Monday, May 29, 2006

Prolific only when ill.

Well, Saturday should have been a complete wash-out, considering I spent virtually the entire day in bed convalescing, but somehow it manged to be really productive. A fair portion of the seckrit project got done, so it's now past the halfway stage...hurray! I might even reveal what it is soon. Meanwhile, I'm thinking I should be ill more often considering how much more work I get done.... Only kidding...

Anyway, I'm now feeling considerably better. I still have a cold but the headache and itchy(!) throat are gone. Guess that means it's back to work as normal and a daily average word count of virtually zero.

In other news, we rewatched Ghost in the Shell, last night and I was suitably reimpressed. Amazingly the film has aged very little. It's still beautiful and profound. The only give away to it's age are the wires.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Website Update

I'm ill! It doesn't matter how much I pretend otherwise, the fact is I have a horrible head cold, and a chest infection. Today has been rather stressful as a result, but I've still managed to get quite a bit done, including a nice slice of my seckrit project, website update and the Black Lace author questionaire, so tomorrow I'm going to treat myself to a rare lie-in.

Don't expect too much from me over the next few days, I think I'm going to hide under a duvet, leave the kiddies in the capable hands of my other half, and only come out for emergencies.

Oh, and go check out the website update. I've included a chapter from Dark Designs.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Terrible Tuesday

Yes, I know it's Thursday, but it's taken me this long to regain my sense of humour following my day of woe.

It started off okay, then the Jacket Proofs for Dark Designs arrived... Now, I 've been looking forward to their arrival. The new Black Lace cover designs have been rather lovely, but to say I'm not fond of what I've ended up with is putting it mildly. Okay, my name is HUGE, and the colour is okay, as is the bloke. But the view up the woman's nose and the bad, bad hair, just don't do it for me... sigh... Let me know what you think, the image is below.

Disaster number 2 occurred when I took the kids to the park. In their infinite wisdom the local council have installed a beautiful fake castle flower bed that my 2 year old daughter decided would make an excellent playhouse, especially as it came complete with an obvious entrance. I think you can imagine the scenario, me charging after her before she disappeared under the planted roof, only to find myself a foot deep in mud and then flat out on my arse with her on top of me equally muddy. Yeah, figured you'd get the picture.

Which brings us to incident number 3. We put same child to bed as normal, but 10 minutes later when I go up to check on her, she's stark bollock naked, having removed her pajamas and nappy, and has christened the carpet, stood in it, and then put on my new boots .

Amazingly, I actually managed to do some work on both the novel and seckrit project after all this. So, I guess the day didn't go so badly.


Monday, May 22, 2006

Hush... Super seckrit project in progress

I've been working on my new secret project this weekend to give myself a break from the novel. All I'm saying it that it features several very pretty boys, and rather a lot of hot male sex. Oh, okay, it's also a helluva lot of fun to write as there's very little of the ordinary involved .

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Upset

Fucking, damn, useless heap of crap!

I swear I'm close to dropping my laptop in a very large puddle. Despite really struggling with my current WIP, it's never really got of the ground yet, I settled down this evening to plod on, not worry too much about what I was writing and see where things went. They went reasonably good, and to the tune of about 1000 words. Then, guess what, the damn hunk-of-junk freezes up and voila, I lose the lot, despite, autosave, autobackup, autorecovery, temp file hell.

'Yeah!' hollers my computer. 'I've recovered your document.' Like hell you have. You've recovered the file I opened an hour ago.

Can you tell I'm just a little bit tetchy?

Off to console myself, and engage in a bit of brainwashing. I wrote rubbish, it's really no loss. I wrote... No, dammit, it was good. <sob>

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Dark Designs

Dark Designs and Sex & Shopping are now both listed on Amazon, both scheduled for release in November. No real details or covers yet, but it's still worth celebrating.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Cream

Cream: The Best of the Erotica Readers & Writers Association is now available on Amazon to preorder. I'm so chuffed to have my story Vegetable Medley in this anthology, alongside so many great writers.

Muddling along.

I've been playing pirates today...

In other news, I've just heard that my Sex & Shopping story Grandmother's Teapot, will appear alongside stories by BL chums, Portia Da Costa, and Saskia Walker.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Ups and downs

My laptop died! It's been coming for awhile, so luckily most things were backed up. Still it's a royal pain. Busy sorting out a new hard drive, which will hopefully solve the problem until the next bit goes fratzz!

On the upside, Black Lace like my Teapots story. Hurray!

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Naughty Me...

I’ve been very naughty over the last ten days or so. I haven’t written a thing, which isn’t good when you’re supposed to be a full time writer (good joke). I’m going to plead children with chicken pox, bathroom make-over (how stressful are they) and other generally bad news, but really I suspect I just needed a break.

Another reason for my temporary lack of productivity was operating system upgrade (read, reinstallation of everything), and sorting out Wi Fi, which meant two whole days without Internet access (eek!). Got to say though, Wi Fi, it’s so brilliant! Gone are the days when I spend twenty minutes trying to get my antiquated machine to connect via dial-up just to send an email, it’s now all systems go.

Anyway, the temporary hiatus hasn’t been completely unproductive. I may not have written anything, but it has given my plot and characters time to stew, and you know what – my villain is becoming more interesting for it. I’m beginning to like him rather a lot. More on him later, methinks… I don’t want to give anything away just yet.