Tuesday, 31 December 2013

The Good, The Bad and The Catasphrophic

I have been pondering this blog post for a few days now; should I write it, would people find it interesting, am I wasting my time, no one is bothered about the the ups and downs of a writer. But the urge to write and celebrate a wonderful year took over and here I am.

It has been an amazing year where my writing is concerned and that's thanks to the fantastic writers I have 'met' on facebook who have become wonderful friends. Firstly, there was the Dark Fairy Queen Writerly Bridal Shower. Who can forget the crazy goings on in the process of a fairy wedding? Who can forget the excitement of creating a gorgeous story for the anthology? 

Two more anthologies followed (see above pic), both raising money for good charities and my stories were included. I'm in print! Yay!!! (I still look at my name in print and can't quite believe it). Both available on Amazon. 

It was on this high that I went full steam ahead into this years NanoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) with the support of the crazy community of writers. I was a Nano Rebel as my story had already started but I still had 50,000 in me as did the story. And that's when the catastrophe happened; my laptop just stopped working. I couldn't access any of my work as the little hole where the cable goes was broken or something like that. There wasn't even any power in the battery to boot it up. And do you know the worst of this sorry tale? Despite months of nagging from Hubby about backing up my work, I hadn't. So over 35k of words for my novel was locked along with all my other work. 
I cried.
I spat my dummy.

My writing career had only just started and had come to abrupt halt. Until Hubby's friend rescued my work which is now stored in various places; external hard drives, sky drive and now google cloud. I think my bases are covered. I just need to learn to use them properly.  

And the writing is back as Hubby bought me a Samsung Chromebook for Christmas/Birthday so happy, happy, happy although very different to what I am used to.  No excuses now for writing and joining in more on the flash fiction circuit. 

 That's where the bad comes in. I have been away for so long, I think I've forgotten how to write! I look at flash fiction prompts and have absolutely no clue. My Daily Picspiration pieces are so difficult and don't flow at all. I apologise for that and will up my game for 2014 especially as the calibre of writing is absolutely wonderful.

Looking to 2014, I am full of optimism. I intend to blog more, write more, share authors more. I also intend to publish my own novel. It's not going to happen unless I make it happen and I have wonderful friends who are helping me make it happen (Lisa ShambrookLaura James and Ruth Long who are now thinking oh darn, forgot about that!) as well as friends who always love my work (Jan, Clare, Toni, Angela, Charlotte, Char, Shelley to name but few). So look out for The Adventures of Katie Button coming soon. 

I have other projects in my head that must escape. So watch out!  

2014 is going to be epic. . . . just saying. xxxx 

Happy New Year folks and to nick/adapt a famous Brucie phrase. . . Keep writing/reading. xx 




  1. My computer did the same thing! We managed to save my work too, but it happened in the middle of NaNoWriMo and while I was putting together two anthologies! Hubby bought me a new laptop (Lenovo) for Christmas, so we both seem to have been through something similar with a similar solution. I know you are going to write an awesome book for publication this year. If I can help in any way, let me know. :) Happy New Year! May 2014 be as epic as we both believe it will be!

    1. Thank you Becky! I owe you a tremendously for your superHERo anthology and I look forward to the sequel in 2014. . . . every superHERo needs a sequel! So sorry you lost your laptop! So scary when it happens but new and shiny one is too exciting. :-) And yes, I would love your help as never self published in my life!! Big scary world!! xxx

  2. Keep writing, LizzieLoo! It's almost never easy, but always worthwhile.

    Thanks for all your great efforts and I hope we see you more to play in 2014!



    1. That is amazing praise Chick. I will be playing lots and lots and writing lots and reading all your work and learning from everyone! xxx

  3. Never stop writing, sometimes we have a break, sometimes we need it, but always...keep writing! I would miss your words so much if you did!
    ...and...Katie Button is currently captivating!

    1. I'm always so shocked when someone likes my work!! Thank you Lisa. I was doodling in my note books so maybe that will come to something now I have my new toy. You are so kind too. Thank you. xxx

  4. I'm so glad you wrote this post! Not only did I find it interesting, but as a new follower of yours... it gave me a great "summary" (for lack of a better word) of you and your writing. I must introduce you to some of my writer friends on Blogger. :o)

    1. Ooh! Very exciting times!! Thank you. xx