Friday, 2 December 2011

Friday 2nd December 2011 - Saturday 3rd December 2011

I never know what date to put on a night shift.When your writing about the day gone not coming!
2.41am 5hours to go!

The "fairies" have been and doesn't it just put you in a great mood, smelling the tree (oh I love that smell), been extra tidy; because santas watching so things have to be tidy (I need my fossil bag!) the excitement in the air, writing letters, telling stories, visiting the man himself ! Maddie stood for 20mins getting herself more and more worked up waiting yesterday to see Santa, she's such a worrier, she panicked every time the door opened then after the 100th "I don't want to go in" the door opens and sheer panic set in she ran but the wrong way straight in to see him! I sat Dexter on the stool with Santa and Maddie stood in the far corner, then out of no-where "I want a baby that cries and a flashing yo-yo, Dexi wants a guitar blue I think" as confident as ever. She chatted away like she knew him and left with such a proud look on her face, knowing 'HE KNEW!' she wanted to save her present until we reached the car, with pure excitement on her face she unwrapped her gift hoping she'd said enough and absolute disappointment washed over her face while using the saddest voice I've ever heard " All I asked for was a baby that cry's and look what he gave me, A RAINDEER!!!!" I didn't know what to say, after only just hearing another mother call her child ungrateful I just laughed. She's three, how to explain we had another 3wks to go before he brings your 'real' presents and this was an extra one, but she loves her raindeer now so win win !!!

Tomorrow is going to be fun, my wonderful 'hobby' is going to be on show (literally) we're performing at the theatre! The Zumba Bradford Belles are hitting the big time! We did a run through in front of maybe 35 people at a school on Thursday and I've never laughed as much in my life. I'm on the end so had the view of the whole right hand side and a drum kit placed perfectly right in my spot! So not only did I have to concentrate on getting "The Mother" right I now had to negotiate the drum kit and random guitars placed carefully around ! Who knew 'me' time twice a week would lead to being on stage again ! (I danced for 15yrs before I had my children so you'd think I'd be used to it) Actually I can't even call it me time the 1st seven months Dexter came now the last seven maddies been, with my rehearsals for the 'belles' I must say I've got away with the last few weeks as they do run a little late, every night I get the usual "Are we going to Zumba mummy?" "not tonight my love" "oh is it a late one" she says in a very grown up voice. Fingers crossed for tomorrow and even if it all goes belly up I know we'll have fun anyway !!!

How can I write a post for an hour !

Bye for now x

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Wednesday 30th November 2011

The fairies are coming tomorrow!

I'm so excited I love Christmas, I can't wait! Dexters now old enough to open his presents and Maddie now understand what's happening.

Things are going well on the writing front, I'm itching to write another series but I need to concentrate on these, but when 'your job's done' and I have to sit around waiting for others to do their bit it's difficult.

We have coloured characters now so backgrounds are next on the list. Who new there were so many styles of "colouring in". I've had a million to choose from then the one I picked there were a million more in the same style, but I think we got there and I love them more now, they look so real. How Russell did it I've no idea, trying to draw not what he see's but what I'm seeing must be so hard especially as I'm so picky! I got a good one!

Again it's Wednesday so I have to spend the afternoon in the office (aka the loft coffee house) to do some updates and brainstorming with my PA, oh it's hard work!

Speak soon x

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Tuesday 22nd November 2011

What a week and it's only Tuesday, I'm hoping this week will fly so I can start again!

On a positive note, I've finished editing and most of the feedback has been collected, so things are moving along nicely. My website is now up and running, How on earth did i do that??? Computers and myself really don't get on, but I DID IT! Now it's not the best website in the world, but its made with love, so I'm very proud. Actually that's my life story really, I've always had to work hard for what I want, from 15yrs old I had 3 part time job's and managed to save £75 a week after board, which i saved religiously for years and if I hadn't of been dealt some very bad cards I'd be a millionaire! Bought my 1st car at 16, my 1st house at 18, and did it all alone. I wasn't the brightest star in the sky but i worked hard, got my head down and achieved more than most thought I could. Now the same "who does she think she is?" looks emerge, as I'm starting to tell  people about my new venture but I actually believe this IS going to work so stand back and watch me fly.

Friday, 11 November 2011

Saturday 11/11/11

Oh again ! 4 days ahhhh it's 3.15am and I just remembered my everyday blog thingie, and I was doing so well ! Anyway too late now!
Is it wrong to be so excited about my business cards arriving ??? I got 500 business cards, 2x 'building memories' stamps, matching pens and the thing my mother is sooo impressed about a business card holder !!!! Oh dear I need to get out more !

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Tuesday, 8th November 2011

Today has been quite a simple day.

This morning we went to the children's adventure centre, before taking moo to nursery, then this afternoon boring paperwork,emails, letters and that's about as exciting as my day got.

On the other hand tomorrow I'm meeting my illustrator, so I'm sure after tomorrow the wheels will be in motion and my books will look a little more like "the real thing".

I think I quite preferred it when people didn't know about my books, as all I ever seem to hear now is; "How are the books going?" Or "What's happening with the books?". Don't get me wrong, I love people being interested but answering the same questions 20 times a day gets a little bit depressing when I don't have any news and desperately want something exciting to tell people.

I'm sure by Christmas things will look a little more complete and I can start to make plans for publishing.

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Monday 7th November 2011

I'm going to use Siri as my new writing tool, so here goes!

Why do all my good ideas come when I'm in bed! It is now 12:45am, I having far too many ideas for my new books, I'm now on series 3 with so many ideas it's hard to keep track, I have notes everywhere! Who said writing was easy! I must say siri is making this much easier! Is this classed as cheating if I'm not actually writing? I think I actually prefer to write as Siri seems to get all my words muddled, so I'm having to edit it anyway!

So on with my writing and hopefully sometime tonight I shall get some sleep before the children wake-up and the fun begins !

Ooops 7th November 2011

Ohhh noooo my NaBloPoMo didn't go too well, blog number two, 28mins late !!!! Are nights classed as an excuse ????
Any who it sounds a fun challenge so I shall carry on regardless !

Anyone who knows me knows George (asda) is about as far as my designer labels go, but after my wonderful girl broke my purse, and searching frantically for one whilst on holiday to the lakes I refused to pay £8! But after falling in love with one at £44 (fossil) I'm now obsessed with it and after researching fossil purses the prices are going up but I can't control myself it's 00.33 now and (thanks to my purse obsession that's why I'm late blogging) I've found a bag and created a whole new wardrobe ! What's happening sleep deprivation has changed me, I no longer want cheap and cheerful, but bankrupting seems the only way to go ! Ahhhh I need help !

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Saturday 5th November!

After working a night shift with two short hours sleep this morning, not looking forward to the next, I'm now doing my usual 'panic phoning' trying to persuade anyone to sit with my monkeys, so (in my closing line to my Dad, which clinched the deal) "I don't die!!!"
I say monkeys, their actually far from it, but lack of sleep makes me drift off into my own world, with the rather annoying children's television tunes playing in my mind, as i sit their watching them make more mess and my body just doesn't move ! Dexter's eating his 23rd orange and Maddie's on her 18th yogurt, so its time to call for re-enforcements !Dad's on his way !!! You never grow up enough to not need that line!

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm/////// nn nm    /sdcxftghtxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxtyhjbmkcnbnmcj,              mmpjpokukukmouuuuuuuuuuuuuuumoo?
#(Thanks Dexi!)

My books are out for review now, with nothing but positive feedback, so fingers crossed I will keep up the good record and things will start moving a little quicker! Having said that, I'm not sure quicker is so good, The last 6mths have flown so maybe this pace is fast enough.

Must dash Dexter is frantically signing 'please' so me time is over, back to reality, Grown up me over !

Sunday, 16 October 2011

16 th october 2011, nope now 17th october 2011 !

I can not sleep with all the new ideas whizzing around my head ! I had to get them down on paper so thought, "seen as I'm up, why not blog!"
I've been speaking to some truly inspirational people since i started building my portfolio, I am so grateful to even get to read about them in general, let alone to talk to them personally. This wonderful journey I'm on, is beyond my expectations, I thought (and still do slightly) I'd be out of my depth, I'm not at all a social person, to be quite honest the thought of chatting to a stranger scares the living daylights out of me, but somehow when the topic is something your passionate about, the words just flow!
I feel I've just taken control of my life (and myself) and started to actually believe "I can do this!", and what a great feeling!
I've always enjoyed my life, even the horrible bits, because lets face it, life's a lesson, so until you learn from it and make the best out of it, things will keep coming to bite you on the bum! I used to say "I know he's trying to teach me something, because things don't seem to be changing, but i'm sick of this lesson now." but obviously I never got it, but i do now and that's where my trademark for my books came from, "Building Memories" because lifes about making good of whatever you have, you might not have alot or go many places but its what you do with your life that makes it and you who you are.
My daughter doesn't remember a thing a bought her through the years, all the toys you think they HAVE to have, but she remembers every tiny bit of infomation of the things we did together, from staying in a cheap B&B, playing silly games and staying up late to just snuggling in bed watching tv.

My children have the world, its just not material.

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Wednesday 12th Oct 2011

Great day! Illustrations great, trademark sorted and in process ! Things going well !

Monday, 10 October 2011

Things are coming together, meeting with my illustrator again on Wednesday, getting all the details sorted, spoke to my solicitor today, so contracts drawn up just to be signed now, a million messages from some fantastic people all replied to (I hope) and if not please let me know !!!!!! Productive day all round !
Special thanks to Vicki Gilbert and Vivien Sabel , you've put me in contact with some great people thank you x

Friday, 7 October 2011

My 1st post

This technical new me is very hard!
I'm much better at writing on paper, but im getting there!!!

So alittle about me 1st,
* I have two beautiful children, that are the main inspiration for all my books.
* I'm a 'Zumbaholic'!
* I'm terrible on computers!

I started writing my books after going to see 'How the koala learnt to hug' at the theatre with my children, and decided basically that "I could do that!" so that night i put pen to paper and couldn't stop. I've now finished my 18th book and desperate to write more!

At the moment im concentrating on these and im sure they'l be on your shelves soon !