Why Returning To A Failed Creative Project Has Been One Of The Best Things I have Ever Done! #MondayBlogs

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Failure. It can give you sweaty nightmares, awful sinking feelings, clammy hands and a feeling of doom. This year I have learnt that failure also gives you a golden chance to try again and do things differently.

Take it from me – the buzz you get from seeing  success out of something you previously thought had failed is a game changer!

Returning to a failed creative project has been one of the best things I have ever done.

Here is my story and my reasons:

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How To Connect With Your Inner Biker Chick #MondayBlogs #bikergirl #Motivation

 

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I have been wanting to connect with my inner biker chick for sometime. If I am honest I don’t have the time to connect with my inner biker chick what with being a mother, a wife, a pet owner, working full-time, being a writer, a blogger and now a podcaster. There are not enough hours in the day. Anyway you will all be glad to know that I have now resolved this situation.

Your inner biker chick is your wild, leather clad, rebellious side which sometimes needs to come out to shake things up a bit.

We all have an inner bike chick inside of us and sometimes we get a powerful urge to connect with her, even though there might not be a motorbike in sight.

Through my writing I have connected with my inner biker chick. My fictional character Roxy Collins, in the latest episode of the ‘Diary of Roxy Collins Podcast’ on iTunes and here on SoundCloud has a date with Gordon; a biker and the lead singer of a rock band. Her best mate Shaz advises that she should use this dating opportunity to connect with her inner biker chick. I would like to point out that I had a lot of fun with this episode. Useful Kim has to be one of my favourite new characters for 2016. I can’t wait for listener feedback on Useful Kim!

After writing it I felt like my inner bike chick and I were much closer. Within an hour of finishing the podcast I was hot footing it down my local department store’s makeup counter asking to be taught how to do smokey eyeshadow, I browsed leather jackets in the Women’s Clothing department and I declared to my family that I wasn’t planning to do any ironing or sock matching for the rest of the weekend as I was a free spirit. (Rebellious huh!).

So, I thought I would do a blog post on how you can connect with your inner biker chick:

Biker Chick Mindset:

  • Take action!  Biker chicks don’t sit around waiting for something to happen – they do it themselves. So start writing that book, launch that blog or record that podcast TODAY!
  • Shun the expectations! Strong badass biker chicks don’t worry about what others think of them. So lose the concern over what people expect you to do or be in life. Focus that concern on being you and defining who you are!
  • Think confidently and act confidently. Imagine you are leather clad and sat on a monstrous bike – you can’t look uncertain and troubled in this scenario. Get that badass biker chick look in your eye, take some deep breaths, wear a stern smile and look like you ready for anything!
  • Exercise your free spirit. Practice freeing yourself from daily drudgery – in my book this means housework!

 

Biker Chick Wardrobe:

  • You want to be rocking the classy / edgy biker style.
  • Aim for the iconic black leather biker jacket, white t-shirt and skin-tight leather trousers. Roxy struggled with this look but fair play she gave it a go!
  • Finish off with some black shades and killer heels (in my head killer heels sound fab but in reality I will be crippled within half an hour).
  • Here are some celebs channelling their inner biker chick:

Biker Chick Makeup:

  • It is all about the smokey eyes for biker chicks. So check out this fab tutorial. 
  • For nails I love these black studded nail creations.

 

Have a great day!

Just going to get my leathers on and then have a nice soothing cup of tea whilst doing a gentle crossword.

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11 Unexpected Sounds Encountered Whilst Recording Podcast #SundayBlogShare #Podcasting

Unexpected Sounds Encountered Whilst Recording Podcast

Last week I launched my own podcast! 

The Diary of Roxy Collins, a fictional romantic comedy podcast, bit like Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones, is now on iTunes and Soundcloud

If anyone fancies helping me increase my downloads / listener statistics – please click on the links in this post.

Creating this podcast has been a blast (apart from the mild irritation encountered with some technical issues and the post-launch ‘OMG what have I done?” emotional breakdown).

The rewriting of Roxy Collins and the actual recordings have been enjoyable and very useful. For me, the writer, bringing a character to life through audio has been invaluable. I have learnt so much about characterisation in terms of mannerisms, dialogue and flow of speech. It is only when you become that character and stand in front of a microphone do you actually start to understand them as a person. So regardless of how the podcast performs I have already learnt tons.

Recording the podcasts in my kitchen, daughter’s bedroom, the living room and in our rented holiday cottage bathroom has been interesting. Obviously I don’t have the luxury of a fancy recording studio so I have had to work with what I have around me.

During the recording sessions I have encountered some unexpected sounds, and at times annoying, which I never planned for. 

They resulted in my doing an eye roll, letting out a sigh, slamming the stop button, hitting rewind and re-recording. After the 13th time of re-recording one tiny clip the enjoyment does start to wear off.

I thought I would share these unexpected sounds with you:

  1. Church bells. You don’t know how many times I yelled ‘STOP RINGING!’ from my kitchen one Sunday morning. No one took any notice lol!
  2. Low flying aircraft. There is nothing like a fighter jet screaming overhead just as you are trying to record a heart warming kissing scene.
  3. Ticking clock. I had to take it down and remove the battery. V annoying with its loud tick tock!
  4. Cats keen to show off their acting skills. Our oldest cat ‘Harry Potter’ thinks he’s destined for the stage as every time I have started to record he starts meowing like crazy and purring extra loud.
  5. My noisy gut. Never record whilst hungry – I have learnt this the hard way.
  6. Washing machine. Me and my washing machine have fallen out on many an occasion during a recording. It’s ‘quiet spin’ is not what I would call quiet.
  7. Neighbours enjoying themselves. Every time I start to record some of my neighbours start to shriek with laughter or erupt into a loud cackle. At one point I felt like delivering some leaflets which said ‘can everyone stop enjoying themselves whilst I record this podcast?’
  8. Toilet sounds from upstairs. There was one occasion where a loved one had come back from the pub and they had clearly drank a lot of liquid. I was forced to sit and wait for the noise to stop. Sorry readers for raising this but it just went on and on..
  9. Kids squabbling. It did make me laugh as I was covering arguing children on the podcast and in real life there were kids squabbling in the background.
  10. Burp. I will not be recording again after drinking something fizzy…that’s all I am going to say readers!
  11. Wind. I will be cutting down on the fibre during recording months. Again that is all I am going to say readers! 

I hope you have enjoyed reading about the unexpected sounds I encountered whilst recording my podcast.

Please share some of your own if you have had similar experiences.

Have a fabulous day!

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If We Were Having Coffee #WeekendCoffeeShare #SundayBlogShare #writers

If We Were Having Coffee..

I would start off our chat by diving into a huge slice of cake. You would have to give me five minutes as it is against my religion to leave cake untouched. After a couple of giant mouthfuls and some soft moans of cake pleasure from me, I would start to tell you all about the book which has changed my writing life. I am a messy eater so you would have to watch out for crumb spray.

This book ‘The War of Art’ has been a writing game changer for me. I used to have huge battles against resistance and lose. My projects would be stopped or shelved as resistance would win every time. Since reading this book I have found a new inner strength which means I now fight resistance and send it scurrying into its hole. I write everyday now and I finish stuff!  This is an indication of how good this book is!

What I love about this book is that he writes from experience. He knows all the crap you tell yourself when you are an aspiring writer and he understands your thought processes. He also labours the point that writing is a craft which needs to be learnt and this WILL take years. You have just got to keep writing and fighting resistance.

By the end of our coffee session I would be licking the cake plate clean and you would be busy checking out the reviews online.

During our coffee session I would tell you that I am very close to coming out of my creative comfort zone. In August I will be putting ‘The Diary of Roxy Collins’ fictional, chicklit podcast live on iTunes. *Deep breaths*

You might not have heard of Roxy so I would explain that this is a comedy blog series that I wrote last year. In her diary Roxy records her dating highs and lows. She also reveals the challenges she faces with three spirited kids, two useless ex-partners and the wobbly bits on her hips and thighs which no diet can eliminate.

Roxy is looking for love third time around!

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My reasons for doing a fictional podcast are:

  • I am a huge fan of serialised fiction.
  • I listen to hundreds of free podcasts.
  • I feel like doing something crazy.
  • Roxy is funny, I know this because of my Wattpad experience. The challenge is whether I can bring that humour to life through a podcast.
  • I know a few people already podcasting so I know what I need to do to make it happen. Don’t worry I will be writing posts on how to make a podcast as it has been an eye opener for me.

I am currently rewriting and lengthening the story of Roxy. You will notice that she has disappeared from my blog. Going back to something you wrote 10 months ago is certainly interesting!

Luckily the readers of Wattpad have given me clear instructions on what works and what doesn’t work. Certain characters have been given bigger roles; surprisingly Roxy’s 90-year-old Great Aunt Vera has been a real hit with my Wattpad readers so I am busy wheeling her back out.

I was going to get someone professional to voice the narration but that became very complicated and as I am interested in comedy I thought… “what the hell – I will do it myself!”  *nervous look* followed by me *shoehorning huge piece of cake into mouth*

You will be glad to know that I have got someone professional to voice the introduction to the podcasts. I will ignore the look of relief passing across your face. If all else fails at least it will have a good opening!  If you attended the Annual Bloggers Awards Bash you might recognise a familar voice.

Attempting this podcast feels so good I feel lightheaded, but it is also incredibly gut clenching scary. There is a great quote from Steven Pressfield’s book which is keeping me going.

Are you paralyzed with fear? That’s a good sign. Fear is good. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do. Remember one rule of thumb: the more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it. Steven Pressfield

As we order a second round of hot drinks I would also tell you that my first draft of ‘Instructions For Falling In Love Again‘ is out with beta readers. I am already excited about working on the second draft. Just need to stop feeling emotional and precious about it.

With each revision a story gets stronger and more refined. Love the revision  process!

Once Roxy is doing her thing on iTunes I will see if I am ready to start my second draft.

I will end our coffee session by giving you a hug and thanking you for paying the bill 😉

These Coffee Share posts are the idea of Part Time Monster Blog. 

We must meet up for coffee again – this was really fun!

Psst. Steven Pressfield’s latest book ‘Nobody Wants To Read Your Sh*T” is also AMAZING!

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