Thursday, 25 August 2011

When Technology Goes Bad.

August.  The month technology turned against me.

I have had my share of typical technological troubles over the years (printers that regurgitate chewed up paper, that sort of thing) but this month, my electronic gremlins have upped their game and my writing space has come under all out attack.

Firstly, I was locked out of my email account thanks to hackers breaking their way in and using it for nefarious purposes.  I still haven't managed to fight my way back in, so if you have tried to contact me via the email button in the sidebar, I will not have received your message. (I've taken the email link down until I get things sorted out, but you can leave me a comment if you'd like to get in touch.)

Last week, my little laptop coughed out its last beep, despite being only 18 months old, and today the portable hard drive I use to store all of my work decided to corrupt without warning.  Fortunately, I make sure I have back ups of everything, so no real harm was done, but the drive is now useless.  (If you store anything on a computer, always make back ups, just in case the gremlins get you too.)

Technology and I are clearly not friends this month. 

Despite all of these shenanigans, I am about to finish edits of Wintercraft 3 - which I am very excited about! - and I am also working on something new... something that has been brewing here in my writing cave for a while.

Following my last blog post (and before my email troubles began) I've heard from lots of 'Crows' who are out there, lurking on the branches of the internet tree.  Fly well, my feathered friends.  I salute you all. ;)

For now, I have gremlins to tackle, a book to polish and exciting plans to concoct.

Until next time...

Thursday, 4 August 2011

How To Make A Writer Smile

One of the highlights of my week arrived in the form of an email that really made my day.

It came from a reader who read Wintercraft/Shadowcry last month and passed it around his friends.  Some of them are reading Blackwatch right now and while they wait for each other to catch up, these fans of the series have given themselves a name.

Most of them picked Silas as their favourite character, so they have chosen a symbol of loyalty and companionship; the one character who always stands at Silas's side without question.

They call themselves 'The Crows'.
I think that's a brilliant idea!

They have many theories about what's going to happen next (they are definitely in for a few surprises...) and they have already started a countdown to the next book's release!

It's great to hear from people who are excited and talking to each other about the books.  If you're enjoying them, do let me know.

I am proud to call myself a 'Crow'.  How about you?