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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?

NaNoWriMo 2018

As the dust settles for those who completed NaNoWriMo 2018, I’d like to reflect, as one who didn’t take part.

As a semi-full-time mother (with a broken laptop!), I knew there would be little point me taking part this year as I rarely get time to read let alone write, especially with Christmas on the horizon. But I’ve been watching colleagues on Instagram take part and following their journeys.

I won’t deny to being a smidgen jealous of those with the opportunity to take part, but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed watching them reflect and clock in their daily achievements. It’s been great seeing people post their graphs and their winner pages and being part of such an amazing journey. Because it is. Writing 50+K in a month is no mean feat!

So, will I take part next year? Honestly, no. I can’t see my situation changing that much to allow such dedication. (Though I do hope to have a new laptop soon!) My family comes first. People might argue that that shouldn’t be the case, that writing should be the most important thing in my life, but I can’t let it. Not when my child needs me. One year, I will get the opportunity so I shall enjoy that adventure when it happens.

If you are toying with the idea I would highly recommend it. The NaNoWriMo community is very supportive on Instagram (from what I saw), and would help make the experience even more special. Visit http://www.nanowrimo.org for more information. Happy writing!

#oktowrimo

I’m quite a visual person, so I’ve been enjoying completing photo challenges in Instagram. This month’s challenge has been #oktowrimo by @author_r.c.martin and has involved a mixture of challenges regarding my WIP and Halloween. I’ve really enjoyed it, plus I’ve got to know some great people.

If you’re on Instagram please follow me and say “hi!”

Self-editing

I’ve just finished my first round of self-editing, editing my manuscript and then making the changes in my electronic copy, and I wanted to share something I started doing and found really helpful.

I’m a very visual person, so when faced with a big document of black and white, I found it tricky to see what I had edited, where I was and where I would be going. This is what I did to help.

If you’re a writer too, have you any similar tips for when you’re self-editing?

Instagram photo challenges

Sorry! I’ve been a bit quiet on here this month. I’ve been wrapped up with my first round of self-editing plus I’ve been busy on Instagram, taking part in two photo challenges #bawritinglife and #fantasywipseptember

Whilst the two challenges have varied in length they have both been enjoyable and enlightening. Although I reflect daily on my story, its world and characters, I’m not accustomed to sharing my reflections. So it’s been good practice for me. Plus, it’s been great meeting so many nice people!

Have a look at my Instagram Feed for my contributions and posts.