October 2017

There’s been a few changes around here….

Regular readers may have noticed that there’s been some random travel and recipe posts popping up here on The Hungry Writer. That’s because I’ve decided to combine and anyways – the rambles of a hungry writer with this one.

Why did I do that? Quite simply because it didn’t make sense anymore for me not to. After originally being a catch-all for every random thought I had, and anyways had grown into being primarily about food and travel – the very things that inspire my writing. So why not have it all together? I wrote about here.

As I’ve had some technical issues with moving posts across as they are (i.e. I couldn’t get the import tool in wordpress to work) I’ll be replicating (and rehashing) some posts – but not all – over here. First to come across are my Bali posts and recipes. If you’ve read Baby, It’s You and Big Girls Don’t Cry, you’d know that Bali is more than a location in these books, it’s a minor character in itself. If you’re not interested in Bali and you’re on the auto email, please bear with me while I work through these. If you are interested in Bali, you’ll see them coming through over the next few weeks.

On a personal nature, the hipster and I have managed to get away for a couple of mini breaks – a long weekend in Melbourne, and a very soggy overnighter in Bundaberg.

The partition job is getting busy again. I was in Sydney last week for work, and will be again the week after next. It really plays havoc with my writing routine, but it’s all about making the most of the waiting time at airports, I suppose. Sadly the pitch of your average Jetstar seat is too narrow to fully open a laptop so I’ve been using the actual flying time for planning something new and very different. I’ll tell you about that below.

What I’m Working On…

I Want You Back has come back from copy edit and is now a marked up manuscript with, well, a lot of mark-ups. I really need to work on my attention to detail. A few days after I sent it through I was doing a timeline for Baby, It’s You to make sure that it all crossed over where it needed to. (Yes, I know other more organised writers would have done this through the plotting process – not when the book was finished.) Anyways, to cut a long story short, I found a 2 week gap in my storyline that needed filling. Thankfully my editor had already advised me that she wouldn’t be starting on it for another week or so. That could have turned into a very expensive mistake.

Speaking of I Want You Back, below is the cover Jacinda has come up with. This novel, and the next 2, are linked to Baby, It’s You and Big Girls Don’t Cry, so I wanted the covers to show this. They are, however, a mini series on their own and more romantic in theme. To differentiate, we’ll be continuing the same layout of the cover, but adding a couple in the main picture.

As well as doing my copy edit, I’m well into the first draft of Tiff’s story. It still doesn’t have a name, although I am flirting with I Don’t Believe In Love… For now it’s known simply as Tiff’s book.

This draft should have been finished by now, but it’s still a month away I’d say. I was originally planing on using nanowrimo to write Alice’s story, but have something else I want to take for a bit of a test flight. More on that below.

I’ve finally got around to launching Baby, It’s You and Wish You Were Here on iTunes. These will be available from 25 October. I’ll firm up a release date for I Want You Back over the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, Baby, It’s You, which is sort of a prequel, but sort of not, is on special in the Amazon store for $3.99.

On the branding front, I’ve agreed a website banner and logo with Jacinda that we’re finalising now-ish.

Nanowrimo

In case you weren’t aware of it, November is National Novel Writing Month – or nanowrimo for short. National, however, is definitely a misnomer as thousands of people enter from all over the world. If you think you have a novel in you – or at least 50,000 words of one – why not give it a go. You don’t need to formally enter, but just have a crack.

I’m in again this year, but with something very different. I’m taking a break from my normal style and having a go at writing something a tad more grown-up. In a way it’s about what happens after the happy ending – and how life has a habit of getting in the way of your other plans.

Aside from having a more grown-up theme, the characters too are more mature and are dealing with the types of issues that tend to be dealt with in, for want of a better term, middle-age. That’s what nanowrimo is perfect for – trying out a different genre or a different voice, or a different subject. All you’re losing is 30 days.

Anyways, I’ll be keeping you updated with my word count and trials and tribulations on the Facebook page and would love it if you played along.

What’s in Season…and a recipe…

Sadly the Queensland strawberry growing season has finished. There are still raspberries and blueberries about (3 punnets for $10), perfect for my breakfast yoghurt.

Passionfruits are still around – and will, I suspect, get even better. I turned a bag of them into a passionfruit syrup the other day. It was a simple matter of adding ½ a cup of sugar to ½ a cup of pulp in a glass jar. I shook it about a couple of times a day until the sugar has dissolved and now we have passionfruit syrup for drizzling on things.

The grower I buy our avos from each week told me yesterday that their crop for the year is nearly done. They’ll still be available, but will be more expensive than what we have been paying.

I used some the other week as a cooling dipping sauce for some spicy chicken wings. You can find the recipe here.