After the past few months, this has been a pretty fabulous week, actually.
First, a plug - are you interested in writing? Is your characterisation not all it could be? I’m teaching an online workshop at Savvy Authors starting Monday!. Doesn’t matter where you are in the world – you can take part. And it only costs $25! You can sign up here: http://www.savvyauthors.com/vb/showevent.php?eventid=1505
I’ve taught this workshop several times face-to-face and this is the first time online. I’m looking forward to giving some tips on creating better characters – and how to put them on the page better too!
So now onto the week. The past couple of weeks things have been starting to look up financially, which meant that this week we managed to pay all the bills outstanding since hubby had his stroke AND we got the car registered. There’s still a mound of debt but debt is easier to deal with than say the electricity company, who tend to want to stop giving you stuff if you haven’t paid the bill…
Then yesterday I got to have a chat with my publisher about some things that have been concerning me about the future of the gadda books. Having had some of the stock sold off really hit me and I wondered whether HarperCollins had any interest in working with me any more. Well, my publisher does and she’s going to try a few things so hopefully the gadda books aren’t dead in the water. And there’s a few other irons in the fire too…
Best of all, I found out that the trilogy is again available electronically internationally! It was, then it wasn’t, and now it is again. So I can happily promote The Festival to the world.
Then on Tuesday I got a nibble about a story – no guarantee it will be picked up, but editor liked it and it’s being considered and that’s always a good thing. And I’ve got the beginning of the idea for the story for the CSFG anthology ‘next’. Nice to be thinking like a writer again, after having a few weeks off.
But best of all, I GOT A JOB! I’m going to be a professional conference organiser. I start next Wednesday. It’s a real relief to know that we’ve got a solid financial foundation again, and I’m looking forward to a job that’s promising to be interesting, engaging and fun!
It does mean the luxury of writing full time is over and I’m now back to where most folks are – trying to balance writing and working. But I’m also seeing this as a time to renew my commitment to my writing and reconfigure what I want to achieve and how I should be trying to achieve it.
So all in all, things are looking up. Now, all I need is for hubby to make a full recovery from the stroke and my life will be pretty much perfect – again