Friday, 22 October 2010

Updates: Contains Actual News

I remember the days when I used to blog every week, like clockwork, without fail. I even blogged from London from a tiny hotel without internet, just on the 3G on my phone. I even included a picture. Those were the halcyon days of blogging, where my dedication was un-floundering. Now, my dedication isn't precisely floundering, but it's more mixture of being busy and very forgetful. For the past week or two I've been thinking almost daily *I must blog about that* and so on, but by the time I've got to a computer I've completely forgotten what I was going to say. This doesn't bode well for getting older, but as usual, I digress.

So first things first, I got a sort of writing job. I work for scouting out and writing features and conducting interviews on the very best of contemporary illustration. Yay, I'm using my degree! Sort of! A bit.

So far so fun, and I've met some really nice people and been able to interview some illustrators whose work I've admired for years without it being called stalking. Double yay! It's all very part time freelance, but I can slot it in around my current full-time non-writing job, and feel very pro-active.

Second things second, still working on the old novel. Or rather, ignoring that colloquialism, new novel. I told my Mum the eureka-inducing sentence which sparked the whole idea and she was... underwhelmed. I think she put the whole thing down to the rather gothic 'phase I'm going through'. Mainly because that's what she said. I chose to ignore that:p Speaking of which, I got some lovely skull earrings from etsy!

Third thing (because if I'm to remember everything I need structure) is that I've had one of the short stories that was on my website accepted to be published by Ether Books. Also vaguely on, Ether Books is an i-pod/i-phone/i-whatever app you can download for free, and from which you can then purchase (generally for pence) short stories to read on the go. It's apparently aimed at commuters and busy people who want to read small things quickly on trains. I've signed a contract with them which covers Pixie (for it is she who is accepted) and any further shorts they accept from me for distribution via the app. As such three stories have disappeared off my short stories page (perhaps pre-emptively, but I'm too lazy to re-format my page more than once!) which all ties in well with the re-vamp and re-direction of my site. Considering Pixie has been assigned to the Horror category, its place isn't assured on a romance website...

So in summary, stuff's happened. I am a professional writer (sort of, ish, oh hush!) and have a short story on the road to e-publication. And really, check out, it's very good. Ignoring the three sentences I write on each of my posts, there are some really rather lovely pictures on there.

Katherine out.

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Sunday, 10 October 2010

Epiphanies and stuff.

Lacklustre laziness has been the mark of the past few weeks for me. I've been down and bored and lethargic and somewhat disheartened and disillusioned with everything in the world, ever. I wanted to write but didn't know what I wanted to write. Then something happened. The epiphany, the eureka moment. I was at work passing the time by reading articles about who-knows-what and something struck me.

I stumbled upon one sentence which I couldn't stop repeating over and over in my head. I gave it some thought and it has grown into a new story I want to write, which will be a regency romance. The first full-length novel I ever wrote was a regency romance and the novels I tend to read are regency romances. Why do I not write regency romances? That was the reason I got into writing, but some time along the way, I forgot.

As such, that's the plan. I shall be editing my website over the next few weeks to make it more regency-appropriate (but the logo and buttons will remain the same - I can't get enough of hand-drawn Times New Roman)

I like romance. I like nice things, and love, and balls (I love a good ball) and so yes. I am cheered and planning. I am trying a new approach to this novel. Trying not to rush through it, what's that phrase - seat-of-the-pants writing? I am learning to know my characters better by using a tip I heard once, I forget where, which is to fill out those 100 questions emails as your character. You know all sorts of back story you may or may not use and get a much more well-rounded character. Similarly I'm not going to just have a vague idea of what's going to happen, and see where it goes, I am going to scrupulously plan, and while the story will develop and change as I write it, it won't be so... shoddy. Hopefully. Let's just see how it goes!