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Win a Kindle Paperwhite

Win a Kindle Paperwhite

WIN! A Kindle Paperwhite loaded with Rex & Eddie Mysteries.
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Check out my competition where you can win a brand new Kindle Paperwhite loaded with the first three Rex & Eddie Mysteries. All you have to do is click the link above and answer the super easy question.

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Competition open until July 27th 2017. Good luck!

Rex & Eddie Mysteries: The Soundtrack

Rex & Eddie Mysteries: The Soundtrack

Writing rituals really help to get me in the flow of writing. One of those rituals is to listen to the same thing every time I write a project. It lets my brain know it’s time to type some words. That’s why I have a soundtrack to write Rex & Eddie to.

When I visit my parent’s house my favourite place to write is in their conservatory, at night, when it rains. Being England there’s plenty of opportunity for a shower or two.  Now I live in Los Angeles there’s rarely a chance of rain so I play Rainymood.com  while the sun beams through my windows.

As the sound of rain gets my brainwaves flowing I put on a playlist to set the mood. While writing Rex & Eddie novels I usually play a mash of thriller soundtracks and James Bond scores with some silly, offbeat tracks like The Pink Panther theme mixed in.

I wanted to share some of the tracks I’m currently writing Rex & Eddie to – which would also work as a soundtrack to the books if you like listening to music while reading.

So here’s a Spotify playlist for your listening – and reading – pleasure.

If you know similar music you’d recommend adding to my writing playlist, please let me know. I’d love to give it a listen.

Little Free Library – take a book, give a book

Little Free Library – take a book, give a book

Free Little Library

I take a lot of walks in my neighbourhood and in the last couple of years I’ve noticed small little house-shaped boxes on a stilt in people’s gardens. It’s not a bird house, or a shrine, but a house of books, placed near the street so a passerby can take a look, grab a book, and return a different book.

Little Free Library is a non-profit organisation that supports people installing mini libraries on their lawn to share books with the community. Some buy official Little Free Library units but anyone can make their own and register it with the Little Free Library organisation to be added to the official map.

copy editing

There are dozens of these libraries within a 10 mile radius of my home and I always take a look inside. While editing my novel Catchee Monkey: A Rex & Eddie Mystery I found a book on copyediting in a local LFL. I took the book home and used it as a guide while finishing Catchee Monkey.

Catchee Monkey

This month I decided it was time I gave a book to the Little Free Library so I dropped off a couple of copies of Catchee Monkey, one at the LFL I got my copyediting book from and another local LFL I like. I also inserted a Strange Paul postcard which my artist friend Ben Cameron asked me to leave around Los Angeles. Check out his Etsy store

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I hope the Little Free Library trend continues to grow. Owners talk of how installing one connected them with their neighbours, and brought a collection of new books to their front door. Of course, there are some spoil-sports who call in complaints and misuse zoning laws to remove the libraries, but hopefully common sense will win out. As soon as I have a front garden, I plan on getting a Free Little Library myself.

NaNoWriMo – the results

NaNoWriMo – the results

This November I took part in NaNoWriMo, or National November Writing Month. The goal was to write 50,000 words in a month, which works out at 1667 words a day for 30 days. I’ve never written that consistently before. In fact I’ve collected data from the last six months and even thought I’d set the goal to write 1000 words a day on average I’d write 15 days a month and no more than five days in a row.

This month I did 50,000 in 25 days, 25 days in a row. Every day out of the last 25 I’ve written between 1000 and 5000 a day, and average of 2000 a day. You may have noticed I’ve said every day a lot. This is exciting to me.

In fact, daily writing has become such a habit I get antsy if I haven’t done my 1000 words yet. My original plan for NaNoWriMo was to get the writing out of the way so I could take the Thankgiving weekend off, but now I feel the need to keep this daily 1000 words going. I’ve completed Rex & Eddie 2’s first draft now so I guess tomorrow I’ll write Rex & Eddie 3. I’m gonna keep it slow and not do too much more than 1000 words a day as I don’t want to run out of steam.

Here’s my states from the NaNoWritMo site:

NaNoWriMo - my stats

 

Things I learnt:

1) I can build healthy habits.

2) By getting ahead on the good days I can give myself some leeway later on.

3) Going to events with other writers on the same quest really empowered me. There was something about the energy of 30 people in a room tapping away that fed me. Support is important.