I told myself I would blog again here within a month of my last post. Almost! Better than my usual attempts anyhoo. Must try harder.
So! I had me birthday - it was lovely. The pic is of my kitchen and the lovely flowers I got from my little sister. In the background you can see the mahoosive teapot, and teapot cover I got from my older sister - pretty, no? I got lots of wonderful gifts and spent the afternoon serving up tea and cakes - twas brill!
I've gotten so used to blogging for a particular audience and am finding hard to fully focus on one topic for personal blogging, so please, readers (both of you), forgive the waffling. Here is a mash up of my current thoughts about stuff (it's off the cuff, so probably won't make any sense.) Nevermind...
I cannot believe how hard it is. Wonderful and exilharating, of course, but bloody hard work. I'm trying to get my book finished and it's going well. But for me, it's not just a matter of banging the words out. While I'm writing, the need to scheme and plot and think about the bits I haven't written yet is so strong. Sometimes it feels like my head is going to explode! It also makes me realise that when I talk to an author and say "Oh your book was so fab, I finished it in one night!" it probably really pisses them off. I mean, it's a lovely thing to say and it shows just how much of a pageturner the book was. But some of them must think - "One frickin night?! That took me a YEAR to write!". I wonder...
I love writing Novelicious. I do. It's not the biggest or the slickest site on the web. But visits are steadily increasing, and the followers we have are incredibly loyal. I'm very proud of the site, and I have such a fabulous team surrounding me, who all help to make it as popular as it is. Plus it's lots of fun, and we get free books!
There have been some ups and downs in the Novelicious journey; It's hard to get through all the books that are sent to us, there is a heck of a lot of admin involved, and the whole scene can get a little beetchy. EXAMPLE - there's a number of sites out there who cover the same genre as Novelicious does. Most of us are supportive and get on well. One site in particular can be a bit tough to deal with. It may be because they're young, but after sending them a polite email about some content they had pretty much ripped off from our site, they replied in bad form and geared up for an argument. They then proceeded to post about the email convo on their blog! So unprofessional. That happened a while ago and I'm over it now. But taking someone's ideas and passing off a thinly veiled copy with no credit is just plain bad manners. I hope it doesn't happen again, as I'm not sure how polite I could be a second time around.
I love getting crushes. I'm in a wonderful, forever relationship and have been for many years, but there is nowt better than a good old crush. I'm not really the type to crush on celebrities (bar Hugh Laurie and Jared Leto), my crushes have always been on people who I have known in real life. Some of them turned into relationships ( I still have a crush on my boyfriend!) and a few of them linger in the recesses of my mind. There's one particular crush I've been thinking about recently. Someone who never knew (and will never know) how I felt about them. He was quite a bit older than me and married (still is) which is obviouslah a no go, but still, sometimes (though I haven't seen him for a few years) I get the urge to tell him stuff, to want to know how he is, to tell him that he is gorgeous and talented, should stop being so self deprecating. Perhaps the continuing crush is down to the fact that it began at a time when I was enjoying life a lot. Perhaps it's just leftover nostalgia. I'm not sure if he ever suspected how I felt. I stared at him a lot, so he might have done! Did you (both of you!!) ever have a crush? Do you still get them? It seems a bit silly at my age, but I quite enjoy it.
I'm voting Labour. I did dabble with the idea of going for Lib Dem, but I want to keep the Tories out, so am possibly doing the tactical thing.I don't particulary think Gordon Brown is a good leader, but I cannot deny that my thoughts about how the country should be run lie most firmly with the policies of the Labour party. Who are you voting for (both of you!!)?
Well, I think that in the course of this post we have established that I'm shit at personal blogging. Luckily, it's not really 'out there' so it's nice to have a bit of a rant and a sound off. I might do it again soon. But probs won't!
Wish me luck with the fiction!