Saturday, November 03, 2012

Newsy Stuff

Newsy stuff today - my favorite kind of post. First off, a couple of success stories.
I know I'm a little late to the Halloween party - but then I'm always late. With talented authors such as Kiran Hunter, Tristram la Roche, Elin Gregory, Dianne Hartsock and Renée George, this anthology was bound to be a hit. And it is. It's shot up to the #1 position in BookStrand. All my pals at the top of the charts and they've left me behind! (The rotters). 

Next up is a heart-warming true story of a fellow-author. 





As you know, I'm a sucker for unsung heroes (just look at Hewhay Hall - ahem) and stories of courage and perseverence that win through in the end. Paula Sophia has poured herself, her angst, her experiences as a tough police officer and a transgender woman into a thrilling, fast-paced, "take-no-prisoners" book called Shadow Boxer.

They must've been so impressed, the BBC World Service invited her to tell her own story on their Outlook programme - do listen to it. You'll fall in love with Paula Sophia Schonauer, I know you will.

The podcast is here

And finally. A bit of writing help.  Maybe you're not like me, but when I'm writing I do try and get the plot right first time. Even now, I'm a little stuck with my WIP because I need to put one of my protags in a difficult position. But I'm not quite sure what it is and if it will work well. So I'm stuck. Until I read this post by a man who gives the best writing advice: Seth Godin. Of course I'm stuck! So, once I've finished this post I'm just going to write - and see what happens. Wish me luck.



11 comments:

  1. Yay for Etopia Press! I laughed at the use of 'rotters'. I've not heard that before. I'm sending you good vibes to get unstuck today. :)

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    1. Thanks Brinda - ha! Is saying that someone's a rotter a British thing?

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  2. I need to nail the plot the first time through! Will go read Godin's post.

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  3. I do the stuck thing too. I'll hit a scene I can't figure out and it will fester for three days until I can find the right solution. I've tried to push through just to write something, but I have a very stubborn mind. If it doesn't like where it's going, it sits down and refuses to budge until it gets what it really wants.

    Also putting Hewhay Hall on my TBR list. :)

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    1. It's worth a read, Alex. I know exactly what you mean LG - mine does the same.

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  4. Well, thanks for the mention, Sue. We're not leaving you behind!

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  5. Crikey! Number one, eh? Yes I guess we are rotters. :)

    Being stuck is a total pain. You know the bits I get stuck on and there doesn't seem to be any help for it, bearing in mind what I write. Honestly it's enough to make me consider writing YA only that's too difficult.

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  6. Thanks for the mention, Sue! I have so much in my head waiting to break out I'm more concerned about not being able to stop once I start - and how much sense it will make when it does escape... I can see a lot of editing in the near future (without the use of a crystal ball!)

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  7. Congratulations Tris, Elin and Kiran XXX

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  8. Thanks for blogging this! I only wish I was a "rotter" LOL.

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