Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Voyeristic Tendancies

As a writer I also read a lot and quite often I find myself on fellow authors blogs. The most recent blog I've been reading belongs to Cara Bristol. She took a week in her writing life and wrote about it in her blog. It may be slightly voyeuristic but writing can be such a singular act that seeing how other people do it is always refreshing and interesting.

Amongst other things Cara has a busy social life and still attempts to write 1,500 words a day a word count even she realises isn't always plausible. Still goals are always a great thing and that's the aim even if it isn't the reality.

So what did I get from these blogs apart from a voyeuristic insight into another writers world? Well importantly the realisation I really need to get back into having a writing schedule. A few years ago I had one that worked quite well but then my hours in my other job changed and the schedule went sideways.

Reading Cara's blog has made me want to change that so this train of consciousness is my attempt to create a schedule all be it one that's more a work in progress.

Sunday: On this day I'm in my other job pretty much the full day. However on this day I'm going to be getting the blogs done for that job. It's also the day I get my majority of testing done for that job too – so words will be put down and that totally counts right?

Monday: This day I'm at home. Although I can't focus totally on writing I plan to use this day to work on the blogs and actually learn how to schedule blogs so that I don't need to worry about being able to get internet access to actually post the blogs. This is a bigger issue then you would expect, I don't live in the back end of nowhere but I don't have the most reliable internet so these things need to be thought about!

If Monday happens to be a good day then I would like to get at least 500 words done. Yes it's not much but it is better then the current word count which is normally 0. After all some words are far better than none!

Tuesday: Hopefully I should get 1000 words done although I'm in the other job for a large portion of the day.

Wednesday: The day to get all the washing done and all the wonderful other jobs the rest of the week won't allow me to complete. However this is also the day I plan to get 1000 at least done, hopefully more.

Thursday: No writing today, or even blogs but hopefully with the scheduling working (fingers crossed – this is yet to be played with) a blog should go up.

Friday: The one day me and Mr. G get to have off together! Phew not that we have busy lives or anything. Due to this I'm going to aim to hit 500 words.

Saturday: Another day in the office and not the writing one however this day I should be able to get at least 250 words done.

Overall if I hit these targets I should get 3250 words completed in the week. This may not sound a lot but as I've said some words are better then none! If I work on the same piece each week I should be able to hit my submission goals.

I'm not sure how realistic these word counts are going to be but at least it's a goal! I've also got to fit in getting fitter, editing, submission call reading, eating healthier looking after the family and lots more but it's a start.

Let's see how this goes....

If you are interested in reading the blog that's set all of this off you can find it here: http://carabristol.com/2015/03/a-week-in-the-crazy-life-of-an-author-part-1/

Monday, March 30, 2015

Book Bundle Blog Tour for Alison Tyler

Phew well I had been planning on getting this blog post out sooner but then as it always seems to do life happened. I really need to get far more organised, so watch this space.

Anyway on with the blog tour.

Alison Tyler is a writer and editor that I've read and followed for many years. Some of her earlier stories are what first got me reading erotica. Her anthologies have brought many hundreds (I'm sure Alison could give the exact number) of authors together and she has been instrumental in bringing into print many for the first time, starting off their writing carriers.

This blog tour is to celebrate multiple books one of which is her book The Delicious Torment. I was lucky enough to take part in the The Delicious Torment blog tour and took the opportunity to interview Alison.

So here is Alison in her own words talking about The Delicious Torment.

1.Is this book a direct continuation of the first in the series or can it be read as a stand alone?

The Delicious Torment continues where Dark Secret Love left off. But I definitely feel a reader could fall into the warm, wet middle and still be able to swim to shore.

2.How do you take your coffee/tea/hot chocolate?

I take my coffee black. I don’t take my tea or hot chocolate at all. Coffee. Black. Preferably, in an off-white 1950s style diner mug. Generally, while the sky is still dark outside.

3.When it comes to sitting down and writing a novel do you plan or dive straight in and see where it takes you?

The starting is easy. I have ideas all day long. The ones that wrap me up and don’t let go—those are the ones that get finished.

4.The exquisite agony of waiting for that first review is understood by many authors, what do you do when you get the first review of a new book?

Oh, if it’s good, then sweet relief. And if it’s bad, then if you would, please pass me the bottle under the table. My skin’s not thick enough yet (even after all these years) to kick-start a book with a bad review.

5.When you are working on a novel are you ever tempted to 'cheat' on it and see other ideas and books on the side?

I cheat on my WIPS all day long. In fact, I wrote this whorish little post about cheating right here:

6.What had been your favourite part of working on this book?

The Delicious Torment is the second in a series of at least six books. I am beyond excited about having the opportunity to hold paperback copies of what started out as blog posts back in 2006. It’s a dream come true.

7.Sum up the book in two sentences.

What happens when your “true love always” involves not one man, but two? Samantha must decide whether her heart has room for more than only Jack.

8.What is next for you?

After The Delicious Torment comes Wrapped Around Your Finger. I’ve just turned in the final manuscript. Now I’m waiting to hear back regarding edits. But I’m never still. While I’m waiting, my head’s down and my fingers are flying on a new novel.

Where can readers find you and your works?

Alison Tyler has made being naughty a full-time job. Her sultry short stories appear in more than 100 anthologies, and she is a prolific editor of bestselling erotic anthologies like Twisted, Bound for Trouble, and The Big Book of Bondage. In all things important, she remains faithful to her husband of 15 years, but she still can’t choose just one perfume. Find her at alisontyler.com and alisontyler.blogspot.com

All the books involved in the tour!

Dark Secret Love: A Story of Submission
By Alison Tyler
$16.95, Trade Paper
232 pages, 5” x 8”
ISBN: 978-1-57344-956-4

The Delicious Torment: A Story of Submission
By Alison Tyler
$16.95, Trade Paper
240 pages, 5” x 8”

Wrapped Around Your Finger: A Story of Submission
By Alison Tyler
$16.95, Trade Paper
240 pages, 5” x 8”

The Big Book of Bondage: Sexy Tales of Erotic Restraint
Edited by Alison Tyler
$15.95, Trade Paper
352 pages, 5 x 7
ISBN: 978-1-57344-907-6

Twisted: Bondage with an Edge
By Alison Tyler
$15.95, Trade Paper
240 pages, 5.5” x 8”

You can find Alison Tylers Amazon author page here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Alison-Tyler/e/B000APSWIM which lists all the books!