Sunday, 26 February 2017

Routine, manageable goals and the surprising importance of the deadline


(source: QuoteFancy)

I've been thinking a lot about my writing routine these last few weeks. Mostly, because I haven't really had a routine until fairly recently. Writing has been a hobby of mine for years. While I was still in school it was never difficult to find the time to write, but once I entered university, writing very much took a back seat. I often wondered how writers managed to write books. After all, they all have Lives too, and jobs, spouses, or even kids! Hat’s off to any writing parents out there. I can honestly say, I don’t know how you do it. 

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Bunecdotes # 2: The Gizmo Lessons




I mentioned in his introduction that Gizmo was very shy when he came into my care. While Lola bounced out of the pet carrier to explore her new home, Gizmo made no move to ever leave the safety of the carrier. He had to be lifted out and immediately sought the shelter of an upside down cardboard box. I did not blame him. He had gone through many changes in just a few weeks. He would come round.

But as the days turned into weeks I realised that Gizmo had no intention of coming round and I soon understood that it was not just him who needed to learn to trust me. I needed to learn to understand him. And so began The Gizmo Lessons.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

London Calling



Within the three weeks since my last blog post I was on a brief holiday in Austria. On my way back I took a slight detour via London. I have never been to the city before - unless you count Heathrow Airport, my personal Hell on Earth - but have wanted to visit ever since I did a presentation on its sights half a lifetime ago. It is also the setting of the YA novel I hope to get query-ready by the end of the year. While mine is an alternate, slightly futuristic London, I jumped at the opportunity to flesh out my Google Maps descriptions with real life experience and plunged myself into 26 hours of city adventure.