Holiday Writing- The Struggle Is Real

It is 10.22pm here in Queensland on Australia’s east coast, and I’ve just finished writing the first two scenes of a brand new short story/novella (not sure what it will end up being yet). A prequel to my suburban noir short story The New Neighbors.

As any introvert could agree, Christmas is a draining time, especially with friends and family coming to stay. I am surrounded by people 24×7 at the moment, and I am exhausted. At 3pm this afternoon I crashed out, sleeping for two and a half hours, even though I had slept in until 9am that morning. There goes my writing time, I thought. Hence why I was writing til 10pm. Not good for the sleep cycles, but I need to take the writing time where I can get it at the moment.

After completing NaNoWriMo in November, I took a break from my main writing projects for the Christmas/New Year period. Hours at my retail jobs were picking up in the lead-up to Christmas, and celebrations with family and friends were beginning. However in early December I was itching to write something (quite foolish of me to think I could go a whole month without writing anything!).

I scratched this itch by starting work on a prequel to my supernatural short story Grave Bargains. I got that done, plus a complete rewrite of Grave Bargains as well. At the start of this week, I started planning work on the prequel to The New Neighbors.

I’ve found short story writing to be a great way to tide me over between big projects like novels. I’ve got so many of them waiting to be written and fine-tuned.

I like to have something small on the go to tap into when I have a spare moment amidst the chaos of the silly season. However this year, I will definitely plan ahead. Deciding what to work on, and then trying to do research and prep work has been tricky indeed. And don’t even get me started on trying to find the time to write.

When I do find the time, the injection of creativity gives me a boost of energy, which I draw on during this busy time.

The view from the Keppel Bay Sailing Club here in Yeppoon on the Central Coast of Queensland


Happy New Year!

As I start to write this, there is precisely seven hours and fifty-five minutes left before 2020 arrives. As are many, I’m reflecting on the year that was, and the year that is to be.

As it has been for many others, 2019 has been an absolute roller-coaster for me, personally and as a writer. I have tried to keep up blogging, but unfortunately with all the life upheavals, it has been inconsistent, for which I apologize. I want to take this opportunity to sincerely thank everyone that has joined me on my writing journey, and stuck with me through all of the highs and lows along the way. I am sorry for the inconsistency in publishing new releases and new blog content, and in the availability of my books. Like 2019, my writing and publishing journey has certainly been a roller-coaster ride.

I thought I’d take this opportunity, on the verge of New Years,Β to give you an update on my writing and publishing activities.

My overall goal for 2020 is to get all my previously published books into distribution again, through IngramSpark and other online publishing tools (NOT Kindle Direct Publishing).

Here’s a breakdown of the progress of each project:

The Wilted Rose will be re-published worldwide in paperback and e-book formats. I am currently awaiting to begin a new cover design, and once this is done the book will be ready to be published.

The New Neighbors short story collectionΒ is currently under review and will be re-published in paperback and e-book worldwide with a whole new theme.

Paid To Dance Series will be revised and re-published in paperback and e-book formats.

Grave Bargains (Short Story):Β To be re-published individually as an e-book, and as part of a new supernatural short story collection, in paperback and e-book.

I will also have some NEW projects in the pipeline:

  • Wander Woman- a collection of short stories about women who have traveled off the beaten track.
  • New supernatural-themed short story collection
  • Irish psychological suspense novellas.

I hope you have found much writing inspiration from this blog throughout 2019, and I will endeavour to keep you inspired throughout 2020.


I would love to hear your goals for the New Year- writing or otherwise. COMMENT your goals for 2020!



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