Thursday, December 13, 2012
I know it is a little early, but I think it is time that I wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a very prosperous New Year and that all your unanswered wishes may come true in 2013.
For those of you that are travelling during the festive time, please be safe and take care of yourselves. For those of you that will be staying home, may you and your family spend lots of quality time together and I hope that your time together will be really special too.
Until next year, take care and lots of love from my side.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
On a creative note, I feel a little weird. I have not had the urge to write much the past week or so, instead I have preferred editing. My creative juices are just not flowing in the writing department. I am also very happy just reading a few of the books that I have had on my bookshelf for a while now and have just not read until now. I can't explain it really, I am just feeling a little blah. I guess I am just waiting for 2013 to come.
Saturday, December 8, 2012
My sister took us (the family) to the showing of Skyfall. Now what makes this so great is that it was for a specific showing and we were given the V.I.P treatment and we got a free drink and popcorn. I know it might not sound like much, but it is not everyday that we get treated so great.
So what have you guys been up to?
Thursday, December 6, 2012
The wonderfully talented Angela Felsted over at (www.angelafelsted.com) is releasing her first novel called Chaste very soon and to celebrate this awesome achievement, I will be posting one of my cookie recipes, as the leading character Quinn just so happens to be a good cook.
500 g Self-Raising flour
Kat feels invisible in her mansion of a home six months after losing her older brother in a fatal car crash and will do anything to get her parents’ attention. Since her pastor father has no love for Quinn’s “fake” religion and her ex-boyfriend refuses to leave her alone, she makes an impulsive bet with her friends to seduce her holier-than-thou lab partner by Christmas.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
I know that I have to think a few things through and make up my mind about a few other things as well. I just keep reminding myself that it will all pass, eventually.
What about you? Are you insecure about anything right now?
Monday, December 3, 2012
I am so happy to mention that I have the blurb for Birthright right here…
She’s tried to escape her grief by fleeing to a small town in
Both spur Christa to bolt, to start fresh yet again, but there’s something about Jack that intrigues her enough to stay. The only problem? Someone else wants her to leave, and they won’t stop until she’s dead.
If you would like to purchase your copy of Birthright then you can stop by Amazon or BooksOnBoard
You can catch the rest of the Birthright celebration on the followoing blogs too.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
The editing is going great. I am making progress, slowly but surely, which in my case is the best way to go.
How is NaNoWriMo going for you guys?
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Sunday, November 18, 2012
As a person I feel overexposed for information. I know as an aspiring writer joining these above mentioned social media websites will just better my chances of meeting new readers and one day perhaps promoting a book, but it is just not for me. Right now I just feel like I want to write and blog and who knows, maybe one day have a website if I do become published, but is it really necessary to partake in all social media experiences? Is the days of wanting to be a private person over?
All the online articles I read about wanting to be a writer talks about how you are nobody if you are not on Facebook and Twitter and strangely enough, being a nobody in those terms kind of appeals to me. I mean come on, why is blogging not good enough? Anyone who reads my blog knows how personal my posts can get and when it comes to interacting with readers, why are emails and comments left on my blog not enough?
I love blogging because I do feel that I interact with great people and I always feel great when I do. It is the form of social media that I have come to love and it fits my personality the best. So is it okay to just blog or do you need the other stuff too? Which do you prefer?
Friday, November 16, 2012
I have had a great idea for the third book in the series, but when I went to sit at my computer, I had a bit of a hard time writing the first chapter. I always find writing the first chapter of a novel to be the hardest thing. I find it hard as I never really know where to begin and how much information tends to be too much. I know that I have to get the reader's attention from the get go, but I don't want to confuse anyone either. I think I have to check out the first chapter of my favorite novels and see how the professionals did it.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
He gave me all the information last night so that I could start writing and when I emailed him about where I should submit the work to, the guy gives me his personal email address instead of having me work through Elance. Keep in mind that all writing and payments and things should be done through Elance. So when I started asking about how my payment would work, he asks me for my PayPal number and when I mentioned that I don't use PayPal because all my payments go through Elance and that any payments to writers should be done through Elance, the guy emails me back with insults and rudeness, going on about how I was wasting his time and how I was not serious about wanting to work and how I would never find another job again and just being an all round horrible person. Of course he ranted on and on about how he no longer wanted me to work for him...
My point is that if he was not doing anything wrong, why not just answer my questions? Why did he have to be impolite like that, because no professional person acts like that. I of course reported the incident to Elance, because believe it or not, this is not the first time a client wanted to pay me outside Elance and of course that is a violation of the company policy. I have always only worked through Elance and this time was not going to be any different.
Now I am feeling that I have finally had enough of Elance and after this complaint has been settled, I am going to give up freelance writing for good and cancel my account with the company. I am not cut out to work with people. I know that. You guys have no idea how much this guy's emails have affected me and even though I am angry, I am also very hurt. I can now see that freelancing is not for me.
What other jobs are there where you do not have to work with people? Aside for you guys, I am loosing confidence in the rest of humanity.
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Thursday, November 8, 2012
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Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Friday, November 2, 2012
So my mom and I went shopping again today and the exact same thing happened as last week, except that this guy was not as aggressive. I just gave him one look that I was sure said it all and he diverted his attention to my mom. My mom had a lot more composure, ignored the guy, closed her car door calmly and backed out of the parking space without giving the creep any thought. I admire her for it. She has so much more balls than I do. But I am just wondering, is it really too much to ask to not have strangers bother you? Is it too much to ask to not be harassed constantly? The life of a hermit never looked so good as it does right now.
Thank you for trying to break my bad luck streak Annalisa! You are just brilliant.
Job hunting is not going so good. My brother emailed me info about a job where I would be working weekends, public holidays and certain days of the week. I am not sure whether I want to offer up my weekends. I thought work is done during the week and then you rest on the weekends. I know it sounds really unreasonable, but if I need to work with people, then you can't take away my weekends. This might be shocking to you...but I am not good with people.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Friday, October 26, 2012
This morning when my mom and I were on our way to go and do our weekly shopping, I was the one locking up and as my mom was backing the car out of the driveway, some freakishly weird guys starts pounding on the car for her to give him money. Of course when I came out he diverted his attention towards me, and yes people, it is is the same freaky dude with which we have had trouble in the past. He suddenly starts telling me how much he has always liked me and lets just say as he was doing it he was touching himself in a way that was just vulgar. He then starts demanding money from me, which I of course refuse to give him, even if it is just a few cents and I manage to flip him off and I get in the car. Then the jerk starts grabbing the door handle of the car and banging on the window. Naturally I was terrified, I have never wished to be some kind of kick-ass fighter as much as I had today. My mom finally gets me to call the police and at the sight of my cell phone, he starts running away, probably sensing what I was doing.
It is days like these that I really wish I could live in one of my make believe worlds, where shit like this just does not happen. I know that it is part of life, but why always me? It is not the first time that crap like this has happened to me and I just want to know how do you not feel afraid of it? I am scared of being alone at home even though I am 26 years old and fast approaching 27 years of age. I am like a magnet for bad events and people, honestly. I am afraid of simply sticking my head out of the front door, as I am terrified of the fact that I do not know what is waiting out there for me. The fear is just the worst thing.
I know what you are thinking, why don't I do self-defence classes and the answer firstly is that I am broke, as in truly broke. The second reason is that Krav Mega classes, which are the best suited for everyday situations, is based in Cape Town which is 60 kilometres from where I live. So driving there twice a week is also insane, as the petrol prices here are ridiculous. Though, I am trying to convince my family to get me a Rambow knife, not that I think that it would help, but it would make me feel better.
Anything scary happen to you lately? I would love to know.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
I had another fight with my brother about my writing and in truth, I just labeled him a dream killer. There are people like him everywhere and we as writers just have to endure them. They add to that thicker skin that we need. So, what did we fight about? Well, he is mad at me for not wanting to change my genre of writing to young adult. I mean, come on! Yes, young adult is great and it sells, but I don't want to write it! I am happy with romance as my characters can have plenty of sex (if they want, of course) and I can kill off people, without having to actually go to prison for it. Now he thinks that I am going to crash and burn and be an unemployed bum forever, who will never be published. All just because my agent has not sold my book yet and because I have no money to show for it either.
Well people, dream killers are literally around every corner and they can take the shape of the ones we love most or some stranger or a critic, that think they know everything. Don't become deterred, because I definitely am not and just keep on writing. We just have to believe in ourselves. I definitely do and I am going to keep writing adult books till the day I die, so my brother will just have to get over it.
So, do you know any dream killers too?
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
So now it is book two, the second book in my immortal series and I want to do a good job, so this is my new strategy.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
I know that it is a vital part of the writing process, though, it does not mean that I don't fear it. But on the other hand, the more you do it, the better you get.
What are you up to? What truly scares you about the writing process?
Saturday, October 20, 2012
I just got back from a short holiday. It was a last minute thing and my brother and sister dragged me along, as they believe that my recent illness was brought on by stress. It was nice to get away from the busy and noisy lifestyle, but I still missed home. My vertigo is gone now (touch wood) and I hope that it will stay gone.
I have not written anything in what feels like forever and I am excited to write again, even if it is just one sentence. I have also had a lot of time to think about my current unemployed status and I have decided to go day job hunting again. Freelance work is unreliable and scarce, but if I get something, it is good, if not, I must find another income. Basically I have made the decision that I have dreaded. I rather liked being a full time writer, even if I was a totally broke one.
My agent is currently in the submission phase, which is the process where she is doing everything in her power to sell my book to a publishing house. We have had two rejections thus far, but I am still very excited. I know that she is doing her best, which is all I ever wanted.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
I always thought it, but now I think I should say it out loud. I have the best blog followers! Thank you to everyone that wished me well and came to visit. I was truly touched and thus I refuse to stay in bed and feel sorry for myself any longer than I really need to.
A big thank you!
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Friday, September 28, 2012
I have recently discovered my answer, as the answer might differ from writer to writer. What works for me however, is when a story becomes a must for me. I obsess over it and when I sleep, I even dream and think of it. It becomes such an overwhelming force that I know I must write it or simply drive myself crazy.
So I guess, the story chooses me and if it moves me, in any way, it is the story I end up writing. My new story, Arken men, has exactly that effect. It has me obsessing and writing like a crazy person. But I rather enjoy it.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
I am working on a new book, which I guess you can call a romantic fantasy, mostly because it is a book about a Viking-like race, but it is not set in our actual history or reality, which can't make it historical fiction. Sounds complicated, I know, I have a headache just sharing this info with you.
Writing is going good. I just wish that I can have a little more peace and quiet, other than that, it is all good. What is up with you?
Monday, September 17, 2012
I really wrecked my brain with this one. For some reason I had trouble figuring out exactly what my favourites were. So here goes...
Movie Genre: It just has to be science fiction.
Music Genre: Definitely rock.
Books: This one was really difficult, but I will have to go with romance and thriller.
My guilty pleasure genre would be Music: I also tend to like folk music.
So there are my choices.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
I am 26 years old and granted, I tend to live a bit in the dream world and all that. My mother made me a deal, that if I lost 20 kilograms, that she would have no problem with me getting another tattoo. I am (cringe)...obese, so yes, it would be a good idea to get my big butt in shape. Because I love and respect my mother so much and really want another tattoo, I agreed to her terms.
It is now week two of my weight loss endeavour and I must say, I am rather hating myself right now, but hey, hopefully this time next year I will be at my goal weight, but for now, it is little baby steps. I will admit that the whole exercise thing is kicking my butt!
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
The blogfest is happening the 17th of September 2012, so there is still a lot of time to sign up and join the fun. Just go here
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
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Monday, September 3, 2012
I am going to give the book a resting period of a month, before I officially start editing it. I think a resting period is essential, so that I can look at it with new and fresh eyes. I must say, I am definitely loving the fact that I have gotten to be in novel writing mode. It is definitely the kind of writing that I love the most.
What have you guys been up to?
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Thursday, August 30, 2012
It does not matter how I feel. Soon I will be exposed to hot days and warm nights, regardless. I guess all one can truly do is sit back and just accept change. Hell, all I need to do to make life better...is write. Writing always makes things better for me.
How about you? Is the months passing by fast for you too?
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Another thing that I noticed with me is that my writing mood and progress is also dependant on my surroundings and the desk I use. If I am not comfortable writing in a place then I can forget all about my concentration. I guess it is because I am somewhat of a paranoid writer.
So, what is my solution to all my writing weirdness?
- Rearrange my desk (I do this often)
- Buy new desk (I traded desks with my mom. Of course I needed the bigger one)
- When in doubt, make over your writing space (Which I am in the process of doing?)
- Change your desk location (Which I also tend to do often)
I know that my solutions are a bit extreme, but I have a limited amount of writing space and I need to make it perfect. I need to have my writing space feel like my sanctuary, my special place of escape. Right now it is dull and there is no prospect of great views or beautiful scenery in my future.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
The freelance writing jobs are scarce at the moment. I haven't been able to get one in a month, but I am still trying. I guess the news of finding an agent could not have come at a better time, as it takes some of the pressure of being unemployed off my shoulders. My family are not so pushy about me going out and getting a real job at the moment. Though, the fact that I have an agent won't save me for long.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Maybe I should rather read the books instead.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
It is times like this that I am really happy that there is something like the editing process, though, I am happy that that part is still a long way off. I am not much of an editor, if I must be honest. One thing is for sure though, I am not going to have as many drafts as I did of the first book. It was close, if not more than twenty different drafts. I just kept changing and rewriting.
For now I have to decipher my own words and figure out how I am going to make the story whole. But this is the fun part. I am definitely a writer and not an editor.
So, what are you guys up to?
Saturday, August 4, 2012
But don't worry, I plan on going back to the garden next week, even though it is twice as overgrown as the first part. I am going to go in and clean out those weeds. What are you guys up to?
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
The fact that I worry and obsess a lot about my work no longer bothers me as much, especially since I know that there are quite a few other writers who can relate. I just wish my family will stop reading over my shoulder as I type. It just causes me to freak out over this imperfect piece of work that still needs love, attention and plenty of editing.
Monday, July 30, 2012
Sunday, July 29, 2012
I think that I have become mentally unfit, if that is even possible. I have been writing a lot of short articles while freelancing, ranging from 150 words to 450 words, all about various non - fiction topics. I guess I have gotten out of practice when it comes to writing novels.
It is definitely time for me to get back into the swing of things because I have so much I want to write, but somehow, I am just unable to get it all down. My mind is even struggling to keep thinking for long periods of time, which is definitely worrying. But I am sure it is nothing that a little practice cannot fix.
I am starting to wonder if freelancing and fiction writers just don't mix.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Anyway, I was rather enthusiastically pulling the weeds until my dog decided to take a dump right in front of me. Never the less, I cleaned the mess and went on. While I was pulling the weeds enthusiastically, a few ideas for a story popped into my head and then I had a few new ideas, which are always fantastic. This morning when I got up however, there were parts of my body aching that I did not even knew possessed muscles. To make matters worse, I didn't finish cleaning up that one section of the yard yesterday, which meant that I had to do more gardening today.
I am happy for the fact that keeping my hands occupied supplies me with great ideas, but getting rid of weeds are tough. I take my hat off to all you gardeners out there. You have a fantastic talent.
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Even though it is so cold, I got a lot of writing done on my second book today. My characters were very cooperative and even took me in a few new directions that I did not expect. Having said that, writing the second draft is always the hardest thing for me, because I have to make sense of the first draft, which I have written ages ago.
Anyway, the writing is going good and I am enjoying every moment.
Friday, July 20, 2012
I am just wondering if one day that I do get my book published, if I would finally be happy and the truth is, I don't know. In truth I never knew I could be good enough to have my work published until my sister told me to try. The idea that my work could be read and loved by others is just too much to pass up, honestly.
For now, I am just happy sitting by the fire and eating the rest of my cinnamon bun. I will let tomorrow worry about itself. All I can do is keep querying and hope someone thinks I am talented enough to help me achieve my dream of being published.
Saturday, July 14, 2012
I have really been struggling with a lot of stuff in my life and even though not everything is sorted out, I just woke up today and realized that I have so much to be grateful for. Yes, my life is a mess right now, but there are so many things and people that make my life worth living. You guys, all my blogging friends make it so worth it. Thank you for your support.
Now that I am actually realising just how grateful I am, I find it a lot harder to sulk about anything else.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Monday, July 2, 2012
I have started a new anitiative at home, that I am suppose to eat breakfast every morning. Most of you will probably think that this is a no brainer, but I do not like breakfast, it is my least favorite meal of the day, which is why most days I skip it. I think it will do wonders for my mood and maybe it will be good for my brain as well.
On the writing front, there is nothing new with me, unfortunately. But what are you guys up to?
Friday, June 29, 2012
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Don't get me wrong, I love my characters. I have spent two years working on them. But then I have also spent another year working on other stories in the meantime. Now I have the trouble of getting back in touch with characters that I have already decided to forget about, because I thought that nobody was interested in them or the story any more. After all, I have a ton of rejection letters saying so.
So now I am wondering, how do I get back in touch with my characters to write the second draft of the second book. Right now I feel like I don't know them and I have no connection to what I had written previously. I have been emotionally shoved around and around and now I don't know which end is up, when it comes to my novel writing.
I think I just need to read through it and figure out what is going on. Maybe I just need to spend some quality time with these impossible characters. If I must be honest, I think they are giving me the silent treatment.
Sunday, June 17, 2012
I didn't want to tell you guys this, in case I jinxed myself, but an agent has requested a partial of my first book. I must admit, that it is all very exciting. I can barely sleep, anticipating the email that will change my writing future forever. I just hope that my work is good enough that she wishes to represent me. I know this is really premature, but I am ready to be a published author. Mentally, I am ready for the leap.
So, what is new in your lives?
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Saturday, June 2, 2012
Every time I want to quite exercising I think of how I now have that famous square butt, from sitting down too much. Uhh!!!
Thursday, May 31, 2012
I am now working my butt off and taking it all one day at a time. That is the only thing that one can do.
Saturday, May 26, 2012
I have also been doing a bit of dancing on the exercise front and I really do feel happier, getting some exercise in me. Now it is just a matter of keeping it up. So, how are you guys doing?
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Monday, May 21, 2012
I have just noticed one thing in particular. I now have that famous squire butt! I have literally just been sitting on my rear end. No exercise what so ever and even with a vegetarian lifestyle, I still managed to gain a ton of weight. Probably because I end up going for quick and instant food, which always has a ton of fat. My favourite bad food would be French fries and a lot of it. I just cannot believe that my butt has actually taken up the form of my chair. That is just sad.
So, now I am willing to actually eat breakfast every morning, my least favourite meal of the day and actually work exercise into my daily routine. I have to! I am 26 years old. I am supposed to be in my prime...or at least something like that.
So, have any of you guys had any shocking awakenings? Come on, be honest.
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Granted, not everyone likes that I blog about all the drama going on in my life, but that is what my blog is about. My blog even stated it, right at the top. I am a writer that wishes to do it permanently. I am sorry if I am upsetting anyone, but that is the only way I can remain sain.
In terms with what else is new with me...I joined www.elance.com. You can join for free or sign up to their membership options and basically they give you access to all the great freelance jobs out there, that you would not normally have access to. So what is the catch? As a free member, like myself, you only get to bid on 15 projects a month. Yes, the freelancers have to bid for jobs, but I have only been a member for a week and I am yet to make my first bid. If ever I do feel that I am not getting the best deal, I can sign up for a membership or even end my membership and go to another site like www.odesk.com. The best thing about Elance is that they have an escrow. Meaning, your money is held by a third party, so that you will still get paid, even if your client thought of withholding payment. Keep in mind, that you only get paid if the client is satisfied with your quality of work.
Oh and I started another blog. Why I did it, I am not yet sure. I just wanted to use that domain name before anyone else did. I guess I was hoping to use it once I was a published writer. As I would not be able to still blog on daily drama of an aspiring writer. I barely blog over at my new blog www.mureesdup.blogspot.com.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
I just try my best and hope that the timing is on my side regardless.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
The Insecure Writers Support Group was created by the wonderful and talented author and blogger, Alex J. Cavanaugh. You guys can visit Alex over at http://alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com.
Sunday, April 1, 2012
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Saturday, March 24, 2012
2. Go to line 7.
3. Copy down the next 7 lines/sentences, and post them as they're written.
4. Tag 7 other authors.
I jumped back at the sound of movement.
There was a door built into the wall, that looked exactly like the wall. It was camouflaged.
When the door opened I could hear the music thumping inside the club. It was so loud that I covered my ears.
At the door stood two men, both of them taller than six foot and they were heavily built. They looked at me, then at Alex and then they looked at me again.
They were frowning at us.
“She’s with me.” Alex informed them.
They nodded and stepped out of the way.
Thank you again Melissa!
Now to pass on the Lucky 7 Meme Tag...Here goes...
Heather - http://hmgardner.blogspot.com
Beth - http://www.bethfred.com
Annalisa - http://annalisacrawford.blogspot.com
Ryshia - http://ryshia.blogspot.com
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
I have had this thought that I would like to be a more successful person. You know, the kind of woman that can go into a store and buy what she wants. One that is more than capable of being independent. One that can basically take care of herself. Now of course I was thinking if I stop walking around in jeans, t shirts and tennis shoes, maybe it could happen. Maybe if I wear a nice dress or skirts, with high heel shoes, that perhaps the universe will make something magical happen.
I know just how crazy this sounds, but that is the whole thing behind dressing for success right? Dressing for the life or job that you want. I do not see how clothes can make it all happen. Though, I am 26 years old and I have gotten many comments that I do not dress my age. Apparently I am always dressing older.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
The Insecure Writers Support Group was created by the wonderful and talented author and blogger, Alex J. Cavanaugh. You guys can visit Alex over at http://alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com.