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Illness, catching up, and my 2015 roadmap

These last few months have been incredibly rough on me and my family.  It all started last August, when I came home from a visit to Edinburgh and suddenly (like a switch flipped),  my meds stopped working, and I couldn’t sleep. I’m bipolar, and take quite strong medication to balance out my mood – Seroquel’s most common side effect is twofold.  One, when they’re working, they make people sleepy – it’s a sort of antihiystamine style effect that my psych and mental health nurse told me would always happen.  The second is that withdrawl.  For me that means temperatures, the...

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Project new year – sign up here!

So, I mentioned lots of little side projects before the New Year kicked off, and I’m finally getting around to putting up official signup forms. First though – I’m still in the process of trying to change things permanently, but these projects are basically where I want to be in the next year.  It’s not an easy process, but I feel like it’ll be worth it. Please do read the various notes attached to each project – some are looking for specific people (so if you sign up and don’t get your slot, please don’t be offended.  I’ve got some...

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New world order

So, one of the things I discovered over November that actually, one of the best things ever in my life, beyond my other half and kids of course, is writing.  I’ve missed it so much lately, so I made an objective and obviously quite biassed attempt to quantify how it makes me feel.  In short, very good. The problem is, I still haven’t really gotten to a place where I can choose to do it full time.  And even if I did, I don’t think I’d be happy – I do love writing, but I’ve got a very low opinion...

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#Nanowrimo updates, #Stuffwritersneed, #Facebook and more

So, for those of you wondering where I vanished to on Facebook, I’ve been locked out temporarily.  I’ve submitted my driver’s licence, I hope they let me back on soon.  But there’s very little that I can do other than follow guidelines.  I’m not worried though – what’s got me more upset is that my pre-order for Memento Mori has been cancelled.  I’m working through that too with Amazon.  Not been a good day for me and tech at all. In better news this week, I passed 125k on my Nanowrimo novels.  Ar Y Traeth isn’t going up...

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Happy birthday to me – A year that probably was good, on balance

Today, I am 21.  Again.  As, apparently, I look no older anyway. It’s been a tough year here for us again in some ways, though also, some real bright spots. Where to start Just after my birthday, I fell in work hard enough to give myself a severe concussion.  That was a really cool temp job, but I never got to go back.  Six weeks of headaches, and not a mark on my face, though my eye was bloodshot for weeks. So, I started looking for a new job and freelancing.  As a Finishing Fairy, I helped launch, promote and...

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Can’t talk, writing

Or trying to at least. Tomorrow, it’s my birthday.  I will once again celebrate being 21 But, it’s also nano season, so I’m trying to write. Come back tomorrow for this year’s retrospective. And, perhaps, a peek at one of the stories because that book is on pre-release right now. More on that tomorrow too

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IRC commands for the chatrooms

Every November, I dust off my IRC server and set up some rooms for the various projects that need them – all of the Nanowrimo projects that I run get their own chatroom, plus a shared room, #coffeehouse Windows We recommend ICEchat for Windows, simply because it’s…well…simple. You can get it from here – http://icechat.net/site/ The settings you’ll need is: Username – whatever you’d like your nickname to be (you can register it once on, so choose whatever you’d like.  If someone else is using it, it will tell you once you’re online). Server: irc.bykai.com (if it asks) Port:6667 If you’re running...

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Ar y Traeth (on the Beach)

So, of all the stories I’m writing, I think this one is going to be the hardest.  You can follow along on Wattpad of course, but I thought I’d give you a bit more on this one before we get started. There have been two bodies washed up, on two separate beaches on the desolate and hauntingly beautiful coastline around a small, isolated village in Wales.  They are both pointing at one another, though roughly halfway between them, a ruined laptop, phone and rucksack was found three days before. A tale of secrets, lies and the stories we’ll tell ourselves...

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Coffin Hop 2014!

This is a sorta PSA brought to you for horror readers everywhere. And, I’m giving away five copies of my horror novel, due out on November 29th. (check the rafflecopter below) What is Coffinhop? Coffinhop is a supporitve group of horror writers who band together for a few days and share horror, stories, books, and *stuff*. Me, I’m just boosting the signal.  I think CoffinHop is a great project, and I think I’ll be more involved next year, for now I just wanted to signpost peeps to the site, and give away some horror stories. Oh, and recommend some other...