All posts for the month January, 2013

January Catch Up

Published January 25, 2013 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

I’ve been reminded that I’ve been rather lax with the posts lately (sorry Dad! :)) so thought I better pop on and update you all on what’s going in my writer’s land this month!

It ‘s looking like a busy year for anthologies. Have submitted two stories (well actually a story and a script) for an anthology being created by members of my OU Creative Writing course, made up of assignments we did on the course. Don’t have confirmed date on it yet but since everyone I’ve met on there was so supportive then am really looking forward to seeing what they actually wrote 🙂

I’m just waiting on final line edits back for my submission in the Serviced anthology for Breathless Press. I managed a sneak peak at the draft for the cover last week – am not allowed to share until it’s all finalised (sorry, guys!) but I will tell you it looks fab and definately hot!

I’ve also been accepted in another anthology entitled ‘Her Story’ – it’s going to be a collection of short stories celebrating Women’s History Month by telling women’s stories through history. Mine was very loosely based on a real woman and real event – which was a rather different experience for me. It did make it feel quite significant, but also a little scary as I really wanted it to do justice to the original event. The other stories I’ve seen mentioned being included sound fantastic – and cover a wonderful range of time periods and places – so am very excited to be involved. Anyway that will be out in March as well – so looks like will be a busy month.

At the moment I’m back on the work in progresses, though was rather naughty as I’d promised myself I wasn’t going to start any more until the current ones were at least much further along – have you guessed yet what I did this week? I blame the voices in my head – none of the old ones were shouting very loudly so some new ones crept it 🙂 Anyway, it’s looking like rather a busy week so hopefully will be able to squeeze in some time to work on it.

So, on that note, I better get back to it 🙂

Onto the New Year!

Published January 5, 2013 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Wishing you a slightly belated Happy New Year and hope you all had a lovely holiday season. I enjoyed spending time with family and was nice to have a bit of time off work. Still back to the grindstone now, EDJ has started again and have back to the editing all week.

New Year does tend to a time for reflection and looking back over the last year is actually quite surreal. I had my first book published, as well as signing a contract on another one, finishing a full length off as part of Nano and getting a request on the same one from Harlequin – as well as various other shorts and another full length currently in progress. It’s probably been the most manic year I can remember, with frequent 12 hours days and working most weekends – but it’s also been really rewarding and productive so it’s worth it I think 🙂

For the coming year, well I have another busy time ahead it seems. I’ve already sent in my first submission of the New Year so have fingers and toes crossed for that, and of course that means I’m already back to the obsessive inbox stalking! I have a short story coming out as part of an anthology in March, so I’m very excited to be in with some extremely talented other authors. I’m also hoping to get my first novel finished off (I keep getting distracted from it), two shorter WIPs finished and I have quite a few other ideas floating around just waiting for me to ‘let’ them come out and take over 🙂

So it’s looking quite exciting, watch this space! I hope you all have a wonderful 2013, you achieve everything you aim for and have some fun along the way 🙂