Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Popping out to say hello

March is turning out to be hugely busy here, and on the writing front I have four deadlines to meet, four short stories of varying lengths. As you can imagine, it’s a bit chaotic in the old brain department! The good news is one of them is done and gone, and one of them should be finished up later tonight. Two out of four sounds a helluva lot better -- I can feel the pressure subsiding a wee tad. ;-)

Meanwhile, I thought I’d grab a minute to do a quick post and say hello to my visitors. I hope you're all keeping warm and safe, especially with the various storms that are hitting the northern hemisphere. Here in Yorkshire we're currently being lashed by sleet, rain AND snow, intermittently, and we're expecting 80 mph gale force winds tonight. England has been hit by a so-called “weather bomb.” Needless to say, the cat knows this and she's been curled up in front of the fire all day long, bagsing her spot. The laptop and I are not too far away, following her good example.

On the personal front, I braved the outside world with a non-writing friend last night. We comandeered the fireside in a local pub to catch up on each other’s news. I mention it because times like this make me very aware of how odd the writing life can be…or perhaps I should say how difficult it is to explain it’s unique challenges! The writer's who call by will understand this. The bonus was my pal was in awe at how well and how relaxed I look. So, despite the various insecurities, it must be doing me good - right? Well, we've known each other for some 15 years, through some huge ups and downs for us both, so it was good hearing that news. It doesn't hurt that I've lost a bunch of weight over the last year or so. ;-)

Ooh, I’ve added a new widget here on the blog. In the menu you’ll now find a subscription service for updates. If you want to keep in touch with my news but hate coming round to find nothing new (sorry! :-) then this is the service for you. I use Feedblitz for several blogs and forums and I’ve been meaning to get it set up here.

In publication news, only three and a half months until RECKLESS is published! Yay! I can’t wait to see it in print. It’s now available for advance order online, and sites in the US are offering a hefty discount if you place your order now. You can check out an excerpt HERE, and here are the various links, in case you want to give it a gander:

Amazon UK
Barnes and Noble

Okay folks, back to the work-in-progress for me. Stay warm!


Nikki Magennis said...

Hope the worst of the storms has passed you by!

And good luck with all the deadlines for March. I don't know how you manage to do more than one thing at once. Very impressive!

Saskia Walker said...

Hey Nikki! Thanks for calling by.
Our fences are still up, despite the best efforts of the wind to pull them down :)

Thanks for the luck. It's not quite as clever as it sounds, 3 of the stories are linked stories, so they have to be done together, and the other was a small short for promo purposes. I'm just about coping.

Cynthia Eden said...

Hi, Saskia! You are one busy lady. But busy is good, right? :-)

I just got the recent Romance Sells and saw the ad for Reckless--that book looks like a fabulous read.

Saskia Walker said...

Hi Cynthia,

wow, thanks so much for that news, it's really welcome! I haven't received my copy yet, things take longer to get over here. I'll look out for it soon, meanwhile you put a big smile on my face! Thank you!

Busy is always good. :)

Merry said...

It sounds as though you're really busy!
We lost half a fence in the wind - I've got to fix that this weekend to stop the dogs from seeing into next door's garden. No cat in front of the fire (all the heat goes straight to the back boiler and the radiators) so the cat commandeered the hot water bottle instead. I woke up, wondering why my feet were a bit chilly. This was because they were on either side of the bottle and the cat was curled happily on top, like Bagpuss on his cusion, snoring away! Ruddy cheek. :-D

Good luck with the rest of your deadlines!

Saskia Walker said...

LOL! Cats always find the best place :) Thanks for calling by, Merry!