Wow, what a year.


It’s the last day of the year. I can hardly believe it. So much has happened this year, good and bad, and an awful lot of writing got done (though hopefully not a lot of awful writing).

This year, I got a job, had to leave my job for health reasons, and got myself an adorable little niece who is, in my  wholly unbiased opinion, the sweetest, loveliest baby in the world. So that’s my personal life.

In the writing world, I’ve worked on… four or five books this year, one of which is currently trying to mind its manners and make a good impression on a publisher. The standout success, for me, though, is A Pride of Poppies. It’s a charity anthology that came out in May, with proceeds going to the Royal British Legion, and it’s been nominated for a bunch of awards, which was really great. I’m not going to list them, in case there are any I’ve not realised we were nominated for, but it’s been amazing. We even got through to become finalists in the Rainbow Awards! Even better, in many ways, was seeing the anthology pop up in people’s End-of-Year Best Books lists. I mean, it came out in May, but people still remember it, and that’s… better than an award, somehow.


I also got to meet a bunch of writers in the LGBTQIA+ genre, when I attended Queer Company in Oxford in May. We launched Poppies there, and it was just fantastic to meet a bunch of equally crazy writing types. I owe a great deal to Manifold Press for organising both the event and the anthology, and I think I’ve grown a lot as a writer for attending the event and for knowing the people I met there. So thank you, Manifold Press.

And, of course, thank you to everyone who’s reading this blog, and everyone from the writing groups that keep me going all year. You rock!

Right, enough sentimental stuff – let’s get my totals out of the way so we can all go back to ringing in the new year!

Total written today: 848 words.

December total: 5009 words.

2015 total: 265107 words.

Well, you can’t say that’s a bad way to end 2015, can you? Next year I hope to write more and, with a bit of luck, get some more published. But I’m proud of what I’ve achieved this year, and being able to look back and see it all is actually really inspiring, despite the varied totals and the odd missed target. Oh, sod it, I’ll post the screenshot, I’m pleased with myself and it might be nice to compare next year (because I plan to keep on recording it).

Wordcount 15 total

Talk to you next year, and here’s hoping we all have a good one!


A decent day


I got quite a lot done today, by recent standards, focusing on the fairytale I started yesterday. Although that’s far from finished, I’m hoping to go back to work on A Certain Persuasion tomorrow.

The plan is to try to get 800 words in tomorrow – purely so I can hit 265k for the year. Arbitrary, but there you go. As long as it keeps me writing!

Total written today: 849 words.

December total so far: 4161 words.

2015 total so far: 264259 words.

Talk to you tomorrow!

A bit of a change


There are only so many days in a row you can spend with Mr Darcy before you start wanting to strangle him, however good your intentions – as, no doubt, one Miss Bennet would agree – and I’ve had a weird craving to write a fairytale lately so today I decided to have a bash at one of those and take a Darcy-break.

I found a prompt online (several, actually, prompting the beginnings of something of a collection) and set to work, but by the time I’d sketched out a rough plan and got a bit of character detail worked out, it was ten to midnight and I didn’t have much time left to write. Still, I got a few words in, and I plan to do more tomorrow.

Total written today: 67 words.

December total so far: 3312 words.

2015 total so far: 263410 words.

Talk to you tomorrow!

Can’t stop, no time!


Only wrote 70 words today, no excuses – better than nothing, anyway.

Got to run, have to be on a bus at 8.23 tomorrow which actually shouldn’t seem obscenely early but somehow does…

Total written today: 70 words.

December total so far: 3245 words.

2015 total so far: 263343 words.

Talk to you tomorrow!

Back to writing!


I took a few days off for Christmas (and a bit of time to recover from getting drenched in the rain the other day) but today I managed to get some writing done. Only a few hundred words, but I’ve accepted that this month has been low on the word count. And they’ve all been on A Certain Persuasion, which is shaping up well!

Total written today: 310 words.

December total so far: 3175 words.

2015 total so far: 263273 words.

Talk to you tomorrow!

A bolt from the blue


I’m sorry I’ve been MIA lately – lots of things to sort out besides the usual Christmas madness this year, and to top that off I’ve had writer’s block on A Certain Persuasion. I was really struggling and hadn’t got anything done in days, so I decided to write something else for a bit.

I had a good look at the internet’s prompt-type offerings, but nothing really took my fancy, and then suddenly BAM! I knew what to do with the next scene of my story for A Certain Persuasion. Well, technically the scene after the next one I should have written, but I can go back to that. So that went well in the end! Worked out quite nicely, at least for a first draft.

Total written today: 535 words.

December total so far: 2857 words.

2015 total so far: 262955 words.

Talk to you tomorrow!