Two more books available

I’ve not been idle this past week, in fact I’ve been very busy republishing and re-branding two old ones.

Tales from Baggins Bottom: best bits books 1 & 2 were previously published “by Diane Parkin”. Now they’re both available “by Diane Wordsworth” in paperback (£5.99) and on Kindle (£2.99).

If you go to my “buy my books” page, you can follow the links to either the paperback or the Kindle, and you’ll also see all books currently available.

ALL of the Diane Parkin books are now retired and have been replaced with Diane Wordsworth versions.

Next on the to-do list is to publish Twee Tales Too on Kindle. You can see other future projects on my “current projects” page.

Diary of a freelance writer: 21 September 2016

Ooh, I’ve been faffing with a mobile phone today (blummin technology!), and I almost forgot to get on with some work … But, it’s still Wednesday, so I’m not late yet …

Wednesday 14 September 2016
On Wednesday I wrote 682 words for a blog post and 404 words for a writing course assignment. I revised half of Tutorial 3 on the BCJ course. And I continued to edit Baggins Bottom Best Bits Book Two, the rebrand.

Thursday 15 September 2016
On Thursday I completed Tutorial 3 of the BCJ course and I wrote 388 words for that. Then I printed off Tutorials 4 to 6 (inclusive) so I have them in the folder without having to switch on the pc. I did some more editing for Baggins Bottom Best Bits Book Two.

Friday 16 September 2016
On Friday the electricity was supposed to be off, so I planned for that very carefully and made sure I had lots of hard-copy material to work on. I wrote 2 brand new outlines and a brand new first draft of short stories, and I wrote the first full draft of a previously outlined short story.

The electricity didn’t go off in the end, for some reason – but it was quite thundery, stormy weather and they wanted to turn the power off so they could trim trees that were getting too close to the overhead power lines. In case it was the weather, then I await their next notification so I can plan again. It was a very productive day.

Saturday was a doss day. We have a busy month ahead in October, and we have a busy weekend ahead too. So we chose to do nothing out of the ordinary at the weekend. Saying that, we did tackle some long overdue filing, crossing several addresses, and I wrote another brand new first draft short story.

Monday 19 September 2016
On Monday I continued with the BCJ course revision, Tutorial 4 this time, and I wrote a very small amount of words for that. I finished editing the rebrand of Baggins Bottom Best Bits Book Two, and I started a medium-sized edit for lovely-retainer-boss.

Tuesday 20 September 2016
Yesterday I completed the revision of Tutorial 5 for the BCJ course, and I started Assignment F4 for the WB course. I wrote 640 words for both of those. Then I sorted out my short-story WIP and discovered I have 15 short stories in various stages of completion. So those have all gone down to be completed (and remember, some of these need draft 1 writing, draft 2 writing, draft 3 typing, and editing, and some of them are only in idea stage and need an outline too). I’d like to complete a few of those and get them out earning their keep before I start any new ones.

The afternoon was spent taking the poet back for a hospital checkup and the weekly shopping, as we were out.

Homework w/c 21 September 2016
My homework for the coming week consists mostly of editing and completing short stories. If I feel like it, and find the time, I may also do some novel work. However, we are off to London for the weekend and I’d like to get as much done as possible before then as we won’t be home to do the usual housework.

What are you up to this week?

Diary of a freelance writer: 14 September 2016

Wahey! I made it in on time again! 😀

I’ve not done much actual writing this past week, but I have done a lot of organising and arranging and getting back into the swing of things. And I’ve been busy the whole time, no malingering or skiving.

Wednesday 7 September 2016
On Wednesday I thought about rebooting my study work. I have so many courses I’ve not finished, and so many jobs – if I want them – seem to want a degree now, which I don’t have. I’ve paid out money for these courses, or had money spent on them for me, and I think I’d like to complete at least one of them, if not all of them.

So, on Wednesday I contacted the Open University to see what I need to do to complete my degree with them. I started a BA (Honours) in Art and Humanities, but that was back in 2000. I financed the first 70 points myself, and the company I worked for also financed a further 60 points. But as the degree I initially signed up for comes to an end next year. I needed to see if those existing 130 credits counted towards what it’s been replaced with. I set the ball in motion and awaited their replies.

I also continued with an edit for lovely-retainer-boss.

Thursday 8 September 2016
On Thursday I wrote last Wednesday’s blog post and pretended it was the day before. That netted me 603 words towards the monthly word-count target. I also did gig list admin and remembered to schedule the Monday morning post this time.

Friday 9 September 2016
On Friday I finished the current edit for lovely-retainer-boss and invoiced for that one and one I finished earlier in the week too. (Hurrah!)

At the weekend we did some running around with/for parents, and Saturday evening Monkey Dust had a particularly bostin gig in Doncaster. The poet also spent time emptying a couple of boxes and organising my office supplies in a cupboard.

Monday 12 September 2016
On Monday morning, I received the first confirmation from the OU that they were going to look at transferring my existing qualifications to the new version degree. I wrote a quick 278 words for the lifestyle blog and I rebooted 3 of my writing courses:

  • The British College of Journalism, Professional Freelance Journalism Course (BCJ)
  • Writers Bureau, Fiction Writing Course (WB)
  • 5 in 10: Create Five Short Stories in Ten Weeks by Devon Ellington (5 in 10)

I went to find an empty ring binder to keep the BCJ and 5 in 10 courses together, but although I found a nice shocking pink one, it soon became clear that this wouldn’t be big enough. I printed off the first BCJ tutorial for revision, wrote 430 words, revised “week 1” of 5 in 10, and I studied module 8 of the WB course. I printed off Tutorial 2 of the BCJ course for study tomorrow.

Monday was very much a “me” day with me not doing any editing work for anyone else.

Tuesday 13 September 2016
By yesterday I was “back in the saddle” for the freelance writing, catching up with date work and writing a massive 132 words of notes! I picked up Tales From Baggins Bottom Best Bits Book Two and started to edit it in preparation for its republication on CreateSpace. I’ve decided to use Lulu for hard-backed books, CreateSpace for paperbacks, and Kindle and Smashwords for ebooks. Hard-backed large-print will be with Lulu, paperback large-print will be with CreateSpace.

In the afternoon, I completed module 9 of the WB course and Tutorial 2 of the BCJ course, writing 75 words for the latter. I printed off Tutorial 3 of the BCJ course for study tomorrow.

I started a new edit for lovely-retainer-boss.

Yesterday evening, we went shopping, and I bought a shiny new lever-arch folder for the BCJ course, shocking pink again. I was going to buy some subject dividers too, but during his clear-out at the weekend, the poet had found some unused subject dividers. So I utilised those instead.

Homework w/c 14 September 2016
It’s a busy week ahead for me, then, with 3 writing courses to continue with and a book to finish preparing for republication.

What are you up to this week?