Welcome to my weekly writing diary. This is where I record the emotional highs and lows on my writing journey.
It has been an interesting week.
I have been working on the 10th draft of my debut novel; Instructions For Falling In Love Again. If someone had told me in 2013, the year I started writing seriously, that in 2015 I would dream up a story, which I would end up rewriting 4 times and journey through 10 drafts, and that’s before it goes to an editor in 2019, I would have laughed in their face. It sounds like madness – doesn’t it?
At the end of March my book baby goes to my editor so that’s going to be a huge milestone for me.
My book cover designer and I had a breakthrough this week. All I will say is that a white fluffy cloud made an appearance into the artwork and I fell in love with it. Didn’t think a little fluffy white cloud could make me squeal so much.
I am aiming for a summer launch so watch this space!
Now, it is time for:
When Harry Met Po.
This series is based on the friendship between my two pets; Harry the cat and Po the dog.
Once again we are journeying back down memory lane to when the friendship between these two furry chums began.
The little pup called Po was desperate to be friends with the other animals (three cats) in the house. So he spent the afternoon showcasing some new and exciting talents.
He kicked things off with a death defying flying trick.
Surely three cats would be desperate to be mates with a flying pup?
He showed them he could clean up after their hell raising cat parties.
Surely three cats would love to be mates with a cleaning mad pup?
For his final trick he demonstrated his towel drying abilities.
Surely three cats would love to be towel dried by a friendly pup when they came in after getting caught in a rain shower?
Harry had seen enough.
He knew Po would one day grow and the last thing the cats needed was a giant dog flying through the air at them. They didn’t need a massive dog with a cleaning addiction either and they certainly did not need the offer of a good towel rub from an oversized Labrador when they entered through the cat flap. Cat life was stressful enough without all this!
He took Po aside and stressed the importance of being himself when making new friends. There was no need for any fancy tricks or silly stunts.
Po smiled and a wave of relief swept through Harry.
There will be more from Harry and Po next week.
A lot of people are supporting me on my book journey. The cover on this blog post reflects how it feels when you start the journey to publication. People step into your circle to help you and this is so valuable ❤️
Here are some friendship acknowledgements for the last seven days:
- Sacha Black. Even though she was busy at the London Book Fair she still managed to be at the other end of a message thread about my forthcoming book. I love my friendship with Sacha because she gives me amazing writing advice and I take roughly 12 months to agree (I like to think I am right), adopt her advice and then send her a text starting with ‘OMG YOU WERE RIGHT ABOUT…’
- Helen Jones. Even though Helen was busy with her writing and returning to her blog after a break she also managed to be at the end of a message thread and talk me through a nasty book tag-line crisis.
- Suzie Speak. For her friendship and laughter provoking GIFs and animal photos.
- Bettina Hunt. We met on Twitter after I read her fabulous romantic comedy, Without a Hitch. We now speak daily and she’s been really supportive this week with my tag-line issues. We also entered the same writing competition (Comedy Women in Print) and it’s been great to have someone to join me on this emotional rollercoaster.
- Sandy Barker. For sending me lots of writer love and support via an early morning email.
- All these lovely, supportive ladies. We all went out on Friday and over a large glass of rose I announced my decision to self publish, Instructions For Falling In Love Again. They are not writers themselves, but each of them gives me a little boost of happiness and the energy to carry on pursuing my dream.
Have a great week!