My Writing Journal

Every writer has a journal or note book that they use to write their ideas and their schedules in. I know because I watched a lot of YouTube videos in November, of people showing off their NaNoWriMo journals and I was amazed at how much work they had put into them. Some people must have spent days, if not weeks putting together their journal that would last them one, maybe two months. And I thought it was all a bit overkill. But everyone does things differently, so, here’s my journal!

It’s one book, with beautiful thick paper, a magnetic closure and a pocket in the back for loose papers. Notes for any and all ideas go into this book. Everything fiction is kept together, I used to have one notebook for every idea/project, but it really didn’t work out. All the ideas, notes, chapter plans, writing and editing schedules go into this book. It does mean that notes are split up, but to make things easier, everything is highlighted and book marked different colours. So, for example, all the pink bookmarks are for Littlewolf. I can find the notes on Littlewolf easily and once I’ve finished, the marks will be removed and new ones will be used for a new project! It may all appear a bit messy, but it definitely works for me. I love having everything in one place.

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Blog Journal

So, that’s my fiction journal, but I also started to use an old (unused) notebook I recently found, for blogs! I write the dates that blogs are supposed to go out and what the topic is. It’s very messy inside, but it helps to keep me on track. There’s a section for personal blogs, a section for book blogs and the back section is for brain storming ideas! I decorated it with some Tetris stickers I received in a Loot Crate years ago, to liven it up and I really like it.

I think I can keep track of two books, plus a separate diary! They all have their own pens, and are kept together on the desk, so I can’t possibly lose them…right?

I love to see what other people use for their journals/planners/whatever, it’s amazing how we all prefer different types of books to keep our thoughts in. I had thought of getting a traveller’s journal, but I just love beautiful notebooks like the one I currently have.

Paperchase is my heaven. Notebooks are a slight addiction. And schedules are a life saver.

 

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2016 is Dead – My Goals for 2017

2016 is over. Thank God! For the last few years I’ve thought, “Am I the only one that’s had a terrible year?” I think I can safely say, that I am definitely NOT the only one. 2016 was a complete and utter shit storm for a lot of us and I pray that 2017 does not turn into 2016 Mark II.

In an attempt to make 2017 a better year for me, I’ve made a small list of what I’m going to try and do before Sunday 31st December 2017.

First, I want to completely finish Littlewolf and be happy with what I’ve created. I already have people telling me they love it, but I need to make it better and I’ve already started work on that. I’ve roughly estimated that I’ll finish the second draft and the editing by the end of March 2017. Every hour I spend on Littlewolf is not going to be wasted and I intend on that showing in my work. This is my biggest goal for this year and I am determined for it to happen. I love Littlewolf and the world I’ve created and I want to share it with everyone.

Second, I want to get my health under control. At the moment, my B12 and Vitamin D deficiencies are slowing me down and making me sick, a lot. With depression, anxiety and back problems thrown on top, most of my days are a struggle. Some days are better than others, but I look forward to the day where I can wash without aids and make food without help. I used to be independent and I want to be that again.

Third, I want to do what I love. This is more of an addition to my first goal, as what I love, is writing. But I want to write more after Littlewolf, I have so many ideas that I want to turn into stories. I want to be able to write for a living and share my stories with the world. I have never loved any job that I’ve had, apart from this one.

Fourth, I think everyone has this goal, but I thought I’d include it anyway. Spend more time with those I love. My family and friends, where ever they are in the World. I want to spend more time with them and make memories. This goal isn’t just a 2017 goal, it’s a goal for life.

For the moment, I think that’s it, or at least they’re the most important to me. I’m not saying things like “New year, new me,” That never works out for anybody and I don’t need to change who I am to make these goals a reality, I just need to change how I do some things. I never make goals to eat healthier, because that never works out either. I just can’t stand salad.

But I think having goals for the year, will help make the year what you want it to be. So, do you have any goals? Or did you have goals in 2016 that you fulfilled?

I hope everyone reading this has a fantastic 2017, for whatever reason!

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August Update – I know, I’m Terrible!

It’s been a while and I apologise. Below I’ve written an update to everything that’s going on with me. Blog posts will be more regular very soon (hopefully).

Writing is a very important part of my life. It’s what I love and want to do. But juggling everything can be hard. Blogs, Littlewolf, scripts and now I’ve started a new podcast with my good friend Sammy! Some would say I take on too much, but I never think that’s the case. I enjoy what I do, so doing more is surely better?

Episode 1 of our new podcast is just over an hour long and we talk about (surprise, surprise) writing! We talk about our writing process, our favourite books, our least favourite and so on. We plan to release an episode once a month to start with (with different topics every month), as we are both busy little ladies, but the next episode should be coming out within the next week or two and hopefully I’ll get a blog post out along with it! So, if you’re struggling with your writing process, or just curious as to how other writers do things, tune into our podcast, it might help you. Or who knows, maybe you’ll even have tips for us.

On top of this, I have also entered Littlewolf onto Inkshares. The first two chapters are available to read and you can even pre-order it. I’m working hard on the third chapter, but for some reason I’m finding it difficult as parts just aren’t meshing together. But I’ll get it done soon.

https://www.inkshares.com/books/littlewolf-and-the-broken-veil

My writing life is quite hectic at the moment and I always end up writing more than one piece at once. So for now, I’m concentrating most of my time on Littlewolf and using my breaks to write a thriller script. I think it’s always good to break up big projects with smaller ones and keep those creative juices flowing.

I am also taking part in a play with a theatre group I have been with for five years now. Last year I took a break away from acting due to my ill health, but now I’m back into it and have rehearsals 3-4 times a week for now. But after September, the play will be over and my evenings will go back to writing. Until the Pantomime beginnings (if I decide to be a part of that).

I’m trying to get a new schedule in play so that I can squeeze blog posts in between everything else. Keeping everyone up to date is hard, but it’s very important to me that my readers know that I am still here, I’m just neck deep in writing!

I’ll try and give you all a little blog post about Littlewolf soon.

I’ll talk to you all soon!

 

3 Games I Can’t Wait For

I can’t tell you how many hours I have lost to PC gaming, but I can tell you that I don’t regret a single second. If I had the time, I would play games all day, every day! But there’s a lot of games coming out this year, here are just a few that I am looking forward to.

 

Grand Theft Auto V

I already own this game on Xbox, but I don’t really play it. This is purely because I have changed over to PC gaming. I have always loved the Grand Theft games and this one is the best yet, it’s almost like The Sims now, but with guns and beautiful graphics. Obviously this game isn’t for everybody and I personally wouldn’t give it to a child, but as an adult, I love this. I can lose hours to just driving around causing absolute havoc and let’s be honest that’s what we love about the open world. We can do anything we want! Punch a shark, steal a plane, break into the military base. Anything! I can’t wait for the PC release of this game in April, the beautiful graphics matched with multiplayer is going to be the reason I say goodbye to sleep!

 

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

I have the first two games in my steam library and I am thoroughly looking forward to a new installment. Will it be the last? Who knows, I certainly hope not. Open Worlds have to be my favourite type of game. Having the option to stray from the main story missions is always a plus in my books. I often get bored if I have to stick to the story, so having options makes games like these all the better. The graphics look incredible and come on, who doesn’t like fighting monsters? To be released in May, this game shows a lot of promise for fans of the franchise, I just hope it doesn’t let us down.

 

Lego Jurassic World

Everyone loves Lego right? And quite a lot of us love Dinosaurs, so putting the two together just makes sense. Lego has always been a big part of my life and I have always enjoyed the games, one of my favourites has to be The Hobbit, but I also had a lot of fun with the Harry Potter series. This new installment promises plenty of humour and hours of gameplay. I can’t wait for June, so I can jump into the best park in the World!

5 Films I’ll Always Enjoy

There are thousands of films to experience, but we all have our favourites that we always go back to. Here I have picked, in no particular order, 5 of my favourite films, they’re all very different but equally enjoyable.

 

Labyrinth

I don’t think I have to really say much about this film, it is truly a classic from the 80’s. It is a favourite in our household, I mean, come on, who doesn’t love a bit of David Bowie, right? The music in this film is catchy, the puppets are wonderful and the adventure that Sarah embarks on never gets old. If you’re a Jim Henson fan and you haven’t seen this film, you need to change that. This is truly a Henson classic, he reminds me of the babe.

 

Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels

A very different film from all of the others on this list, but bear with me here. This film is witty, gritty and while it may not be to everyone’s taste, I personally find this one of the perfect films to put on if you’re in the mood for some gritty humour. I was first introduced to this film while studying film in college and I fell in love. Vinnie Jones, Jason Statham, Sting…I mean, what’s not to love? There isn’t a British film that is quite like this, it is unique and will always have a place in my collection.

 

Spaceballs

When will then be now? Soon! This spoof has to be my favourite, forget Scary Movie, this is the master of spoofs. It is still relevant today and as long as Star Wars is around, it always will be. Mel Brooks at his best, in my opinion, it far suppasses Blazing Saddles and Men in Tights. The graphics may not have aged well, but the comedy is always on point and that is the most important part of this film. It’s not scared to break the fourth wall and it pulls every joke off perfectly. A must see for any spoof fan. May the schwartz be with you!

 

Anastasia

Okay so this is very different, but if you have ever seen this film, you will know that it is a beautiful, emotional, witty film with plenty of charm and character. A 1998 Academy Award winner for it’s score, this film is without a doubt one of the most memorable films of my childhood. Forget about the history and just get lost in the mesmerizing music and the stunning animation. I will always hold this film close to my heart and I truly hope that future generations will love it as much as my generation did.

 

A Knight’s Tale

My lords, my ladies and everybody else not sitting on a cushion, I present the wonderful, flawless work of Heath Ledger, Paul Bettany, Mark Addy and Alan Tudyk. Where do I even begin with this film, it is simply perfection. Every performance is just amazing, there are no other words to describe it. This was the first film I saw with Heath Ledger and naturally I immediately fell in love with his incredible acting ability. If you are a fan of any of the actors in this film, you will most certainly enjoy this film, I guarantee it! Ulrich Von Lichtenstein (William) and his faithful friends will steal your hearts with their cheeky personalities and witty banter. I don’t know if there is anything to not like about this film. Watch it, you will not regret it.

Hunting Woes

There’s a lot of conflict over the British tradition of hunting and don’t get me wrong, I completely understand why people are against it. Dogs would be mistreated, foxes were pushed to near death and were not put out of their misery for quite some time. However laws have changed, people have changed and most importantly the way all the animals involved are treated, has changed.

It is very rare for hunts to actually involve any form of real “hunting”, the majority of them are now “drag hunts” and the reason for this is quite simply that the law has changed and it is now illegal to hunt foxes.

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