Story of my life… Here’s a writing comp…

I’ve been sick with the flu for the last month, and I kid you not I am done! Seriously how long can it last? Fingers crossed it’s on the way out.

Anyway, I haven’t been up for writing much. I can barely handle looking at a screen for more than a couple of hours without a headache. As a result, I haven’t been able to finish a story. They all start great and then it’s all down hill from there. So I took to editing my old manuscripts.

Does anyone else ever read over their work and go…”Seriously, Word, what’s up with that?” Why is there double words like the the, or words missing that you could have sworn were there last time? I am beginning to feel like I’m either going crazy or Microsoft Word has a mind all of its own.


The Ampersand Prize with Hardie Grant opens Thursday, you can find it HERE on their website or through Twitter.  Or through the post I posted earlier about it.  It opens September 1st, closes September 16th.

I am thinking of submitting one of two manuscripts. I just can’t decide which one. Fingers crossed a couple more coffees will help with that or I may spent the next two weeks contemplating and miss out. Given my current mind set, that is most likely.

I did consider submitting a story to a publishing house but panicked and reconsidered, because I didn’t know if it was the right one. I even considered offering them access to my cloud drive and telling them to enjoy themselves. But I get the feeling it may not lead to a publishing contract. One can dream. With 10 completed manuscripts and eight started something might interest someone. Or not.

If you are looking at submitting to the Ampersand Prize, do it. There’s no harm in it and it’s a great way to get your name out there, have someone read your work and who knows you may be lucky enough to have it published. My fingers are crossed for you.

And now for a detailed description of my day…

Image Credits to The Funny Beaver 



Ampersand Prize

Images borrowed from Hardie Grant Publishing site.

So this came up in my Twitter feed a few moments ago. Hardie Grant, the publisher behind Billy B Brown, Minecraft books, Winnie the Pooh and more. Are offering a chance for unpublished writers to make their debut.

The Ampersand Prize started in 2012 and is home of winners Erin Gough and Melissa Keil. And is for middle grade and young adult novels. ONE submission per writer.

Entries open THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 1st 2016

Entries close FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 16th 2016

So now is an excellent time to start or finish off your project.

Your submission must be in .doc or .pdf format.

You must include:

  • COVER SHEET (authors name, manuscript title, genre, word count, two sentence pitch of your story and a short author bio).
  • ONE PAGE SYNOPSIS- (key plot points, character development and tell them the ending).
  • FULL MANUSCRIPT (page numbers, font size 10 or 12 in a readable font, title in header or footer).

Submissions to be sent to:

For more information check out their website Ampersand Prize. Or you can find them on Facebook, Twitter.

Good luck.


I am in no way endorsed by Hardie Grant, paid to write up or advertise, or even asked to publish this competition. I saw it online and thought you all might be interested.

A Website That Tells All…

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Books HD sourced from Flicker

So I am meant to be editing Compliant, or writing one of the two books I am working on. Or probably better yet making a start on pancakes for the kids lunch or the brownies for footy tomorrow.

But I made a huge mistake (Aside from finally letting myself watch the promo episode of the Walking Dead. But that’s a whole other post) I jumped on Twitter.

Currently Pantera Press is having an open house with the NSW Writer’s Center. It’s absolutely fabulous and if you’re on Twitter Check it out under the hash tag #PPOpenHouse, or either of the other two’s twitter pages. It’s been incredibly informative.

Among the suggestions and talk was another hashtag #mswl. I was curious as it’s something I had seen been used before but was clueless as to what it meant.

It’s a hashtag used by publishers, literary agents, editors, etc in order to promote the manuscripts they are currently seeking. Can I say ‘Oh My God!? This is a fantastic resource for anyone looking to get published and are not sure if your manuscript is ready to face the world.

Be sure to check out the website Manuscript Wishlist. Hopefully it can help bring together writers and publishers and fill our shelves with some more pretty amazing adventures.


Busy, Busy, Busy

I am so sorry for not posting. Busy is an understatement. My family has had SAPSASA (an inter-school sports competition), birthday’s, work, training courses, volunteer work, sport and study.

I will be updating the blog this week, so look out for that. I will be giving you a run down on my new novel, Compliant. I wrote it for a TAFE assignment, long story short. I was only meant to do a couple of chapters and got carried away… I have a first draft, and an idea for a second.

I was also working on a supernatural fantasy book, when the most amazing idea came to me. So I put that aside and am now working on a medieval fantasy novel!

This new piece is taking me forever to write. By that, I mean it’s flowing slower than anything else I have written. I have scenes in my head but I am not up to those parts and I am struggling with connecting the dots so to speak.

My new piece is rather interesting, every time I hear the song Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol (there’s a link to the youtube clip attached to it) I picture my two main characters. It fits them perfectly. Well, their lives as the story progresses.

I can vividly picture them in this scene in my head. The song just doesn’t suit the genre/theme of the book, cars and knights and maidens don’t blend well, but it suits the story. So we just won’t mention the car part.

The joys of writing. It doesn’t always make sense.

Also coming up in the next two weeks:

Review for Lynette Noni’s Raelia, (you can read my review for her first book Akarnae HERE)

Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instrument Series

A post on doing research for your work.


Why I Don’t Plot…


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I am in the process of drafting a new novel called Compliant. I will tell you all about it soon.

This book has been my enemy since I started. It hasn’t flowed as well as I’d like and it’s taken a lot of effort to make it to where it currently is.

Today’s goal was to finish it, at least the first draft. I found notes from a 2am ah-ha moment. And well the notes sucked. They went
Hits scott Shes pres
Army attack
(That’s right, no grammar or punctuation)

I get her hitting Scott. He’s a jerk. I get the Army attacking. But what in the actual hell is “Shes pres”?? I would love someone to tell me cos I really have no idea

As a result, I may have just jumped right over that little bit. Can’t be that important right?

Anyway, my book ended. That’s great. I’m finally there, 81,000 words and  I killed off more people than the producers of Game of Thrones and in a shorter time span. I’m still not sure if it’s due to the plot or my overtired grumpy mood. Either way. I decided that these GIF’s suit it fine.



Until I got to the end…

I killed off the wrong person. Now it’s do I change it or go with it and enjoy the ending. I had so many plans and well oops… Now I’m tired, have parts of my story missing, my coffee cups empty and I’m crying because of the death of a character I liked.

So there you have it, this is why I don’t plot…

Are you a plotter or a panster?




Weekend Writing Prompt

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Good Morning,

Welcome to this weekend’s writing prompt. How did you go last week? I know some of you enjoyed it.

For your actions there are consequences. The problem was, she hadn’t believed it until now.

See how you go with this weeks. The first part of this is a standard lecture I give my kidlets. I have found it to be one of the truest sayings I have ever heard. Regardless of what you do there is always a response. Good, bad. Big, small. It doesn’t matter. An action always has a reaction.

Does this lead you to a feel good story? Did the protagonist (story’s main character) stop a bully and ultimately save the victims life?

Did she open Pandora’s box?

Did she finally answer the call from the blocked number that had been calling her for over a week?

Did she smile at a stranger? What was their response?

I can’t wait to see what you come up with. Feel free to contact me and let me know, either in the comments below or through my other forms of social media.






Enjoy your weekend,