Confessions of Fraud and Follow-ups

Fraud? Ooh, is this some new crime novel in the pipeline? Nope! This is a confession. I might as well get it out there once and for all and then maybe, just maybe, I’ll get back to my writing. So here goes. I confess, I feel like a fraud and it stops me in my tracks every time I sit behind my keyboard. I started, writing Saifa, the third and final book in the Knockdown Karate series, soon after Yantsu […]

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Procrastination and Progress

Well, I just looked at the date of my last entry and wondered if I could procrastinate a bit longer and actually go a full year without making a post. Not the greatest idea I’ve ever had. My lone follower probably thinks I died months ago. In my defence, I have been working very hard on Yantsu and I have news. It’s all done and out there in Kindle format. It will be available in paperback in the next few […]

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Karate, Kettlebells, and Crazy Characters

I can’t believe I haven’t set foot inside a dojo since my last grading 5 weeks ago. Sometimes I really hate working away from home. I have still been training, but it’s not the same as working with your dojo mates and having the guidance of your sensei. On the plus side, I have new weapons in my training arsenal – kettlebells. I love them, and I can’t believe I didn’t get some sooner. It’s not like I haven’t had […]

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The good: I’ve finally managed to work around a very sticky plot line in Yantsu. It’s been bugging me for ages and it was going nowhere. Well, this afternoon, I cracked it. I now know exactly where the story is going and I should be able to get a (new) rough draft finished by the end of this month. The bad: The newly tweaked plot means I’ve lost almost half of the book. 😮 Actually, that’s not as scary as […]

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Falling off the Wagon and an OMG Moment

I’m drinking again. No, I don’t mean alcohol, I mean coffee. Right now, there’s a mug of steaming black stuff squatting on my desk like an insect ready to leap up and grab my face. And it’s my third one today. To think, I managed two whole days without one. Yeah, okay, I know that’s no big deal, but there’s more to it than that. I decided to give up coffee and chocolate three weeks prior to my last karate […]

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Getting into Character

Yeah, I know, you thought that was something only actors did, right? Not true. I like to get inside my characters’ heads when I’m writing and, to do that, I often try out the things they do. Within reason, or course. I mean, I wouldn’t wield an axe in my local Marks and Spencer or spend the night in a bath of cold water – I don’t think. Nah, my characters wouldn’t so that either. Not the axe bit at […]

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Surviving the Second Novel

I’m not sure how real authors do it. I’ve been trying for ages to figure out why writing the second novel is so much harder than writing the first. I know my characters better than I know most of my family, and I worked out the major kinks in the plot a long time ago. So it’s not that. There is a lot more going on in my life now than there was when I was writing Sanchin but, if […]

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Back in Action

Gosh if I had a penny for every time I’ve written an, ‘I’m back’ post on this blog I’d be able to retire and finally finish the second novel. Seriously though, if you’re going to jump ship for a while, don’t do it straight after the ‘Happy New Year’ post. It does kind of date things instantly. Anyway, I am back and I am writing again. I’ve poked the screenplay into the depths of my underwear drawer documents folder until […]

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Happy New Year

May 2011 be a good one for you, whatever your plans. I’m not doing the whole resolution thing this year because just thinking about it dooms me to failure within days. I spend so much time obsessing about whether or not I’m reaching my goals that I don’t actually do anything. Anyway, the year is off to a good start so far. The lizard is finished so all I need to do now is get the e-zine written up. That […]

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Soggy Paper and Other Fun

Well, yet again my writing in general, and Yantsu in particular, is taking a back seat for a while. That doesn’t mean it’s being ignored completely though. I am a woman, I can multi-task. Well, most of the time, anyway. I’m having to divide my time into neat little blocks so I can keep up with everything and Yantsu has been allocated a couple of hours a day. The screenplay gets about an hour in bed at night and the […]

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