Burn, change, Dwell Design & Press, publishing, website

Website make-over!

firewordsI’ve had a make-over! Late yesterday afternoon I handed control of my website to my very good friend and designer Kate from Dwell Design & Press. It was time for a change. I have been meaning to revamp things for ages, but just didn’t have the time or inspiration for it. When Kate offered, I jumped at the chance, and stepped back so she could work her magic without my interference πŸ˜‰

And I LOVE it. Take a look around. Let me know what you think – feel free to let me know if there is anything you’d like to see on the site that isn’t here now. So exciting! I am sure there will be tweaks still to come, but it’s just so lovely to have a fresh looking space.

On the home page you’ll find a sign-up for my newsletter. I’m planning to kick that off in the next week or so – monthly updates, yo! Again, if there is anything you love to see in newsletters, let me know. I’m going to have fun with it and am keen to hear your suggestions.

In other news, Burn is back from the proofreader and I am going to work through the changes and hopefully get the formatting done today while I am out at my library session for the week. I can’t wait to release that book, and will probably bring you a snippet tomorrow while I wait for Amazon to make the e-book available.

All the good things πŸ™‚ So many good things.

Hope you have/had an excellent Valentines day. Sending you all a little bit of love.

NaNoWriMo, Uncategorized, writing

NaNo? yeah, nah…kinda?

November is almost upon us, and with it, the madness of NaNoWriMo. The internet is being flooded with posts for and against, and writers everywhere are taking sides in the yearly debate of whether you can write a decent novel in a month, or whether you can call yourself a writer if you only write in November/during these challenges etc etc.

I don’t really care to get involved in that. There are pros and cons, and every writer is different. Personally, I can’t, at this point, fathom writing that many words in a month though I have done it before, and I may well do it again in the future.

This is Xanthe. She’s about 15 now and sleeps ~20 hrs a day. Mainly she wakes up to yawn (like this), have some smooches and eat/drink. She is one of the most beautiful cats I’ve seen πŸ™‚

What I DO care about, is how much fun it is to write alongside others. So, this November I will be working on the second novella in the Witches of Kotahi Bay series (aka: the book that comes after In the Spirit, but doesn’t have a title yet). I’m thinking it’ll top out around the 20K mark, and it will be an absolute blast to write – made more fun by participating in a bunch of word sprints over twitter and facebook, and experiencing the joy that is writing alongside some of my favourite writer friends.

Bring it!!! COME ON. I want it to be Nov 1st!!!

I’m spending the last few days of October trying to pin down a few more plot points, but I already have half the book written in my head and I am so very much looking forward to having a new adventure with Alyssa, her best friend Kelly, Mrs Nolan and the new guy who has moved in down the road. I’m also crushing on kittens right now, so I think I’ll give Alyssa one to keep her company.

So, if you’re writing in November, you won’t find me signed up on the NaNo site, but you will find me online. I’ve got some writing sprints locked down for every Tuesday and Wednesday (probably in the am), but I’m up for writing sprints just about whenever – hit me up at @JCHart




So, my good friend Leigh put me onto a new programme last week (in fact, she was referred to it by another friend) and I have been playing with it when and where I can.

It’s called OmmWriter. I downloaded the free version, Dana, and just a few nights ago upgraded to Dana 2, which you can get for a very small donation. The first version is really wonderful, and the upgrade gives you a few more sound and background options. I actually quite like the default, but I am enjoying using it so much that I really just wanted to give them some money.

Now, I have tried many writing programmes, and none of them really work for me. They are all pretty, and cool and have lots of functions, but I always find myself switching back to Word because it’s easy. I will still use Word once I get past the first draft stage, but I can definitely say I am a convert to Dana.

It’s just so simple, so clean. The music choices are perfect, the background choices are lovely and the real world just seems to melt away, allowing me to connect with just the words, both in my head, and on the page. That’s all I really need. To sink into my writing, to shut everything else out. The bells and whistles of other programmes are great, if you are into that kind of thing, but for me, I just need a page and the words, and Omm facilitates that really well.

Go and give it a try! They haveΒ Mac andΒ PC versions, and hell, it’s free, so you really have nothing to lose. Who knows, you might just fall in love with it like I did.