Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Upping Sticks

We're attempting to sell our house. It's a nightmare of extraordinary proportions. When you elect to become a writer one of the first things you shave time off from to over to writing is the housework. Things sometimes get a bit dusty, stuff isn't always where it's supposed to be. Washing the windows is a chore reserved for the week you're supposed to summarize a 100,000 word book down to a 1000 words, but still somehow retain a sense of your own unique voice. In short, and doubly so if you have kids, you no longer live in a nice ordered show home.

But this is no good, when you are trying to sell your house.

It has to be tidy and neat.

Buyers don't want to see your research books piled upon the floor. They don't want to look at the post-it-notes you leave all over the desk detailing vitally important plot points. They get shirty about pics of naked blokes. Instead, they want plump cushions and swept floors and everything to be all gleaming white.

Very little in my house is white.

And suddenly cleaning is taking precedence over writing... I really don't like that. What's more my birthday is just around the corner, and what do you know... yep, that's the one day this week someone wants to come and take a look. So, no longer do I have a nice lie in bed to look forward to. Bye bye goes the prospect of stumbling around in my dressing gown eating chocolate. Nope, instead I'll be up mopping the kitchen floor and having stern words with the pet rabbit about not nibbling potential buyers feet.

I have to ask myself, is the promise of an office really worth all of this?

Somebody, please... just buy the darned house.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

WIP update

I'm back to the historicals at the moment, working on a new series of short novellas set in the 1790's at a house party. The first one is written, bar a bit of a clean up and the second is in progress. I'm planning for there to be eight in total (don't know if they'll all be the same length at this point), but I'm not anticipating writing them all at once. I'm aiming for batches of three...hmm, that doesn't quite work out but, anyway... I'm having fun with them, and they're providing a nice break from the Bloody Books. August is gearing up to be revision month on that one, assuming I manage to accomplish anything during the school holidays.

Following that, I'm looking at Darleston and Vaughan Bk 3 for September. Not sure which of them will win out yet. I could end up swapping between them, assuming something else doesn't crop up in he meantime.

Pure Folly on Kindle

Yay! Pure Folly is now available for download on Kindle. Get it here.

Friday, July 09, 2010

B-I-G Knight Agency Contest

Keep your eyes peeled and your ears open because next week The Knight Agency is sponsoring a contest to celebrate the release of THE BODYGUARD by Gena Showalter, as well as Cherry Adair and Lorie O'Clare. The Grand Prize is winner's choice of a first chapter critique by a top TKA agent (hint: the very top) OR 25+ assorted books. Stay tuned to this blog and our Twitter account (@knightagency) for details on how to enter. Details will be avaialble first thing Monday morning. You must have your own Twitter account to participate, so sign up now!