Thursday, 9 November 2017

Drawing a blank

I think I mentioned in my last post that during September I somehow managed to find the time to knuckle down and finally write some short stories, four of them to be precise. Unfortunately the first of them announced their winners at the end of October and sadly I wasn't among them, though that's probably hardly surprising given that this was my first foray into the world of competitions after a couple of years' sabbatical. The next one is due to announce its winners at the end of this month and I've got high hopes for that one - but we'll have to wait and see. The remaining two don't announce until some time in January, so nothing I can do about that except wait and write something else, which is exactly what I've been doing this week.

Spent most of yesterday writing a SciFi short story and have given it its first edit this morning, losing just shy of 200 words. Still got to shave another score or so from the word total and that's often harder than cutting big. Once I've done that I'll leave it for a couple of weeks and then look at it again before submitting it in time for the closing date hopefully.

Been really busy with other things in the meantime and therefore haven't had a chance to work on either of my two novels which is a shame, but life is all about priorities. I had hoped to kick start one of the novels by taking part in NaNoWriMo but that too I had to give a miss which in turn will mean that I'm highly unlikely to be able to enter the novel writing competition I had earmarked for entry which closes at the end of January.

On a more positive note I have been blazing a trail through my backlog of unread books and have been leaving reviews over on my Goodreads page - feel free to go and check them out and perhaps say "Hi".

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/186968.J_Jones 

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Born again writer

Somewhere under all this dust should be my Blog... I know I left it here somewhere... ah... here it is!

Welcome back to the few hardy souls who have continued to check in from time to time only to find that I have been remiss in my postings since July unbelievably. Your loyalty and patience is greatly appreciated.

In fairness I never intended my absence to be this long although I had decided to take a break from all things writing. It wasn't that I had lost my motivation to write or my love of it - it was just that I feared that my muse/mojo/ability or whatever you want to call it, had deserted me. Sure, I had and still have 2 novels partially completed, but they had both stalled and every time I tried for a change of pace by writing a short story, nothing was happening. I'd spend hours just staring at a blank screen or one that had nothing but drivel on it after hours of toil. I doubted that I would ever write anything meaningful again.

So I took a break and during that time rediscovered my love of reading which is why there's been so much activity over on my Goodreads page. I also decided to pursue my newfound love of all things antique/collectable and started to dabble in the world of antique emporiums and auctions hoping to find that one item that will secure my future. I'm still searching.

At some point the urge to write started to return - an itch that grew increasingly hard to ignore until finally I forced myself to sit down in front of the computer and give it a try. I wouldn't say that it all came flooding back, but getting the words from my brain to the computer no longer felt like walking through treacle - they began to make sense and formulate a story. Long story short (if you'll excuse the pun!) is that somehow I managed to write 4 short stories in the space of a week. Then over the next few weeks I spent some time (a lot of time) editing them until they were of a standard that I could be happy. Then I took the plunge and entered them into various competitions.

That's one small step on the road back but it's a step in the right direction. Now I have to return to the novels and what better time than with NaNoWrMo just around the corner?

I'll keep you posted... I promise.