Work Smarter Not Harder!

Today I was given this advice by a friend who helps me and several other indie authors to promote our work – she said “We need to work smarter not harder – We can do it.”

For a while, probably since the release of Dark Magic Rising, my concentration levels have been low to none existent!! I’ve lost count of the hours I have squandered away watching pointless TV. I used to spend a lot of my spare time reading but haven’t had the enthusiasm for it. Mind you, I have thankfully got over that phase and found several new authors and enjoyed reading their work.

From today I am making a new start. My first step was to move my laptop. I’d got it in a handy place so I could curl up on the sofa and use it while watching TV. This was bad for two reasons the first being lousy posture!! Sitting with my legs under me and the laptop resting between knee and sofa arm was the cause of several bad cramps and dead legs!! Second reason was the TV distracting me from what I was supposed to be doing.

So the laptop is now back on the desk where it belongs. My nice expensive keyboard is plugged and the elevated position of the screen (laptop is on a raised base) makes for a much more comfortable and hopefully productive session. Apart from a few photos, a couple of desk lamps and the much needed candle holders, I have all my notebooks and ‘stuff’ at hand. We don’t have the luxury of having a room we can turn into an office. One of my children still at home would have to move out for that to happen.

From being a teen, I would schedule my time to get the most out of my day. I’ve been called a control freak plenty of times for trying organise others, however, the past few months, probably since Christmas, I’ve stopped doing it. Nothing other than the essentials have been done. I needed a swift kick up the arse and my friends dedication and advice today has given me that.

If I leave it until Monday this new schedule will not get done. Procrastination is going out of the window and getting replaced by determination and smarter work ethics. I have some ideas I want to do with this blog and I need time to research and put it all together. Putting time aside for study is an important step I want to add. Figuring out how to market my own work should be at the top of my list, along with getting my head around all the social media that is out there!

SO…. here’s a huge thanks to my friend and her kick up the arse. She has worked tirelessly to help promote Dark Magic Rising and Bodelia’s Anguish, made promo images and pimped the hell out of them on Facebook and Twitter. Every so often she would send me a link to a book blog that was looking for authors to interview and even got me an author takeover on Whispered Thoughts Book Blog. That was so much fun to do.  Having someone that dedicated to YOUR work while you sit back on your arse isn’t fair on them or you….

Bodelia's Anguish has been available for a year! How time flys

A year ago today ‪‎Bodelia’s Anguish was published via ‪smashwords‬. It has had an average of 37 downloads a month. I know that would look a little different if they were sales. However, I am more than pleased with its performance and I now have higher hopes for Dark Magic Rising.

If you’re interested in fantasy, it’s a short story of a little over 4,000 words. It also included a small first draft of the prologue and chapter one of Dark Magic Rising, that has a proposed publish date for this November.

Bodelia’s Anguish – The fury of a goddess betrayed is about to be unleashed on those she once loved. Will Alhanassa, the world she created, survive? Will the Immortal Council be able to sway her desire for revenge? The exciting prologue to a gripping new series.

Alhannasa, a land of beauty and diversity, created by the Most High Goddess, Bodelia. She planned that her ‘children’ those which will inhabit the world she’d made, would rule the land now the time had come for her to leave. The Immortal Council grew restless with her long absence, she knew her duty could be delayed no longer. Yet she wouldn’t completely abandon that which she had made. She would leave the Lesser Goddesses, her sisters, to watch over Alhanassa. With the aid of their magic, the mortals would surely flourish.

But even the plans of a Goddess are no match for evil. When an act of betrayal shatters Bodelia’s heart, will she be able to control the need for revenge? Or will the inhabitants of Alhanassa suffer the dire consequences of her wrath. An enthralling new series filled with action, magic, lust and love!

A huge thanks to everyone that has helped promote Bodelia’s Anguish.

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Where Did it all Begin?

Alhannasa, a land of beauty and diversity, created by the Most High Goddess, Bodelia. She planned that her ‘children’ those which will inhabit the world she’d made, would rule the land now the time had come for her to leave. The Immortal Council grew restless with her long absence, she knew her duty could be delayed no longer. Yet she wouldn’t completely abandon that which she had made. She would leave the Lesser Goddesses, her sisters, to watch over Alhanassa. With the aid of their magic, the mortals would surely flourish.

The inspiration for the magical world I called Alhanassa comes from my love of nature. I’m British and I love the British country side, this lush island which I have nowhere near finished exploring, inspires me to put my characters in the places I’ve visited and loved. When describing places I have tried to keep the location I have in mind out of the descriptions. My daughters will often say to me “Hey Mum is that (Insert location name here)?” It makes me smile when they figure it out too. However, the UK doesn’t have vast sand dunes and deserts or rain forests but we do have snow topped mountains, beautiful lakes and lochs, we have rolling hills and patchwork vales. (The featured image is from our holiday in 2013 to Scotland, it’s taken from the camper van window of (I think) the Isle of Sky.)

Another reason for Alhanassa and the Goddesses is our own disturbing history. Continue reading