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I'm an ENTJ and the personality summary even has the bit about finding it very difficult to relax, to which Blue Eyes said "You relax. Sometimes. I've seen you when you're sleeping."
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Apparently Americans don't say "they had a face like a slapped arse"

Well... mine do now :D lol
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Got a bit side-tracked with a creepy story (reading not writing). The scariest stories are the ones that could really happen to the reader. 

I re-read the scene I wrote earlier and am still really happy with it :D I have a bit more energy today too, so here's hoping for a better day. 
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Hopes, Planes, and Recovery

Today is the 1st of June, which means we’re halfway through the year and I’m a month or so into my recovery. Do not fear dear friends, this is a rather positive post. :)

I’m completely wiped out today, but that’s fine and whatever, these things happen. I am recovering and I’m doing pretty damn well actually. This little breakdown had been brewing for a couple of years or more. The constant stress, the horrendous bad luck, I’m pretty impressed with myself that I lasted as long as I did! I’m still taking my time, and I feel better than I have done in a long time. I’m more relaxed, my eyes are brighter, my knees hurt like a sonofabitch and my shin splints are returning, but we’re ignoring that...
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I spent a good hour talking about my Wyrd Bound series with my BFF, I'm putting some little details from our joint stories and things. He squee'd at the plans :D
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I've done it!! The now edited MS of Feathered Touch is back in Michael's hands for the first round of copy editing. Yay!
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Just the final big scene left to edit, then I'm done! Feathered Touch will be off to Michael in a couple of hours. This means I can comfortably publish it on my birthday with plenty of time for copy editing, proofreading, more polishing, and advanced readers. ::happy dance::
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Thank you, it's exhausting, lol
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It looks like I'm going to an Irish bar for some Guinness (or more likely cider in my case) tonight :) It'll be nice to try out a new pub and relax, and I don't mind Guinness in small doses.
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I write linearly, I've tried writing out of order but patching together the tone and details was too much effort for me. Anyway! I just had to write a scene from near the end of Shadow Strings. I may not keep the exact scene I just wrote, but it called to me and I loved it :D 
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My Wordcount Calendar For May

I've been recovering from what evolved into a minor breakdown for about a month now, and I'm pretty happy with my progress. I started using a wordcount calendar to track how many words of fiction were written each day (dark UF stuff only, the side-project stuff doesn't get recorded on this calendar). I should note I didn't start using the calendar until the 6th and didn't go back and fill in the previous days.

I avoided using a wordcount calendar for quite a long time because I thought it'd stress me out, seeing the sporadic nature of my fiction writing. I thought it'd be more pressure that I really didn't need. I've been reminding myself that I'm recovering and it's completely fine if I have a day without writing, or a low count day, there's no harm in it. 

It's been working quite well. The calendar gives me a reward - the act of putting a digital sticker on the calendar, and shows me how much I've done. It also allows me to see patterns, do I tend to write more during the week? On sunny days? etc etc. 

How I use it

It's pretty self-explanatory but at the end of each day I put on a 'sticker' for the words that I wrote that day. I round the number down to the closest 500. I also put on when I did editing (again, only on my UF stuff), when I've finished a 1st draft, a round of edits, and publish a book. 

A lot of people use physical calendars and stickers, they put a nice smiley face or butterfly or whatever they use on each day that they hit their daily wordcount goal. As with most things in life, you need to do what works for you. 

I definitely recommend this system for people who're looking for a nice way to encourage themselves to write a little more and to achieve wordcount goals. It might sound foolish but being able to put a sticker on is like filling a bar in a game. It works best if you give yourself extra rewards too, say a nice brownie if you go over target, or a treat from your favourite cafe if you hit your goal for a week, etc.

I'm still refusing to set myself daily goals, I write when I'm inspired and people who view that foolish or inferior can go elsewhere. As I said, it does still let me see patterns and feel kinda nice. 

I'm hoping next month's calendar will be a little more cheerful than this one, I'm doing well and feeling more myself than I have done in quite a long time. I have to remind myself that I've written some 17k on Shadow Strings book 3 in my series, I also completed two rounds of development edits on Feathered Touch - my own, and then another from Michael's notes. That's not a bad month :)

How has your writing month gone? Do you use goals and rewards?
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We have to do what works for us :D I'm more prone to seeing the gaps than the peaks, the colour distracts me from said gaps :)
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Developmental Edits On Feathered Touch Are Complete!

Squee I love this bit, the developmental edits are complete on Feathered Touch which means that there are only copy edits and proofreading left! I feel like a big weight has been lifted, I can start looking forward to the actual publishing bit now.…
Squee I love this bit, the developmental edits are complete on Feathered Touch which means that there are only copy edits and proofreading left! I feel like a big weight has been lifted, I can star...
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Getting the details right on these guns bits is driving me mad. Yes, I know it'll work in the end, but right now, I don't care about the brand etc. 
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Dark urban fantasy author, developmental editor, drinker of absinthe, and shadow dancer ;-)
Introduction
I’m a passionate writer who happens to be lucky enough to call the beautiful city of Prague home. I enjoy nothing more than cavorting with my muse and exploring this amazing city. My writing is my addiction, collecting words and carefully caressing them until they form captivating stories is my drive. I have a particular fascination with the darker strains of fiction, the shadows whisper seductively in my ear and sociopathic protagonists whisper sweet nothings. Who am I to ignore such delightful, exquisite callings?

I fulfil a number of roles and thoroughly enjoy a number of different jobs and positions, including (but not limited to): 
I released my début novel Wyrd Calling on Amazon in November 2014. Wyrd Calling is the first in the dark urban fantasy Wyrd Bound series. It sat in the top 10 for werewolves and shifters for quite a few weeks, and top 50 in Norse fantasy for an equally long time. 

Blurb:
In the streets of the city, someone or something is killing sirens, and the Wyrd Sisters want it stopped. 

They send their bound creation Thalia, the wild-child shifter, to track the killer down. Thalia would much rather be making a quick buck or playing with the fae, but bound is bound and Thalia must turn her new pack of shifters into an effective team to try and stop the killings. Time is as short as Thalia's temper. Can she make her pack work together and find the killer, or will the killer find her first? 

Wyrd Calling: Dark urban fantasy just shifted. 


Outside of the written word I have a thing for journals, post-its, chocolate, coffee, scotch, and travel. Oh and psychology, sociology, theology, myths and legends, horses, dogs, you get the picture ;-) I love to think, talk, discuss, and I'm far from afraid to air my opinions.   
Bragging rights
Wyrd Calling sat next to Anne Rice in the rankings for a little while. I trained 3 national champions (dogs) by the age of 19. Broke in 2 horses entirely bareback. Jumped a 12.2h pony round courses of 4ft.
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Developmental Editor, Book Reviewer, Author Of Dark Urban Fantasy
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Developmental editing, Event organising. Book keeping. Administration. Fiction and non-fiction writing. Social media marketing. Web marketing. Content marketing. Management. Dog Training. Horse training. Coaching people to train their horses/dog. Research.
Employment
  • Irini
    Indie Author, 2014 - present
    Indie author with a focus on dark urban fantasy. I currently have the first book in my dark urban fantasy series Wyrd Bound available on Amazon. There are plans for 7 books in that series, with at least 4 related novellas. Outside of the Wyrd Bound series I have plans for a number of other urban fantasy, dark fantasy, D/s fantasy, and political fantasy books.
  • me, myself and i
    Marketer & Copywriter, 2013 - present
    A freelance marketer who produces copywriting, website content and marketing strategies for a wide range of businesses from individual authors, to mechanics, property developers and more.
  • The Editing Hart
    Developmental Editor, 2011 - present
    I help my authors fulfill the potential of their stories. I don't push arbitrary rules onto them, I ask questions and make suggestions. My role is to bring out the very best in the author and help them do their story justice. I pride myself on being thorough and efficient. I usually return manuscripts which are under 100k words long within 7 days, complete with all chapter notes and final write-up.
  • Literary+
    Leader & Founder, 2013
    I covered everything within the business and collective. I did all administration, planning, organising, marketing, sales, administration, management, content writing, copywriting, some fiction and non-fiction writing, and more.
  • Literary+
    Marketing Consultant, 2013
    I offered consultations to indie authors and related professionals including editors. I wrote marketing plans, analysed current social media efforts, improved the author's social media marketing, aided in writing blurbs and profiles, advised on writing content, planned blog tours, approached media outlets, and taught the author how to understand their audience.
  • Myself
    Freelance Copywriter, 2012
    I wrote copy for a number of different businesses ranging from property developers to self-published authors. I also wrote SEO, website content, blog posts, advertising materials and emails.
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    Owner, 2010
    This was my dog supplies business which I ran through both a website and through a market stall. I sold everything a dog owner could and would need for their dog. This meant that I did everything from deal with wholesalers, stock management, book-keeping, marketing, sales, copywriting, business administration, website design and content, customer service, everything.
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    Owner., 2006 - 2011
    I managed in excess of 70 dogs all of which had wide and varying needs. I worked with everything from nervous puppies, dog aggressive dogs, people aggressive dogs and laid back veterans. I did everything for the business, including training my clients to train their dogs, book-keeping, sales, marketing, diary management, training dogs, training new employees and more.
  • ~Large Kennels~
    Manager, 2007
    I had 7 members of staff beneath me which I had to delegate tasks to and make sure they were keeping to their schedules. I cared for over 100 dogs, each with their own needs including special dietary and exercise needs. I personally dealt with the dog and people aggressive dogs. It was my job to make sure that both the cattery and kennels ran smoothly and every job was done in an efficient manner to the highest standards.
  • Myself.
    Riding Instructor., 2007 - 2013
    I taught a variety of people to ride horses, taking them their very first time sitting on a horse through to jumping. My clients ranged from toddlers through to adults and confident through to nervous.
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