Alfie’s Diary

Too many ideas – Too little time

It’s bad enough when I’ve got more book ideas than I will ever write, but other writing ideas then foist themselves on me at regular intervals.

The Book reviews page of this site is now fully up and running (http://rjkind.co.uk/wp/reviews-of-other-books/) and will have books added at regular intervals as and when I read something I can recommend. Now it’s occurred to me that my compulsion to write hotel reviews should be put to good use as well. Whilst I will continue to write reviews from a human point of view and included them on some of the travel sites, ‘Wilma’ will start writing reviews from a dog’s perspective and award a suitable bone rating according to how much they impress her. She is developing a whole section on my Alfie’s Diary blog of dog friendly places to stay. (http://alfiedog.me.uk/travel/)

In the meantime, none of my other projects are being abandoned. The Orphan Train is currently through to stage two of the UK novel writing competition. At that point, the original 3100 novels have been reduced to 250. I am waiting to see if it makes round three in which there would be just 25. It is also out being considered by agents, but I’m not holding my breath on that one.

In the meantime, From Story Idea to Reader has now garnered 15 Amazon reviews, of which 15 are 5 star ratings. Those seem to have come from writers at all stages of their writing careers which is particularly rewarding.

Nor have I forgotten I’m supposed to be writing another book. That is now at the 14,000 words mark and growing slowly. I’m also doing some work to refresh some of my older publications and hope to have news of some offers of free downloads soon.

Now all I need is more time… Of course, if fantasy were the genre I wrote in then I could just write that into the story. I can feel another idea coming on!

Happy New Year

There must come a point when it is too late to wish you a ‘Happy New Year’ and with more than half of January gone I’ve probably already passed that point, however Happy New Year to you all.

It has been a busy start to the year, although sadly with only a limited amount of novel writing being done so far. I have had a lot of activity on Alfie’s Diary, with product reviews, giveaways and awards announcing us in the top five dog blogs in the UK, but of course it’s the dogs who write that rather than me!

I’ve been clearing the decks so that I can concentrate on my novel. For a start I found myself losing a number of days to big computer changes, but now that they are done I’m losing less time to problems so it’s proving worthwhile.

Despite a somewhat unhealthy start to the year, I’m getting on top of things and am on target to have half of every day to concentrate on writing from 20th January to the end of the month. There are some things which then get in the way for a few days, but I should have at least 2 -3 hours a day on most days through February too.

You will notice a new panel on the side of the website called ‘My Book Progress’. Each day I will update my progress and you will be able to see that bar moving along. If it doesn’t then you have permission to email me and ask exactly what I’m doing with my time!

I will update you on progress more fully at the end of January, by which time I hope to be able to tell you I am 10,000 words further forward. They may of course not be the right words, but it will give me something to edit, which is a start.

Sorry I have been so quiet

It’s been a busy time and that does include my writing, or at least ‘my dog’s writing’! Shadow’s puppies were born three weeks ago and Alfie has been reporting all the news at 0182e0b0f385f0cdecbb416592a2684ab00e0e1f48www.alfiedog.me.uk It’s no small commitment to blog twice daily, which when combined with sleep deprivation and taking care of tiny puppies means it is hard to fit everything else in. Now they are a little bigger time is become a little more available and I’m trying to catch up.

018675bf50c63904f9710c62ee30014eeee6651ab1I have at last finished reading The Appearance of Truth out load as a practice read in preparation for recording it as an audio book. What have I learned? Despite much editing and proofreading prior to publication I have found a remarkable number of minor, niggling errors and for those I apologise. The good news is I will now do a complete edit ready for a relaunch when the audio version is ready.

I have also learned that it is not going to be easy for me to read something that contains so much emotion in places. Now I will need 011bf166b16dbc3023351811289b6e88dc8e473e8bto find a way to get the balance between conveying that emotion in reading it and breaking down during the recording. I strongly suspect there will be a number of chapters which will take several ‘takes’ to record. There is a limit to just how much emotion it is practical to include in the voicing of the book. At a certain level the risk is the words cease to be able to be differentiated by the listener which would be most unhelpful.

I’ve also learned I need to do some more work on the voices and remember which character is which. I will do a short sample recording of each character so that I can check back as I go through to ensure they don’t morph into each other over time.

First off is to correct the text, which I shall hopefully start in the next day or two. In the meantime I hope you enjoy the gratuitous pictures of the puppies. They aren’t writing but you have to admit they are cute!