Monday, 31 December 2018

Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019


***Brace yourself for my customary sentence saying that it's been a while since my last post***

I know it has been a while since my last post, but I really wanted to write something brief (<<<lol) as a way of keeping this blog fresh, sharing any writer-related updates and also mention some resolutions I have for the new year. This blog is, after all, essentially my writing diary - a way for me to keep track of everything I have done up until now, and naturally be able to look back at all the hilarious mistakes I've made along the way as I try to make writing my full time career.

I think you could say that, all things considered, it's going rather well. I mean, I still have a day job but I'm going in the right direction and am now making a small income from the words I put out there. Life forces us sometimes to meander all over the place but I do feel as if I have a pretty solid path I am slowly but surely treading, whilst tripping and grazing my knees along the way. After releasing my new short story, Fancy That on 24th November, I was planning to move onto something new straight away but after a day or so of publication, I had a momentary panic that I needed to do some marketing for it so I spent a rather intense few days emailing what felt like every single booktuber and blogger under the sun... before very quickly (again) deciding I was going to leave it all to chance and rather concentrate on writing and not marketing.  I am in such an oversubscribed market as it is that my gut is telling me what I need to do is just keep writing and publishing stories and leave the rest to fate. Back to all things Fancy That, I have to say that the reaction has been rather lovely but it's a shame more people weren't able to read it before Christmas... there is always next year.

After once more remembering that book marketing is not for me, I worked again on the other short story I talked about in my last update post whilst concurrently working on the BIG project I have been banging on about since the dawn of time. I have got to the point with the BIG one that I now need to go back to the very beginning of the book and do a deep edit of the whole thing and I can't tell you how excited I am to get stuck in. The short story is already in very good shape and just needs some general tinkering before I can publish it. I also have ideas for two more short stories that I will be working on straight after that so I definitely won't run out of things to do in 2019. Yesterday, I also thought I'd add to the workload and reread a short story I initially self-published when I was using the pen name Lily Divine called Circle. It was amazing to see how much my writing has changed (and hopefully improved) over the years and whilst a lot to has to change, it's actually pretty good and so I plan on rewriting that when I have discovered how to buy time or fashioned my own time machine.

In a bid to keep this post from getting way too long (already happened mate), I will end by sharing a few of my writing-related goals for 2019. I have done this previous years on the blog and every time I have, I've managed to pretty much achieve everything I wanted to... so here goes nothing:

- Finally finish, once and for all, the BIG project, knowing I have written it to the best of my ability.
- Finish and self-publish the short story I have been working on recently.
- Write and self-publish the other two short stories I have ideas for.
- Rewrite and self-publish Circle.
- Be working as a successful writer by the end of the year (yikes).

I don't care how daunting or big these goals might be but if I work hard, whatever happens, it will simply have meant that I spent time on something I love which will inevitably lead to a positive outcome.

2018 was an interesting year. I really worked myself into the ground at times but as a result, I ended up learning a lot about myself and set up a lot of things that will hopefully make 2019 a good one. I have a lot of work ahead of me and plan on really knuckling down for the next three months so I am not exactly sure how many posts there will be in that time - which basically means see you in three months...

Until next time,
Cara x

Saturday, 24 November 2018

My book is out today, Fancy That


And so, my new short story, Fancy That, is available as an eBook on Amazon NOW!

I'm exceptionally happy with how it turned out and here is the blurb for it:


Was there life outside my little box?

Tom and Pat have known each for over fifty years but only been friends for three when someone (or something) comes into their life and changes everything.

A charming short story for Christmas and beyond about friendship, hope... and a dog called Zelda.

From the author of Cara Ward’s Weighting to Live series.


It is available worldwide on Amazon and for the UK link, click (here) and for the US link, click (here).

I am now taking a few days completely off, which is very rare for me and oddly, a little difficult as you well know if you've ever read this blog that I struggle to find balance, but I shall be back soon with more word counts, samey blog posts and waffle.

Until next time,
Cara x

Sunday, 18 November 2018

Excited.


Yes, this is a new blog post but nothing much has changed as I still can't find balance, I'm still working myself to the point of exhaustion but I'm still happy about it. 

I am actually going to keep this short for once and, brace yourself, it won't even include a single bullet point. 

Since my last post I have been pretty much editing short story number one and have got on with it so well that I'm releasing it as an eBook on Amazon next Saturday titled, Fancy That!

After spending lots of time searching for a pre-made cover for it, I ended up making it myself as I realised my story is pretty specific and I was looking for a needle in a haystack. I'd heard of Canva before, and even messed about on it a bit in the past, but it wasn't until this project that I really started to use it more and after a relatively short amount of time, I'd made the cover for it which ended up costing... wait for it... one whole dollar - and that was only so I could get the silhouette of the Alsatian. Fabulous.

I'm exceptionally happy with how both the cover and the story itself has turned out and now that I have just five full days till publication, the jobs I have left to do are:
- Read through it again in the morning.
- Ask Mum to read through it again.
- Work on the blurb for it, a dedication, acknowledgements and all that jazz...
- Never-ending book admin. 

Starting from tomorrow, I will be posting a picture with a quote from Fancy That on both Twitter and Instagram, which I made up this weekend using elements from the cover.

And that's it... told you it was going to be a short post.

Until next time, 
Cara x