Remember to look after yourself…

Remember to look after yourself too...

Remember to look after yourself too…

Last night, I had a migraine. I was exhausted and my head was killing me, all I wanted was an early night. But, I’m a mum, so I had to get the kids their dinner and into bed before I could collapse.

I hastily wrote a blog post, and looked at the comments from my editor for the next chapter. The goals I posted on Sunday stated that I would edit at least a chapter a night this week, but all I wanted to do was sleep.

It was about the point when the screen was looking funny I decided to turn the computer off, take some pain killers, and head off to bed. I gave myself permission to look after me first, my editing could wait. [Read more…]

Weekly Goals: 27 July

Weekly Goals

Weekly Goals

You may have seen my post the other day about needing motivation to get my manuscripts edited. After looking at different things, I’ve decided to do an experiment on my blog and post my goals for the coming week on a Sunday afternoon in the hope of being kept accountable, and get my manuscripts done!

If you’re feeling brave, you can join in and add your goals in the comments and we can all work together to achieve our goals. [Read more…]

Keeping your book dry!

Keeping Your Book Dry!The week I started sending copies of Swallow Me, NOW! to those who had ordered copies through my crowdfunding campaign, it was raining heavily. I had bought cardboard envelopes from Australia Post in bulk and was worried that my books would get ruined with the wet weather.

I went searching for a way to keep my books dry. I know as a recipient of books how annoying it is to get a soggy book in my letterbox, so this was important. [Read more…]

Creating a mobile book shop

Create a Mobile BookshopThere have been a few times lately where I’ve found myself without any books on hand. This has meant lost sales as the people I was talking to may have forgotten all about me when they went home (though they may have looked me up on Amazon).

For a while, I’ve been meaning to create a mobile book shop so I can easily have books in the car at all times. I used to have a crate with books in it, but it wasn’t particularly sturdy. [Read more…]

Looking at accounting software

Looking at accounting software

Looking at accounting software

This may seem like a strange topic for a writing blog, however if you are making money from your writing, you will need to keep track of the money.  In my day job, part of what I do is bookkeeping. We use a number of different programs to suit our clients, so I have some idea of what I’m doing.

For my writing, so far I’ve been keeping a spreadsheet of sales and a shoebox of receipts ready to give to my accountant, however I’ve come to realise I need a better option. [Read more…]

My blog has been moved…

It’s been a little while, but I’ve finally been able to get my blog moved to a new server. This has been a much longer process than expected, but it’s now been done.

There may be some broken links still, but I’m working hard to get it all back up and running.

Who Inspires You?

Who inspires you?

Who inspires you?

At Monash Writers last week, we had a discussion on the topic “Good writers know themselves”. As part of this, we were asked who inspires us and given a few minutes to write it down.

I sat for a while, struggling as no one came to mind… [Read more…]

Reducing the overwhelm

Trying to reduce the overwhelm

Trying to reduce the overwhelm

In the second half of 2014, I was finding life overwhelming. This had a negative impact on my writing – I barely finished my draft for ChaBooCha Lite in September, I have editing that needs to be done that I haven’t got to, there are stories that need to be written that are just sitting in my head or as notes in notebooks, even marketing for Swallow Me, NOW! could be better.

Something has to change in 2015. I’ve already talked about getting back to exercise, now it’s time to look at other things that are overwhelming. [Read more…]

Merry Christmas 2014


Merry Christmas

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Happy Birthday to Me!

Happy Birthday to me

Today is my birthday. Despite what my kids think, I’m not over 1000 years old, just getting closer to 40.

Earlier this year I was talking with Julieann from Lilly Pilly Press and said that it would be really cool to celebrate my birthday with a book launch. She said “Let’s do it.”

While it’s not quite launched for today, my first book, Swallow Me, NOW!, is so close to being ready, it’s really exciting. Currently we’re at the proofing stage – making sure there are no typo’s and all the words are spelled correctly. Every time I go through it, I see something else! I’m sure it will get to the stage where we just say “That’s enough.” [Read more…]

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