Thursday 26 September 2019

First job yesterday was the new NetGalley book over breakfast. I moved the daily Pomodoro write-up to the last session of the day as I usually start to run out of steam at around 4pm, and for the past few days I’ve been writing them up the night before anyway. I wrote my daily blog post first, which has now been moved to the very first session of every day. With me concentrating on the biography at the moment, I was […]

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Book review: Wrapped up for Christmas

This feature is in association with NetGalley. Wrapped up for Christmas, Katlyn Duncan Thanks to NetGalley and to HQ Digital for an advance copy of Wrapped up for Christmas. I love Christmas and I loved this book. I also loved the concept and the double meaning of “wrapped up”. After a disastrous relationship, Angie has come back to her home town to lick her wounds and rebuild her life. Yet the first thing she seems to do is want to […]

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Wednesday 25 September 2019

Over breakfast yesterday, I finished the NetGalley book I was reading and I wrote up today’s Pomodoros. That meant the first job at my desk was a 500-word blog post and my daily warm-up. The next thing I did was write up the report for this week’s writers’ group meeting. I had 25 minutes of social media, 25 minutes of job searching, and I pitched for one ghostwriting job. Then I wrote up the latest diary of a novel blog […]

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Tuesday 24 September 2019

I had a late start yesterday. I was quite tired, the poet had left early for a business trip, and I slept in. I got to my desk at around 10:30am, but I’d done my first Pomodoro’s work on the phone the night before, so I didn’t really lose anything. First job was yesterday’s writing diary blog post. This job has moved to the top of the list and I’m giving myself 25 minutes to write it. It seems to […]

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Monday 23 September 2019

Well, by the end of the week, I’d done a load of Pomodoros and got a lot of work done. Very productive indeed. I did start to wilt around mid-afternoon on Friday, though. The morning began once again over breakfast with me reading the latest book for NetGalley.  I’m really enjoying this Christmas story and looking forward to starting the next. My first Pomodoro was writing up the day’s Pomodoro targets. This is really working for me as I’m not […]

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Friday 19 September 2019

I was surprised at how much work I got through yesterday as Thursdays are usually rubbish. I generally wake up tired and often don’t want to get out of bed. Perhaps having a goal is helping. The day began at breakfast, funnily enough, with me reading the next NetGalley book. It’s a Christmas story and I love Christmas, but I’m enjoying the book as well. Always useful, that. My first Pomodoro of the day was deciding what to do in […]

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Thursday 19 September 2019

The Pomodoros seem to be working. I had a very good day yesterday. First job of the day was chasing a client for payment that was due on Monday. By midday they’d come back to me to say payment will arrive before the end of the week. I did my 25 minutes on social media, and I jotted down what I wanted to achieve for each of my 12 Pomodoros throughout the day. I’ve reactivated my Trello board for this.  […]

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Wednesday 18 September 2019

So yesterday, this happened. I finished my 14 Days to a Solid Writing Habit FREE course from WritersHQ and I was rewarded with this shiny new badge to display on my blog/Facebook/whatever. I do like a nice badge to display on my whatever. It was a good morning yesterday. I started with my first 25 minutes on social media, emailed the Australian client with a niggle (I had a niggle, the client didn’t …), wrote up and posted this week’s […]

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Book review: Five Unforgivable Things

This feature is in association with NetGalley. Five Unforgivable Things, Vivien Brown Thanks to NetGalley and to Harper Impulse for an advance copy of Five Unforgivable Things. I wouldn’t normally pick up a story about family relationships let alone infertility and IVF, so I am grateful to have been granted this opportunity. I found it to be very well written, from start to finish. It’s a great story touching upon a once taboo subject with lots of very good, fully […]

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Tuesday 17 September 2019

Wow! What a wild weekend we had … well, it was busy. And interesting. Friday morning I had my first 25 minutes on social media, and I wrote a blog post. A Sky delivery that was supposed to arrive between 10:30am and 11:30am finally arrived at midday, with no apology from the driver. I had a hair appointment at 12:30pm, so didn’t have a lot of time to do much else. In the afternoon, I did my 14 Days … exercise. The […]

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Friday 13 September 2019

My first 25 minutes yesterday were spent looking at houses. We’re not planning on moving any time soon, but I do like to keep an eye on the market and I needed to clear a load of sold properties out of my RightMove account. The next 25 minutes were spent on my social media morning fix. A new proofreading job came in yesterday morning, but there’s no rush. I had told him I could probably get it back to him […]

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Thursday 22 August 2019

Tuesday’s writing contributions were mostly admin, and mostly fielding emails. The big thing this week is confirming appointments and meetings. I confirmed today’s meeting in Birmingham, and I confirmed next week’s meeting in London. I also responded to emails regarding photographs and illustrations, and I sent emails regarding the same. Train tickets were booked, paid for, downloaded and printed for next Wednesday.  I also had to clarify licensing procedures for the forthcoming book. It’s all been Richard Cadbury, it’s all been […]

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Book review: Run and Hide

This feature is in association with NetGalley. Run and Hide, Alan McDermott Thanks to NetGalley and to Thomas & Mercer for an advance copy of Run and Hide. I loved this story from the outset. By the end of chapter two, we’d had a fist fight and a car chase, and the action just got quicker from there on in. The book was like reading a film, John Wick, for example. You can practically see the story unfolding, you can see […]

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Tuesday 20 August 2019

I finished the latest book for NetGalley and will be writing my review later this week. I really enjoyed this one, so much so I (a) bought a copy of it for the poet’s Kindle, and (b) bought the author’s first novel immediately after I’d finished reading this one. I printed off the latest version of The Fool to date, in case I needed something to read out at the writers’ group, and because I like to see the full, latest […]

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Monday 19 August 2019

I spent most of Friday doing client work. I currently have two in, and both need to be finished this week. But I also did quite a lot of admin work on the Richard Cadbury book. I’m meeting Richard Cadbury’s great-great-granddaughter on Thursday of this week, and so we had a chat about that on the telephone. I’m also hoping to arrange an appointment in London to see some more primary research material that belongs to the family. I spoke […]

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Friday 16 August 2019

Yesterday was mostly spent doing the “heavy proofreading” job. It’s an interesting subject and I’m enjoying it very much. But it’s going to take some time. The new job that came in is correctly written, but it isn’t my favourite type of narrative and I’d like to change much of it or send it back to the author to do. But this one has to be back by next Friday, so I’m going to put my personal prejudices and opinions […]

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Wednesday 14 August 2019

We had a good session at the writers’ group on Monday. I’ll be writing a report just as soon as I can fit one in. Yesterday was a very busy day. The morning was spent doing admin for the Richard Cadbury book. I’ve arranged to meet his great-great-granddaughter in Birmingham next week and I had to do some jiggery-pokery to ensure that the poet will be home in good time for the dog. He may even be able to work […]

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Monday 12 August 2019

Friday was a good day, even if I didn’t manage everything I wanted to do. I did a NetGalley book review and posted it to here, to Amazon, to Twitter and to NetGalley, and I started the next book … and wow! I feel as though I’m reading a fast-moving thriller movie along the lines of John Wick. I’m loving it. I also managed a writing diary update on here. But that was about all the writing work I got through. […]

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Friday 9 August 2019

I’m so glad I scheduled yesterday’s post the evening before! What a disaster yesterday turned out to be. The BT engineer had said that they wouldn’t need to call at the house to try and repair the internet, but at 9:15am, there he was anyway, wanting to do a line test. AND he switched the internet off. For two hours. He was crawling all over the house and his mate was in a cherry-picker up the road scaling telegraph poles […]

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Book review: Hot Pursuit

This feature is in association with NetGalley. Hot Pursuit, Rebecca Freeborn Thanks to NetGalley and to Pantera Press for an advance copy of Hot Pursuit. I wasn’t sure whether this was going to be a chick lit or a modern adult romance, but I was delighted when it turned out to be a mystery with some romance thrown in for good measure. I did feel that Sarah was a bit of a nymphomaniac on heat as she seemed to be […]

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