Ten Timesucks of Excellent Advice

The challenge for Day 23 of Zero to Hero (what do you mean it’s a week late?) was to publish a round-up of some blogs we’ve been reading and enjoying. I’m glad I didn’t do it at the time, because over the last few days I’ve picked up even more blogs that I liked, most of them from Twitter, until I had a nice round number of blogs that I think are fun and stuffed full on invaluable advice on writing. Continue reading

A Carefully Constructed Reputation

Do you have a reputation? What is it, and where did it come from? Is it accurate? What do you think about it?

No, I don’t have a reputation. I’ve only been using this name for 3 weeks, it’s got a lot of bedding in still to be done. If you drill back in my Twitter account you can find the person I used to be, and the person I still am under another hat. Continue reading

My favoured resources

The Zero to Hero challenge yesterday was to build a blogroll. I’m really loving Zero to Hero because it’s pushing me to do things I would never have thought of before. The blogroll, for instance, is brilliant, but I had no idea what to do with it. I could link all my other sites, or the people I talk to most on here, or…

Or I could compile a list of my most used and favourite writing resources. So I did that. Continue reading

NaNoWriMo comes but once a year

I went away for the weekend to a lovely morris festival in Cambridgeshire (more on that later), and came back to two days of emails and blog entries to read, an internet that had exploded with Sherlock spoilers and then the actual show, and the worrying revelation that my mother had tidied my bedroom. It’s taken me a day to get through these things, especially as I had to give over a lot of yesterday to fighting with my imminent deadline. As a result, it was only this morning, when I sat down with a cup of tea and a cat, that I checked out the Zero to Hero challenges I’d missed.

Purely by coincidence, it turned out that I’d done the challenges over the previous few days. Continue reading

About Me

Today’s challenge from Zero to Hero was to play around with our About Me pages and rewrite or seriously edit them. I never really liked my About Me page, but I left it because I always hated them. Today I was told I had to do it, and that helped me get 1500 words out on my short story, so it all worked out.

But I did get to it in the end, and I’m not sure what to make of it. I quite like it, but I also think I went a bit weird there. Maybe it was the tea talking. Continue reading

Practice makes perfect

I lost another day to Sims. In my defence, I had given it to myself because I was still feeling lousy, but I shouldn’t have. Even worse, I was working on a challenge that I hadn’t read the rules for, and I discovered this morning that it wasn’t valid, so that wasn’t great.

What it did show, though, was just how good I am at Sims. I mean, I am brilliant. And I should be, I’ve been playing for over a decade. The only exception is building, because I’ve never bothered to learn. I have my Sims live in boxes, or in houses I’ve downloaded, because I had better things to do with my time than polish skills that didn’t come naturally to me. Continue reading

What was I doing here?

Zero to Hero today challenged us to write the First Blog, the one we thought of when we started our blogs. I don’t have one of those. I was worried that I was doing it wrong, but I took the wise decision of reading before I started writing, and discovered that The Writing Catalogue and The Flibberatic Skeebles didn’t have that proto-post either. I wasn’t alone. That’s a good start.

I suppose I did have a post I wanted to write, but that’s the “OMG I sold a book!” post, which I can’t write yet because I haven’t even finished a book yet. The editing is still waiting for me. Continue reading

What is it with blank pages?

Yesterday, the Daily Post shared the first task in their Zero to Hero 30 day challenge, which I am munching my way through, and illustrated it with a photo of an open, empty workbook. I immediately grabbed this photo to my PearlTrees (an example of shameless promoting, there) for future reference. Because I really, really like blank pages.

The Zero to Hero task today was to create or edit our titles and taglines, and create that little widget off to the right. I was happy to play with the tagline, but the title had to stay. Why? Why do I love blank pages so much? Continue reading

Because I’m a sucker for a writing challenge

I'm a Zero to Hero Blogger!

Who am I? How did I get here? What did I have for breakfast?

I can’t walk past a writing challenge without signing up to it. I’ve failed at more Big Bang challenges than I can shake a stick at, ‘lost’ NaNoWriMo 7 times out of my 10 attempts and have a harddrive full of unfinished manuscripts. On the other hand, I’ve also completed a slew of Big Bangs, won a fic bingo competition with not one but two full houses, got a first on my dissertation at university and won NaNoWriMo three times. The Zero to Hero challenge seemed like a twofold good idea. One because I like a challenge, and two because it was things I needed to do.

So here we are. Continue reading