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The Keyboard Tap Dance

Posted in General with tags on April 9, 2018 by Kate Jack

Since I retired last year, I’ve re-edited and republished The Silver Flute trilogy, written three new books of short stories, and am now working on my current WIP Book I of The Songstress Trilogy, Elawyn.

 

My writing output has increased enormously, when compared to my previous activity, mostly because my time is now my own. However, I still retain, although not as much, that curse of the author – procrastination!

       

When I returned to my WIP, having put the project aside to concentrate on the trilogy, I mentally girded my loins to resume work on it. Several games of Spider Solitaire later, plus other distraction activities, I finally opened the word document and sat looking at it with absolute dread.

Of course, once I forced myself to begin writing, my fingers flew over the keyboard with all the dexterity of a tap dancer’s feet and my enthusiasm for the story came flooding back, along with a positive tsunami of ideas; why is that? Why do most writers carry on like this, when creating worlds, characters and stories are their reason for being?

I think that as far as I’m concerned, I don’t relish kick starting my brain into doing some work for a change. Sheer laziness? Possibly 😀

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Fantasy fiction fans! It’s easy peasy to grab a freebie!

Posted in General, Uncategorized with tags on March 28, 2018 by Kate Jack

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Calling all speculative fiction fans, if you love reading and you love freebies, why not combine the two and download a copy of my collection of short fantasy stories? Visit my swishy, revamped website today and subscribe to my emails list, also for free, and claim your copy today. 

You can also browse, and learn more about, my other books and learn a little bit about me.

So don’t wait, don’t be late; drop by and say hi 😀

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Why a great book…

Posted in General with tags , , , on March 22, 2018 by Kate Jack

…can really lift you up.

As an avid reader, I really appreciate the effect a well written novel can have. No matter what kind of mood I’m in, getting stuck into a brilliant read lifts me up. Discovering new writers and stories that I really enjoy, is like hitting the mother lode. 

I’m pretty eclectic when it comes to what genres I read, but my absolute favourite out of all of them, is speculative fiction; more specifically, urban fantasy. A few years ago, I was stuck in hospital with a viral infection and as I began to feel a bit better, bored off my head. A friend kindly loaned me a book by an author I’d never come across before, writing in a genre I’d never heard of; urban fantasy. The author’s name is Jim Butcher and the book was from his Harry Dresden series.

Initially, I was bit dubious as to whether I would take to it, with its mixture of dark magic, mythology and faerie; let alone that the main character was not only a private investigator, but a wizard to boot! That said, the minute I began to read I only stopped, when the consultant dared to interrupt me to discuss my prognosis – bloody cheek! 

I finished that book in one day – something I rarely do. I waited, with increasing impatience to be discharged and when I was, did I go home? No, not straight away. The hospital I was in wasn’t far from the city centre, so I jumped a taxi to the nearest book shop, this was before I had the internet, and had never heard of Amazon, and bought the next two books in the series, then I went home to start reading.

So why did these books engage me so much? Well, it was the freedom of choice the writer had. By that I mean, he had the freedom to craft his stories around the real and the speculative. The setting is Chicago, a Chicago imbued with the gritty realism of everyday life, but also coexisting alongside the world of Faerie. As a reader that really appealed to my imagination and I had no problem suspending my disbelief. The books possess a number of elements that appealed to me: mystery, detectives, murders to be resolved, the fantastical and so on. As I said, what made me dubious about the first book was what seemed to be a chaotic mixture of all the above, but boy was I wrong! The stories work – really work!

So, what’s your favourite reading matter and why? What floats your reading boat and carries you away into the realms of imagination and wonder? Whatever it is, carry on reading and never look back 🙂

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The journey continues…

Posted in Writing with tags on March 6, 2018 by Kate Jack

… from the Land of Midnight Days

…to The Gloaming, Jeremiah Tully and his companions enter a whole new world.

2nd editions of Books I & II of The Silver Flute trilogy available now from 

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YA urban fantasy at its best. Miss it – miss out.

Satisfaction

Posted in Writing with tags on March 1, 2018 by Kate Jack

As many writers out there will know, there’s no greater satisfaction than completing a book. That said, I found to my great surprise that rewriting a book can give the same sense of accomplishment. Since my publisher and I parted company, I have re-written and self-published book I of The Silver Flute Trilogy, Land of Midnight Days. I have derived not only satisfaction from doing so, but the opportunity to improve the story and polish it until it gleams.

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I’m now in the process of revamping book II, Through the Gloaming and relishing every minute of it.

As I near the finish line, I am already thinking about the third and final book, Dawn Horizon and looking forward to the prospect of getting to work on it. 

So if for any reason all you writers out there find yourselves faced with the prospect of issuing 2nd editions, relish it; there’s always room for improvement 😀

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Moronic spam

Posted in General with tags on February 21, 2018 by Kate Jack

In an article I recently posted, reconcilliation I mentioned the necessity to be persistent when going after what you want. There are, of course, different reasons for persistence, one of which is spamming. Recently, I have been receiving spam from a company called, extraproxies.com I don’t know what they sell and I don’t want to know. Their technique is interesting. They pick out one of my articles to “comment” on and quote part of that self same article. For example, this particular piece of cretinous spam comes from my post called, I’m melting, I’m melting!

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Being British, I naturally moan about the weather; most Brits do. We bemoan the fact it

As you will see, they’ve copied and pasted the opening lines of the post. Why? What is their intention? Is it to beguile me into visiting their site and purchasing whatever their product is? Great sales technique – not 😀 Is it intended to annoy? Possibly, but it again begs the question, why? Prior to them sending me moronic spams, I’d never heard of this so-called-company. If they do intend to annoy, well they can now reap the fruits of their labours.

So go for it, extraproxies.com, I’m sure your unusual sales technique will send your profits soaring 😀

Reconciliation

Posted in General, Uncategorized with tags on February 13, 2018 by Kate Jack

When I first entered the world of writing, I learned a lot and am still learning things today, amongst which are: persistence, optimism and reconciliation. When I first obtained a publishing contract for The Silver Flute Trilogy, I was filled with elation. However, that joy soon turned to ashes in my mouth. My enthusiasm for promoting my books was not matched by my publisher. Oh, promises were made, but rarely followed up on. Very soon the black dog of depression began to follow me around.

Fortunately, this state of affairs did not last for long and when my publisher began not answering mine and my fellow writers emails, I girded my loins for battle.

I began by joining the Society of Authors, a sterling organisation which I heartily recommend, and consulted them about my publishing contracts. Alas, it was to no avail, as they were watertight and it seemed I’d shackled myself to an anvil.

The black dog reared its ugly head again, that is until a friend advised me to forget about my books and move on. What the hell! Forget that! They were mine, my creations and there was no way I was letting all that work go to waste.

So all the writers concerned, grouped together and emailed the publisher over and over, until he finally capitulated and returned our book rights free of charge. See what I mean about persistence?

So now that my books and I are reconciled, I have the opportunity to revamp and republish them myself  and so turned  good reads, into great reads – ain’t life fab? 😀

2nd edition of Land of Midnight Days available from: 

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