Well maybe not for the last time, but the last story of Super Lizard Returns is complete and is up on Wattpad. You can read it here. I am relieved that I can actually tell you of a success in my writing and that one of my plans for the year has come off. Well nearly. I still need to do a final edit on all four stories and place the finished ebook on Smashwords. I hope you enjoy Revenge of The White Steed as it moves into new territory by introducing the first super villain into the series. It also builds the relationship between Super Lizard and Tanooki and is actually my favourite story so far. I am happy with the other three but in this one I have tried to hammer out joke after joke which leads to what I think is a very punchy story. I had a large list of jokes before I started writing which I hope means it does not feel forced. I also feel that the story flows well and I could have added more description to it, that I have manager to cut some out makes the story move quickly and I think that is what makes it good for me. Right, I will stop waffling now. Hope you enjoy it.
It is with some sadness that I am releasing the news that I will not be writing any more Bella and Lola short stories. Actually it is not with sadness, they weren’t very good. The sad part is that my wonderful cat Bella went missing over six months ago and has not been found. Lola, I am happy to say, is safe and well and continues to bring us presents both dead and alive! We are not sure what happen to Bella but we like to think that someone else was feeding her and she went to live with a loving family elsewhere. That may be a pipe dream but it makes us feel better. As for the ebooks, Bella and Lola was supposed to be a set of four short stories for young children (I had planned the other two). I was happy with them and liked the fact I could take pictures of my beautiful kitties and place them in the books. Since having a son and seeing the sorts of books he reads I am starting to realise that they are a little confused. The two short stories are a little long for the target age range but too basic to appeal to older children, plus the content may be uninteresting to many. I know my son won’t sit still for me to read one! With a heavy workload and other projects I am more passionate about it seems silly to pretend I will write any more. I was considering a final swan song but really I don’t feel the need. I think my writing has matured and these short stories are a snapshot of what I was doing when I started my writing journey. That is not to say I am not proud of them or that I will take them off the Kindle store. In fact they will probably stay up for a while whilst I build up a bigger body of work. So if you do want to purchase either short story (they are only 99p each you know) then you can here: Bella and Lola: Up the Wrong Tree Bella and Lola: A Sting in the Tail To be honest I completely understand why you wouldn’t want to! I may even combine them and place them on Smashwords for free if I find the time. So there we are, another IP, as it were, ending. It appears like it is a lot of endings for me at the moment and little new beginnings where writing is concerned, but don’t worry, the new Super Lizard short is coming on well and may be with you as early as the end of June. So all that is left to say is, sleep well my sweet Bella, I miss you. And to Lola, I’ll see you for cuddles later tonight but please don’t bring any mice with you, or birds for that matter!
Well that first half of the year has flown by! Good in terms of work but not in terms of writing. Excellent A-level results and a new job put my career in an exciting place but the effort that went in to this meant that I have had to drop other aspects of my life, most notably writing. But with summer comes some down time from my career and I can once again pick up writing where I left off months ago. I had two plans for 2015, finish Super Lizard Returns and write a young adult novel. Neither have happened so far. Super Lizard had been placed on hold whilst I got up to scratch with the young adult novel but I found it increasingly hard to juggle work, family and writing. I managed a measly 200 words by mid March and I thought this was all down to my lack of time but the more I thought about it the more the ideas for the novel were not really fleshed out enough and as such when I started writing the story felt weak. For this reason I have cancelled the young adult novel. So once again I am in a situation where plans have failed. I am happy to say, though, that I have new plans, ones which may well come to fruition as I can now spend some time writing. Firstly I will finish Super Lizard Returns, in fact I have managed to start the last short story. So it will be finish by the end of summer then I will get it on Wattpad, edit all stories and place the ebook on Smashwords. As well as this I have started a new project, yes another one! I wrote a book entitled Captain Caleb and the Tickle Monster for my nephew a few years ago, well I am now writing another picture book, one for my son. Well I say writing, I have written it and am now creating the images (which could take some time!). I never liked the ebook format of Captain Caleb so I have opted to use Create Space to make a print version of my new book. The independently funded three copy print run for my family of Captain Caleb was so much better than the hashed together ebook. This book will be out by Christmas I hope. I also intend to reformat Captain Caleb and release that through Create Space so there is a proper print version which is how I always intended it to look. My final writing plan is to not start anything new but get some older stuff finished, I have three stories (two novels and a short story) that I want to finish before I start anything else. These are for adults and as such will not be released under my name but my adult writing pseudonym.
So there were are, a quick update of where I am at. I hope to have some new stuff out soon and will plow through as much as I can over summer so that when work heats up again in September and I go AWOL from writing I will at least have left you with something to remember me by!