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.
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!
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.
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).
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?
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