Ninety nine!

I know some folk have hundreds of followers but I have just reached ninety nine. You are still mainly abroad but I’ve got used to that. If I don’t follow you it is probably because I am trying to reduce the time I spend on line in order to finish my novel. It is fascinating to see which blogs attract the most readers. If I could put a poem on every week that would seem to be the most popular.

There are so many activities going on this summer, book launches, the Southern Book Show and an event the Sea Scribes are planning to bring together music and words.

Add to that the fact that my next novel is almost all on computer( in draft form) and I have been scrolling through images to find a cover picture, life is getting hectic.

My other task is to advertise the Worthing Friendship Centre, a social group for over 50’s and there are so many outlets on line , now, that we have to use to complement the local newspaper. I don’t know how many pensioners use the computer but if money is anything to go by, they’ll be left behind if they don’t! We are looked at in amazement when we try to pay in cash in loads of places  and I’ve even heard of a local bar that won’t take cash!

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Review comment and event.

At last somebody has thanked us for the pantomime. I was hoping for some feedback and when they said it was’just brilliant’ and’made them chuckle’ I was so grateful. I’m not sure I’ll do another one, especially as I am focused on the next novel at present but it makes me feel it wasn’t a waste of time. I was really proud of the cast and they deserve to know their efforts were appreciated.

Sorry I can’t tell you about the book. I know some folk put excerpts on line as tasters but I like to feel the reader can identify with the characters and that’s impossible in a short piece.

I am looking forward to the book launch on 17th February when Elaine Hankin will have ‘Footprints on my Doorstep,’ Anne Saker will have ‘Matilda and the Waltz of Life’ and Wendy Hughes will have ‘ The A to Z of Curious Sussex;’ three very different books by excellent local authors. The venue is Heene Road Community Centre in Worthing, time- 10am to 1pm.

Trad jazz

Didn’t use the computer yesterday. Read some of my next book to Sea Scribes in the afternoon and went to the Woodmans Arms for the jazz and a meal in the evening. The Featherstone jazzband had a guest trumpeter, Cuff Billet and he did some brilliant vocals as well as great playing. This is one night of the month that we find unmissable.

I had a lamb hotpot with a cheesy topping and hubby had toad in the hole  but the great surprise was the chocolate and orange bread and butter pudding. It was delicious.

Once again I neglected to take a camera. I don’t use a smartphone so I don’t think of taking pictures all the time as others do. I must remember on February 17th when some of the Sea Scribes have a joint book launch at Heene Community Centre in Worthing. Three of us producing new books at one time must be worth recording. I don’t think mine will be ready before Christmas. I’m up to ten thousand words!

Book order

I know I shouldn’t be surprised but I am. I have just had an order from the wholesaler for a copy of Never Run Away, a book I wrote a few years back. Could this be the start of something new? I didn’t even offer them the last book as it seemed a waste of time, with it being on amazon and having little content that appealed locally. I was hoping to tap into the chicklit craze but that seems to have died down and I don’t write about vampires. My talks introduce readers to all my stories but there may be a long wait for the next one. I have a working title and about three pages written so far.

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Christmas Fayre

The Sea Scribes attended a Christmas fayre at Heene Road Community Centre in Worthing on December 2nd with plenty of different books for sale, some of which were Christmas themed and would make excellent presents. Our festive stall was well attended but there was so much entertainment going on and such wonderful cakes for sale that many people just smiled and passed by. Friends who already had some of our books came to say hello and say how much they enjoyed our work but how could we compete with donkey rides and a £300 bottle of champagne (in the raffle) ?  It was very festive and a credit to the organisers.

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New talk

Last night I gave my new talk, “From Manuscript to Microphone” to Worthing Friendship Centre.

This is the first time I have incorporated recordings into my speech and it felt quite odd listening instead of talking. It needed to be much longer. I had it written out but didn’t stick to the script, thinking I could add bits as I went along. It turned out I missed  as many parts as I added so it was still only half an hour.

Still, I did get a booking for another talk and I sold a lot of copies of the poetry anthology and a copy of the “Lane” trilogy.

It takes about five talks for me to get so familiar with the content that I can speak without notes but I may combine the two for the next session. I took a camera and forgot to ask anyone to take a photo. Pity, because I have a new stand for the books and the table looked good. I’ll have to use the old picture.

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Sharing and Caring

I find I’m getting bogged down in my blog here on wordpress and twitter. I tried sharing my news but it doesn’t work. The two systems are so different.

Although I feel I would get more people looking at this blog if I advertised it on twitter it limits what I want to write about. Thankfully, folk reading this blog put up with the mix of musings, news and poems with the odd photo but twitter has to be so sharp and immediate that if someone doesn’t catch it while it is up it just gets lost in the general babble. I’ve tried retweeting posts I like and sending messages to people who have liked one of my posts but I’m beginning to think my time could be better spent.

I cleared out a shelf yesterday and found last year’s Christmas list. That will be helpful, as we still send Christmas cards. Tomorrow I am picking up the new print of “Reflections” so that we have some to sell on holiday and when I give my next talks. The first hundred have almost all gone and people keep telling me how they have passed them on to other readers. Do I want to know that? I’m considering a new set of book marks – must keep up the marketing!