… sounds good doesn’t it?!
Yet again I’ve been a bit neglectful of my blog lately. I’d like to say it’s because I’ve been concentrating non-stop on my writing career but if I’m honest – as many of you will well know – I’ve probably spent more time prevaricating on Twitter in between the daily grind of the school run than actually furiously typing away on my laptop. *blushes and makes mental note to try harder*
“A day off and you’re going away for a weekend all about writing?” My colleague Nick asked me incredulously last Saturday when I announced I’m heading to the Romantic Novelist’s Association conference in Newport this coming weekend.
“Yes,” I snapped back, “as much as I’m not ready to give up the day job,” (I work for an estate agent – well when I say work, it’s more like turning up at properties and having a good nose around people’s beautiful homes), “I take my writing career seriously and what you are looking at,” I demonstrated by transcending my hands up and down my body, “is Brand-Lisa!”
Nick laughed and so did I too but although I did say it tongue-in-cheek, I so want to become a fully-fledged, full-time – and dare I say it, paid – writer, that in a way it’s sort of true.
The RNA New Writers’ Scheme deadline is looming and another year’s work, reassessing, re-plotting and rewriting has been fulfilled. Now I’m editing and re-editing (all this reviewing, I really must try harder!) before I finally submit the fruits of my labour for the past twelve months for critique. So a jolly knees-up with all my writer pals and no-children to boot seems like a very appropriate way to reward myself. But, I have to admit the major part of me is also very excited about the networking side of things; the opportunity to meet literary professionals and the pure bliss of spending a whole weekend with like-minded people talking about writing. As an unpublished writer – and this does sound very Apprentice-Candidat- like so apologies – the opportunity to promote myself and learn more about the publishing industry is invaluable. So I shall make an extra effort next week to report back to tell you who I’ve met and what I’ve learnt.
That’s if I make it back from Wales. Rumour has it that Jill Mansell’s taking part in a panel of authors being interviewed in a Q&A session and there’s a high-possibility that I’ll be locked up for crimes against embarrassing myself in front of my favourite author… *squee*