Tuesday, 7 February 2012

I'm still here...

Feeling very lazy as I haven't put up a new post since 30th January! Eek! So, what have I been doing? Well, I've been reading, writing and learning that I need to get over myself and invest in a thicker skin, that's what!
I read 'Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging' by Louise Rennison which was quite fun, then 'Beastly' by Alex Finn which I'm still in two minds about - very clever but not all of it worked for me, although it intrigued me to enough that I might read some more of her books. I'm now starting 'Bloodlines' by Richelle Meade which I'm approaching with trepidation. Why? Because I loved 'Vampire Academy' sooo much and this is a spin off which may or may not work. Then again, Richelle Meade is wonderful so it'll probably be great!
Book 5 is finally gelling and the new characters are fun to be around - unusual for me that none of them are supernatural but, hey, it's early days! Anything could happen!
I had my first solicited review and wasn't disappointed! Well, ok I was a bit gutted that my book didn't deliver enough to satisfy the reviewer but glad that I received an honest and very thorough review. I sooo wanted to argue a number of the points made but that would be a huge mistake - I'll have to be satisfied that I did my research and leave it like that. I also have to be realistic about what I've written - it's my first novel so it's not perfect. I may love every letter on every page and be fiercely protective of my characters but in the end of the day it's a work of fiction, built to entertain and not everyone who comes across it is going to love it too!
At least I now have a benchmark to start from and a blueprint of what I need to improve to make book 2 better than book 1.
Onward and upward!


  1. We write because we want to, not for the reviews. Or the money :-)

  2. You're right, Peter. I've been writing for about 29 years and I'd still be writing whether I'd published or not - just need yanked off of the 'must promote book' treadmill now and again. Thanks for that! :-)