So anyways, it appears I’m addicted to wordle.
I’m not normally one to get on the bandwagon, but this one seems relatively harmless – albeit at times frustrating, such as when I need to remember that there’s a difference between Aus/UK spelling and the US. Yes, I was almost caught out on humo
ur the other day and got it on the last guess.
I’m not posting my results and I’m not hung up on my playing streak, but I do find myself playing most days.
With two books off being edited (Philly Barker and It’s In the Stars), I’ve spent the last few weeks working on another two – something I’m (tentatively) titling Christmas at Mannus Ridge, and another I’m collaborating on with a friend. It’s a cosy crime and I’ll tell you more about it as it unfolds.
I’m a few chapters in on Mannus Ridge and it’s going okay – not great, but okay. I’m just one chapter in on Whale Bay and it isn’t reading how I’ve pictured it in my head. I suspect I don’t yet know my character as well as I need to. Also, we spent a day plotting both the story and the character and given I don’t plot, that’s a change in the way that I work. It will, however, do me good to mix things up a bit.
While we’ve already decided to look for a traditional publisher for Whale Bay, I’m seriously considering the same for Philly Barker – which is still untitled. On one hand, I enjoy being an indie publisher and owning my characters, their stories and their covers and their titles. Mostly I enjoy the creative freedom I have.
On the other hand, I’m simply not selling enough books. I know I need to spend the time and do more marketing (I’m currently focusing my advertising efforts on Amazon with mixed results) but, well, I have a day job. And the reality is while I can juggle writing and day job, I can’t seem to (effectively) juggle the business of writing with writing and day job – and given the day job isn’t going anywhere until I can do that, I find myself in a conundrum.
I’m contemplating some sort of hybrid model where I’d still self-publish my chick lit and women’s fiction titles. I have no idea what that looks like, whether it’s possible or, indeed, whether I want to go back down the endless waiting game that is the submission process. These concerns are, however, occupying substantial real estate in my brain. Hey ho.
While I figure it out I’ll keep writing, day jobbing and following my curiosity – such as these gems I discovered during the week…
Did you know?
On Feb 20, 550 years ago, the King of Norway failed to honour a debt and lost the islands of Orkney and Shetland to the Scottish king, James III.
The more than a hundred (largely treeless) islands in the sub-arctic North Sea had been offered up as security for the dowry – 50,000 Rhenish Florins – of the Princess Margaret, the prospective wife of James III of Scotland, and daughter of King Christian of Norway and Denmark.
When the dowry wasn’t paid, James III called in the debt and that’s how Orkney and Shetland came to be ceded to Scotland. He wanted florins and got Shetland – in my book that’s not a bad trade.
And another for the useless book of knowledge…
In The Little Café By The Lake Jess does some research into the likelihood of Nathan being eaten by a shark (I know, I know, but you need to know the context to get it). What I didn’t know then was that there’s a measure for 1 in a million chances – and it’s a micromort. It’s used for comparing the riskiness of day-to-day activities.
So, according to this article I read (which I really should have kept the reference to), a trained scuba diver stares down five micromorts with every dive, while a single skydive will cost you eight micromorts. And on the more mundane side of life, a 230-mile drive equates to one micromort.
Now I just need to work out how I can use that little factoid.
I love love love this map of where my favourite British TV shows were filmed.
What’s up next?
I’m glad you asked as What’s On Your Bookshelf is up next Friday morning (Thursday evening if you’re in the northern hemisphere) and Sue, Debbie, Donna and I would love you to join in. There’ll be a linky thingie that will be open until Monday afternoon.