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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).

Writing Resolutions

Something @authorbrittanywang mentioned in one of her videos was a piece of advice which has haunted me ever since hearing it : Start with something you don’t love.

I wish I had done that, as I love The KeyMaster and I want to do it justice, but circumstances are against me. My dream has always been to publish this autumn, but I’m having to face the possibility (rather, the reality) that this won’t happen.

So, my writing resolutions, faced with this possibility (reality), is that I shall finish this edit of Book 1 then shelve it and move onto Book 2 and all the prequels I have planned. Which is no bad thing, plus things will be in order for when circumstances do change. I shall also focus on a story that I love but isn’t as dear to me as The KeyMaster is. Inspiration is already striking, which I’ll take as a good sign! I think I might also try Wattpad once more.

Have you any resolutions?

One or two?

The KeyMaster has two protagonists, in my eyes. Some might say Erica is more prominent than Michael, but to me they are equal. Without either, The KeyMaster would be incomplete. Allow me to introduce them.

Michael Nicholas is a Victorian gentleman, so a few of his flaws stem from his upbringing: his serious nature, quiet and reluctance to voice his opinions directly. His younger years were spent in slavery and were, understandably, extremely tumultuous so he avoids speaking of them if he can, but they have left scars. He thinks little of him and his worth.

Erica Shylocke is from modern times and is sometimes a bit brash and hasty in what she says and does, especially if faced with uncontrollable situations. She can be quite headstrong and has a vision of her future. She has always been considered a bit weird and has been an outsider throughout school, so isn’t used to opening up. She has a secret that few would react well to and naturally avoids.

Intrigued? Tag along for a ride your soul won’t forget!

Images from Pinterest.

©Gina Jamieson 2019

Happy New Year

With 2018 bowing out to 2019, we usher in another new year. I do hope it was one that has left some good memories and too many bad. 2018 will remain a significant year for me, as it was in July that I finished my first book.

I remember typing the last words and looking about me expecting a brass band to appear, but no. Maybe next time.

I began to realise the second leg of the story was only just starting: editing. It is still in process.

Beyond reading more and leaving reviews, my goals for 2019 are to complete my self-edits before sending it to Beta Readers and editors. I also need to find a cover designer as I would love to publish in the winter. My fingers and toes are all crossed!

Here’s me setting up my BuJo Goals page.

What are your plans for 2019?