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Thursday, 26 June 2014

It's been a while...

Well! I have been very neglectful of my blog for well over a month now and I really should rectify that. So, where have I been? What have I been up to?

Actually the last six weeks have been somewhat of a blur. For a while my priorities were all skew-whiff, but I think I am getting back on track now. I won't go into details - I'll save that for a short story or two... haha!

I have been making up for lost time, that's for sure. I'm exhausted! I have been enjoying great interaction with my online writing group, who have been instrumental in giving me a gentle push in the direction of 'forwards'. 

Sharing 'works in progress', editing and offering and gaining feedback has been a really helpful and educational process; and fabulous practise at proofreading too. It's amazing what you can pick up from others, I feel I have learnt so much over the last week, all of which I hope, will have a positive impact on my own work.

I have read, re-read, edited, edited, edited and edited and read the first 50 pages of my novel - so much so, that I think I now know it word for word. Why? Because I have submitted it - to an actual publisher.  


I know - but I had nothing to lose. It was an open submission so I may as well go for it. Who cares about rejection? 

As well as the constant manuscript re-writes, I have been writing short stories for my new collection. A few months ago I informed Twitterland that I would be publishing it by the end of June. Thus, having stated this, I felt I had to actually deliver. Hopefully, after - guess what? - re-reads and editing - it will be up on Amazon before Monday. Fingers crossed.

Once it's up, I will be going back to novel writing. 

Such fun! 

I know a few writers who belong to writing groups (of the physical, meet-up kind) and find them invaluable, I wonder how many belong to an online group? I would love to hear from you about your experiences. Thanks for reading :)


  1. It sounds as if you've had a very busy week so no wonder you are exhausted, Samantha. Well done for submitting to a publisher and good luck for achieving the deadline for your short story collection.
    I belong to an on-line group called Write-critical and like you find the help and support invaluable. :-)

    1. Thank you Jan, short story collection - done! Yay. I'll be able to concentrate on the rest of the novel now. I like your writing group's name - it is really good having support any time of the day (well, if anyone is online at 2 a.m hehe) but I would like to be able to meet up face to face too. I know some from the group have already, I'm just too far away from the rest of humanity to do that...the joys of country living eh? :)

  2. What a productive month, Sam. Good luck with the publisher.

    1. Thanks so much Wendy! I'm not expecting anything really, but it did give me an incentive to get that word count going :)