Persuaded by writer friends that I should try writing a blog- and if I didn't like it I could always delete it- it was with a big amount of trepidation that in September 2010, I set up Carol's Corner.
The appearance of my blog has undergone a few changes, and I'm going to be looking at adjusting a few minor things soon, but my blog will continue to be a mixed bag: my writing and research, my travels, along with book related news, and competitions of course.
I won't be changing the wallpaper either as I really like it. :D
Over the years my writing life has undergone a number of changes too.
Quite a few of my writing plans got disrupted by the accident I had just over three years ago, and it has resulted in my slowing down and re-evaluating how I'm going to handle my work-load in future.
I'm not going to say I'd never try for a publishing contract, but for the moment self-publishing is going to be my likely course.
I know it's a lot of work, but at least I'm in control and as anyone who knows me will tell you, I get a little bit edgy when I see stuff going wrong, but I can't do anything about it.
So, in these past four years:
- I've won a couple of the annual competitions at the writers' club; most importantly the Romance Novel trophy, and in January this year, the Writer of the Year trophy to add to earlier successes: the Manuscript of the Year (a 250 word story voted by the audience on the competition night) and The Little Moe trophy for a Drama.
- Four of my very short stories- 200 words each- originally written for the One Word Challenge competition on the Writers Online,Talkback forum- were published by small publisher Alfie Dog Fiction, in the 'One Word Anthology' as both an e-book, and a paperback via Amazon's Createspace.
- I launched the existence of my pseudonym, Serena Lake.
- I've read some of my short stories and flash fiction in front of the public at the Lowdham Book Festival's 'Fringe at The Ship' event.
- A few months ago I heard that my short, 'A Tight Squeeze', will be in 'The Best of Cafe Lit 2014'.
- I have the first draft of my historical romance novella completed.
- A synopsis and first three chapters for my Dorset novel.
- And the current WIP which is a contemporary romance, which I will eventually self publish.
- Numerous other ideas, characters and notes for further stories.
- I've found what works for me- at the moment.
- I've been Chairman of my local writers' club- my three year term finishes in April 2015.
Best of all I've made new friendships both personally and professionally- thank you all. :)
So what are my plans for the rest of 2014 and into 2015?
'Just keep writing' is going to be my motto.
I've found life tends to throw curve-balls when I make too definite plans, so I'm going to be flexible and take up the challenges as they approach, and aim for getting one of my projects published sometime next year...
I hope you'll continue to pop in and read my posts- I'm certainly intending to read more blog posts by others too.
So do continue to leave comments as it's good to know you're there.
Meanwhile, full steam ahead... :D