Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Wow - do I feel loved! The lovely Sandie Hudson (who I met online doing NaNo and then 50ks in 30days) has awarded me an I LOVE YOUR BLOG award!! I've seen this award floating various blogs I visit over the last few days and so many of my favourite blogs have already been nominated!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
After four days recovering, I'm here to announce that I finished the first draft of WWMM on Sunday! Think I wrote the most I've ever written in one day that day and I'm not satisfied with the ending at all, but at least the first draft is done. I'm now gonna let it sit until I've heard from Lucy from M&B re my entry in the Feel The HEat contest or after baby - whatever comes first!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
1) I Have A Bed Made Of Buttermilk Pancakes; Jaclyn Moriarty.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
In three days you could fly round the world and back again. You could drive across this vast country of
But I think I seriously need help?! Call me picky but I want a more creative list than this. So, if any of you have any mind-boggling things one can achieve/get up to in three days, please comment NOW!!
I'll love ya forever...
Monday, November 3, 2008
Okay...so I know I'm a little early but as I'm having a baby four weeks from today, thought I may be a little busy for pondering towards the end of the year.
1) Want to learn more about the craft of writing category romance – focusing heavily on Goal, Motivation and Conflict and enhancing Emotion between characters. To do this, I plan on spending some time doing writing exercises from Kate Walker’s 12-point Guide To Writing Romance and to study more and more about GMC before I start my next draft. X
2) Read at least one Classic (you know, Jane Eyre, Frankenstein, the like…) per month. I’m an English teacher by trade and I think my reading in these areas is severely lacking. People expect me to know this stuff and I don’t! – this was gonna be a resolution but as I’m not making any others, it’ll do as a goal. X
3) Write at least two more drafts of category novels. I’ve got the basic seeds of these in my head but will be praying for inspiration to fill in the gaps. $
4) Polish up my 2007 NaNo novel and send it off to Mills and Boon. X
5) Enter loads of contests and hopefully final again in some. $
6) Hopefully attend the 2008 RWA conference in
The ones with an X next to them, I sadly failed.
I'm hoping to do the craft book thing better in the early part of 2009 when I may not be writing quite as much due to bringing up baby! I've read a few classics this year but they took so long in comparison to other things and let's face it, with two young boys, time was tight in my world. I'll try for another few in 2009. The reason I didn't send off my NaNo novel was that I didn't get any feedback for it in the IHeart Presents Instant Seduction contest early in the year and figured it wasn't really what Mod Heat were looking for. Perhaps in 2009, I'll see if I can revise it for another more suitable line?!
I did however write a one full category length novel (NBLSB) and have almost finished WWMM. I'm hoping this will be done by the end of 2009 - at least the first draft. I also began another category length novel and also one which is probably more ST. These began in June - my diabolical writing month - and were abandoned soon after, but I'll definately be going back to one of them in 2009.
I entered contests and finalled in two!!!
And... as you know... I did attend the RWA conference in Melbourne.
So... did you have goals for 2008 - things you'd like to achieve and have control over - and how'd you go?
Stay tuned for a post about my 2009 goals....
Friday, October 31, 2008
I've got news, good news... I finalled in The Romance Writers of Australia High Five competition. I think most of you who read my blog already know that this is a contest of the first five pages for category novels - ie. those targetted at Harlequin Mills & Boon. I'm up against some steep competition though! Special wave to Melissa and Nikki!
My wonderful writing buddy Bec has given me a stern talking to, asking ''What more inspiration do I need to get off my butt and actually put my fingers to the keyboard again?'' Sleeping kids would be a start :)
But she's right... there's no excuse to not write when getting published is your DREAM!! So... this morning, I'm trying, I really, really, really am trying and have given myself the goal of 2000 words for the weekend.
500 down... 1500 to go. In the words of a train from Trouble's (Son 2) favourite picture book - ''I think I can!''
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Let's face it... they are the essence of a romance novel, are they not? Well, I'm having a little casting issue with mine.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
I know it's cliched, but writing at the moment is like pulling teeth. Excrutiatingly painful... only difference is I guess, I have no desire to have my pearly whites evicted from my mouth but I have a real desire to get the words down on the page just right.
Monday, October 6, 2008
After an extended break from actually writing (was revising and then trying to holiday with my family), I finally threw myself back into the current wip tonight. I've been soooooooooo distracted of late by the Internet (reading emails from fabulous writing buddies, surfing blogs of fabulous writing buddies, etc) that if I give myself an hour to write, it's always diluted with distractions. So tonight, I decided to dig out my faithful Alphasmart again and give it another go.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Oh my GOODNESS!!!
Sunday, September 28, 2008
This is an exciting post for me 'cos I'm here to tell you, I've just printed off my first ever requested full mss.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
After discussions with various people of note, I've decided that WHEN (yes, that's right, I'm thinking with the positive part of my brain) I get published, I'd like to write under the pen name of Rachael Johns.
There are a number of reasons why people choose to write under a pen name and I'm not gonna broadcast mine here but will tell you that I've chosen it for a reason. I think I'd find it too confusing to go by anything other than Rachael, so I'm sticking with my first name. I tossed up with a number of options for a second - hubby's middle name, his real surname (long story), my maiden name and my dad's surname (another long story) but in the end, they either didn't sound like a romance writer :) or they didn't look good as a .com and let's face it, in this day and age, you want a sexy looking .com
I went with Johns because John was my grandpa's name - he died just before I started writing category romance and was my all time hero. My granny was one lucky lady. I also dedicated one of my stories to him as he was a magician (in his spare time) and I created a magician hero thanks to his inspiration. So, I think Johns is fitting and http://www.rachaeljohns.com/ wasn't taken and looked good. I've now bought the domain name so am a step further to setting up a website! One day...
So aside from fantasing about getting published enough to decide on a pen name, what have I been up to these last few weeks?
I've just finished the final (hopefully) rewrite of ''For Love Or Ratings'', the full mss requested by Harlequin Superromance. I'm letting it sit for a week and will then give it one more read through and proof before sending it off.
I've giving myself a little break before getting stuck straight back into my current wip, a mss aimed at M&B Modern Heat. I've just subbed the partial of this to M&B but have polishing to do in case they request the full. Fingers crossed.
I've also entered the Romance Writers of Australia High Five contest and the ''Feel The Heat'' contest on the iheartpresents site.
Phew... and have just hit the third trimester of my pregnancy and am feeling all those fatigue hormones taking over my body again. Even typing all this was tiring.
I'm gonna be fixing up the settings on this blog over the next week or so, so please forgive me if you're not on the blogroll yet and know you should be... I promise to get there.
So... leave a comment and let me know you made it over! Welcome!