(But they’re all fantastic…)
Wow. I watched ‘The Greatest Showman’ today (with my two sisters and Mum) and it was fantastic. A great story, wonderful, memorable songs, and a fantastic cast including Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams and Zendaya. So much colour and music and dancing – it’s something you need to see on the big screen. The whole cast was incredible. And did I mention Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron? I loved it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I just finished (binge) watching Season 2 of Stranger Things. OMG. This season was even better than the first. Chapter 8 though. Shocking, scary and sad. Prepare yourself if you haven’t watched it yet…
It has to be one of the best television shows I’ve ever seen. The acting is brilliant, particularly the young leads, the story is funny, scary and original, and the monsters are suitably nightmarish. It’s just so GOOD.
I love it.
With another NaNoWriMo under my belt, bringing my total novels to EIGHT (including two completed during a couple of Camp NaNoWriMos in 2014), I decided to reward myself. My laptop keyboard is not ideal for a touch typist like me – it’s too flat – and typing for long periods of time on it actually makes my hands and fingers ache.
But I love my laptop. Solution? An external mechanical keyboard. But this is not just any boring mechanical keyboard. It’s a beautiful white and gold retro keyboard made by Azio (and no, they haven’t paid me to say that!). I’m hoping that using it will inspire me to actually edit and publish my seven unedited and unpublished novels (including this year’s effort) – because it’s sooooo pretty! I can’t wait to try it out!
Yes, it’s true! Get excited – “Mystery, Mayhem & Magic”, the third anthology by the Ten Penners (https://thetenpenners.wordpress.com/), is coming soon! The proof has been ordered today, and it should be here next week. I can’t wait to share it with you. We’re all very proud of it.
In case you didn’t know (where have you been? :-)) the Ten Penners are a group of eight children’s writers based on the Gold Coast (and a subgroup of the Gold Coast Writers’ Association – http://www.goldcoastwriters.org/). “Mystery, Mayhem & Magic” is the third anthology released by the group – the others being “Shock! Horror! Gasp!” (2004) and “Fan-Tas-Tic-Al Tales” (2009).
Each Penner brings something different to the group, and we think we’ve put together a really entertaining collection of stories that children (and their parents and carers) will enjoy. Aliens and pirates, dragons and unicorns, adventurous children and heroic babies – you’ll find them all in the pages of “Mystery, Mayhem & Magic”. Not to mention Kai Russell, my stepson, who has a starring role in my stories! It’s incredible what that boy gets up to…
This is a preview of the cover – (front cover design by Starla Martineer – thanks Starla!)
Well, that’s it for now! More news soon…
As I sit at my laptop, writing my last couple of stories for the next Ten Penners anthology, “Mystery, Mayhem & Magic” (a collection of adventure stories for children aged 8 to 12 – out soon!), I started thinking about how little I had promoted my own book lately and the previous Ten Penners anthology, “Fan-tas-tic-al Tales”. So to make up for lost time, here are the links:
“Fan-tas-tic-al Tales” by The Ten Penners (including a novelette, fairy tale and poem by me – together with over 30 other stories and poems by the other wonderful members of The Ten Penners):
Kindle e-book: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M117ZZF
“Shadow of a Soldier” by Kate Russell (that’s me!) (with a revamped cover and smaller format since the original release):
Kindle e-book: (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B016DN0CN2)
(If you do purchase any of the books on Amazon, I’d really appreciate it if you leave a review too. Thanks!)
“Mystery, Mayhem & Magic” will also be available on Amazon and as a Kindle e-book, but if you’re extra keen to support a starving author (or actually seven starving authors and our cover artist), you can preorder a copy from me for $15.00! That’s right – $15.00! (Plus postage if required). We’ll even sign it for you. What a crazy deal!
And now I must go and do more writing/editing/staring out the window blankly. 🙂
Well, I only completed 23 hours of my goal of 60. Sigh. But that’s 23 more hours than I had at the beginning of July! Progress, however small, is still progress!
At least I know how to tackle this novel now, so it doesn’t seem so daunting. In the words of Baldrick from “Blackadder”, I have a cunning plan. I just have to find a little bit of time, every day. Perhaps all that time I spend scrolling through my Facebook feed avoiding GOT spoilers would be better spent actually editing and writing. Hmmm. I might be onto something there!
Okay – so I just have to edit and publish six books (before November, when I’ll probably sign up for NaNoWriMo and write another one because I’m addicted), write a couple more stories for the Ten Penners’ anthology (“Mystery, Mayhem & Magic” – a book of adventure stories for primary school children – out soon!), work, exercise, perform my domestic duties – well, that all sounds easy, doesn’t it? And somewhere in there I have to eat and sleep.
Sleeeep. Now there’s a plan. Goodnight!
It’s late. I’m tired. Three hours of writing tonight. Total hours – 23.
I will try to be more entertaining in my next post! Goodnight.
I had no energy yesterday (a week off work wore me out) so I wrote nothing and I edited nothing. But I did cook a mean Shepherd’s Pie for dinner!
Tonight I did an hour’s writing and an hour’s research, bringing my total to 20 hours. I’m a third of the way to my goal! Yay for me! (But I still have to average three hours a night to finish on time, which isn’t happening at the moment…)
I was so keen to get back to work today that as soon as I set my alarm I leapt out of bed, ready to start the day. Actually, that was a lie. I did leap out of bed – to check the Internet to see who had been chosen as the 13th Doctor. Seriously. I HAD TO KNOW. I knew they were revealing it after the Wimbledon final on Sunday, but that was England time, not Australia time! So I had to wait until this morning to find out. 6.15 am this morning, to be precise.
I was a little shocked that (a) it wasn’t Kris Marshall and (b) that it was a woman – Jodie Whittaker (I have seen her in “Broadchurch” and she’s a brilliant actress – but – but – she’s a girl!) I was a bit shocked, I have to say. I’ve been watching Doctor Who my whole life, and I didn’t think it would ever happen (although I loved Missy – she was awesome).
But I’m a loyal Whovian (my favourites from Classic Who are Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker), and I’ve loved what each of the modern Doctors has brought to the show. I’ve grown very fond of Peter Capaldi (those eyebrows!) and it’s always hard to say goodbye (I didn’t want you to go either, David Tennant). But it’s Doctor Who, and regeneration is just part of what makes it so great. And now I’ve had a day to get used to the idea, I think having a female Doctor is pretty cool, and I look forward to watching 13’s adventures (perhaps she’ll get a hot male companion…).
Then, to top it all off, Game of Thrones returned! Yay! I get goosebumps as soon as the opening theme starts playing. There was some serious girl power in this opening episode, and all the surviving Starks – survived! I don’t think that’s too much of a spoiler. But I’m not saying anymore because I hate spoilers myself, so I’m not going to do it to anyone who might be reading this blog and hasn’t seen the episode yet. (I still haven’t forgiven my mother for telling me how everyone died in “The Guns of Navarone” WHILE I WAS WATCHING IT!)
But I’d better get to sleep now because blogs don’t pay the bills, people! (And neither do my novels – yet…) Goodnight!