steps forward are to finish the final edit of The KeyMaster Book 1 and move on to Book 2. There are some plotting and planning techniques I’ve come across through the Instagram writing community that I want to try (If you are a fellow writer, I seriously recommend you using Instagram to connect with like-minded writers. It’s such a vibrant and supportive community.) If you are interested in seeing how they go, keep an eye on my social media and website for posts and (hopefully) videos.

Happy Chinese New Year!

春节快乐!猪年大吉!恭喜发财!

Having lived in China and immersed myself in its language and culture for almost 20 years, Chinese New Year is an extra special celebration in our household. I’ve put up my decorations and am looking forward to a feast this evening. Will you be celebrating?

Happy Chinese New Year!

Happy Bujo Day!

At the beginning of each month, I gift those on my Bullet Journal mailing list a free Bujo spread. Although they are created with authors primarily in mind, this month’s could be used by anyone keen on reviewing, revamping and developing their existing websites. Particularly creative entrepreneurs.

As “building my Author Platform” is one of my goals for 2019, I have filled my spread with notes and ideas garnered from YouTube videos and am slowly implementing these on my own site. I’ve found it great to have everything stored in the one place, and love how organised I feel (now the use of the word ‘feel’!) It also looks awesome, so pleased with how the graffiti lettering turned out.

If you don’t bullet journal, I would highly recommend it. I am new to the whole Bujo thing (found out about it Autumn 2018), but I quickly saw how beneficial they can be in helping you plan and organise yourself and your business. Plus it gives me the excuse to draw! I now create them for authors.

If you are interested in receiving free Bujo spreads, please sign up here.

Happy bujoing!

The KeyMaster: A Mood Board

I’ve never put together a mood board. I’ve always loved their aesthetics but just never put one together myself. That has now changed!

I initially saw the day’s prompt on Instagram and thought: “I haven’t got the time for that one”. But I made the time and, whilst it took ages (and it did), I’m glad I’ve done it. I have missed the deadline though… Ah well.

But, here it is!

The boots represent Erica, whilst Michael is depicted by his top hat. Time travel is key to the series, and is hinted at by the central and top left images. The black and gold of the top left and bottom right images reflect the spirit and soul. The bottom left are the sinister Lost Souls that are taking over the world and the top right depict the Faeries’ elemental powers.

I’m planning to make further mood boards for each of the key characters, but this is a general one providing an overview of the key aspects of Book 1.

What do you think?

(Pictures courtesy of Pixaby and Pinterest).