Plan for May 2021

May might be a 31-day month, but with a bank holiday at either end and with me sticking to not working at the weekend, that gives me only 19 work days. If I finish all of the writing that I have planned, both mine and the client’s, then the target word-count for May is 75,500 words. That’s just under 4,000 words per day. (gulp!) But … I can do that. I just need to stick to the three writing projects […]

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April wrap-up

At the start of April, I rebooted my plan for the month and monthly wrap-up posts. I didn’t have a plan for March, and so I stated with my plan for April. Here’s how April went: My writing Camp NaNoWriMo – write 30,000 words ✖️ Project Management for Writers – finish writing book 1 of 5 ✖️ Publish Project Management for Writers: Gate 1 ✖️ Project Management for Writers – start writing book 2 of 5 ✖️ The Beast Within – […]

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Hissy fit

Image by Brigitte makes custom works from your photos, thanks a lot from Pixabay So I had a bit of a hissy fit. I’d like to say “earlier this week”, but actually, it’s been a several days-long proper temper tantrum. Without going into too much detail, I really wanted to pack up my blog and take my money elsewhere. I did put the blog on what I thought might be a bit of a temporary hiatus. But by the time […]

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Wednesday Writing Prompts

Image by Dave Francis from Pixabay With the new regime, I don’t have a lot of time to go into detail, but I think you have the gist of things by now. Simply choose one of the topics, and then brainstorm. Fiction and non-fiction; topical and evergreen. May Day This coming Saturday is 1 May. Historically, that’s May Day, and more recently it’s become Labour Day. It’s also our wedding anniversary! What is it called where you live? Do you […]

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Taking a break

Image by Steve Bidmead from Pixabay Words Worth Writing is taking a bit of a break for a few days. I have a few things to think about and some decisions to make about the blog and what I do with it. Sorry for any inconvenience, but I daresay I’ll be back a lot sooner than I think. Play nicely. 😊

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Paperbacks underway

I’m delighted to say that the paperback versions of all of my self-published books are now underway. I’ve been umming and ahhing a lot just lately about whether to put all of my eggs in one basket or whether to scatter them about a bit. I really, really, really do like Draft2Digital and, as an ebook publisher and distributor, they are really, really, really good. However, they don’t do hardbacks, and while they do do paperbacks, it seems that their […]

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Book review: A Daughter’s Return

This feature is in association with NetGalley. A Daughter’s Return by Josephine Cox with Gilly Middleton Many thanks to both NetGalley and to HarperCollins UK for letting me see an advance reader’s copy of A Daughter’s Return. I’m always a bit dubious about reading a ‘famous name’ novel that has been ghostwritten. I’m a bit old-school in that I prefer the name on the cover to be the name of the person who wrote it, and not a hook to […]

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Sherwood Forest

A couple of weeks ago, when lockdown easing had already started, we visited the new Sherwood Forest visitor centre, which is just a few hundred yards away from where the old centre used to be. We did the blue trail, which is the quickest and easiest at only 2 miles there and back, and we went to look at the major oak. The café was open for takeaway, there was a coffee wagon, and there were traffic lights on the […]

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Wednesday Writing Prompts

Image by Gordon Johnson from Pixabay With the new regime, I don’t have a lot of time to go into detail, but I think you have the gist of things by now. Simply choose one of the topics, and then brainstorm. Fiction and non-fiction; topical and evergreen. St George St George is the patron saint of England and it’s St George’s Day on 23 April every year. That makes it an evergreen. What do we know about St George? What […]

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Cleethorpes boating lake

The plan was to do the 2-mile promenade walk at Cleethorpes, but when we got there it seemed that the rest of England had had the same idea. Cleggie was rammed. The promenade car park was closed to all but blue badge-holders and businesses, the leisure centre car park was full, and so was the next one too. Fortunately, the second lakeside car park had spaces, but the queue for the pay-and-display was longer than the queue for the ladies’ […]

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Classic editing

Friday disappeared down a dark hole when I ended up in a support conversation with WordPress due to one post not auto-posting to Facebook, the Facebook Share button not working (on the same post), and then the preview not working when I copied the URL over manually. We worked out a quick fix, which isn’t ideal, particularly as I’m paying for premium support now as part of my package. But at least we got it working. Classic Editor v. Block […]

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How to quickly access WP Classic Editor

Oh, wow! Hello Classic Editor, I have missed you much! Massive thanks to Wild Daffodil who showed me how to access the classic editor in WordPress without having to jump through hoops. Basically, you go to your dashboard, go to Posts, click the drop down arrow next to Posts Add New, and then choose Classic Editor. EDITED TO ADD: If you’re not getting the same screen that I am, try putting this in your browser bar: https://your-site-name.wordpress.com/wp-admin/edit.php They’re threatening to […]

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That was the week that was

This week I’ve tried to do a bit of my own work in the mornings and client work in the afternoons. I kept on being distracted by colourful sparkly things, though, and it became a bit of a chore to drag my attention away from that and back to the job in hand. Monday was mostly faffing with book covers and flyers and other PR and marketing material. I gave the blog a facelift, and I wrote a blog post […]

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Twee Tales Twee is live

After a bit of a bumpy start, Twee Tales Twee is now finally live. Amazon accepted it late on Tuesday. You can find the ebook in multi-format here, and the Kindle book here. Twee Tales Unfortunately, it looks like Twee Tales (aka Volume 1) has disappeared from the Kindle radar at Amazon, although it’s still there on my author’s bookshelf under “all”. It’s all rather baffling, but I suppose that’s robots for you. I was going to do a 4th compilation, but […]

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Wednesday writing prompts

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay With the new regime, I don’t have a lot of time to go into detail, but I think you have the gist of things by now. Simply choose one of the topics, and then brainstorm. Fiction and non-fiction; topical and evergreen. This week’s prompts are all about space. Yuri Gagarin Sixty years ago next year, on 12 April 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was the first man in space. Write an article about this […]

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Project reboot

So, after my little tantrum yesterday, Amazon have now accepted Diary of a Scaredy Cat. Draft2Digital did their thang, and they got it through. At the time of writing, they’re still working on getting Twee Tales Twee up there, but at least Diary of a Scaredy Cat is there now. You can by the ebook here, in multi-format, and from here, on Kindle, directly from Amazon. Project reboot With the end of full lockdown, I seem to have found a new energy. We […]

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Twee Tales Twee now available! (and a bit of a rant …)

At the end of last week, I decided to gradually move all of my ebooks over to Amazon. However, before I could do that, I had to make sure that they were all published first. And before I do that, I want the designs to be consistent. I do love publishing my books on Draft2Digital. They make the books available on all ereaders, not just Kindle, and they have a paperback publishing tool too. Not only that, though, they also […]

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Moving back to KDP – for now

As we inch ever-closer to the 1,000 followers mark, so too do we get closer to the competition to win a bumper pack of all of my published paperbacks, including the two books from Pen & Sword. Oh yes, and chocolate … This means that, alongside everything else that I do, I’ve been checking that all the paperbacks are there. And if they’re not there, I’m publishing them. I self-publish everything I produce myself on either Draft2Digital or Lulu, apart […]

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The week so far

This is how my Scrivener binder for the project management series was looking when I started work on it on Tuesday. Tuesday I had a lot to do on Tuesday, so while the intention was to write at least a chapter, I only managed part of Chapter 4. In fact, I wrote 843 new words. And I updated the binder … My next job on Tuesday was to carry on planning The Beast Within. I’ve discovered from my ghostwriting that I […]

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Wednesday writing prompts + October throwaways

Image by Peter H from Pixabay With the new regime, I don’t have a lot of time to go into detail, but I think you have the gist of things by now. Simply choose one of the topics, and then brainstorm. Fiction and non-fiction; topical and evergreen. Henry Ford Seventy-five years ago next year, on 7 April 1947, Henry Ford died. There are so many topics you can write about around this anniversary. What was Henry Ford known for? Where […]

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Plan for April 2021

Image by Alexander Stein from Pixabay I had a lovely Easter break, something I planned on due to being so busy again just recently. I even finished work at a respectable time on Thursday in order to enjoy the full weekend. Saying that, I did have my first Covid jab on Friday, and fortunately the only side effects I seem to have suffered happened at about 4am on Saturday morning. That left us free to have some leisure time, and […]

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Book review: Murder at the Mill

This feature is in association with NetGalley. Murder at the Mill by T.A. Belshaw Many thanks to both NetGalley and to BooksGoSocial for letting me see an advance reader’s copy of this cosy mystery, and to the author. This series debut is set in 1939 and introduces what are likely to be the main recurring characters. It was nice to see Alice as her younger self, but I don’t think the reader needs to read the author’s first book featuring […]

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Wednesday writing prompts + September throwaways

Image by silviarita from Pixabay With the new regime, I don’t have a lot of time to go into detail, but I think you have the gist of things by now. Simply choose one of the topics, and then brainstorm. Fiction and non-fiction; topical and evergreen. Easter Here’s an evergreen, although the date does fluctuate from year to year, so do your research for next year. This Friday, 2 April, is Good Friday. Sunday is Easter Day. And Friday and […]

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One jab down …

Image by Alexandra_Koch from Pixabay … three to go. Yup, the poet had the first of his two vaccinations at the weekend. His booking had got lost in the ether, somehow, but they saw him anyway, which was very good of them. Mine’s on Friday. We didn’t manage as much as we would like on Saturday. First of all we had the weekly shopping to do, and on the way there we also stopped off to have a look at […]

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Defrag nightmare

Image by Thomas Budach from Pixabay So the defragging that I started to do on Thursday morning ran on for about 7 hours. And then I made a fatal mistake … I ‘woke’ the screen up by pressing the spacebar. And the defrag cancelled. I could not believe how stupid that was of me. I stopped for a bite for tea, then I started it off again, expecting it to run for another 7 hours. But by the time we […]

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I ❤️ Scrivener 3

I mean, look at. What is there not to like? It’s sleek, it’s clean, it’s sharp, it does everything I’m used to doing a lot quicker and more easily. It’s gorgeous! I’ve had a lot of fun playing with the new Scrivener for Windows. At last we have caught up with our Mac/iOS chums. At last the two platforms look the same. At last us Windows users are not left to flounder in the wilderness. There are a few things […]

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More date work & Scrivener 3

Image by Myriams-Fotos from Pixabay The first job I did on Tuesday morning was yesterday’s writing prompts post. The second job I did was the first of this week’s date work, as I ran out of time on Monday. So to hurry me along a bit, I finished all of August, as the last week is only two days. That means I’m now on September, which is where I’m supposed to be in March. I could have just jumped right […]

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Wednesday writing prompts

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay Oh, look! Another image by Gerd Altmann … he’s going to start charging me soon! With the new regime, I don’t have a lot of time to go into detail, but I think you have the gist of things by now. Simply choose one of the topics, and then brainstorm. Fiction and non-fiction; topical and evergreen. British Summer Time The clocks go forward in the UK this weekend. Or do they go back? I’m […]

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Dream

Image by Comfreak from Pixabay The plan was to have a weekend off and maybe catch up with some reading or sewing. I did manage to read a few chapters of a book I want to review soon, but I didn’t do any sewing. Walking However, on Saturday, after we’d done the shopping – early for a change – we did finally manage our first walk since the new year. It’s still very busy in the village, and we’re still […]

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Pomodoros rule!

I was late again to my desk on Friday morning, but I had done a lot of work already on the mobile phone, both in bed and over breakfast. For example, I checked emails, the bank and social media, and I did another job search. At my desk, the first job I did was an hour of date work. Then I had to answer some final (I hoped!) queries for the interview I did for The War Cry magazine. For both […]

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Writing & admin (and a mini rant)

Image by Monoar Rahman Rony from Pixabay I’ve said it before and I’ll no doubt say it again, but Thursdays really are quite tired days. Mind you, I may have still been catching up after my 4am finish the other night. However, when the dog woke me up yesterday morning, I was very happy to see that it was almost 7am. I went through and checked all the usual stuff before arriving at my desk – email, Facebook, Twitter – […]

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Ghostwriting, proofreading & an interview

(Image by Please Don’t sell My Artwork AS IS from Pixabay) This week seems to be dashing by in a bit of a blur … For my first job on Monday, I caught up with diary work and scheduled the week ahead. An addition this week was proofreading in from Hong Kong that arrived first thing Monday morning. I wrote and scheduled a couple of quick blog posts, and then it was back to work. The rest of the day […]

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Wednesday writing prompts

Image by Please Don’t sell My Artwork AS IS from Pixabay With the new regime, I don’t have a lot of time to go into detail, but I think you have the gist of things by now. Simply choose one of the topics, and then brainstorm. Fiction and non-fiction; topical and evergreen. The Godfather Fifty years ago next year, on 15 March 1972, The Godfather premiered. Who starred in this iconic film*? What else have they appeared in? Did any of […]

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