7 Signs You Have a Dragon Infestation

As a Sleepy Book Dragon, I have to say I don’t see the issue here. I mean, us dragons are amazing, caring creatures and who can resist Toothless when he looks like that!

Legends of Windemere

Toothless Toothless

We’ve all been there.  Minding our own business when we stumble onto a sign that there are dragons nearby.  If we’re lucky, the beast is already gone or simply passing through the area.  Yet there are times where they stick around.  So here’s what to look for to see if you need an exterminator.

  1. You haven’t seen the cat in days.  Sure, Princess Tangerine wanders off from time to time.  This feels different.  Maybe it’s because she hasn’t reacted to you running the can opener over a loudspeaker.  Could even be the that her food bowl is missing . . . along with the floor it was on.
  2. There’s a lot of smoke in and around the house.  You’ve called the fire department, but that hasn’t stopped the problem.  Then again, the truck has been outside for the last few days, so maybe it’s a really big fight where you…

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Belated #Writing Update

Sherlock WritingCurrent Word Count: 7,286 words

Firstly, sorry for the disappearing act over the last fortnight. A case of writers block combined with life stuff has meant that I haven’t blogged here and writing has slowed to a snail’s pace. Granted, I have increased by word count by about 3,000 words but those words are still mostly world building.

My FMC has discovered that her family and that of her grandfather’s business partner are more linked than she had realised but that raised more questions for her. I ended up taking a detour whilst figuring out part of the answer for some of those questions which led to me reconsidering a storyline and the pairings for the story, wrote an extra little thing, realised I was going down the wrong road, and deciding to go back to the original ideas.

After all that, I returned to being stuck and having no idea where to go next. Writing ended up taking a back seat whilst I dealt with IRL stuff. Yesterday though, something clicked and I got 753 words written. Those words led to the revelation of the cat familiars name, Constantine, and that he has a dark personality but can also act like a teenage girl. I commented on Twitter that the Skull-in-a-jar from Lockwood & Co. is proving rather influential of the cat. Whether that continues, I will just have to see. I am re-reading Hollow Boy at the moment so it is possible.

The fact I have written anything is partly because I have accepted that I will have to jump over some time to be able to write. This hopefully will mean I will be able to get on with the bulk of the story much quicker though I know have another problem upcoming that will stop me once more. The main thing is that I am writing again.

Hopefully everyone else’s writing has been more fruitful than my own. Here’s to a better end of the month, even if it is just one or two words.

Question: Where do you get your writing ideas? Answer: You

Being a writer has it’s perks I would argue. Two of them are people watching and eavesdropping.

Annie Lyons

Today my friends, I am going to give you one excellent piece of advice.

If you walk into a coffee shop and happen upon me sitting alone, innocently sipping a Skinny Latte with an extra shot (easy on the froth), do not under any circumstances sit anywhere near me.

There. I’ve said it. You’re welcome.

Don’t worry, this isn’t for any medical reason and I showered recently so it has nothing to do with hygiene. No, the reason I say this is because if you do sit near me and I happen to hear your conversation, there is a small chance that it will end up in a book.

I know. I apologise.

Actually I don’t.

It’s a perk of my job.

For I am a sticky beak, a nosey parker or more charitably, a people watcher. I have lost count of the number of impatient frowns I have attracted…

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#Writing Update

Sherlock WritingWord Count: 3,901 words

Could have had a lot more words but life has taken a bit of priority and I have written just 3 words in the last two days. Also, this story seems to have decided it’s needs to go as slow as possible for no clear reason (except perhaps world building).

My FMC hasn’t had the best time of it either. She discovered that the slave girl she had seen very briefly earlier had had the magical part of her soul taken from her. The girl survived, hollow but alive, until my FMC said the word soul to her. The girl then screamed, releasing the rest of the girl’s soul from her body and dying.

A talk between the FMC and her mum made her realise that her non-dad had taken it so he could become more powerful. In fact, this is how the family had remained so powerful and feared for so long and why they had the soul box she had discovered when with her grandparents. The next day, the FMC talked with her older brother who has told her to stay out of his way or he would harm her. The FMC then decided to leave the house to get out of the way and into the fresh air for a bit. She ended up in the library and has discovered a magical library for practitioners like her. She is currently reading there.

As mentioned before, this story seems to be taking its own time and I am not sure how to speed it up without seeming to just skip over large periods of time with just a sentence or two. It just feels disingenuous to the story despite knowing that a lot of stuff will eventually be condensed, combined or even got rid of altogether. If anyone can offer any advice on this, I would genuinely be grateful for it. It’s times like this that my planning/outlining method proves quite flawed.

Aim for this week is to try to kick-start my story again to get on with it and actually get onto the part that’s the basis for this, magic school. I will get there in the end but it’s frustrating to be in a bit of a rut. How are you doing? Got any advice to share about my dilemma or just in general? Don’t be afraid to comment below.

How To Deal With Writer Guilt #writers #SundayBlogShare #amwriting

Didn’t realise writer’s guilt was a thing even though I recognise all those thoughts and feelings. Some very sound advice for dealing with it too!

Lucy Mitchell

Writer Guilt

Writer guilt can be nasty.

I suffer from writer guilt and it manifests itself through:

Guilt related to my writing:

  • I still don’t have a self published or published book. How can I spend hours on something and have nothing to show for it?
  • I should have sent something to a publisher by now even if I don’t feel I am ready for that.
  • I should be on more social media sites *weary look at all the social media sites I am currently juggling*
  • I shouldn’t be hosting a writing blog because I am not a proper writer (no published book). Writer guilt + Imposter Syndrome.
  • I should be challenging myself more.
  • I should be writing more.
  • I should be doing more research.
  • I am writing too much.

Guilt related to all the things that I am not doing whilst writing:

  • I should be spending more time with my family…

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Want to Increase Your Traffic? Join #SundayBlogShare!

This sounds like a great idea to discover new blogs and new writers, authors, bloggers, etc. to follow.

Suzie Speaks

imageIn November 2014 I started a hashtag – #SundayBlogShare – that allowed bloggers to share their links and meet new people. It was not a new idea, I had been participating in similar link ups hosted by other bloggers throughout the year, but I found it to be really useful when networking and getting my posts out to a wider audience.

Over the last year it has become the biggest Twitter party of the weekend (to my knowledge anyway), with hundreds of bloggers around the world sharing thousands of links each Sunday, and it now trends on a weekly basis. Last Sunday, it was the top trending topic in the UK, and trended for over nine hours… Today, as I write, it is only 10.30am and it’s already No. 6…

I’m still in awe of how much it has grown, and I’ve been lucky to have found wonderful new blogs…

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