Wednesday, 2 April 2008

Books, books, books!

Oh I do love Amazon! Look what was waiting for me when I got home tonight:

and the The Writer's Book of Hope: Getting from Frustration to Publication by Ralph Keyes (the only book not written by a member of the Novel Racers!)

I can't wait to start reading. I already had a quick flick through the Writer's Book of Hope and there's some good stuff in there (stuff I'm sure I'll be regurgitating onto the blog over the next few weeks!)

Actually that book couldn't have come at a better time. I still haven't written a word. It's been 2 weeks and 2 days since I last wrote something - possibly the longest I've ever gone without writing since I got 'serious' about it in 2005. Not good. Not good at all. But it seems as though I'm not alone. Several other bloggers are going through a bit of a dry spell at the moment. Maybe it's the weird weather? Or the Rewriting blues? Who knows.

Still, I'm not going to beat myself up about it. Whenever I've felt a bit blocked before I've found that reading a lot can help spark up new ideas and enthusiasm.

In other news the final scores for Eurofiction have been released and, overall, I came 11th out of 56. That beats my ranking last year (14th) but, again, I just failed to get into the top 10 (by 1 point). Never mind, better luck next year. At least I got 10 new stories out of it. Stories I can hopefully sell.

I've got a fairly quiet weekend planned so I'm planning on putting my head down and getting some writing done, no matter what. Then, next weekend, I'm off on a writing course with Leigh and HelenMH (can't wait) and two weeks after that it's the Novel Racers meet up (yay!). Better get on with some actual writing then. No point calling myself a writer if I don't do any!


Lane said...

Enjoy your booty Cal.
Don't worry about your dry spell. It'll be pouring out of you soon:-)

(well down on your Eurofiction placing. Great result!:-)

Leigh said...

I've just started Lucy's book, and it's brilliant! I haven't stopped laughing! Page 45? That's my life (except the bit where the baby conveniently falls asleep) !!!

KAREN said...

I blame the weather for everything, personally! Sounds like you needed a little break, maybe?

Those books make me want to go and read something right now :o)

L-Plate Author said...

I know that feeling of new books arriving, I blogged about it to. I'm reading a novel racers book too! x

Maddie Moon said...

Congratulations on the Eurofiction placing. I've not heard of that comp. before, but I'm a little bit worried about the person who came 56th. I couldn't stand that sort of pressure!
I'm very envious that you're all off to Della's course. Have a wonderful time!

HelenMH said...

Can't wait to go on the course either! Really looking forward to meeting you properly!

Lucy Diamond said...

Just coming out of lurk to say THANK YOU for buying my book! And THANK YOU for sponsoring me too! You're a star xx

Nichola said...

Book porn!

(Sorry...but as someone who believes her spiritual home is Borders, I love photos like that...)