Just the other day I was saying to a friend “I just don’t have the time” I am that busy juggling everything on a day to day basis I often tend to rush head first into things that need doing now as oppose to sitting back and taking in the bigger picture.
She had asked about my writing as I excitedly told her, between mouthfuls of our chosen drink for that night (vodka and coke to be honest), about how, after speaking to one of my favourite authors, I had come up with an amazing new series for the blog. And I realised right then that I had been hurtling along from one thing to the next without pausing for breath. Frantically writing like the ideas were going to dry up and evaporate into thin air.
What I also know is that whilst I decided to move this blog more towards my fiction writing, I FORGOT to keep people updated. I know I made the announcement a while back but in January I wrote a blog plan. I am rubbish at sticking to plans and my fickle nature leans towards the more romantic whimsical idea of off the cuff writing but I thought maybe this year I would stick to a plan.
This was way back in January and we are now hurtling through April faster than a sugar-crazed toddler at soft play.
And I forgot. As always to keep the blog updated. I just wrote and published without any particular rhyme or reason just for the love of writing. Mini explanations popping up in the intro’s but nowhere else.
So I thought, without rambling on too much I would let you all know how I’m getting on with my writing. A little update if you please.
I read recently that bloggers who write fiction shouldn’t publish this on their blog as we are basically giving our words away for free.
Maybe this is true, however, that all elusive book may not be on its way anytime soon! Let’s not forget writing is still writing and writing for the blog is still a way to make sure I write something every day. Whether this is reviews or paid for posts.
Blogging, Writing, Fiction and Me
I write for escapism. I read for the same reason. To be in and lost in another world, usually far removed from my own day to day humdrum and responsibilities. This is how I best express myself and this is what I prefer to do. Some of my favourite blogs are those that keep it true to who they are and stick to their original goals despite everything and everyone else. But for me, posts like this don’t come easy and I struggle to write them and still feel like me. I don’t find it easy putting my life out there at times.
In the words of The Greatest Showman, This Is Me! This is why I wanted to blog and immersing myself in different worlds of my own creation is part of me and a side of me I can really express. Sure, it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but that’s the beauty of blogging. We are all different and unique in our own ways. To reflect this I also changed my tagline so people know what to expect when visiting my blog. I am still and probably always will be a frazzled mum, but I think my new tagline covers pretty much what you can find on here!
What Can You Expect in 2018 from One Frazzled Mum?
Pretty much more of the same. As I settle firmly into my comfort zone of YA fantasy fiction, there will be more dramas, more stories, longer series all tossed together with a dash of poetry, a side serving of products reviews followed by a dessert of general lifestyle posts. A bit like that salted caramel type that shouldn’t work but it just does.
Having stalled in my efforts to ‘find more time’ (I know it’s there I just need to be more organised), my writing recently took me back to my favourite character and the protagonist for my novel, Ariel from The Secrets of Saltlake. I revisited her after my current heroine Jessica, failed to implore me to find the rest of her story and the trail went cold. She was my only non-fantasy character in recent months and we didn’t connect the way we should have. I’m sure her story has more to it.
So I ended up writing and before long, I had another chapter to Ariel’s story.
But after reading a new book from Rachel Medhurst, we had a little chat and as always an idea popped into my head and I am now 3 parts deep into my new series. I haven’t been this excited since I discovered Ariel. But this time will be different.
I will be making sure to have at least the first 4 parts of this story ready to go live before I publish. This will give me more time between stories and will ensure I stick to my rule (I do try sometimes) to publish a new part every Thursday. But for now, this is pretty much it. There is nothing new (or exciting – unless you count Olivia’s dramatic birthday sleepover!) just a catch up to let you know how my writing is going (stop and start but that wouldn’t make a great post hence me dragging it out).
But for now, I will leave you with this teaser for my next series. As always if you like what you read and enjoy my writing sign up via the widget in the sidebar to receive my (random) newsletter and subscribe via WordPress to be alerted to a new post!
“It had taken 120 long years but finally, Arkaya had all she required to perform her spell. Learning the old dialect of Carambia had proved more difficult than she could have ever dreamed. But this was her life’s purpose. She needed this if she was going to save not only her beloved Kirathia but every other world, galaxy, portal, everywhere. It was now or never and Arkaya was ready.”