Whenever I make plans, it never goes according to them....
- starting next assignment
- working on goals
- study clean up
has not happened. Sad face - though have been doing clean up after renovations - lovely stuff like wiping the dust off walls, cupboards etc. Oh fun, oh fun, oh fun. (You got that was sarcastic right?) Problem is that my fibromyalgia is playing up - that means my muscles are aching and my right arm especially feels like it's going to sleep. So hence clean up has to be in spurts, otherwise I'm down for the count.
I did visit my chiro and pilates this week and my chiro did say I would hate him the following day - he was right. My joints ached and so did my muscles. I hadn't been that 'stuck' for awhile.
I've been lucky to have caught up with some friends and Master 5 this week. Though the poor mite has a cold.
I did see New Moon and I have to say I really enjoyed it. The director did a good job of keeping it true to the book's feel (well as much as you can when a book is in 1st person). The FX were done well on the whole and I got taken away with the story. I loved the depiction of Bella's depression and the months passing by. Really shows depression and the dark hole a person is in. It was very very effective.
I know there are critics of the books and the movies, but really for me I think getting teenage girls to read has to be a good thing. Even if they don't agree with the choice. Stephenie Meyer has made it cool to read for that demographic as JK Rowling did for a younger audience. And that to me is fantastic.
My next reward book will be Breaking Dawn. Yes, behind the times, but it had to wait its turn like every other book does :)) Yes, I've heard bits and pieces about it but mostly I have been trying to block my ears and go 'la la la', so I don't ruin it completely.
I just finished The Stolen Princess by Anne Gracie - absolute gold. Loved it. So have ordered the next two books in the Devil Riders series. I loved the depth of the characters, the humour of Gabe, the seriousness of Callie and her coming out of her shell.
Oh and I finished watching season 1 of Bones....now to get Season 2 after I watch Season 2 of The Tudors.
OK gotta get back to dusting...there's windows to tackle. My life is SUCH an adventure!!
When I went to clicked the link for the survey re Eleni-fest, it showed up as closed. Have no idea why. Wonderful world of technology - probably the operator (ie me) did something.
So it is working again - the link is on the right hand sidebar. And I've got it here also. So if you tried and the surveyl was closed, and you are willing, can you please have a look.
So what have I been doing:
- studying (another assignment bites the dust) - a little bit of writing - some final polishing of HD - organising and posting out Eleni-fest prizes - SARA meeting - fabulous Elizabeth Rolls had a terrific Show Don't Tell presentation on Prince Caspian (book and movie) - Trying to catch up with people
What is in store for the coming week:
- Booticonline - branding and history sessions - catching up with friends - going to go watch New Moon - start next assignment for my course (7 assignments to go by end April - shudder) - set some goals for coming few months - and start massive clean up of study... notice I said start because it's going take me much longer than a week to get this space into shape. - oh and sleep :))) (hoping)
Less is more?
Have been less on Twitter as I'm trying to catch up with things that have fallen behind. I've caught up with all my group emails (I think), so yay there. But I'm also spending less time blog reading as well. So I may skim, but I don't necessarily comment. Just depends on how tired I am and the time I have.
Basically what the conference and Eleni-fest has reinforced is that to make it as a writer, you need to write, write, write. So simple, yet easily to be distracted from it. So I need to concentrate on that aspect as well as the social networking side. Balance. Gosh that seems to be flashing in all parts of my life right now - balance, Eleni, balance. OK Universe...maybe this time it will sink in ;))
Wow, I thought my brain wouldn't come up with anything for a post and lookey here...who would have thunk the words actually make some sort of sense (hoping anyway!)
Thanks to Elove for mentioning apps on iPhone that you can use blogger instead of trying via safari. Another way to eat up time! Though it means I can blog on the run when I want to. Still it's tiring for my hand. But rock on!
Oh forgot to show you my picture of my writing buddy's book on display.
Yup the talented Tracey O'Hara. Who also let be aware of Dead Set - a UK mini-series on SBS. Zombies with Big Brother - gory! And those zombies can move. All right that's it from me. Stay cool to the Aussies hit by the heat wave. Doesn't the weather know it's only November?
You know it is weird - I am so used to blogging about Eleni-fest - updates, upcoming special guests, special guests, announcing prizes - that now blogging about anything else seems very very strange.
And yes there is life after Eleni-fest (technically it's over but I'm still in the process of organising prizes to be sent out).
I did a little bit of studying but the last couple of days I have watched some DVDs - the BBC version of Sense & Sensiblity, and some episodes of season 1 of Bones.
Oh and I watched the Scream Awards on SciFiTV. A pity the didn't show all the nominations and winners. What a freaky stage and the fans were dressed up in a horror/fantasy/sci-fi garb. Loved that the award is a spike (well it's sponsored by Spike TV).
It was great to see BSG get a nod for it's 5 years on our screens. And Stan Lee, The Man in comics, being honored.
I finished reading Keri Arthur'sBeneath A Rising Moon, so since she is my author of the moment, I will read the second Ripple Creek series before reading Riley 7.
I met up with the Bootcampers (online) Saturday for BooticOnline tutorials. It's a great idea that we have a couple of these every week (40 mins each) in November. That way if one of us can't get to a weekend, we don't miss out on everything.
I spent Friday catching up with Master 5. Saw him at swimming and then spent the afternoon and evening catching up. He loves art and it's so cool to sit side by side while colouring in or drawing. It's so therapeutic. Oh and he put on me one of those Hot Wheels tattoos for kids. A Mustang, thank you very much.
I got my EeePC to work again (yes forgetting your password = bad). So now I can do some typing if I feel like it in another room. Which I did in the wee hours of the morning - WORDS came out - 362 of them on a story. Typing on the EeePC is different and it's been since June since I last properly used it, so my fingers are hitting wrong keys and I have to cut my nails because it increases my inaccuracy. (Yeah, not like I am the most accurate typist but I'm not tooo bad - one great skill I learned at high school - touch typing).
So what do I have planned this week?
Well I have a massage today - you know the ones that hurt - yep those ones
I am going to Diana Gabaldon's Author Talk in the Adelaide Hills! (yay - Cross Stitch is one of my favourite books).
It's both my parent's birthday.
Study and finish off my MYOB module
Post off some Eleni-fest prizes
And finally get into some writing.....yay!
What am I concentrating on?
Well, when I blogged over at the fabulous Sandie Hudson's blog, the majority of commenters wanted me to work on DreamTamer, my paranormal romance. It's one that I have worked on in two Junes in a row, with not much in between having concentrated on Healer's Destiny so much.
So writing is that. I'm also just doing the final read through of Healer's Destiny. You know no glaring typos, errors that type of thing. This is a slow process for me so writing would be a good motivator. But I've decided to also work on the second draft of my novelette/novella, Gateway to Hell, another paranormal romance.
And I want to start submitting to agents but may leave this for December.
So that's me right now...it's just past midnight and I'm trying to decide if I should write, read or go get some sleep. Decisions, decisions :)
PS - Oh don't forget if you want to give feedback on my Eleni-fest activities you can do so on the blog on the right-hand side bar.
With 53 blog posts, 20 special guests, 6 blog visits, 124 commenters, 1036 comments, 15 updates, 37 prize winners, and topics ranging from grants to getting back to writing, it sure has been one hell of a month.
I'm exhausted but exhilarated by it all.
I've met some new people via cyberspace, which is fantastic. I truly hope that this fest was fun for everyone.
So a big thank you to everyone involved - special guests, hostesses, commenters, readers, those who tweeted, email participants.... you all rock!
Without you all Eleni-fest wouldn't have been much of a fest at all.
So what did I learn or get reaffirmed with this experience:
RWAus members rock!
Support from everyone was phenomenal!
Those who organise these type of events are mad or giddy or both. Seriously, I felt some days I was just laying down the tracks as the train just came over the horizon. So my hat off to anyone who does this for a long duration.
I love being a writer.
I love the blogging world & the fact that people from around the world joined in on the fun was fantastic (thanks).
Remember to plan, plan, plan....ahead of time, preferably *wink*
Know thyself...seriously, learn what you are capable of - set realistic goals and targets.
A joy learning about our authors more.
Don't do this again....or really this comes down to plan, plan, plan and Know Thyself.
So it seems that Eleni-fest all worked out. Thanks for visiting and I hope you continue to read my posts, though I don't think I can top having those lovely guests on.
Oh I have a little poll that you can do on the side panel of my blog...and I'll probably put it up on my website too....or you can link to it below:
Because this was hard competition, they get a little extra - a sword letter opener Also because this competition was really hard, I held a secondary prize (bookmark, fridge-magnet, notebook) and the runner up is: Misty LaBean
Night's Cold Kiss - the winner is: Sussan Marz (who also gets a sword letter opener) Runner up is - Lou Lou Offszanka (bookmark & fridge magnet)
Spreading the Word - thank you everyone for doing this. As well as the trade book cover, the winner gets a pen, fridge magnet, and bookmark (rack card). Winner is: Anna Hackett Runner up was Shelley Munro (notebook & postcard)
Sizzle, Seduce & Simmer (donated by Trish Morey) - Linda Henderson
SARA website - Emily (elove)
Eleni's Taverna Anna Jacobs Freedom's Land - Jenn J McLeod Elizabeth Rolls Lord Braybrook's Penniless Bride - Alison Nikki Logan's Lights, Camera...Kiss the Boss - Jenn J McLeod Topic of the Week - SA Proud - RK Charron Trish Morey's The Best Love Stories of 2009 - Becca J Heath
Surprise prize for those who supported me on Twitter. 1st prize: @elove_ly (Emily) who gets a wizard pen, fridge magnet and rack card (bookmark) 2nd prize: @ericahayes (Erica Hayes) who gets a notebook.
Hope you all enjoy!! Thanks for joining Eleni-fest!
My best laid plans for yesterday were foiled - wind down happening very very slowly. So in that spirit, I'm off for a nap!