Archive | Oct 2017

Islands of Hope – Early Update this week

The latest ‘Islands of Hope’ update is live and it is not even Saturday! Sorry if that has put you out of kilter but I am away this weekend so decided to update early. I have not actually written that much even though I have been off work. I am going to say it is because I am updating two days early. Anyway, Chapter 7 has started and it is all about how Kira is feeling, juxtaposing between how she feels in luxury compared with the fact that she really is not. Maybe that makes it sound a lot deeper than it actually is! As usual you can read the update on Wattpad. Chapter 7 is here or start from the beginning here.


Why I’m not doing NaNoWriMo this year

I usually weigh up the amount of time I have and the key ideas I have for a story then decide I can complete NaNoWriMo, even if it means neglecting my family. However this year I have decided to be a bit more pragmatic. I will not being taking part in NaNoWriMo, but not due to time available or lack of ideas. I have come to realise that I cannot keep starting new projects and leave myself with a pile of unfinished and unedited work. This year, instead of starting a new novel, I will be passing ‘A Close Shave with Destiny’ through ProWritingAid as my final piece of editing for the novella. That should mean that I can get it realised for Christmas or just after. Unfortunately it will not be beta read as my beta readers all lead busy lives and have not managed to have a look at the book. At least, though, it should be one project I can tick off. I will still be writing ‘Islands of Hope’ so expect weekly updates to continue. All in all then, although I am not competing in NaNoWriMo this year, something good will come out of it.

Island of Hope Update – 21/10/2017

Well this week was a hard one, so very busy! I nearly only had 200 words to upload but I got a bit of free time towards the end of the week and managed to write about 600 more and finish off Chapter 6. Not the most exciting bit but does set up for the next part of the story. I apologise if it is not as well written as previous parts, it was a little rushed. Anyway, you can read Chapter 6 on wattpad here or start from the beginning here. Also, as a teacher I am now on half term so there might be a longer update next week. Wouldn’t count on it though, I do have kids!

Islands of Hope Update – 14/10/2017

Well, I thought this week might have only been a few hundred words due to how busy I have been at work. However, to keep myself going I have been doing some work then having a five-minute writing break then back to work. That means I have managed about a thousand more words and am a good way through Chapter 6. Tiny bit more action this week and you are hopefully starting to get the idea that Kira is going to be more than just a slave. It has all been a lot of her travelling so far! Anyway, I will not mention any spoilers. As usual the update is on wattpad. You can read Chapter 6 here or start from the beginning here.

Islands of Hope Update – 07/10/2017

Well I expected this week’s update to be only about 200 words as I got a little distracted with another story I am writing. Then one night I found myself alone, everyone else in bed, and I got that writing bug. I think I have now finished Chapter 5, the writing is at a logical end for this section but I am not sure if I will add more to it or just start Chapter 6 next week. Anyway, this week’s update is a nice bit of dialogue which goes towards world building, adding in plot and developing character. I hope it is as good as that makes it sound. As always the update is available on wattpad. You can read Chapter 5 here or start from the beginning here.

Islands of Hope Cover

Islands-of-Hope-CoverSo here it is at last and I really like it, I would go as far as saying it is the best cover I have every created. It gives a little away, as it shows one location that will appear in the book but hopefully that does not tell you too much of the story.

I am thankful for wikicommons that I could find royalty free images as I got exactly what I wanted. I was going for a sort of World War 2 identification card with a red fist to represent revolution. The fire is just a nice little touch that I think adds to the idea there will be action and also puts a bit of colour into the cover. I was worried about getting the writing and hand to look like a stamp but with a special eraser, filter and layer settings in Photoshop I am happy with the end result.

I really hope that now having a cover makes everyone more excited for the book. Remember you can read it here on wattpad. Also, feel free to leave me any comments about it. Well then, see you on Saturday for the next update.