I’ve been feeling very overwhelmed and feeble this week, so this Friday Five is all about trying to combat that.
1. New knitting project. Knitting is definitely good for stress-relief and the repetitive action helps me to think through story ideas, too.
This owl pattern and yarn combination is super-cute, but the yarn itself is making me cross-eyed. I’m getting used to it, though, and the pattern is nice and simple, which is what I need at the moment!
2. I’ve been giving myself plenty of reading time (as I know that will help me to ‘refill the creative well’, as well as being an enjoyable escape from my own head) and I really enjoyed The Lie by C.L. Taylor and Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig.
3. Easing out the post-deadline kinks with some yoga. I’ve been saying ‘I must do some yoga, it’ll do me good’ for so long, that I (finally) got sick of myself and actually did some. Hurrah. I’ve been following the 30 Days of Yoga on the ‘Yoga With Adriene’ channel on YouTube and I really like her down-to-earth, approach.
This week has been both wonderful and a tiny bit stressful. Some of the stuff I can’t tell you (yet!), but I can share that my debut The Language of Spells is now out in paperback. Yay!
My author copies haven’t arrived, yet, but I’m super-excited. I can’t wait to hold my book baby in my arms (yes, writers are nuts).
The Authors For Nepal auction is winding down, having made over £13,000 (at last count). My lot has gone (thank you to all who spread the word/bid) but there’s still time to bid on the last few items.
I also finished a short novella (novelette?), and have been editing an interview I did with CL Taylor for the next episode of The Worried Writer.
Speaking of the podcast, have you listened to episode three? There’s a fun interview with Julie Cohen in which we discuss suckage, the importance of failure and knitted owls… Click here to check it out!
So, to celebrate this random collection of news, I’m going to give away two signed copies of The Language of Spells.
Following the tragic earthquake in Nepal, author Julia Williams has set up a charity auction to raise money for the relief effort.
Loads of authors, editors and agents have donated fabulous prizes, including signed books, illustrations, mentoring and manuscript appraisals, book swag and more.
The auction is live on eBay now and all funds raised will go to Earthquake Relief for Nepal which has been set up by First Steps Himalaya. The charity works closely on the ground, so the money will go where it is needed most.
And since Nepal suffered a second earthquake this week, the money being raised is more important than ever.
I’ve donated a six month mentoring package, ideal if you want hands-on support from a friendly and motivational author (me!) to achieve your creative goals. The package includes monthly email contact, three live sessions (via Skype or telephone) and up to 10,000 words of your work read/critiqued.
Whether you want to overcome self-doubt and procrastination to establish a regular writing routine, help with crafting your story and creating memorable characters, or advice on polishing your submission package, I can help.