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?

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?