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Posted in Book Club with tags , , on July 10, 2017 by Kate Jack

Grab a free copy of Book I of The Silver Flute Trilogy today! To download, click the link  at the bottom of the page.

YA urban fantasy at its best!

What would you do if your life was filled with fear: hide, run away – or would you fight back?

In a city at war with itself, Jeremiah Tully already knows how to survive, now he must learn how to live. Mute from birth, of mixed race heritage, and his only possession a charmed flute, Jeremiah tries to discover where his remarkable talent as a musician will take him.

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Determination is the key!

Posted in Writing with tags , , , on July 1, 2017 by Kate Jack

Writers are prone to fits of melancholy and depression, brought about by lack of success and, possibly, too much coffee. This in turn leads to all cessation of writing activities, which takes us back to the above mentioned state of being. 

It becomes a vicious circle, from which seemingly there’s no escape. 

But there is. It’s not easy, and involves a lot of girding of the loins, but it can be done. And what is this miraculous cure? I hear you ask. Simple: DETERMINATION and lots of it. But here’s the cherry on the cake. Once you’ve made the decision, it becomes easier. Just as I was determined never to smoke another cigarette, it’ll be a year in August, just as I was determined to use the time I have to write my next set of books. The results? I have more money at my disposal, since I packed in the fags, my health has improved, and best of all, I’m writing again on a regular basis.

Remember what the great French Artist, Henri Matisse said:

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…

Posted in General with tags , , , , , on June 29, 2017 by Kate Jack

 

…why do people do it?

My twitter profile used to say I didn’t want any spam messages. This request was ignored, so I just put up with it and deleted them. But today I received one which actually made my jaw drop, due to its arrogance. It went as follows: Thank you for following me (this person followed me first) please follow me on Facebook and Instagram as well. Yes, your bloody majesty, of course I will (not).

The sheer arrogance, possibly unintended, due to the “please”, took my breath away. And of course, no hint of reciprocation, just the links to this person’s Instagram and Facebook pages. This sheer, unthinking, self absorbed attitude could only bring about one reaction from me, I immediately unfollowed this person. The aim of sites like Twitter and Facebook is social interaction and mutual  exchanges. It never ceases to amaze me that people expect everything their own way and blindly refuse to believe that all they achieve is unpopularity. Well, maybe my unfollowing this person might teach them a lesson, but I highly doubt it. Like love, arrogance is blind.

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Busy, busy, busy!

Posted in General with tags , , , , , on June 28, 2017 by Kate Jack

These days, I seem to be busier than ever, there just aren’t enough hours in the day! Take yesterday, for instance: I had to take the car in for its MOT, which it passed, attend a hospital appointment, squeeze in some writing, and finally tackle the next module of an online course in marketing, I’m doing.

All this was a little slowed down by having to take the bus to and from the garage to go home after delivering the car and then go pick it up. I don’t live far from the garage, but can’t walk it, because of my dodgy foot. I’d not used to getting the bus, as I normally drive everywhere. I’d forgotten what a pain in the rear public transport is. I explained to the peculiarly unhelpful bus driver that I’d not used my electronic pass before and he simply stared straight ahead, whilst I swiped the damn thing over the pad and it failed to respond. After the 3rd attempt it worked. Embarrassed and angry, I limped to a seat and swore continuously under my breath at the driver, cursing him and his descendants for decades to come.

That said, the rest of the day went really well. I got quite a lot of writing done and sailed through the course module with ease. I’ve found, these days, that it’s becoming increasingly easier to set goals and stick to them. I’ve discovered a newfound determination to succeed and hopefully I will. 😀

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Abdication.

Posted in Writing with tags , , , , , , , on June 20, 2017 by Kate Jack

Since I retired, back in May, I have well and truly abdicated as the queen of procrastination. Since the day after I retired, I have written every day! Yes, you heard me – every day! 

What brought about this startling transformation? Peace and quiet and the ability to organise my day as I see fit. I still wake up at about 5 am, always been an early waker, and as my bed is next to the window, I get a spectacular view of the sunrise. I lie there and gaze at this awe inspiring sight, listening to the birds singing and I feel filled with inspiration, until Meg, my cat, starts demanding breakfast; there’s nothing like the smell of cat food first thing in the morning to set my stomach churning. 

Once she’s busy stuffing her face, I return to bed, fire up the computer, flex my fingers, and start working on the first book of my current wip, The Songstress Trilogy. I usually keep this up for approximately half an hour, then I take a break and make a cup of tea. The first brew of the day is always the best, but the feeling of contentment and sense of accomplishment is supreme.

The best bit, though, is that I no longer circle the keyboard with a feeling of dread; I’m actually enjoying this newfound work ethic 😀 Why? Because I want to do it. I’m no longer stultified by boredom, or sneaking out of work for a crafty fag – when I used to smoke. Now I have a sense of purpose and along with that, I feel fulfilled; something I haven’t felt in years. I even managed to get rid of an old wooden desk that’s been cluttering up the spare room for years. I got it downstairs, into the car, and deposited it at the council dump, all by myself; not bad for an old lady with a dodgy foot 😀

So, hopefully, I’ll keep this up and will soon be starting on book 2. So long spider solitaire, so long procrastination, hello writing! 😀

 

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I will catch you if you fall…

Posted in poetry with tags , , , on June 13, 2017 by Kate Jack

…I’ll be there whenever you call.

I’ll write your name in the sky.

You memories will never die.

 

 

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The flow of creativity

Posted in Writing with tags , , , , on June 12, 2017 by Kate Jack

Following on from my post, A thought for the day, I now want to explore what it feels like when a writer is filled with inspiration. Positive inspiration can be a rare feeling for a writer, for reasons already stated in the previous article. However, when inspiration does strike, it’s almost like having a high 😀 One experiences a surge of well-being and contentment, as the words pour onto the page and the world and the characters being created, begin to take shape. 

There’s no better feeling than when a wordsmith fulfils their function and creates something to share with others. Supplying readers with doorways into other worlds, allowing them to meet new people and situations, must surely be the ultimate goal of an author.

Yes, there are days when a writer feels like giving up, feeling frustrated and unappreciated, but that’s the name of the game; it’s almost unavoidable. That said, you have to pick yourself up, dust yourself off – and as dispiriting as it can be – start all over again. In the end, it’s worth it.  🙂

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