Wednesday, 4 May 2011

New Blog Schedule and Life-changing News

If you look to the right you'll notice my blogging schedule has changed slightly. I am cutting down on the number of blog posts I write per week to allow more time for writing. My new schedule looks like this:

Tuesday - Tuesday Teaser
Wednesday - Question of the Week
Friday - Friday Five
Sunday - Work In Progress Update

I am not someone who can naturally multitask, giving my attention to several projects at the same time. You could say I'm an all-or-nothing kind of person, which is why I loved the A to Z Challenge so much. With that in mind, and my news I will reveal in a moment, I am turning my full attention to writing my novels. Whilst I will continue to blog - I couldn't go on writing without all your support - I am changing from the weekly to monthly Write 1 Sub 1 2011 challenge, which means I will only be writing one new short story per month. Also, I will no longer be taking part in Book Blurb Friday. I'd like to thank Lisa Ricard Claro for hosting the BBF meme - I'll still be there cheering from the sidelines.


Now for my exciting and potentially life-changing news:

I'm hoping this is how I'll look come September.

From September 4th I shall be taking a three month break from work to become a full time writer. For 12 whole weeks I will be concentrating all my efforts on my one of my novels without the distraction of work. I cannot begin to tell you how excited and emotional I am at the prospect, and, above all, thrilled that Mr. G believes in me enough to not raise a single objection against it.

So far I have only told family, close friends, and a few work colleagues. Apart from a couple of comments that I'm sure weren't meant to cause offence, they have all been happy and excited for me. When someone tells you they think it would be funny if you couldn't think of a single word to write during those 12 weeks you just have to laugh and curse under your breath. I guess there will always be doubters.

Over the next 18 weeks (I've started counting them down already) I'm going to be asking a lot of questions of myself and my works-in-progress, not least, which one should I concentrate on during my break? No doubt I'll be asking you all for advice on many occasions. So I want to reiterate how much all your comments mean to me, and believe me when I say I know that without them I would have given up by now. I cannot begin to re-pay you for all your support. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

53 comments:

  1. happy dance!! How exciting! I'm so thrilled for you. 18 whole weeks of focussed writing! weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!
    Wishing you all the best for Sept, and the lead up to Sept. Wootiness!
    (PS stock up on chocolate)

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  2. Very cool! I hope it all works out very well for you. Writing a novel and having to work a full time job would really be too much multitasking.
    Good luck!

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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  3. Wow, that's wonderful Ellie - a wonderful opportunity. Best advice I can offer is to just enjoy them.

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  4. A great opportunity!! This is my last month at my job and afterwards I get to work solely on my writing. So excited.

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  5. Well done. Good for you. And lots of other positive things. You know it's what you want and you're going for it. This is a Good Thing (TM)

    I'm sure you feel like I did when I decided at the ripe old age of 37 to go to university. I never regretted it for a minute (once I started - there were lots of doubts beforehand) and I hope you will love every day of being a full-time writer.

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  6. And I should have said that I hope by the end of it you have a deal with a publisher so you can stay full time!

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  7. Exciting news. No slacking off to watch day time tv.
    best wishes,
    mood
    Moody Writing

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  8. Excellent news, Ellie! I hope your 12 weeks go well - I'm sure that the time to contemplate before you start will be really helpful too :)

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  9. Relax let the words come to you. Don't push yourself too hard over the next 12 wks and all will go well. Enjoy your time writing and good luck.

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  10. Tremendous news, and a wonderful opportunity. Kudos to Mr. G. for a) being supportive; and b) knowing talent when he sees it. I know you'll make grand use of the time, Ellie!

    No worries about dropping BBF. Your marvelous blurbs will be missed, but BBF is meant to be all about fun, no stress allowed. You're smart to lighten your load! :)

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  11. Ellie, that's fantastic! 12 glorious weeks! Oh how I would love to be able to do that... That's great that you have plenty of time to prepare, plus you know we all will be here to help if you need us. :)

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  12. Wow! Jealous! Enjoy every minute, ok? Do the rest of us jealous types proud!

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  13. I do hope you enjoy your 18 weeks of writing.


    Take care.
    Yvonne,

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  14. Ellie!!! Wonderful Ellie!! This is such brilliant news!! Three whole months to write your books!!! Yay for you!! I'm so so so so so excited for you!! Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I just know it's going to be productive and inspirational too!! Go, Ellie, Go!!! Take care
    x

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  15. HECK, is September only 18 weeks away? That sounds so soon! Anyway, 12 weeks of writing sounds FABULOUS! Well done for making it happen. Enjoy it.

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  16. I think you'll find that, after the first day or so, you'll settle into a sort of writing flow. I had 2 weeks off at Christmas, nobody around, and that's when I started to seriously write. The first day or so I was fidgety, so I spent a lot of time lying on the couch doing nothing but thinking. Don't let the negative ("oh, just joking") people get to you. Thye're just people who are a)envious or b) so utterly unimaginative that they really CAN'T concieve of writing /painting/creating anything of worth themselves. We know better about you! Good luck x

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  17. Congratulations on getting the chance to really pursue the writing! I'm so happy for you! I love when I hear awesome things like that. They literally make my day!

    My husband has about two years left in college and then plans to find a job where I can take a break from work and focus on writing as well. For now I'll live through you :)

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  18. Yay for you! Major wootness!! You will do great things with your time, I know you will.

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  19. This is great, congratulations! And I love the picture you posted of the girl in green holding her arms out to embrace the sun.

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  20. Excellent! I do believe you'll find the writing comes much easier when you have time to truly devote yourself.

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  21. I'm sure you will make fabulous, vast progress when you take the time off. :) Congratulations on taking this step. I know you won't regret it!

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  22. way to go! i envy you your support system and determination =)

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  23. This sounds so very exciting! There has been lots of talk in one of my college classes about writer getaways- evidently there a few places that people can go to hear in Wyoming- kind of like an artist refuge and just write the entire month they are gone- or year- or even just a few weeks.

    Supper cool you have Mr. G support!

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  24. YAY!!!! Fantastic... I admire your focus and I think it's a brilliant idea to take a decent chunk of time to see how it works out for you - I am CERTAIN it will and wish you fowing creative juices, much hard work and happiness! 8-D

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  25. Also, better proof-reading that me... I ment flowing of course!

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  26. Fabulous news!!! I am SO happy for you! What a wonderful opportunity!! I'll certainly be cheering you on!! You go girl!!

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  27. May the 4th be with you! (Sorry, it's an oldie but goodie and I couldn't resist.) I am thrilled that you will have three months to immerse yourself in your writing. Now you will be able to add time to that wonderful talent you have. And you know the equation: Time + Talent = Success!

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  28. Oh, Ellie, I'm SO EXCITED FOR YOU!!!! Wow! I'll miss you very much, but, now I'll be able to by your book and keep it with me, like I have with Becky and Lisa's published stories.

    You go girl! I love how you are investing in yourself and living your dream full on. Blogging takes so much time. I give it my full attention and then I don't get onto my other projects. I feel as if I really need to pull back too, but it is so addicting.

    Congratulations ... can't wait to see what you do post

    Kathy M.

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  29. Good luck, I know you will do great with the extra time :)

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  30. Fantastic! I've considered doing something similar, but I've never had the stones to actually go through with it. I wish you the best of luck with your upcoming sabbatical!

    (By the way, I once used that very same stock image for the main banner on a web site... albeit after turning her dress to aqua and fading back the background. The program's name was "Winning Spirit," so your news certainly fits.)

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  31. Well done, Ellie! You have so much going on in your imagination that you'll need all the extra time to accommodate it. Fantastic, girl, well done:-)

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  32. That is an awesome opportunity, and I wish you the best.

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  33. Holy flying-crap-donkeys on blue bicycles! This is amazing news, Ellie!!

    I’m so jealous of you right now…you’ll do a great job I know it.

    A wedge of time that big enough just to concentrate on one novel is going to be a great help.

    Hopefully you’ll shove a lot of those questions our way so we can try and help you out as much as we can!

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  34. That's a fabulous decision! I've done two four-month writing sabbaticals now, and it's just amazing to have a few months to write.

    I'm doing another one this year, to start at the end of September, so we'll be writing-break-buddies all through October and November! :-)

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  35. The gift of time is liberating. I know you won't waste a moment of it.

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  36. That's so exciting! Oh wow. I'm jealous! Can you pass me some time off work too? Good on you. Proud of you! xoxo

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  37. That sounds like great news. What I would give to be able to just forget everything and write. I think I'll do that once my uni work finishes. Hope the time off is fruitful.

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  38. Damn, late to the party! That's great, Ellie! I bet you get three books written in that time. Go get 'em!

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  39. Wow!!!! That's so exciting!!!! Good for you and good luck :) And give that Mr. G a big giant hug!!!

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  40. What awesome news! I am so happy for you!!! I'm on blog break but will definitely come back to see how you are doing. What a great opportunity. I hope it is life changing for you :-)

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  41. You go girl! I'll be cheering you on! Yeah!

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  42. How exciting for you that you can afford to do this!

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  43. Yay! It's brilliant. Sounds like a fabulous decesion and I for one look forward to reading the published fruits of your labours. :O)

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  44. This is an awesome experience that you will have. I believe in you and think that you will do an amazing job. Don't listen to the doubters they are just jealous. If you need any critiquing or reading let me know I would love to do it.

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  45. Fabulous news, Ellie! What a wonderful opportunity to write with such freedom...yay!

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  46. I think it is perfectly acceptable to create a schedule for blogging. It's the only way you can make time for writing and keep your sanity!

    And woo hoo! I am SO jealous of your three months. I wish I could just call a three month writing break whenever the muse struck. Like NOW, for instance! LOL! <3

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  47. No doubters here, Ellie. I'm really happy for you, and fully supportive. If there's anything I can do to support what you're doing, then just say. I know you'll be successful, and I'm proud of you!

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  48. Hi Ellie. Your post nearly had me crying. It is so good that you can take this time off to dedicate yourself to writing. Go you! I wish you every success. It is intense.

    Luckily I'm a multi-tasker or I could never have dreamed up my next challenge but it will be awesome for romance writers...

    Denise<3

    Join the Romantic Friday Writers group. First challenge - Dire Moment.

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  49. Genuinely thrilled for you, Ellie! You have my full support and all the encouragement I can throw at you!

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  50. Ellie! I have been so behind what with NaPiBoWriWee that I missed this. TOOT TOOT. THIS IS SO SWEET. Congrads girlfriend. Supporting, loving, and sending tons of chocolate for those days at the computer. :-)

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  51. FANTASTIC STUFF!

    As you may or may not know, I quit my full-time corporate job to focus on writing, too, so I know exactly how you feel! It is indeed a gift and you'll be amazed how much you'll be able to get done. It's terrifying at the same time, because now there's only YOU standing between you and your novel. But I know you'll achieve your goals!

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  52. Hi Ellie .. that's fantastic news - and you're really counting down, getting sorted, organised and giving it a go .. fantastic .. cheers Hilary

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