Let’s Do This

 January, for me, is always a month of working out what I want to do. Figuring out what I want to set as my goals for the new year, working out what I want to do better last year, and setting my goals far too high.

January has been an exciting month, as much as a month can be exciting when you’re in yet another Lockdown and surrounded by a plethora of news that is purposely designed to whip up anxiety and stress. It’s been a month of figuring out a route for my Novel, kicking of my Newsletter, and making some rather excellent progress on my blog and social journey.

“Assassins 1” Update.

At the start of January, I spent some time looking at my summary for Assassins 1 on my website. It didn’t quite fit the story I’ve now written (now two years older than that summary!), and it needed an update.

Trying to write a book summary when you’re still in the trenches of editing and writing is no easy task. However, I liked to think that it was an opportunity to really focus on what I want for this story. I’ve done lots of worldbuilding over the past year, and figured out some key plot points for the overall trilogy.

It was only when I started talking about it to some family members on the weekly zoom call did my sibling point a key point – the front part of your summary doesn’t link to the second part.

It seemed like an innocuous comment, but it really unearthed the key problem with my draft – the first part of my summary was the “Big picture” storyline that is setting up for this trilogy (and the ones beyond in the world). The second part was this book, the book about Mae and her journey to becoming an Assassin.

It’s exciting to having that moment of gotcha! When you realise what is wrong with your draft. I’ve felt a renewed sense of focus as I carve out several thousand words of draft into one two thousand word sequence. Even those two thousand words still need finessing, but I’m feeling like I’m making progress on the start of my story!

“Writing on Caffeine”

My first newsletter went out in January! I’m so excited to kick off this newsletter, specifically looking at writing advice and prompts. At the moment, I want to keep the scope of it simple (ie: doable when I have little time), but I can then start expanding into different areas – worksheets, helpguides and other such useful items!

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Blog and Social Media

As I’ve mentioned previously on my monthly updates, I’ve done an overhaul of my blog and social content over November & December. Not only do I want a publishing schedule that is more manageable with my writing time, but I also want to focus on the type of content I’m producing. Which is why I’ve scaled back my flash fiction postings, and looking more at opinions and blogs as I go into 2021. This way, my creative well is still full when I try and tackle “Assassins 1” drafting, and then it’ll make it’s way into the world sooner!

I’m still active on Instagram, and I’ve got a Twitter as well if you fancy following along! Social media is something that I’m growing more comfortable with (understanding it’s importance as a tool for an author to reach their audience!), but any friendly faces are welcome. Social media can be somewhat of a bleak landscape at time!

As well as social media, I’ve noticed a number of new followers to my blogs, so I just wanted to also say a huge WELCOME! and thank you for following me on my writing journey!

Missed any of my posts this month – check them out below!

January Posts

My Thoughts on “The Rings of Power”

Normally, I try and have my opinion pieces about books that I’ve read. However, this month, books have not been read. My lack of commuting over the summer has meant my progress with kindle reading on the train has somewhat reduced significantly. So instead, I’m turning to another medium to present some thoughts on, namely … More My Thoughts on “The Rings of Power”

Halcyon (From the Archives)

  Xeen remembered those days, before all this. Before the power started going.  Before the food began running out. Before before. A time when he would run in the street with his friends, scales glinting in the suns double glare. When he would be accepted into the world. When he was part of the community. … More Halcyon (From the Archives)

We’re not going that way

“Why not?” “Why not?!” Favian’s voice rose another octave, “because I don’t want to die, Renglat. I like all my limbs on me, not in the mouth of some gods forsaken creature.” Renglat sighed. The Bard was trying at times, but when it came to decisions like this, he was almost insufferable. “The alternative,” Renglat … More We’re not going that way

Summer’s End

August is always a month of re-set. Even though I am long past the educational systems’ September-September year, there always is this sensation of starting a new cycle at the end of August. In some ways, it’s a farewell to the height of summer and looking onwards into winter, and for me, it’s also a … More Summer’s End

Control (From the Archives)

  Zeleth held the Orb in his hands, gently brushing his thumbs across the clear glass surface. Inside, the green light of the Uneltro followed his thumb like a pup would follow its master’s hand. It seemed so strange, something this small could hold so much power. A knock at the door. “Leave me,” Zeleth … More Control (From the Archives)

Restraint (From the Archives)

“You have to be calm!” Fretr yelled over the sounds of the storm. Above, lighting cracked overhead in the dark heavy clouds. Henni could feel the rain start hitting her cheek.  She was the storm. She could feel its power thundering through her veins, taking her mind away from the ground and upwards into the … More Restraint (From the Archives)

What else have I been up to?

We’ve now finished both Star Trek Discovery and Lupin, both of which were excellent! I particularly enjoyed Discovery’s message of hope for the future – a lovely antidote to the drudgery of news piped into our screens on a daily basis.


Featured Image: by Kyle Glenn on Unsplash


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