The Software I will Use

Once I move and set up my fabulous, new writing space, I then need to consider the software I will use to get the writing done.

For planning, I like to use two software packages. The first is Snowflake Pro Software. I purchased the software years ago and swear by it. Of course, you don’t have to buy the software, you can just follow the steps as set out on the linked page. I’ve done it that way too. Both methods work fine. I find using the Snowflake method gives me a clear outline so I know where the story starts and ends, as well as giving me focused details for the middle. If you have never heard of the Snowflake method of writing a novel, then you should seriously consider giving it a try.

The second piece of software I use for planning is a wiki. In all honesty, I can’t remember the name of it, but it is compact and extremely easy to use. I know it’s free and I find it useful in keeping my facts in order. Things like character profiles, setting details, research notes, links and images and anything else I need to keep track of. I hope I still have a copy of it backed up somewhere.

For writing, I also use two programs. One is a blank Word page. I will write and write and write. Filling one page after another. Once I do get into a flow, I can write for hours. But once the flow is interrupted then I find myself writing a word, a phrase, a sentence and then pausing for the longest time before I write another word, another phrase or another sentence. I’ve used Word for many years and love it, because I know what I’m doing with it.

The other software I use is yWriter. I started using this software a couple of years ago for a novel I’m writing for young readers. I don’t use the software to its full potential, but I found it helps me keep focused, and helps encourage me as stats are visible that inspire me to keep to a certain level of writing each day. I didn’t finish that novel and intend to return to it. And, yes, I will also continue to use the software.

Over the years I’ve tried other software, but I always come back to these four. I like them. They suit my needs. And that’s what’s important, isn’t it? The tools we use must be right for us. I use these tools, you might use something else, but as long as what is used helps get the writing completed, that’s all that really matters.

Having said that, it will be interesting to see if my tastes and needs have changed after such a long break. I will have to wait and see, won’t I?

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Upcoming Writing Space

At present, most of my belongings are packed away. This has been the case for over three years. However, in October, that will change. We will move into our forever home and we will finally unpack everything we own. It will be exciting to see what we have. It will be even more exciting to see and touch and use our things again.

Amidst the excitement of that, I feel especially excited to have my own writing space again. I’m not sure what that space will look like as yet. I can envision an assortment of wonderful writing spaces. Some include a deserted island with everything I would ever need. Or one of those grass huts suspended above tranquil water, with a beautiful blue sky overhead and a temperature to die for. But I doubt I’ll end up with anything of that nature.

I will settle for a cosy space, that is quiet. It would be nice to have light and airy. And it would be absolutely out of this world to have two screens. In fact, I will not settle for less this time round. On all of this. By that I mean the peace and quiet, the light and airy and the two screens. Not the island or hut over water. No hope of that.

Anyway, my upcoming writing space is taking shape in my mind. I look forward to seating myself in that space in the near future and delving into old worlds and new.

Still Getting Back into the Swing of Writing

I notice my last post was written in April this year — five months ago. Seems a lot longer to me. Things continue to be difficult, draining, and I continued to not write.

However, thoughts of writing remain with me. I find myself looking at book covers and wondering if The Lion Gods or Domino Effect would suit them. Scenes of their plots play out in my mind. Character faces (how I imagined them when I wrote about them) pop up unexpectedly for a fleeting moment. Difficult scenes I need to write twirl around and fly away. I’ve even found myself on Pinterest reading writing tips and saving them to my writing board.

The urge to write is growing. I feel it will happen soon. It makes me happy to think and believe this to be true.

October will be the start of (another) new chapter for me. Between now and then I will move (again). When I unpack my belongings, which have been boxed up and stored away for over three years, I will hopefully be living in my forever home.

I intend to set up a writing space for myself. I have promised myself that when I get that space, I will write.

I will write!

Yes, I will write. My plan is to start with a short period of time, or a low word count. 10 minutes a day sounds good to start with. No pressure. Then I will allow myself to increase that to half an hour and eventually to an hour a day. The promise I made to myself does not go beyond that. One hour a day. No pressure. I want to write because I want to, because I have a story to share. Not because I have to.

Roll on October. 😀

Getting Back into The Swing of Writing

Getting back into the swing of writing is a post written by Australian author Alison Tait. The title grabbed my attention and inspired me to write this post. Let me be honest, I haven’t written a thing in three years. Not a single word. In my defence I’ve had a lot on my mind, and I’m told I’ve been through multiple highly stressful situations during this time, however, in the past that’s when I write the most. But not this time.

I’m starting to find my feet and I have discovered over recent weeks I’ve thought about writing. Thinking and doing are two different things, I know that, but for me thinking is a step closer. 

There are five things I really do enjoy. Well, maybe I should say, I used to really enjoy. They are, in no particular order:

  1. Reading
  2. Writing
  3. Researching my family tree
  4. Playing the PlayStation
  5. Taking long walks with G and our dog.

I’ve never stopped reading. However, I can’t say the same for the other things on my list. Over the last few months though, I’ve restarted four of the five things. The only thing left to restart is the writing. I want to start. I guess this post is the first step. I wrote the post. I acknowledge my desire. I now have to … write.

I’ll get back to you in relation to this.

Ebook Sale, only 2 days to go

Only two days remain to buy ebooks from my website or from Kayelle Press for $1.00 each. This offer WILL expire at midnight on 31 December 2014, Australian EST.

Head to either of the two websites, a larger selection is available from Kayelle Press, and grab some reading material (fantasy, science fiction and horror) right now before you miss out.

Don’t forget to tell your friends and family, especially those who received an ereader for Christmas.

Free eBooks Available for Read an eBook Week

Just letting you know that Kayelle Press is happy to participate in Read an eBook Week. They feel it’s important to promote any kind of reading as it really can set the imagination free, if you let it.

Unshackle your mind by downloading their free ebooks during the promotion — 4 March 2012 (starts at one minute past midnight) to 10 March 2012 (ends at 11.59pm, USA Pacific time).

The Land of Miu — always free!
The King’s Riddle — free for one week only!
Hope Anthology — free for one week only!

Get them for FREE from Kayelle Press’ Smashwords page during the promotional period mentioned above only.

Also, I am offering the Speculative Realms Anthology for free as well. Head over to the Speculative Realms’ Smashwords Page to download the ebook for free.

Reminder: Don’t forget to use the coupon code, which will only appear on the individual pages for the books during the promotion period, when completing the checkout process.

Released: A King’s Riddle

I’m extremely proud to announce that The King’s Riddle, book 2 of The Land of Miu series, was officially released on 25 January 2012.

The book takes the reader back to Manu and is told from Siptah’s point of view, the princess’s guard-in-training. The young Miuans have gotten themselves into trouble (again) and need the two human girls to return to Miu and help them solve an ancient puzzle.

The book is available in paperback and various digital formats. And, until the end of February 2012, Goodreads members can elect to be in the running to win a free copy of the paperback. There are three copies to be won and this offer is available to anyone living in Australia, England, United States and Canada.

Why don’t you head over to The King’s Riddle Goodreads page and click on the “Enter to Win” button right now! 😀

National Year of Reading Special Offer

Happy New Year! I hope all your dreams come true in the next twelve months. More importantly, I hope you are happy, healthy and stay safe.

2012 is the National Year of Reading. It’s a year to encourage people to read more or simply to learn to read better.

With this in mind, I am offering ebooks for download at the grand price of nothing! That’s right, they are free for the taking, but you must use the coupon codes listed below at the check out. And you must do this before 31 January 2012, as that’s when the offer expires.

First up, is the Speculative Realms anthology:

Promotional price: Absolutely Free!
Coupon Code: YR74C
Expires: January 31, 2012

Secondly, is the Hope anthology:

Promotional price: Again, Absolutely Free!
Coupon Code: HJ58A
Expires: January 31, 2012

All you have to do is follow the link to the respective pages at Smashwords, click on “Add to Cart”, type in the coupon code above and download the version that suits you best. Then, add the file to your ereader and start reading.

And finaly, there is The Land of Miu, which is always free but I felt compelled to ensure you knew that. For this ebook there is no coupon code, just go to “The Land of Miu” Smashword’s page and download the version you want.

Happy reading and Happy New Year!

eBook Available for Free!

The Land of Miu is the first book in a series for younger readers. It can be purchased as a paperback (refer to my official The Land of Miu page). Or, it can be downloaded as a free ebook from the following places:

Smashwords (available in various digital formats including epub and kindle)
Kobo Books (download to your Kobo device or any other device with a Kobo app)
Nook Books (download to your Nook or any other device with a Nook app)
iTunes (download through iBookstore or onto your computer)
Goodreads (read online)
Wattpad (read online)
Feedbooks (download epub or Kindle versions from the website and add to your ereader or download through various ebook apps through your device)

Released: The Land of Miu

On Friday, 25 November 2011, The Land of Miu was published.

It is important to note that this is the second edition of the first book of the Land of Miu series. I know it’s getting tiresome reading that sentence everywhere, but I want to ensure existing readers totally understand that this is not the next instalment in the series. The next instalment, The King’s Riddle, will be released on 25 January 2012.

The paperback version of The Land of Miu is already available from Amazon for $9.99. Of course, it is also available from Kayelle Press for the same price.

The digital version is free! It is available from Smashwords. At present, it is also available from the Amazon Kindle Store for $0.99 but I’m hoping that will change to a free download in coming weeks.

If you do not have a Smashwords account and do not want to create one then use the contact form above to send me a request to email the ebook to you. Don’t forget to tell me which format you prefer. It’s available in PDF, mobi, epub, LRF and PDB.

And please rest easy knowing that to me ‘free’ means exactly that, ‘free’. There are no catches or small print, and you will not be emailed for any other purpose than to send you your free ebook. Promise.