Then came the crash. Oh, boy, I was warned but it has been HARD. I mean really hard. That whole feeling of standing in a crowded room and having nothing to say - because everybody you really want to talk to and laugh with, and stroke book covers with, is not only hundreds of miles away, but thousands.
I'm missing the hugs. I'm missing the sound of my beautiful author/blogger friends' laughter.
The ticket for 2016 is booked. The writing schedule has been committed to an Excel spreadsheet - so it's official. I also now have an accountability partner in the lovely form and smiles and slightly amusingly aggressive (I asked her to be) Susan Burdorf. Carlyle Labuschagne and I communicate most days, usually with stickers, and we are looking forward to some exciting times as we keep each other feeling loved and understood.
So in the month that has passed since UtopYA I have;
- Completed and published one of my NA novellas.
- Written detailed, chapter by chapter, plans for the next three books of The Meadowsweet Chronicles. (approx. 50 pages of meticulously copperplate handwritten notes)
- Written an 8,000 words short story for an anthology, which I have also supported by being part of the editing and publishing team at Little Bird. (And which, BTW comes out today.)
- Created a detailed Excel writing schedule.
- Set up the BETA social-media sites for ChapterCon. The author, reader and blogger convention I am planning to host in London in 2017. You can find out more about that at www.chaptercon.weebly.com (and join the Facebook page)
- Set about scouting for suitable locations for hosting Chapter Con and listing up sponsors.
So yes, UtopYA has changed the way I see things. It's also shook me up to get all serious about this writing malarkey.
You can get your hands on a copy of 'After The Scars' and my story, 'The Emergence of Julia Gray' for just $2.99 / £1.99 (with all profits going to the women's charity 'Refuge' US link http://amzn.to/1f2ez1G and UK link http://amzn.to/1Smn8Rz