This is a subject I am always concerned about, especially since I am now raising two daughters into this very culture… I have experience of sexual harassment, and at the times those incidents happened I berated myself. Well, maybe I shouldn’t. Maybe we women should support each other, and maybe we can finally drag our patriarchal society out of the Dark Ages…

Originally posted on Jane Kenyon:


I can stay quiet no longer, I have to talk about rape and the growing sexual violence towards women and young girls. It is making me sick and angry to live in a so called ‘developed, civilised and equal society’ where rape has become a word used as an insult and a compliment on campus and in the classroom; where girls are ashamed when they are raped and have so little confidence in our social justice they fail to report it; where young people think it is OK to hit a women if she nags or teases; where convicted rapists can return to their life unscathed, whilst the victims are shunned and left to pick up the pieces, alone and where in 2014 1 in 5 women will experience sexual abuse. Do I need to go on?

How have we allowed this to happen? What is going on and why…

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STOP ASKING ME TO DO MY JOB FOR FREE: A guide to being a decent friend to a photographer


Wow, this tells it like it is… and the same could be applied to writers! You know the score; a friend says, “Oh, I’m writing a book, could you help me with it?” or, “Hey, do you fancy doing some work on my blog/website/newsletter? It’s all good exposure…” I have to say, all of the ‘exposure’ work I have done up until now is not paying the bills. Truthfully, it is not paying anything…

Originally posted on fromthebirdcage:

Raise your hand if you have a friend who is a photographer.  Now, raise your hand if you’ve ever asked that friend to do their job for free.  No seriously.  RAISE YOUR HAND. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU.  Because you’ve all done it.  How do I know?  Because I have a lot of friends and way too many of you have invited me to parties and told me to bring my camera or told me about this cool project idea you have that you’re certain I would love to be a part of.

Here’s the deal.  I MIGHT love to be a part of it.  AND, if I would, I’ll volunteer.  BUT STOP ASKING ME TO DO IT FOR FREE!  Ask to hire me.  THIS IS MY JOB!

Stay tuned long enough and I’ll give you the script for exactly how TO get us to do our job for free…

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Halfway There… I am on Fire! #NaNoWriMo2014

Phew! It has been a tumultuous week, my friends. It stared with me being the epitome of the writer in despair. Head in hands, grumpy and tired, I whined and complained because I just couldn’t get it. My novel was not working. The words were not flowing. And the worst part? I could feel them, simmering, somewhere just beneath the surface. But they were stuck. And I was frustrated.


As the week progressed and my mood worsened, I decided to take charge of the situation. I can’t fix the sleepless nights when my daughter refuses to settle. I can’t force my husband to take a holiday from work even though he desperately needs one. But I can write my novel for #NaNoWriMo. And that is what I am doing. Emerging from the desert of writer’s block, I got a grip. I sorted it out. I wrote.


Hooray! I am so excited about my work now that I feel physically exhausted. My mood has gone from exhilaration to despair, from sadness to joy, within a very short space of time. Right now I actually feel quite queasy, and it’s because I am channeling the heightened emotions of my protagonist, Hannah Oakley. She just killed her first vampire in ten years. She thinks her hunting partner is dead, killed by the vampire they were chasing. Her husband has no idea about her work, and he is sitting at home with the children, about to receive a phone call from the hospital. What happens next? I don’t know. But I will post a sneaky excerpt over on my author blog, Catherine Green. Take a look…

*Frustrated Writer image courtesy of Flickr

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I Finally Have a Title! #amwriting The Redcliffe Novels book 4

Last week I had a holiday in Scotland with my children and some friends. We had a lovely time. We stayed on a good old-fashioned family caravan park, we visited the town of Ayr, the city of Glasgow, and the Cocoa Bean Chocolate Factory near Kirkcudbright. It was both relaxing and busy as we tried to fit in activities for the children, R & R for for the adults, and enough sightseeing to feel we made the journey worthwhile.


I set my friend a challenge while we were away. I am back in the  groove with my writing, and currently working on book 4 in the Redcliffe novels series. I have been working on  it for almost a  year  now, and it remained untitled, simply listed as Redcliffe book 4 in my computer folder. I wanted it to be something a little different, something that represents the nature of the story, and something that still makes sense next to my first three books in the series: Love Hurts; Love Kills and Love Redeems.

Love Hurts (A Redcliffe Novel)

Love Hurts (A Redcliffe Novel)

My first novel, Love Hurts, was named after the classic rock ballad by the band Nazareth. My friend had brought along her rock ballad CD for the car. We listened to every song, and she would randomly shout out, “How about this?” “Would that fit?” “There’s a title!” Nothing worked, so we spent our car journeys half listening to the children chatter, and half listening to the songs for inspiration. Our efforts were rewarded. I now have a title. Thank you, Jo!


Here it is, drum roll please…. Book 4 in the Redcliffe novels series is called Eye of the Tiger.

*White Tiger image courtesy of Animal Kingd0m 

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Three glorious, heroic reasons for you to do #NaNoWriMo when you can’t

Originally posted on Head Above Water:

If you are trying to fit writing into a busy life it might seem ridiculous to think you can write 50,000 words in a month but the NaNoWriMo writing challenge asks you to do just that. I’m writing here 5 days after the start so if you haven’t already signed up you’ll have some catching up to do. I’ve completed NaNoWriMo three times. It won’t get you a finished novel or anything like it but I’ll tell you what it is brilliant for and why you should consider doing it (or just doing your own version of it alongside the NaNoWriMers.)

1) Valour/Focus: It takes away all your excuses and faffing, you just have to sit down and churn out stuff. You’re life is full, it’s impossible but you’re going to do it anyway, to rise to the challenge in between the cracks of your life. And it works, words…

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Nothing special about this writer, but…

Originally posted on Head Above Water:

There are billions of novels out there. There are millions of fabulous writers and tales. There are well known writers who’s talent may be so so but who have captured something that connects with people. There are wonderful wordsmiths who remain obscure. There are authors who managed to get a book deal but then suffered the fate of “mid-list” authors and had to fight over and over to justify their presence on the shelves. There are authors who bypassed the traditional publishing arena and put themselves on the virtual shelves, authors who often give their writing away for free when their excellence should be paid for. There are writers in the wrong time and place and circumstance who have a more difficult task becoming known. There are writers who are hyped beyond worth. There is a laziness in the media sometimes where the same faces and the big names are…

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Free Holiday Promotional Opportunity for Authors (Read Tuesday Sale)

Originally posted on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog..... An Author Promotions Enterprise!:


Wouldn’t it be great if you could find a free opportunity to promote your books for the holidays?


Wouldn’t it be great to find a huge holiday book sale?

Well, there is. It’s called Read Tuesday.

It’s like Black Friday, but for books.

In 2014, Read Tuesday falls on Tuesday, December 9.


Mark your calendars.

What do you have to do?

Very little:


Sign your book up for Read Tuesday at http://readtuesday.com. Click the authors page to learn more.


Visit http://readtuesday.com on Tuesday, December 9. Browse the catalog of books on December 9, which will include links to Kindle pages at Amazon with amazing sale prices as well as Smashwords discount codes.


Send books for the holidays. You can gift an e-book, purchase CreateSpace paperbacks with discount codes, or give a paperback as a gift from Amazon and keep…

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