It's been a long time between blogs. In fact it has been six months!
Time flies when you are having fun they say. Well, I can say some of the time that passed me by was certainly fun but unfortunately not all of it was.
Summer had cliched J fall in love. Summer lovin, had me a blast... but like all good things it had to come to an end.
I did the scandalous thing and fell in love at first sight with the wrong man, an unavailable man. Although he could well have been the love of my life, and me his, it could not be. So I had to fall out of love whether I wanted to or not.
Then came Autumn and with that came my illness. A mystery virus that knocked me about for over two months and caused me to be unable to do any writing, editing or working due to 'post-viral' arthritis and carpel tunnel. Luckily during this time I also rekindled a romance with a compatible man. The man I believe is my missing piece. He is my best friend and is the most considerate man I know. Our friendship and passion is like no other I've had and he has been by my side as my friend for some time. We've had our ups and downs, dated other people and fell in love again... but we now have a relationship that I didn't think I could find. That I thought only existed in my imagination. So Sleeping Beauty was awakened. At least I had a birthday during this time to help... though getting older isn't so good!
I'm now almost completely well, the virus has taken its toll on me and my energy levels etc aren't what they were before but I'm on the mend and writing! Yes, I am currently in rewriting and editing phase and feeling great about working again after a long break. Writers block... no, perhaps heart broken and lost... but my muse is back.
On the author front, my publisher has had a change. Tim, the man who has given me such a wonderful opportunity, has unfortunatly had to relinquish Night Publishing and has resigned me with his new, more 'traditional' company - Taylor Street Books. I'm looking forward to continuing to work with Tim and Kathleen. My third release under Joanne Ellis, Folk Law is currently in the hands of an editor and will be my first release under Taylor Street.
Finally, I will be soon returning to my Writers I know Wednesday reviews and shout-0uts once I finished Mockingjay and the two new Cassandra Clare books! I have a long list and so many to read but hope to begin this blog again soon.
That's all for now.
So I’ve come to a point where I say, what do I prattle on about? Do I keep blogging?
I figure well I guess so... I should be working on my rewrite or one of the many WIP’s I have going but procrastination is a not so welcome friend I know well so...
It was my birthday on Friday. Yes I mention it again (for those who are fb friends and fellow Twitters) but I figure... this is the only thing I’ve been manically excited about this past week.
Now I probably should have grown out of the excitement by now but I haven’t. I love birthdays (in particular my own). I love spoiling other people and being spoilt myself. Being an only child this is a given... but I was extra spoilt this year for many reasons. Not only did I receive some lovely shiny gifts: my kindle, a sat nav (which the kids also love and I use even when I know where I’m going), flowers (always a bonus), beautiful Bohemia crystal champagne glasses and very nice earrings but I had a lovely dinner with close family and loads of margaritas and other such beverages.
I spent the day with my kids, went to dinner and the remainder of my weekend was spent with my best friend. What more could a girl want? Well that would be a long list...
So in usual spoilt Jo fashion my birthday became a weekend thing and I spouted to everyone that would listen that it was my birthday. Yes the kid in me will never fade... a bit like my friend procrastination.
So now it is all over and I had a lovely time... and I’m a little tired today...
My Teaser Tuesday for tomorrow will be Songs from the Other Side of the Wall by the very talented Dan Holloway.
So it is Manic Monday and once again I ponder what to write.
The newest exciting things are my new kindle which now has a list of books to read so long I think I will be set for the rest of the year. Yet I’m still downloading new (and yes free!) books on my kindle every day like a demon... I’m set for the long haul. I’m very excited about my new toy and can’t wait for the pretty skin and cover to arrive in the post.
I’m manic cos it is my birthday on Friday and I love my birthday. Self involved much? Um, yes! I know most people probably grow out of their birthday when they become adults. I probably shouldn’t be rejoicing that I’m getting older and closer to a number I don’t want to say aloud nevertheless I get as excited as a kid in a candy store on my birthday. Perhaps it is because I still have the maturity of a fourteen year old. Perhaps it is because I like being spoilt and being the centre of attention. It is probably a combination of it all. But come on, admit it, you all get excited on the one day you can call your own (unless you are a twin or share your birthday with a loved one).
The final thing that has me manic which is probably going to leave me depressed is my football team. I believe this year could be the first time we get the wooden spoon. At least it is a new record to achieve. All I can hope for is that we win more than one game. I may be being too hopeful for we are playing quite badly but no matter what, you never give up on your team. Even when they seem to have given up on themselves.
Tomorrow is Teaser Tuesday and you may be Blindsided by the extract. ;)