Progress So Far

  • Romance writer - Historical. Contemporary and Intrigue
  • 2 books written for HarperImpulse

Thursday, 28 April 2011

I'm a loser.....

....but not in a horrible way! I have (for the first time in around 10 years) managed to stick to a diet! No mean feat I can tell you. I've joined WeightWatchers, and although I was a bit skeptical about their new ProPoints system (I've done WW many times in the past!) I have to say this time round I'm finding it much easier to stick to. So far I've lost 10 pounds (in 5 weeks). Shock horror I even managed to lose 2lbs over the Easter festivities. Hopefully, I'll be able to stick to it. I've taken "before" photo's of my very large rear end straining at the seams in a pair of stretch jeans, and when I hit my target weight I will post "before and after" pictures on line for the whole world to see! How's that for a challenge!? Wish me luck peeps!

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

My shiny new office!

I promised a picci of my new office - so here it is! Like I said in my last but one post, considering how lovely and cosy it is I've done very little writing! Bad Caroline. Must do better. So this weekend it's a short story for me - I need something "simple" to get me back into the swing so to speak. Caroline x

Thursday, 7 April 2011

My 1st *EVER* Sale!

.....before you all get too excited it's not for a book, but for one of my short stories. But that doesn't stop me from being cock-a-hoop. The reality is - someone likes my writing, enough to *pay* me for it. Not enough to give up the day job ;) - but enough to treat myself and the DH to a nice meal somewhere nice!

The short story is entitled "What Friends Are For" - and it's going to be published in The Weekly News (not sure when). I wrote this story in about an hour to sub to my on-line short story writing critique group. To be honest I didn't think it was that good! I've subbed short stories (that have been rejected) that I have thought were a lot better. But hey - what do I know about what editors really want/like!?

So where do I go now? Well to be honest it's kick-started the muse which has been seriously lacking of late since I've moved house. I'm going to tweak some short stories and sub them off, as well as check out Carina Press submissions guidelines. I might send off one of my "Romans" to them. Take care. Caroline x

Friday, 1 April 2011

Yay I'm back....

....after what seems like light years I've finally got back online. BT put our landline up yesterday - although it was a close thing as the BT engineer was a bit of a "jobs worth". "Ummm can't go in loft's -health and safety" - then promptly climbed a ladder outside and connected the telephone wire to the telegraph pole! Don't ask!

Anyhoo. Have I missed blogging? Umm those that know me will shout a resounding "YES!" Oh yes indeedy, at times it was a close thing deciding if I did actually have some sort of addiction to it as my withdrawal symptom were obvious (apparently) to my DH. He's convinced that at one point he thought I needed meds to cope! Only joking. I was able to get my fix at work at lunchtime to be honest. I could read all my favourite blogs, but somehow (work cyber police perhaps?) I couldn't actually "post a comment".

So what have I been up to? Here goes:

1. We moved house - and all the trauma that goes with it - successfully. We are now ensconced in our lovely (damp free) bungalow.
2. I've had severe bronchitis for 3 weeks - which is rather ironic really considering the fact that I moved to get away from damp/mould spores!! What's that all about?!
3. MIL is very poorly and we've been down to Essex to see her. She has terminal C, but she is fighting it all the way.
4. I haven't won the Lottery!
5. I've enrolled on WeightWatchers.

And have I done any writing? Considering the amount of time I've had not blogging you would have thought that I'd have done a ton of it! Errr no. Sorry - don't know why, maybe it's a combination of 1, 2 and 3 above impacting on me, but I've not been near the keyboard since we've moved. Not really much of an excuse I know since we've been settled for weeks now. But I need to kick start myself soon or my mojo will go forever. But saying that, having been reading my favourite blogs for a while now I have detected a bit of apathy out here in blog land. Am I right or is it just me?

Going now. Next time I'll post a picci of my brand new shiny office. The office that I've done absolutely NO WRITING IN SINCE I'VE HAD IT! Shame on me..... Caroline x