Looking back over the past few months, all my monthly blogs have started with a sense of amazement that another month has come and gone. Lockdown continues, and so does work from home, and as such life is bleeding into one continuous stream of something that I’m really not quite sure what I’ve done in.
You might have noticed that I’ve been playing with my Instagram themes and my website themes. It’s been a developing goal of mine to try and get a website I am proud of, and that I can use to show my writing to the world.
I’ve also had to look seriously at my writing schedule over the past few months. I’ve kept broadly the same upload schedule (especially when it comes to Flash Fictions), since I started my first blog back in 2014. Since then, life and demands on my time have moved on significantly. I also want to spend some more time focussing on developing my novel into a final end-to-end manuscript.
As such, you might see some new changes coming in January 2021 to my schedule. Have a look at my monthly line up below:
- A new monthly advice newsletter (see below!)
- Monthly Flash Fictions rather than weekly flash fictions
- Monthly opinion blogs, with the occasional book blog thrown in.
- Monthly “How Tos”
- Weekly “Monday Inspiration” posts
- Twice weekly “From the Archive” posts.
That’s quite a lot, and when I add in the work for the Instagram side of things! But it’s a more manageable workload, and certainly more flexible.
Writing on Caffeine
Those of you who have followed this blog since it’s early days in 2014 will remember the name Writing on Caffeine – it was the first name of this website before I changed the domain to my writing name instead. What had started out as a little writing blog on wordpress had started to grow into something more – a writing platform.
However, I still hold dear the name Writing on Caffeine, so when I was coming up with ideas of what to call my new writing advice newsletter, I knew I had to use it.
Taking the work I’ve put into my “How To” posts here on my blog and adding some more writing prompts and challenges, my goal is to create a resource for new and old writers to refer to in their craft.
So, as of January 2021, my new newsletter will be unleased on the world. Sign up in advance below!
What else I have been up to
Since Rhythm of War came out in mid-November, I’ve been diving back into the world of Stormlight. I’m almost half way through the book, and am really enjoying the way Sanderson has developed the technology of the world. I remember reading one of his writing blogs when he commented on the lack of technological development in fantasy worlds, something that made me consider how technology and magic could be used in my own fantasy worlds. It’s a fantastic concept, especially given how used we are in the modern day to new technology and new developments every year. It would only make sense that a fantasy world would follow suit.
That’s it for this month!
As I’m busy re-vamping everything for 2021, expect me to be a little quieter in December. I’m trying to set myself up for a really exciting set of writing work that I can share with you all – I hope you don’t mind the wait!
In the meantime – stay safe, wear a mask, wash your hands, and wish you all the best for the coming month.
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