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Thank heavens for the internet!

Recently, I’ve been casting aside my… hmm – inhibitions seems like the wrong word, but something along those lines – my self consciousness? and have been making the most of the internet and its glorious ability to connect you with others.

Skype and G+ Hangouts are becoming second nature to me, and I LOVE it. The webcam is getting more use than ever before, and yesterday I purchased a new headset to help me on my way.

See, my writers group has just jumped into this new way of communicating. We had our first official ‘hangout’ yesterday morning, and aside from a few technical difficulties, it was really cool to be able to see and hear them while we talked writing and critiques. I like watching peoples faces as they listen, seeing their expression as they speak. It’s awesome.

The world seems like a much smaller place now. Of course, last weekend I trialed it with M to make sure that everything was working, Anna joined us and that was a lot of fun too – gave us some insights into the others lives, with kids running rampant in the background and life carrying on around us. I felt really boosted, knowing that despite the physical distance between us, we could still be close. Despite the fact that I may never meet some of these people in person, I could still know them and get a feel for the whole of them and their lives.

And it lessens the craziness of being a writer, having this easy contact with other people who spend hours and hours living in other worlds, killing off characters, creating conflict, exploring love interests and everything else that happens when you are trying to bring fiction to life on the page.

We are not alone, or at least, we don’t have to be. The internet is a wonderful thing.

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Ahh sunshine

So, I finished writing Snow White yesterday wooo, I felt SO good about getting something done, and I’m actually pretty happy with the first draft. It’s out to a couple of people for feedback on what needs tweaking before it gets a brief polish and goes up on my story page. It doesn’t need to be perfect, so I’m happy 🙂

And I just finished meeting with the guy who is interested in a writers group. It went better than I had expected (but then, I always expect these things to be awkward and strange) and it sounds like he is keen to catch up again in couple weeks and see if we can pull some more writers from the area in. So, fingers crossed it all goes well!

So what’s on the agenda for the weekend? I really have got to get the plastering done, and hubby has to mow the lawns and we have to wade through a weeks worth of washing now that the machine is finally going again. The house is looking tidy otherwise though and it’s going to be nice to mostly just chill out. Oh, and get back to reading Lifelines 🙂 I feel well and truly up for it now!

Hubby took Ivy to dancing this morning, the first time ever that she has gone and I haven’t been there. And then something really strange happened… they went to the supermarket, and the Warehouse, and came home. They were out all morning together – OH BLISS. It was a strange thing to see the evidence that my life will now be easier with hubby having his licence. I feel less tense, knowing that all the driving duties can now be shared and that I don’t HAVE to go everywhere with everyone all the time.

Also they got me this lovely little flower arrangement, which shows that if you have a tantrum about no-one loving and appreciating you they will make the effort to prove that they do. Ivy picked it out. Aww, I do love them so. My family that is, though the flowers were nice too.

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Research

I spent… I don’t know, awhile last night going through the agents on AgentQuery for fantasy (having decided my novel best slots into urban/contemporary fantasy) who accept email submissions. About half of all the agents listed on the site accept email submissions, which I’m viewing in a positive light although a part of my brain is saying, you know that means that the slim chance of getting an agent just got slimmer right? lol

So, for starters I picked 15 to do more research on, because I can always go back to the list. These are the ones who list that they are particularly interested in urban/contemporary, so we’ll see how it goes. It’s really exciting thinking that very soon I’ll be joining the masses of writers submitting to agents, and while I am well aware that it may never happen I’m feeling really positive. I want to jump in now, but know I am better off to wait until I have everything done properly.

Anyways, the read through is going really well, got through another three chapters yesterday and am hoping to reach the halfway point of the novel by the end of the weekend, or more, if I get lucky.

I have… well, a ‘writers’ meeting thing on Saturday, with one other person lol it’s kind of weird in some ways. We’ve never met, he replied to a notice that someone put up in the library a couple of months back – some of you may remember. Well, I did say my number could go on it, and the guy who was meant to be doing all the organizing has dropped off the face of the planet. So I’m left with a couple of people who have rang, and this guy in particular keeps chasing me up.

It’s not that I don’t want to be part of a writers group, but I thought that it would be a shared responsibility and I’m not sure I’m up to running one by myself. Ah well, we’ll see how it goes on Saturday afternoon and go from there. This guy sounds nice enough anyways, though it didn’t sound like he’d been writing a lot lately, more that he was looking for some motivation to get back into writing. If nothing else I can give him some information on resources available to NZ writers.

We’ll see. I hope it goes well.

Okay, better get on with the day! Life is exciting and wonderful 🙂