Diary of a freelance writer: 20 April 2016

Wahey! I seem to have made it on time this week! And what a busy week.

Wednesday 13 April 2016
On Wednesday I was back in the hot seat, trying to catch up with everything I’ve let slip. I wrote several blog posts, I did some band admin for Monkey Dust, and I edited a chapter of Baggins Bottom Best Bits Book 3.

Thursday 14 April 2016
On Thursday morning I pitched for a job and by the afternoon I’d won it. I wrote 1,059 words for a draft of a new short story. I did some gig list admin, and I completed the hard copy edit of a client’s book. On Thursday evening the poet had band practice, so I did the shopping then.

Friday 15 April 2016
On Friday I completed the job I’d won the day before (it was a very short children’s book) and I started the electronic edit of the client’s book.

Weekend
On Saturday, I completed the electronic edit of the client’s book. I don’t often work at the weekend, but I wanted this one of the desk so I could invoice for it. The poet’s band had a gig over in Doncaster Saturday evening.

On Sunday we visited the outlaws, and we went for a very short walk.

Monday 18 April 2016
First job today was to submit the book I’d finished on Saturday and get the invoice sent off. I wrote another short blog post and spent the rest of the day doing gig list admin, band admin and admin-admin.

Tuesday 19 April 2016
Yesterday we were busy having meetings and appointments again, but I did some job searching and pegged 10 jobs for further investigation.

Homework w/c 20 April 2016
I still have a lot of work to do that I didn’t manage last week. So here is a slightly updated to-do list for the coming week:

  • think/query/write/submit Nov/Oct/Sep/Aug
  • #2 short story – THE MYSTERY OF WOOLLEY DAM (draft 2)
  • #3 short story – SHAKING THE TREE (draft 3 – 1st typed draft)
  • continue editing BAGGINS BOTTOM BEST BITS BOOK 3
  • continue transferring to Scrivener CATCH THE RAINBOW

And I still have to reinstall those word-count meters …

What have you been up to this week?

Catch the Rainbow

Whilst editing Baggins Bottom Best Bits Book 3, I came across this post (now no longer available online). As it sums up exactly what Catch the Rainbow is all about, I’m going to leave it here for now, as a taster and to remind me …

Catch the Rainbow
31 March 2007

On 21 November 1974, explosions ripped through 2 city centre pubs in Birmingham, killing 21, and everyone blamed the IRA. After the initial shock wore off there was outrage – why Birmingham, why us, why when there’s such a big Irish community here? – and then a witch hunt. During this witch hunt, some Irish people dropped their accents, kangaroo courts tried and strung up people at work, the Irish were shunned, and a gross miscarriage of justice took place, stealing the lives of 6 men for the next 2 decades. The IRA never claimed responsibility for the Birmingham pub bombings*, the 6 men (who were kidnapped by the police, imprisoned, tortured, beaten, charged, tried, convicted – and released 16 years later) never admitted responsibility, apart from under duress. The people who actually left the bombs walked way Scot free. And yes, an IRA bomb warning had been received, but at the tax office …

I do not have the talent, the experience nor the stamina to write a story about the Birmingham pub bombings. But my interest is in the people involved at the time, the ex-pat Irish who had come to work and live in Birmingham, given birth to their own children in Birmingham, and the “English” people who knew them – how the event affected relationships, attitudes and opinions.

Catch the Rainbow is about 3 people, Lenny (real name Elaine), Mickey** and Shaun. Lenny is a Brummie. Mickey** and Shaun are Irish Brummies. Lenny is in awe of Mickey**, who is still feeling raw that her older sister spurned him, but Shaun is in love with Lenny. When the Birmingham pub bombs go off, Mickey** – who has recently insisted that he be called Seamus (his middle name is James)*** – disappears and Lenny is ostracised for maintaining her friendship with Shaun. Suspicion surrounds Mickey**. A fatal motorbike accident, an unplanned pregnancy and various revelations later leave Lenny wondering if she fancied the right man in the first place.

Against such a dramatic backdrop, the crows of doubt have been swarming for years. Is my storyline too weak? Are my characters too wooden? Is my plotline too lightweight? But this is the story I’m working on at the moment.

Catch the Rainbow the song, by Rainbow, was released in 1975 (the picture is taken from the sleeve of their album, Rising****). My story is the prequel to Night Crawler, and the sequel to Hattie’s Hotshots. Did I mention I have a lot of story ideas on the boil?

* Since this post was written, the IRA have indeed claimed responsibility – in 2014.

** Mickey’s name has since been changed to Nicky.

*** This has changed too …

**** I removed the picture.

Would YOU read this book?

Diary of a freelance writer: 13 April 2016

I can hardly believe that my last diary was on 23 March. We have been sooo busy, running around, again, doing all sorts. We’ve been having work meetings, business meetings, bureaucracy meetings, doctors appointments, hospital appointments. And when I just came to look in my diary to see what else I’ve managed to do in between, my diary was bare! 😮 How often is my diary bare?

I thought I’d have a go at filling in the gaps anyway, so … are you sitting comfortably …?

Wednesday 23 March 2016
On Wednesday 23 March the poet had a business meeting in Sheffield. So I went along for the ride, and took some work to do in the car while I waited. It must have been mostly reading, though, and walking the dog, as I don’t have any record anywhere of what I actually did.

I still managed the usual daily stuff before we went, including (apparently) 1,022 words for a blog post. That would probably be the diary for that day.

Thursday 24 March 2016
On Thursday morning it looks as though, once again, the usual daily chores were completed, including gig list admin.

Friday 25 – Monday 28 March 2016
On Good Friday we packed up the car and went off to Kingsbury in the West Midlands for a camping weekend, our first in our new blow-up tent. Before we went down, we went to visit the poet’s parents, and by tea time, we were pitched and settled but quite tired. We joined the Camping & Caravanning Club … but are still awaiting our membership details. That might be something to chase up.

On the Saturday, we went to visit my parents, thinking we could probably go walking or sightseeing afterwards … but the visit took the entire day. So once again, we were back at base for tea and not a lot else. On the way back, however, we did nip to Go Outdoors on the Kingsbury Road in Birmingham to buy a camp fire …

On Easter Sunday we did go for a walk to see the birds at Kingsbury Water Park in the morning. But by the afternoon we were thinking it might be worth decamping. The weekend had been unseasonally cold with very high winds, and higher winds and lower temperatures were forecast. We’d made the right decision, though. By the time we got back to Yorkshire it was snowing in the Midlands! And while I DO love the snow, I’d prefer not to be camping in it.

Easter Monday was spent recovering, recharging, putting things away and doing the washing.

At some point over the weekend, while we were away, I did write a few pages of reviews – 1 site review (343 words) and a review of the fire (136 words). So it wasn’t completely idle.

Tuesday 29 March – Friday 1 April 2016
For the Easter week following our camping expedition, the poet was off work and so we cracked on with some publishing. The paperback of Night Crawler: a Marcie Craig mystery was published, and the paperback of Twee Tales was repackaged, rebranded and republished, with a brand new cover.

On Friday 1 April, I wrote several blog posts about the publications, including one advising readers that the hardback of Night Crawler: a Marcie Craig mystery was now on general release. For those posts I managed a whopping 332 words.

This week I pitched for 15 editing or proofreading jobs.

Saturday 2 – Sunday 3 April 2016
After a bit of a break, Monkey Dust had a gig in Doncaster Saturday night

Monday 4 – Friday 8 April 2016
Last week was another week that I didn’t put anything in the diary beyond a doctor’s appointment and a nurse’s appointment. I have started to do surveys for cash, though, and I spent quite a lot of time sorting out the admin and payment methods for those. I also updated my daily competitions diary, to make it a bit more streamlined.

However, beyond reading (aka studying or market research), not much writing was done. In fact, NO writing was done … (sigh!)

Weekend
On Saturday Monkey Dust had a cancelled gig because the drummer’s son, who is also a drummer, was performing in his own band’s special record launch event in Doncaster. We went along to cheer him on, especially as he’s the poet’s godson, and had a nice night out.

On Sunday we were visiting again.

Monday 11 April 2016
And so to this week and my diary is back on track.

Monday started with all the usual admin jobs, gig list and chores, but most of the day was then spent editing a book for lovely-already-boss.

Tuesday 12 April 2016
Yesterday was another day of appointments and much of the day was lost. When I got back, though, it was the usual morning admin jobs that were caught up with.

Today I pitched for 9 new editing or proofreading jobs.

Homework w/c 13 April 2016
My work this week will need to be the think/query/write/submit for April, as I’m a little behind. As much of this was already done at the start of last month, though, it will be a smaller job with fewer throwaways, if any.

Here’s the to-do list for the coming week:

  • think/query/write/submit Nov/Oct/Sep/Aug
  • finish current edit for lovely-already-boss
  • #1 short story – MARTHA’S FAVOURITE DOLL (draft 1)
  • #2 short story – THE MYSTERY OF WOOLLEY DAM (draft 2)
  • #3 short story – SHAKING THE TREE (draft 3 – 1st typed draft)
  • continue editing BAGGINS BOTTOM BEST BITS BOOK 3
  • continue transferring to Scrivener CATCH THE RAINBOW

I’m going to need to reinstall the word-count meters …

Night Crawler: a Marcie Craig mystery – paperback now available on Amazon!

lulu coverI promised I’d let you know when Night Crawler: a Marcie Craig mystery (the paperback) was available outside of Lulu.

Amazon were once again first off the blocks within only a few days. It’s available here for £7.99 + delivery if you’re not a Prime customer or if you don’t spend £20.

Or you can get it from Lulu, here, also for £7.99 + p&p.

If you Google your favourite book store, many are showing up as not available yet, but at least they have it.

Night Crawler: a Marcie Craig mystery – now available in PAPERBACK!

lulu cover

Well, I told you we’d been busy …

I’m delighted to announce that  Night Crawler: a Marcie Craig mystery is now available in paperback – and it’s EARLY too, as I promised it would be ready 3 months after the hardback and that was published on 2 February. So I’m feeling very smug about that.

You can only get hold of this paperback book from Lulu at the moment, where the price is £7.99 + p&p. As soon as it’s reached the other stores, I’ll let everyone know.

I’m retiring the original print copies now and the ebook should be out in about 3 months. Then I’ll retire the old ebook too.

Meanwhile, please follow the link here, and do rate the book if you’ve already bought and read it. Thank you!

Night Crawler: a Marcie Craig mystery – hardback now available everywhere!

lulu coverI promised I’d let you know when Night Crawler: a Marcie Craig mystery (the hardback) was available outside of Lulu.

Amazon were the first off the blocks within only a few days. It’s available here for £15.99 + delivery if you’re not a Prime customer or if you don’t spend £20.

However, it’s also available at the Book Depository, here, for £15.99 plus FREE delivery WORLDWIDE.

Or you can still get it from Lulu, here, for £15.99 + p&p.

*RE*PUBLICATION DAY – Twee Tales

product_thumbnailI expect you’ve been wondering where I’ve been and what I’ve been up to. But I can assure you that I’ve been quite busy … and so has the poet.

But here is one of the things we’ve been working on. Twee Tales by Diane Parkin has been republished and repackaged as Twee Tales by Diane Wordsworth.

I’m retiring the original print copies now and the ebook should be out in about 3 months. Then I’ll retire the old ebook too.

You can only get hold of this paperback book from Lulu at the moment, where the price is £3.99 (discounted only at Lulu) + p&p. As soon as it’s reached the other stores, I’ll let everyone know.

Meanwhile, please follow the link here, and do rate the book if you’ve already bought and read it. Thank you!