a sheet of light paper folded and sealed to form a letter for sending by airmail.Set the timer and let 30 minutes commence…
I like writing letters, even today in the digital age there is something so much more personal in sitting with a pen and paper, and letting the words, flow from the heart. I have written letters I have never sent, cathartic, vitriol filled rants at those who have done me wrong, well in my eyes anyway but I have written just as many love letters filled with words I cannot say, that I could never allow to spill from my lips.
As a child I used to write to my grandma once she moved away, I have some of those now, returned to me before the dementia took hold, such innocent lines of nothing but they had meant enough for her to have kept them for over 25 years. I think of the letters I wish I could write now, that it is too late for, to give her news of my books, my first grand child impending, so much more information than those lines she saved on the floral notelets that you unfolded to give you more writing space. I need to write to my great uncle, I have not been in touch with him for a while, at one point we rung every week but then my grandma passed away and the contact got less, not from a desire to lose contact but laziness, he probably feels I do not want to hear from him and I know he struggles with the phone so writing is better for him but I put it off so often. My great aunt is on Facebook so I keep in touch there with a series of likes, comments and tags, but my great uncle is not as tech savvy and I know he had trouble accessing the emails I sent him with stuff about the family tree. U have photos of him and my great aunt as children, I know in theory the idea of digital albums people tagged and shared should mean they last forever but you have to wonder whether with the accidental hit of the delete button will entire sections of history disappear. there is of course another reason the letter is so much more personal, the writing. In the family tree research we came across an uncle of my grandma’s repatriated to Australia after the first world war, in this cache of records there was a letter, scanned into the computer but a request for his army records, it seems so silly, the least personal type of letter you could imagine but as I sat staring at the screen I thought about the fact this man, dead before I was born, on the other side of the world had written those words. It had an address and though I am pretty sure the area had chanced I could put it in Google Maps and look at the address he had written that letter from, the street he would have walked down to post it. I love the idea that history is passed on in something tangible, that you can smell perfume on the letters, just the faintest smell of what the writer might have been wearing, that you can look at their choice of paper, pen and even in my case wax seal to tell you even more about them, I love the idea of something that though it will not last forever will, if passed on tell far more than an email ever could.
I was going to do Tuesdays for #TheDarkerSideOfFiction2017 posts but as more events are added to my calendar it makes sense to pick Tuesdays as the day for all my posts about live events and signings. Darker is creeping up on me just ver 7 months to go but this week it is the #leeds2018 event which takes precedence and that is because this Friday 3rd March at 8pm tickets go on sale, and in a brilliant move the ladies from Hourglass Events are heading north and will be hosting the launch live on FB from the venue. Of course being just down the road in Huddersfield means it would be rude not to go join them for a beverage or two, (though not too many need to be on a train back at half ten as I have work next morning and next train is half one!)
So if you live in Leeds or in the surrounding areas why not come along and join us for a little tipple but if you can’t do not despair, instead grab you chosen beverage, get comfy on the sofa and join us live on line in this group, which you really should join anyway because there are some amazing authors in there, so click here to pop over and join up.
Have you googled yourself lately, I just did it thankfully wasn’t too bad lol
Googling ourselves might seem like a fun thing to do on a rainy day, but it’s actually a smart thing to do if you’re building a brand or running a business. What will people find if someone does a Google search on your name? Will it help or hurt you?
WHY SEARCH FOR YOURSELF?
As writers, we are told we need to get a head start on our platform before we can be seriously considered by literary agents or publishers. This means we need to get going on blogs, websites, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google+, and a partridge in a pear tree.
To further develop our brand, we are expected to build relationships on sites that belong to other people. We leave comments, post images, ask questions, or seek advice across a score of sites and forums.
That’s a heckuva lot of places where your name—and information associated with your…
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Normally Friday is vlog day and technically I have filmed one, unfortunately I can’t get it off my camera. A while ago I damaged the memory card, it still works perfectly well in the camera however when I put it in the computer it no longer registers, this has meant that to get the videos from my camera I have to connect it via the usb cable. While tidying the other day I put the cable, yes you guessed it ‘somewhere safe’ which of course means I now have no idea at all where it is. If I find the cable over the weekend I will post the vlog if not will post normal schedule next week. Have a review scheduled for Monday but am taking a few days off to concentrate on a personal issue so back in a week.
Today should be a Darker Post however I am sharing an author from the 2018 Leeds Event, as you know I attended the ball for this years event and had an absolute blast
Please welcome E.S Carter to the Leeds author event!
Avid reader and mother of 3, I previously worked in human resource management before taking on the best but most demanding job I’ve ever had … being a Mother 🙂
I have been writing since childhood, the bookworm gene an abnormal manifestation as no-one else in my family is obsessed with books.
I’m happy to say I have passed this gene on to my youngest child who has been devouring books since the very day she could hold one in her hand.
My debut novel ‘Nineteen’ released in May 2015, I hope you enjoy it!
Please feel free to get in touch, I would love to hear from you ♥
You can find ES Carter here:
Excited to have ES signing at Leeds!
Another reblog from my fellow Dark Side author Sarah today, this book is dealing with an important subject especially cyber bullying, sadly too many sit hidden behind keyboards destroying lives of others
“So he finally acknowledged something is wrong, but he didn’t suggest you should do anything about it?” My colleague Ruby is stood with me in the English office the morning after, scanning me for telltale signs of rage.
“He flat out said we should leave it until Joe is ready to tell us what’s going on.”
“Oh dear.” She reads my exasperation. “Listen… Jules. Joe is his son.”
I flash her my eyes. Has she forgotten about the things Joe and me have been through together? He’s as much my son as my twins are. I care about Joe just the same.
“Ruby.” I turn myself fully towards her, putting my cup of tea on the worktop, my hands free to make sweeping movements to enforce my passion on this. “It’s something in my gut, telling me there’s something wrong. I don’t know, but when it comes to kids…
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Am incredibly busy today but luckily I came across a post by a fellow Darker Author sharing an excerpt from their new book to share with you, it does sound rather exciting and I may just have to add it to my want list
I had also got rid of my skirt and blouse combo in favour of a tight latex dress. No point in hiding what I was.
“Good afternoon, ladies.”
“Afternoon,” they replied collectively.
“Apologies that I missed a couple of sessions, but I had to go out of the country for something that required my immediate attention. You’ll be glad to know I’m back now and going nowhere.”
I hated talking publicly; it felt like I was talking to myself.
They all smiled politely in response, eager for the lesson to begin.
“So last time I talked with you all about safe words and my colleagues have informed me that you’ve since covered ropes and spreader bars, am I right?”
Some nodded, while other women mentally groaned. I saw it amongst them.
I grabbed my whip…
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Today I am lucky to be able to share a Q & A with my fellow Darker signing author DM Wolfenden, she is into Vampire’s, Werewoves and Zombies and taking readers on a walk into the darer side of fiction so without further ado lets get to the questions…
1) When did you first decide you wanted to publish your work? What was the reaction of your nearest and dearest?
2013 I decided I would go ahead and write. When I told my family they were shocked, they knew I had a crazy imagination but never thought I would put pen to paper.
2) Do you have a writing routine? Do you find you need to write at set times in a fixed place or is it a case of fitting it in around daily life?
I have a hectic lifestyle, I work away for 6 months of the year and when I am home there is a lot of catching up to do (as you can imagine), I write whenever I get a spare hour or two.
3) Can you tell us a little bit about your latest release, and as a bonus give us the name of the song that would be the perfect theme music to it?
My latest release is a collection of short stories; they are all dark and have an element of mystery about them. The perfect song would be Cry Little Sister would probably fit well with the most of the stories.
4) Where was your first signing event and how did you feel in the run up to it?
I haven’t been to an event yet, 2017 will be my first.
5) Are any of your characters based on people you actually know, even if only loosely? And if so do they know it is them?
I hope not, they are evil little …
6) Now a bit of a silly one, as frequently seen on FB, the zombie apocalypse has begun, stick your hands out and tell us which two items you grab, and how you are going to use them to fight off the starving hordes.
Rather embarrassing, first thing is a jar of Vaseline (I’ve just had a Zombie tattoo, honest). Maybe I could smear all over myself and be too slippery for them. Second is my Frankenstein bobble head. Let’s face it, I’m dead.
7) If you could see any celebrity reading one of your books who would it be?
Quentin Tarantino, he is so talented. Love him
8) What is the last sentence you wrote in your current WIP?
“You need help, you need to sort your anger issues out. If you don’t we won’t survive.”
The knife clattered in the sink. “I promise I’ll see someone, babe.”
You better had, I won’t do this again. “Okay,” she said and walked away.
9) How do you celebrate finishing the final draft of a manuscript?’
I celebrate by sending of to an editor then sit there biting my nails.
10) Do you have a secret talent or claim to fame you are willing to share?
Yes I was on the grassy knoll.
11) If your books were going to be made into films do you have any ideas in your head who you would like to see play any of your characters?
It would actually be my short story, Carly. She is one bad arse. I love Jessica Messenger and Helena Bonham Carter to play the two female roles. For other books they would include Tom Cruise, Anotiono Banderas, Johnny Depp and Quentin Tarantino. (psst, I’m bigging you up here Quentin, call me).
12) What one piece of advice would you give to anyone sat at home, finished manuscript in front of them, debating hitting that publish button?
First of all I would say, get beta readers on it, if they love it, you are halfway there.