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A thought for the day

Posted in Writing with tags , , , , , on June 11, 2017 by Kate Jack

Why is it, as writers, that we procrastinate? There’re times when we’d rather do anything other than write; and yet, at the same time, we can think of nothing else, other than writing. Nearly everything we see and hear is a prompt to compose and create; but we don’t. Not writing makes me unhappy and I’m constantly tormented by the mantra, I’ll do it later, or maybe tomorrow. The excuses pile up, until they become a potential avalanche that threatens our mental well-being.

Making resolutions, and even drawing up schedules are just as bad, because they’re rarely adhered to. The irony, of course, is that when we do start to write again, we immediately feel happy and fulfilled. There’s something inherently satisfying about creating new places and new faces.

Then again, there are genuine distractions and situations that stop us from fully focusing on our chosen occupation: work, family, politics, especially the recent general election just held here in the UK. I spent most of my time watching the news, or scrolling through Facebook, trying to keep track of which party was in the lead. As for work, I can no longer claim that as a distraction, since I took early retirement back in May 😀

That said, I have been writing more, focusing mainly on my current wip, the first book in The Songstress Trilogy and I’ve never felt happier. Now that my time’s my own, I have the inclination and energy to do what I really want and that is to write 😀 That said, I did manage to write and have three books published, whilst I was still working, so for all of you who are still employed, it’s not an excuse to put off creating until you retire 🙂

The Silver Flute Trilogy

For me, the pen writes on, albeit slightly faster now 🙂



The freedom to write!

Posted in General with tags , , , on April 8, 2017 by Kate Jack

Most authors don’t earn enough from their writing to survive without going to work. This can have a detrimental effect, in that sometimes there’s a lack of energy and motivation to indulge in the creative process. It’s also very difficult to get in the right mindset too, when for most of the day dull routine saps the imagination and the writer finds themselves bogged down, their wits and imagination stuck at rock bottom.

This is a rut in which I’ve been stuck for a long, long time. However, there is light at the end of the tunnel, as I’m now taking early retirement. I will have the time, the energy, and hopefully, the inspiration to at last begin writing seriously again. I can’t wait to free my brain from the excruciating miasma of paid employment. Of having the use of the majority of my time dictated by my, soon to be, ex employers. I can’t wait to walk the streets of my imagination and bring to life new characters, new worlds and new stories – I can’t think of anything better. 🙂 AMZN UK AMZN US

Time to put things “Write”

Posted in Writing with tags , , , , on January 16, 2017 by Kate Jack


What with one thing and another, 2016 was not a good year for me. For a start I’ve done practically no writing at all, apart from the odd blog post and a few apathetic attempts to work on my current wip, book one of The Songstress Trilogy.  The only reasons I can give for this lack of productivity are a scarcity of energy, due to problems at work. They’re making cut backs and have reallocated so many tasks from my department, that we sit around watching the fingers on the clock drag themselves around at a pace that makes a snail look speedy. Boredom, as you know, can sap the life out of a person and make them disinclined to do anything of much; at least that’s the case with me.


Then I had health issues. I suffer from type 2 diabetes and somehow managed to get a diabetic ulcer on the underside of my left big toe. This became infected and despite large quantities of super antibiotics, it continued to deteriorate. Subsequently the toe had to be removed, which resulted in being trapped in hospital for four weeks, not the best place to write for two reasons: firstly, they don’t encourage you to bring in expensive items like laptops, as there’s no real security (the lockers don’t lock) and secondly, I always seemed to end up in the bed next to someone who snored like a stegosaurus.


So after four weeks of sleep deprivation, hospital food, and cabin fever, I went home to yet more confinement, as I was not allowed to put any weight on my foot. Was I fed up? Did I succumb to yet  more apathy? You betcha!


Anyway, this tale of woe actually has a happy ending. Why? Because due to the aforementioned cut backs, the opportunity for early retirement  came along and despite my missing toe, I pole vaulted onto the wagon and put my bid for freedom in.

Chain breaking

So yes folks, I’m breaking the chains of my incarceration and heading for the glorious occupation of writing and creating – there’s nothing like it 😀

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