A novel approach 

I’ve been working on my first book (A Lunatics Guide to Interplanetary Relations), for a couple of years, and as I grow as a writer, it does too. But I’ve now come to the point it’s time for it to be finished. Today I started a novel writing boot camp which goes for six months. At the end I hope to be querying agents and publishers.

My story is about Shayne, a middle aged chronically ill woman whose life is a mess. She struggles to deal and balance with everyday life. I bank foreclosure sees her moving to a house she inherits. From almost the instant she moves into the house, weird stuff starts happening. With a history of mental illness, Shayne isn’t sure if it’s really happening or if she is crazy. If there is a God, he hates her. 

Annu exists halfway across the galaxy, searching for a sense of purpose in a technology driven world. A predestined astrological event thrusts Shayne into Annu’s world, and then she can’t get home. As with everything in Shayne’s life, going back to earth is complicated by being related to ancient warring Gods.

It’s been a labour of love of sorts, but I hope it becomes a seven book series. I keep writing each day and it’s coming together, the course will only back it amazing. 

Once I’m happy with the first couple of chapters I’ll post an excerpt. 

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Pay it forward: Mary Bradford

The next Pay it Forward fellow author is the very talented, Mary Bradford​

I urge you to check out her work:

Mary Bradford: https://www.facebook.com/marybradford62?fref=ts

My Husband’s Sin http://amzn.to/1RqsY9m
The Runaway http://amzn.to/1fymTHa
One Night in Barcelona http://amzn.to/1TshcJe

Next story coming out!

I’m so excited, an Anthology I’m in is now available for preorder at the following link-

http://www.amazon.com/Mission-Mars-Building-Janet-Cannon/dp/1940442079/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1443143733&sr=8-1&keywords=mission+mars%3A+building+red

This story is again different to all the others. It was a lot of fun to write, and could be pulled into a larger story one day. But then so could The Guardian and Teacups, what an exciting writing future there is ahead of me. Thank you for your support. 

I’ll be doing a video blog soon, keep an eye out!

Angel Potter Cox

A dear friend of mine is doing a writing class, and needed her short story published on line, so please read it, it now has its own page here.  

Angel is one of the most talented yet humble people I know and further, was the reason I got my first story published.

I encourage you to checkout the rest of her works:- 

Www.facebook.com/dayinthedark

http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00NNYU3FM/fblink/ref=tsm_1_fb_lk

Love you lots Angel, you are amazing 

Today is a bed day 

Like many others, today I’m in bed with the electric blanket on, and contemplating revisions I need to do. But as I have said before because of the blessing that is technology (most of the time), I can get something done. Though pain does tend to make my writing even darker, I scare even ,yield and that’s no easy feat! 

I’ve decided that once a month I’m going to do a video blog. I’m going to also upload them to YouTube and see what comes from it.  Every so often I’ll get someone I know to pretend to be a character in one of my stories and I will ‘interview’ them. It will be humorous of course, so keep your eye out for them. 

Plus of course I’m still working on my first book:- A Lunatics Guide to Interplanetary relationships. I’m I between revising and editing but it’s coming along well.  It’s still a few months away, I have no intention of rushing it just to get it out. 

I’ll keep you all updated so keep your eye out and for my promoting of fellow authors and people that have helped me immensely, it could be you!

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.  

https://www.facebook.com/debbie.m.kupfer?fref=ts

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

https://twitter.com/CiciCat42

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.