Jackie Is In the House

Back again from the hell that was the beach with no internet access…. Okay, so it wasn’t entirely hell but being separated from my lovely net was definitely no picnic. At least I had the iPad. You do know how much I love this thing right? I’m calling it Brad on Twitter since every time I actually mention the word, ‘iPad’ on Twitter I get inundated with spam. So, Brad and me…well, we go together like toast and jam. I extolled his virtues to all who would listen and indeed, I even got a sale. I should work for Apple really.

But anyway, the really good thing is that Brad is a joy to write on. I have a special keyboard I plug Brad into and Robert’s your father’s brother. You just write, you don’t even have to save because it saves automatically. No worries about stupid technology crashing. It’s awesome. And the games…

Ahem, sorry, I didn’t want my first blog post to be about Brad. What I meant to say was that the Hammer Pants ms is now a complete ms should I have a request for more. I probably shouldn’t have written it because the Voice of Doom keeps telling me they won’t want any more but hey, the OTT optimist told the VoD to stuff it. And I wrote it because I was having fun writing it. Which leads me to the point of this terribly rambly post.

New Year’s Resolutions. I have decided, since I am an ornery, contrary beast, that I am not going to have any, at least not to do with writing. I don’t need to write more since I’m obssessed enough with it as it is so that’s not it. A contract would be nice but that’s something I can’t control so I can’t have that either. Though, that being said, I guess there’s one thing I could do for 2011 and that would be to enjoy my writing more. I hated 2010 to be honest. It was sucky from a writing perspective (except for the end) and I felt that I’d lost all the pleasure I got from writing. I worried about everything, whether I had the romance, the right turning points, whether I’d over complicated the conflict, made the characters too self aware, whether it was too much about sex, were my characters active enough….blergh!!!

Enough I say. This year I want to enjoy what I write and stick all that craft stuff in a big box and only open it when necessary. So, my dear blog friends, if it looks as if I’m in any danger of worrying too much about the crafty stuff, feel free to kick my butt and remind me that I was supposed to be enjoying my writing this year! πŸ™‚

Right, so, anyone else with some resolutions for 2011 that I am jealous of and wish I’d thought of first? πŸ˜‰

28 thoughts on “Jackie Is In the House”

  1. I’m confused, Robert is my mother’s brother πŸ˜‰

    I love that you have named your iPad, please talk about him lots and lots on Twitter so I can live vicariously through you (and him). My jealousy knows no bounds.

    My resolutions are the same as every year, lose some weight, write some stuff. So incredibly boring, sorry!

  2. Joanne – Lol! Then Bob’s STILL your Uncle! Yeah, bit silly re Brad but hey, I am so sick of Twitter spam. Oh and that’s why I decided against NY’s resolutions. They were all the same so I thought I’d have a change. πŸ™‚ Hey, you could buy an iPad with your advance since you WILL be selling this year okay?

  3. Fabulous resolution!! That’s why we started writing isn’t it – enjoyment!?

    That demon of yours sounds familiar! You should reallly join the Margie course I’m doing πŸ™‚

  4. Welcome back! I might rather envy your Brad.

    I agree that the things that I really want in publishing are things so beyond my control. Putting them as resolutiions seems bound to disappoint me. I’ll be better off just writing the best that I can everyday.

  5. I thought about vowing to only buy sensible shoes this year, but then I thought about it and I thought it would be easier to vow to only buy shoes with a heel lower than five inches but that seemed too constricting too so……..I avoided the whole shoe issue altogether. Actually (surprise surprise) I did blog about my New Year’s resolutions so rather than rehash, pop in for a visit.

    So nice to have you back, Ms A. I missed you!

  6. Rach – yes, apparently enjoyment is why I started writing. Lost it there for a while though. Ack, the course. I should shouldn’t I?

    Julia – Brad is really very slinky. All slim and muscular. πŸ™‚ And that’s exactly the reasons why I’m not having any resolutions. Too much room for disappointment. Yours sounds like an excellent resolution!

    Elissa- yay for shoes! I shall pop over for a visit. And it’s good to be back ’cause I missed my lovely blog friends like your good self too! πŸ™‚

  7. I’m hearing you. I only had the net on my phone and did that hurt! Back to business with a vengeance! Happy New Writing Year!

  8. L’Aussie – I had email on my phone but it was soooo slow it almost wasn’t worth it! Happy NY to you too and yay for more writing! πŸ™‚

    Nicole – you DO need a Brad. Awesome news on your book! Congrats!

  9. Hi Jackie, good to have you back in Blogland. Am very envious of your ‘beachy’ holiday, it’s bloody freezing here in England!
    I’ve decided not to bother with resolutions this year – too much pressure – my aim is just to try and keep all the plates spinning and not worry if I smash a few. I’m giving myself permission to not be perfect πŸ™‚

    Keeping my fingers crossed for you re the hammerpants sub, here’s hoping we all hear about our mss quickly this year.

    Kristy x

  10. yes definitely a great resolution to love your writing!
    My resolution is to lose weight (boring and i’m sure everyone has that resolution!)
    I’d like to complete another book, but with the studying, i’m just going with at least 400 words a day – ha! so far 0 since the 1st!

  11. Kristy – hey there! Yeah, I guess the sun is something to be grateful for. And nothing wrong with not being perfect. I’m not perfect and that’s fine with me. πŸ™‚ And so hear you on the mss front. Not holidng out hope though – apart from SYTYCW. πŸ™‚

    Kerrin – I think it’s important. Go you re the weight loss thing! And good luck with the word count – it’s hard when you’ve got study to do as well but nothing wrong with having a goal like that. Even 10 words a day is better than nothing hmmm?

  12. Good to see you back Jackie. I have serious blogfriend envy of your Brad. I want him, I want him, I want him. Enough said?
    No resolutions because I’m crap at them. My mantra this year will be KEEP WRITING!! xx

  13. Susan – Brad as eyes for no one but me alas. In other words, you can’t have him. So there! Lol. Keep writing is excellent – I might add it to my list…

    Caroline – hey you! Nice to see you!

  14. Thank God you’re back! My inbox has been a much quieter place without you! :/ Also, you are an ornery contrary beast who did not tell me it was Hammer Time. I didn’t know you finished! Yay you! And yay for writing on Brad! I need a name for mine so I can avoid teh spam…

  15. Maisey – hehe, well, I missed chatting with you guys terribly! Curses on no interwebz! Yes, well, Hammer Pants is kind of finished. I didn’t shout out about it because I’ve still got a few things to rewrite but I thought I’d wait to hear first. Re the iPad. How about Morris? Oh, no, you need a good Modern sounding name. Ricardo! πŸ˜‰

  16. Great to see you back, Jackie. And yay to enjoying the writing.

    My resolution was to do better than last year, but I’m already behind schedule.


  17. Haven – why thank you kind sir! Guidelines are better I reckon. After all, to quote a Threadless t-shirt, ‘to err is human, to arr is pirate’. πŸ™‚ And thanks re the post!

  18. Great to have you back, Jackie, and sounding so ready for the new year!
    My NYRes’s are circular-keep writing, keep submitting, keep ducking those crows! m

  19. Margie – it’s nice to be back. πŸ™‚ Oh, forgot crow ducking. I need to do that too!

    Amy – Hey you! I think surviving the holidays is a definite accomplishment. I only barely survived mine. πŸ™‚

  20. Happy new year, Jackie.

    Almost everyone I know thought 2010 was a rather awful year. I am so looking forward to this one!

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