Birds, buds and good times …

Somehow January managed to pass me by – I’m not entirely sure but I think I may have slept through most of it without even realising. 

It feels like it’s been a busy time since my last blog in December. Then I was getting ready for chrimbo the same as everyone else. January literally passed in the blink of an eye. Yet I didn’t really have a lot to show for it. I must have been busy – but I don’t recall doing what! Which is actually quite disconcerting. 

I spent the first few days of February in the lakes having a few days away with my lovely hubby – the pic is one taken near Windermere and i love it! It’s full of atmosphere. We spent a lovely few days driving around and seeing the sights. Acted like proper tourists except for the driving the windy roads which admittedly I enjoy and tend to drive like a local. It was great just spending some time with Pete and relaxing. The buds are starting to come out on the trees and the birds were singing constantly – even heard the wood pecker having a grand old time knocking on the tree next to the hotel. 

I’ve managed to find my writing mojo again which is fantastic – book 4 is very nearly finished (finally!! This ones been a slog) and I’ve started some tentative research for book 5. It’s hard to believe my novel should be out next month – after all the waiting and working it’s just round the corner. I’m both ecstatic, and a little apprehensive at the same time. Will people like it? Will they want to read the next one? Will they hate it? Do I even like it? I can tell you after doing the editing I’m not sure I do! I love the whole writing process – the research, the creating the story and the characters. I love challenging my characters and thinking about how they would deal with the situations I throw them into. But I really dislike the editing process! It’s monotonous and there’s no free reign over what I want to say. It needs doing and I do it but I’d definitely love someone to do it for me! 

I’m already looking forward to the events planned this year – Newcastle noir, crime fest where I’m appearing on a panel! On stage. In front of people. (Yikes!) I admit to being nervous but the other panel members and moderator are all awesome so hopefully they’ll keep me right! It’s a fab subject too which I’ll look forward to thinking about. Then Harrogate in July which is always the social place to be. I look forward to it all year. I can’t wait to be able to show you all the awesome cover for my novel. As soon as I’m allowed to it’ll be all over the place! 

I’m in a really good place at the minute – everything’s falling into place and I’m loving the whole organising malarkey. I’m loving chatting to so many fab authors and readers too. Those who know me know I love being organised! I even did my spreadsheet for my taxes today – the self assessment won’t be scaring me this year! 

For Christmas last year I was given a calendar that gives a word a day for the whole year. Odd words with cool meanings. I’ve been thinking how to show these off cos they’re so fab and I’ve decided that I’m going to put the daily word and meaning on Twitter or Facebook. Might as well share the fabulousness that is words! 

I made a conscious decision in January to make sure I read more this year too. Too often I get caught up in writing and forget there’s other worlds that I can escape to. I read Tuesday Falling by S Williams last week while I was away. It was a fab read, pacey with an unusual but well researched content. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Moved on to The Theseous Paradox by David Videcette which is also shaping up to be a fab read. I’m intending to read the work of the other panel members at crime fest too (have read 2 out of the other 4 authors so it’s not a bad start!). 

I’ve tried to make sure I dedicate more time to writing too – since being diagnosed with the autoimmune disease last year, it’s been too easy to let the fatigue and pain rule. Don’t get me wrong – I’m still shattered all the time but resolving to write in small bursts has been really beneficial. It’s refocused my passion and forced me to realise that part of why I felt low was because I wasn’t writing as much. And it’s shaped the book so much so that it’s really very nearly finished now! I’m excited to get it done and get started on book 5. 

I think February and March are going to be awesome months. The Spring is coming, the days are getting longer, and so much is happening! Hope yours will be as awesome as mine – thanks for reading folks and as always, keep smiling. 😊

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