Ko-Fi!

elle turpittYep, I have finally started a Ko-Fi. I’m doing quite a lot at the moment, including this blog, beta-reading through Fiverr, and editing for/contributing to Dead Head Reviews. I’m also hoping to join the Society for Editors and Proofreaders, as well as perhaps taking a course or two through them to increase my editing skills, hopefully this year.

Thing is, as many people will be aware, in different ways these sort of things all take money. Although I work full-time, I’m not financially secure. I’m currently working on getting out of my overdraft, and the funds from things like Fiverr are contributing a little towards that, but money also needs to go towards maintaining this site. I also can’t take on as much work through Fiverr as I’d like – again, working full-time, and I need some downtime for myself, too.

Anyway! The point being, I know I’m not going to make a whole lot from having a Ko-Fi, but right now I am glad it’s set up and available just in case. So if you do like the random words I somehow string together on my blog, if you enjoy the stuff I do for Dead Head Reviews, please consider visiting my Ko-Fi page. Or sharing it, if you wouldn’t mind.

And of course, if you’re a writer yourself and would like to see what I do through that gig, please feel free to get in touch if you want to discuss it more.

If there are specific reasons you currently wouldn’t donate – if there are ways you think I could improve – please let me know that, too. I write this blog not just myself but for the lovely people who follow me, too, so if there are ways to make that better I’m always opening to listening.

Ko-Fi

 

 

Checking In

I’ve kind of been beating myself up over not keeping the blog more updated, but the truth is I’ve struggled recently with thinking of what I could write here that would be interesting. Then I realized, hang on, it’s my blog, I can put what I want really, and more importantly, I don’t have to do anything too lengthy.

So now and then I’ll put up shorter posts just saying what I’ve been up to and what I’m working on at the moment. Sound good? Glad we’re in agreement.

Didn’t do any writing yesterday, as I went out to watch the rugby. This is a national pastime in Wales – the Six Nations are on so it’s kind of a rule you have to go to the pub and get drunk watching a match, for at least one of the games. Importantly, yesterday was basically the decider for the whole thing. England vs Wales, an age old rivalry, so it was important on a number of levels. Wales lost. We won’t mention this again.

In terms of writing, I struggle to stick to one project at a time. A lot of my focus recently has been on short stories, though I usually dip in and out of the numerous novels I have on the go, too.

At the moment, I’m trying to get a few chapters done of my vampire novel. This is a novel I’ve worked on – on and off – since I was fourteen. I actually finished it, sent it off and had a rejection letter on it when I was fifteen. Back when I knew a lot less about writing. Obviously in the last ten years it’s gone through a lot of rewrites, especially as in that time Twilight appeared and I did not want anything linking my vampires to them. Even at fifteen, I wanted them to be darker. They’re monsters, even if the main group in the novel aren’t the bad guys. So yeah, working a little on that, which is always fun as I get to play around with a cast with massively different histories, backstories and, obviously, personalities, all through the eyes of a teenage girl who gets roped in with them while trying to look for her missing brother.

Two short stories on the go right now; one about an estate agent showing a couple around a possibly haunted house (not horror though), which I got the idea from after using Writer’s Forum plot generator square. Really useful to spark off an idea. And I’m working on the second draft of a story called ‘Indistinguishable’, about a young couple who find strange technology in a cave near their village.

Outside of writing, I’ve been working and trying to get some running in, though health issues have meant I had to stop that for a few days. I’m doing a 5K run in May, raising money for Macmillan doing it. It’s not just a straight run though; this is an inflatable obstacle course. Which should be….I hesitate to use the word fun.

And I started playing Disney Infinity on Friday. Fantastic game, I’ve got all the Star Wars sets for it now so I was playing as Boba Fett, Luke and Leia. A lot of fun. So that’s about it for now. Hope you’ve all had a great weekend and have a fun week, and I’ll try to get another post up soon.