Thank you to…

I haven’t gotten where I am today with my writing if it weren’t for the encouragement of a few people. Though I only know them on line, they have become an integral part of my writing life. So, once a week I’m going to give them a shout out. The first person I’d like to thank is:- 

Debbie Manber Kupfer.  Debbie is a multi talented author, and puzzle creator. She has been a constant source of support and encouragement of me and my writing. Debbie is selfless, kind, caring and brilliant. So, please check out her and her work. 

Thank you Debbie, for everything you have done for me. I and others think you are incredible.  

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http://www.amazon.com/Debbie-Manber-Kupfer/e/B00DHPNJ5I/

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A day in the life of a horizontal writer

Being chronically ill with a couple of degenerative autoimmune diseases, each day brings something different. I have always needed structure and organisation in my day, and I continue to make daily lists of goals. However, these days I have to be flexible. 

At least half the week I am bed ridden, the other half, couch bound. I can’t get around a little but not far, and not for long. If it wasn’t for my writing and sheer determination my life would be boring and frustrating. But I do not let it beat me down mentally.

I can express myself and explore through my stories. I have no mental limitations. All my frustration and pain pours through my aching fingers onto the page.  

But, I know if I hadn’t have gotten sick, I wouldn’t be where I am now. I make no secret of either fact. 

Everything for me is a compromise, and I’m forever having to re-adapt, and find the inner strength not just to exist but to live. Despite what obstacles you may face, never give up. The only person that can truly stop you achieving your dreams is you.

Welcome back to me!

It’s been a year since I have blogged. Hard to believe it went by that quickly. But now I have established a social media routine, it will become more regular. I have stepped well out of my comfort zone and it has had surprising results. I’ve added Twitter (https://twitter.com/RAndrewAuthor), and my numbers grow each day, as well as Facebook of course (https://www.facebook.com/robyn.andrew.9), and Tsu (http://www.tsu.co/ RLAndrewAuthor).

Recently I took the opportunity to have a conversation via Youtube with Sally Ember. If you have seen the video,(https://plus.google.com/events/cghhqrmgvrdvscnuctuqmtl97u8 or Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucB2Mg35_2o), you will have a sense of who I am. If you haven’t it isn’t too late to watch it. 

I make no secret of the fact that I am also chronically ill, so expect some information to be posted that relate to that, and my daily struggles. I refuse to let it beat me down mentally, even though at times it is a struggle. Writing has been instrumental in my having good mental health. Learning to stay positive is difficult when you are faced with a degenerative disease/s.

Funnily enough it was a year ago, almost to the day that my first story was published in the Darkly Never After anthology (https://authorcentral.amazon.com/gp/books), and I received my paperback copies of the Fiction Writers Group, Anything Goes Volume 2 Anthology. I have two very different stories in this anthology, which come from deep places.

Teacups & Tansy: Sabine doesn’t expect the geriatric Jerry Springer Show as murder and mayhem ensues.

The Guardian: When the War was Over: Archangel Gabriel is facing the most difficult situation since existence began. The future of mankind hangs in the balance as he battles with a former friend in a war he isn’t sure is worth it.

I have a few more getting published that I will post some excerpts of. I look forward to all of you joining me on my journey.

To Nano or not to Nano?

After much trepidation, I decided to take on Nano this year.  I have had my story idea for some time now and have put a lot of thought and time into it. Nano seemed like a good way to kick it off and get me into a good routine.

Today is day one and I have written a draft first chapter, so I am happy with today’s efforts. Fortunately I can write in bed on my Apple Air notebook, which has changed my writing life. I love having all my writing stuff in one spot, easy to access and weights next to nothing.

I sit here now and then and think back over the last couple of months and all I have achieved in that time. I have short stories being published, I am taking part in Anthologies and writing different genres. I submitted my Mars and Snow shorts stories the other day for submission in two separate Anthologies. Patiently waiting to hear if they have been accepted or not.

My priorities have changed a lot since I got since. I don’t just have my illnesses to think about and talk about now. I actually have things to say, and I find inspiration in all sorts of places.

At the moment probably wasn’t the best time to take on extra writing commitments, with a 3 year old to look after while her mum works and precarious health, but nonetheless it wont hurt me to test my limits.

If I post a photo of me in a mental hospital you know it was all too much. Wish me luck.

 

Plotter or Pantster?

 

It came to my attention today that I am a plotter when it comes to writing rather than a pantster, or someone who just wings it as they go.  That works for a lot of people, and I am amazed how many different ways there are to write and different techniques. I learn something nearly every day when it comes to writing, and it keeps me on my toes.

I cant just wing it, not just in writing but for anything.  I like to at least have the illusion of some control, no matter how absurd.

I have also found that once I started not editing until I finished writing a project, I actually finished them.  It made a huge difference. And today I attended my first online book launch for Darkly Never After.  My story Bernard the Great was my first story ever published, and now I have a few more to go.  Who knows, maybe one day I will even be good at it!

Upcoming writing projects – Stay tuned folks

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This is my first blog everyone! The first of many I hope.

I have a few stories nearly ready for submission on the 1st November.  Two of them are completely different than what I normally write.  The first is a story about snow.  The main character is a Cree Indian who has moved to the Alaskan mountains to find himself and his totem. The second story is about a couple who are archeologists, who are selected as part of a team to colonise mars.  Set in the year 2050.

My third story is about an old Sin Eater and is set in the Middle East.  I am really enjoying challenging myself.  I am also getting the opportunity to learn much more about editing and punctuation, which has all changed since I sent to school.  I better get back to it for today.

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