Finding your writing tribe!

Its two days until the Romance Writers Australia (RWA) annual conference, can you tell I am excited???

Spoiler alert: I am!

Last year I attended my first RWA conference, and it was an eye opener. It was full of fantastic craft workshops, great networking events and more importantly, I found my tribe.

I have read countless articles about the importance of finding your tribe, and like many other people, I paid it off. I am at heart an introvert, the last thing I ever want to do is mingle with strangers, but I can honestly say that it was worth it. A writer’s conference is probably the only type of event, where introverts surround you and everyone wants to discuss their favourite books or what they are writing.

If you haven’t worked up the courage yet to attend one, even for a day. Be brave. Take the plunge.  It’s worth it!

Books, podcasts, tv shows … oh my!

A little late, but I have had a whirlwind couple of months. Here are my July recommendations!

Audiobook: I have recently rediscovered my love of audiobooks. There is something magical about listening to a story; I think that as a reader, you pick up so many different nuances and emphasis from the narrator. It does help when the narrator is the author himself. This month I loved re-listening to Stardust by Neil Gaiman. If you love stories about mythical lands, hero quests with a bit of a love story; this is the audiobook for you. And, in my ever humble opinion, Neil Gaiman’s voice is divine and lyrical and is a must to listen to!

Book: Well, it has been on by TBR pile since it was released, and it was my turn to pick a book for my local book club. The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang. I picked this as most of my book club dosen’t read romances, and I thought this was a good introduction. Everyone loved it and thought it was cute! If you want to read a gender twist on the story of Pretty Woman with a great three dimensional female lead, than I highly recommend reading it.

Movie: Always be my maybe (Netflix). If you haven’t watched this fabulous rom com with the greatest ever Keanu Reeves appearance, you have been living under a rock. Watch It! The memes are with it.

Podcast: Chernobyl. I listened to this podcast before I saw the series – to be honest it is on my to watch list – which is getting bigger and bigger, thank you Stranger Things. The podcast is a great companion to the series, it explains how they merged people, why they chose specific accents and the science behind the explosion.

What have you been watching, reading or listening to???

Any recommendations you would like to share?

Writing Accountability May Recap and June Goals

I reached my May writing goal!!!

I am super excited that I managed to accomplish this feat, and as I promised myself, I’m rewarding myself with a new pair of shoes and a candle making kit.

Ok, the last part was a new edition.

I do have two more days of writing, but I thought I would celebrate now. A girl has to take her wins, whenever she can.

The only time I like spreadsheets, it was really interesting to track my word count during the month. My aim was to write every day a minimum of 670 words. Spreadhsheet courtesy of Sarah Brabazon.

New goals:

My June goals include, writing ‘The end’ of my first draft of my current WIP and I plan on editing my contemporary romance novel – turning it into a fully-fledged draft 2. 

Trying to fit everything into a 24 hour time period is starting to become increasingly difficult, but where there is a will, there is a way. Or sleep depravation. Maybe more sleep depravation then I would have liked. 

Did you reach your May goal? 

Have you decided what your June goals are?