Monday, 30 January 2012

A to Z Challenge, CassaFire, and the Muse Returns

Before I talk about my work-in-progress, I want to highlight a couple of important upcoming events:

From today you can sign up for the blogging event of the year - Arlee Bird's A to Z Challenge. In short, your challenge is to post every day of April (except for Sundays), with the theme for each post suggested by a letter of the alphabet. Most people start with A and end with Z, but some go in reverse order. You also try to visit as many of the participating blogs as possible, though after last years entrants topped 1000, I didn't get anywhere near visiting them all.

To find out more about the A to Z challenge, advice on how to manage your time, and to sign up click here.

February 28th sees the long awaited publication of Alex J. Cavanaugh's sequel to the stunning CassaStar - CassaFire. If you haven't read CassaStar yet, do. I read it in one sitting and that is rare for me. If you have, then I know you'll be ordering or downloading your copy come the 28th. If you want to help spread the word, then sign up for Alex's Catch Fire! day or stick the icon on your blog for all to see.

WIP Update:

Thank you to everyone who answered my question last Thursday - how do you find your writing muse, AGAIN? Although I haven't responded to and thanked everyone for their suggestions (I will be catching up this week whilst on holiday), I have already tried some of them. Over the last three days I've re-read my published and unpublished stories, watched some more creative television programmes (Project Runway never ceases to inspire), and read through the first draft of my science fiction novel Dreaming of Sleep. I can safely say the muse has returned and I can't wait to start writing again.

Thank you all. You have reminded me of why I blog - to be part of a community of inspirational and selfless writers.

Thursday, 26 January 2012

How do you find your writing muse, AGAIN?

When I decided to take my writing dreams seriously in early 2010, I didn't truly believe I would stay the distance; that I would write on a daily basis or see my stories published. I also thought writing and maintaining a blog on a weekly basis would prove too much work. As it was, by September 2011, I was well on the way to proving myself wrong. I was a published author. My blog was a moderate success. I was embarking on a three-month work break to write my YA science fiction novel. Unfortunately, as life so often does, an enormousness asteroid struck during the end of 2011. Not literally, of course. But changes in my personal circumstances forced me to temporarily suspend my writing and blogging.

Now, having decided I've spent enough time feeling sorry for myself, I've decided to get back to my writing dreams. But I need to locate my muse and drag her back, kicking and screaming if need be, to help inspire and motivate me once again. But she's gone into hiding, and I've gotten used to spending a little extra time in bed and flicking the television channels at night. I've grown lazy. I've also perfected a long list of excuses as to why I can not write at the moment.

Do you have any suggestions as to how I can get back my muse? What methods do YOU use to get back into your writing after a long break?

Monday, 23 January 2012

Apologies, Changes, and 2012

It's been over four months since my last blog post and I need to offer sincere apologies to all my writing friends and blog followers. Several of you emailed and phoned, and I was a bad friend in not replying. Thank you all for caring so much; I will be emailing and/or phoning you all over the next few days.

The last three months of 2011 did not go the way I had planned. Although I completed detailed plot notes and wrote the first act of my YA science fiction novel, there were major changes going on in my personal life. I am saddened to say Mr. G and I have separated. It is an amicable split but I am currently living with my parents, so life has radically changed for me. I am on holiday for the first two weeks in February, and I am planning to use that time to get back into my writing and blogging.

In the meantime, I hope you are all well and following your writing dreams. I will be catching up with all your blogs over my two week holiday. I am sure there is much I have missed and I'm excited to see what life has been like for you all over the last four months.

Let me know what you've been up to, and not just with your writing.