Thursday, 12 April 2012

I'm OK, I'm still undead (sorry!)

I'm not dead, I'm not on holiday, I haven't had a nervous breakdown and I haven't been arrested. Truth is, I'm fed up with making excuses for not having a single book from my l-o-n-g list of 12 books published yet!

Knock before entering...
Ergo, I am hiding in my writer's cave.

I don't wanna be one of those writers who does more talking than writing, who does more networking than publishing. They aren't really writers, they are either people who talk about things they should be doing but can't be bothered, or social intercourse addicts who do a bit of writing when there's nobody on line...

Not me. I'm a writer. I know how many words I have written these last eight years. How many? Ooh, about a quarter of a million creative words, maybe more. But the only person to have read them is me! So it is a little absurd to be calling myself a writer or an author at this point, right?

Well, that's why I'm not here. Or on Twitter. OK, I have been boosting my Facebook page 'likes' when I can (and that's a story worth talking about later) but in truth, I have completely vanished from cyberspace! There is NO internet in my cave!

Because, to continue to call myself a writer, I must be able to do more than talk about it, I must be able to do more than Tweet about it, I must have a published book to offer you.

So that's what I have been doing, selfishly. I set myself a deadline of May 1 to get my first offering out there, and I need to cut myself off and get on with the craft of not just writing, but publishing my first book.

Life can't be ignored, the internet can - it's just a matter of will power (or a deep enough cave).

(The reason I am contradicting myself here and blogging tonight is that I have just finished the final edit of my first book, End of the Road, part one of The Rozzers series. My critique partners have been tapping their feet, believing I was just a talker-writer. I'm not. I am a writer!)


  1. Front burner - book, writing, editing, glass of wine and/or coffee.

    Back burner - email, twitter, and solitaire.

    In the oven, many more ideas slow baking.

    Each time I try to tune out the world completely, it is like baking a chocolate cake and forbidding myself from having a slice. So...a nibble here and there keeps me from bogging down in editing or writing.

    Okay, had a back to my girl cave to edit some more.

    1. There's a case of wine at the back of my cave, Lucinda, and an espresso coffee machine.
      I have just checked and I have 175 Twitter related emails to reply to! I can't do that!! So It's off to the back of my cave and the er, let me think, yeah the wine. Rioja I think..

  2. Congratulations! I can't wait to read it. ;)
    There is no need to apologize for ignoring the web. At times it can be more of a hinderance than a help. I am proud of you for allowing yourself to cross the finish line. You did it!

    1. Hi Jessie! Thanks but I'm not there yet! I won't be happy until the book passes certain 'tests', but it is a learning curve so I'm not too worried.
      With these 5 shorts published, I should be able to return to my novel (Filthy) full of confidence and knowing what needs to be done.

      My web/writing balance is well over the wrong way, so I am trying to correct it! I do miss my holidays in the beach cottage with no internet/phone connection!!

      I'll be sending you the mss this weekend, OK?

    2. I'll be watching for it. EEK!


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