Happy Holidays!

My lovely editor sent me this Christmas bauble. *Happy Author*
My lovely editor sent me this Christmas bauble. *Happy Author*

Just a quick message to say Merry Christmas!

I’m shutting down the computer for a week and, although I’ll keep a notebook handy, I’m not *planning* on doing any writing at all.

Instead, I’m going to enjoy lots of  reading, sleeping, family time, and wine. Can’t wait!

Hope you all have a wonderful holiday. See you in 2014!

Writing Challenge Check In: Week 7 (Almost There!)


Just a super-quick check-in today as my Big Deadline is tomorrow and I’ve got at least 10,000 more words to write… Meep!

At this time of year the focus is on Christmas parties, school nativities, wrapping gifts, hanging decorations and sending cards, and it can feel a bit strange and isolating to be tapping away at the keyboard, but do know you’re not alone.

And, if we manage to hit (or get close) to our goals, that sparkly wine/cheese and port/tin of chocolate will taste all the sweeter…

Good luck, my friends. We’re almost there!

We have a winner!

Thank you, everyone, for entering my Liberty notebook giveaway. Honestly, I’m so grateful for your visits and comments, I wish I could send you all a gift.

My son asked if he could pick the winner, so we went old school for the draw. I wrote down the names on bits of paper, folded them up and put them in a bowl. Lovely Son picked one out:


Goodness, Lovely Son’s nails need trimming. Whoops. Moving on…

*Congratulations Nancy Higgins!*

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Writing Challenge Check In: Week 6

red_typewriterHello my lovelies, how are you? I hope your writing is going well and that having a clear goal in mind is helping.

December is a difficult month in which to stay focused, so pat yourself on the back for any work you’ve managed to get done.

I’ve really dug in over the last week. I’ve ignored reality as much as possible. I’ve turned down social engagements (boo!),  ignored the Christmas preparations and housekeeping and, thanks to the support of my lovely husband, I spent pretty much the whole weekend typing (thank you, darling!).

My deadline is Tuesday 17th December, but there are Things Happening on the weekend (including putting the tree up and panic-buying Christmas gifts), so I’m aiming to finish on Friday.

Right now, I’ve got about 71,000 words of a contracted 90,000, but I know they are roughly the right words in roughly the right order, so I’m feeling pretty good.

I always under-write, so I’ll spend the rest of this week, polishing what I’ve already written and adding depth and detail.

How about you? Whatever the progress, let us know in the comments so we can support each other.