Published? No… Available to read? Yes!

Friends, this is Shackles. You know, the one I thought would be paying the bills 2 months after penning ‘the end’? Yeah that one… I wouldn’t call it published, I prefer to think of it as being available online to be downloaded, read and (crosses fingers) enjoyed. It is slowly filtering through the system and shouldContinue reading “Published? No… Available to read? Yes!”

2014: Syncing and Downloading

I’ve had this post regarding new years resolutions brewing for weeks now and I thought it would be best to get it out before January is over. Good plan, yes? Did you make any? How is that working out for you? I don’t do resolutions for the simple reason it’s like drawing a line in theContinue reading “2014: Syncing and Downloading”

Trust the Process (Why waiting is good for you)

Way back at the start of my writing journey, I naively thought it would take a month or two to sell my novel once I’d finished writing it (which I did mid-year 2005).  I scoffed at writers who only managed to sell the third or fourth book they’d penned thinking that would never be me.Continue reading “Trust the Process (Why waiting is good for you)”

Na-NOOOOOOO!-WriMo

    I signed  up for Nano again this year. Can you read the stupid tattoo on my forehead? Yeah, thought so. You see, I write slowly. For a slow writer to sign up for Nano is like being lactose intolerant at an all-you-can-drink-milkshake bar. Sooner or later there will be pain and suffering. Right nowContinue reading “Na-NOOOOOOO!-WriMo”

Can 20 minutes change your life?

A few weeks back I would have laughed and said no ways! Now, I know that it can. Just to be clear – I’m not talking about car smashes or connecting with God for the first time. I’m talking about the humdrum of normal life. You know – the parts that never make it intoContinue reading “Can 20 minutes change your life?”

Pop the waterbed! Do it!

  This post is really about passion. In fact, it’s not even my post, but it was so profound I got goosebumps. Serious goosebumps. So if you have every wondered what God wants you to do with you life, this post is for you. Head on over here and check it out. Let me knowContinue reading “Pop the waterbed! Do it!”

There’s an elephant in the room

This past week I revisited the first three chapters of my first novel for the sake of querying just for fun. I’ve been around the block with this one, each time they were requested, those three chapters would dust themselves off and play ambassador for the chapters waiting in the wings, hoping for their turn.Continue reading “There’s an elephant in the room”

Amazing in utero photo for writers

You know when your friends get preggy and suddenly facebook is littered with murky scan pics that could just as easily be elephants or aliens? Well I’m proud to share MY latest in utero pic with you … Everyone… meet Finding Mia… She is 1/8th of the size she’ll be when fully grown. Much developmentContinue reading “Amazing in utero photo for writers”

Landsick…

    Have you ever been on a boat long enough to get your sea-legs, only to feel thoroughly sick when you get back on land? This is probably the best way I can describe how I’m feeling at the moment – though it has nothing to do with boats, land or throwing up. Shhh! Let me explain.Continue reading “Landsick…”

Inspired by… THAT?

  So the grody thing in todays exotic photo is a dishevelled black satin sash that I took with me to Conference on a whim. It was lurking in between two dance costumes and I turned a blind eye and let it creep in. It found its way into writing class one morning. Who knew anContinue reading “Inspired by… THAT?”