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!

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?

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?

Birthday 2018

Today is my birthday! Something I haven’t shared on social media before, but with you I thought I would.

I thought it nice to reveal something about me every birthday, so you can get to know me a bit more. Maybe you could share something about you on your birthday? That way, I can get to know you too.

This year I’m going to share my favourite thing: blue skies.

My favourite colour is blue, in all its tones, and it featured heavily in my bedroom as a teenager (lemongrass walls and midnight blue ceiling, which I stuck glow-in-the-dark stars on in the shape the Altar star, Ara, the name of a cyborg from one of my first stories).

When I was at secondary school I dyed my hair blue with a temporary spray paint dye thing. I got told off by my teachers and laughed at by people in my school year, but I liked it. If I was an anime character, I would have blue hair.

I particularly love blue skies, and when I’m feeling down a blue sky always cheers me up. And gets me thinking. They’ve actually saved me too. When I lived in China I was very home sick and depressed but the need to see the blue skies of home got me through to my leaving date without giving up on life.

What’s your favourite colour and way?