Global traveller. Writer. Minimalist.
I spent my first 25 years in Australia. Moved to Edinburgh for the next four and a half years and now reside in the Netherlands. In my spare time, I try to write whatever takes my fancy, and that involves YA, Sci-fi and fantasy.
So I went and bought the premium version of Grammarly last night. I figured that since I want to go over all my work and revamp it, I should invest in some quality help (but on a budget). Well, if I had any inkling that there were parts I should improve on, I now have confirmation. Red and blue underlines everywhere. Makes me wonder how I managed to string two words together, let alone two sentences without sounding like a mess.
Here’s a joke. How do you show an impressionable writer with 10 years of writing experience that thinks they are somewhat decent, they’re actually still just a novice?
I’m dreading going back over Feet or Fins. Anyway, this one novella I’m working on, I can’t go a paragraph without at least three issues. Well the only way to fix them is to fix them. After my initial shock, I started going through the suggestions and saw that they kind of made sense. Sentence fragments, commas and the need the re-write bits and pieces.
Just goes to show that thinking up a story isn’t the same as expressing it well in the written form.
Been in the UK for a full month now. In the meantime we got a new place, I got a new job and just had my first covid jab. In the next few days we’ll be moving our stuff into the new place and settling in. It’s hard to believe that in just under a month how much life has changed and not changed at the same time. I’m not sure where we’ll be in 6 or 12 months, maybe we’ll still be in Edinburgh, maybe we’ll be back in Australia.
I have a few goals that I want to compete by the 6 month mark. I want to:
Finish a new first draft.
I want to publish that story.
I want to build up savings of over a thousand pounds.
I want to hit the gym and get down to my goal of 55kg.
I am hoping to have all that done by January 1st 2022.
Every once in a while I get an email about this one book cover designer creating new designs. So of course, I rush over and check it all out. There was this one image that captured me, but I didn’t buy it in time so it got snapped up by another. It was just a picture of blood dripping down a woman’s face. I loved the image so much I had to think of a story to go with it. And I did. I’ve got a nugget of an idea and slowly expanding it.
Anyhow I still wanted to use the image and found it on iStock. I downloaded the watermarked image and experimented with some minor effects on Pixlr.com and I think I got it just right. Does that mean I’m copying the designer? Anyway, the story is only one chapter complete so it’ll be awhile before you see it.
Not even a week into living in Edinburgh I have a job trial and fingers crossed I think it might be a deal. So the other night I was laying in bed thinking about how I’ve been a bit burnt out with writing. I had gone and looked at a website that creates pre-made book cover images and got anxious about not writing. So as I laid there I kept thinking about this one image that wouldn’t leave my mind. It was a striking and it got me thinking what story I could create around it. And then BOOM! I got a story forming. It’s a combined vampire/possession story. So I wrote down some of the starting scenes and I’m feeling good 🙂 I might go and continue with it today 🙂
Woke up in Edinburgh and spent the first part applying for jobs online through Indeed. I got emails from 3 places requesting a second round so I did some online tests. Then I went walking along Princes Street looking for a planner (I’ve developed an obsession with getting one lately). I didn’t find one I liked, so I got nothing. Then we met up with an old friend for drinks and then had dinner with him at my old workplace. It was good to see them 🙂
Went on a day trip to Newcastle. We went to the castle, took a walk along the river, went to this restaurant called The Alchemist. I got a fancy green drink that had this swirly effect in it, Chris got a drink that had dry ice in it. Later that day, our friend picked us up and drove us to Edinburgh 🙂 We arrived at middnight. I keep thinking about how our cats are handling the constant change. But that’s what Feliway is for.
Went out and got a new Vodafone sim card. That was a bit of an adventure. I went looking for the store and couldn’t find so I went and asked someone from a store and he said that there wasn’t one in the area and that they’d all gone online. So seeing as though that might be that case I walked back through the mall and then bam! I saw a Vodafone in plain sight. What!
Anyway, I went inside and began looking for plans and it was such an issue. Because I got a plan, I needed to connect it to a UK bank card and confirm the UK address listed to the card. And then I almost forgot my pin number lol. It’d been a year since I used my pin. Anyway, I got a plan with unlimited talk, text and internet. And they gave me a 10% discount.
Also, we did the day 8 covid tests and sent them back in the mail. We had dinner at a Mexican restaurant 🙂
It wasn’t until the afternoon that we got a text about receiving the rapid release tests and the negative results. After that the three of us took a trip around the main center of Sunderland and had some drinks in a pub. Prior to those results I found out about low content books on Amazon and decided to try my hand for some limited side cash. I created some and they are pending review atm. Also I’ve given up on my free vodafone sim card arriving so I’ll be going to get one from the store tomorrow 🙂
The results from the covid rapid release didn’t arrive. In fact, the email to say that the tests have arrived at the facility haven;t arrived either. Not impressed. I bet by the time we hear anything isolation will be over. Also, I spent the day looking at creating some low content notebooks. I’m thinking of releasing some to see if I can make anything extra.
I went and made a coupon on Smashwords for make my short story free. The Witch’s Room is a medieval tale of two sisters who travel to a remote female community to resolve an unwanted pregnancy. While there they learn of the tale of its founder, a supposed witch called Evelyn and the room she created that may or may not grant power to a chosen one.
The short story is under 6,200 words. If you’re interested in this tale, please leave a review 🙂
The coupon code is: XK38T. It expires on July 10th.