Hahaha me, organised? I can hear so many people laughing at that.
Seriously though, the main way I organise the assorted voices in my head is through different notebooks. Here are two of my favourites, which contain my notes for ‘The Vampires Bodyguard’ and ‘Chasing Dragons’. They’re two writing projects I’m working on and I’m sure I’ll tell you more about them at a later date so keep popping back for updates.
So today we’re looking at goals. This is a slightly challenging topic to discuss, especially when your creative endeavours are so varied, and ever changing. When I bought my sewing machine, my aim was to make unique items for my daughter and I to wear. I’ve reached this goal (and ensured a steep learning curve!) but now I’d like to slowly start sharing what I make and hopefully start building clients and business.
For ease, I think I’ll divide it into writing goals and crafting goals.
- Keep writing! I’ve been pretty slack since I had my daughter so need to get back to writing regularly
- Finish editing ‘Elesphere’ my young adult fantasy novel. I was pretty much finished but it needs a lot more work.
- Ongoing work on my ‘Vampire’s Bodyguard’ series. More details on this to come!
- Look into self publishing Elesphere and The Vampire’s Bodyguard next year. I’ve also got an idea to expand a short story but I’m keeping that a secret for now.
- Obviously I’d love best-seller status but frankly, having people out there, reading my work is still surreal so I’ll just take a couple more happy readers. For now.
- Ongoing skill development.
- Improving my felting and learn to make fairies and characters.
- Design and make a range of greetings cards to sell.
We keep it simple here at @bluebeaglebaby Books or craft gifts are normally wrapped in tissue paper and sealed with one of our labels (see Meet the Maker: Brand Image) but for this special order, I made a reusable, upcycled cloth gift wrap. It really added to the gift and the recipients were very excited.
If I’m honest, I never really expected much when I started writing. I mean, hubby had always read and enjoyed my work but having other people read and enjoy? It still seems odd and unreal. However, it was a milestone to get ‘Akane: Last of the Orions‘ in print and into the top 10 of the Amazon YA/SciFi list (it reached number 2), then when I managed that, it became a new milestone to get ‘Weird Wild‘, then Ghoulsome Graveyard out. When I reached one milestone, the voices had already set three more!
I’ve recently discovered felting! I’m not sure what it is, but stabbing something multiple times is highly therapeutic 😉 I took a short class at the recent Crafts 4 Crafters show and made an adorable little lamb and frankly, I’ve been a little obsessed ever since! I’ve completed this set of cards recently, combining washi tape and felted decorations with assorted phrases hand stamped on too. These were so much fun to make and a big learning curve with regards to felting – blending wools, adding details such as the seams on the hot air balloon or adding a bit of sparkle to my snow flake. They are available to purchase, just message me below or via @bluebeaglebaby
You’ve already been treated to a close up of my felting work so I thought I’d show you a close up of the cover for ‘Akane: Last of the Orions‘. I told you redfacedmonkey added depth of colour and detail to his work! Simply gorgeous and truly captures the feel of my book.
I’ve spoken before about my inspiration for doing what I do: my family. Hubby constantly drives me to improve and challenge my writing while I look for new recipes or ideas to give the girls a holistic lifestyle. Above is a photo of some natural, homemade lip balm and pup treats.
Since the birth of my daughter, I’ve become increasingly interested in natural remedies and plant-based lotions. For Christmas I made friends and family a delicious hand cream which was a big hit so I’ve been inspired to look for and create more recipes. My current favourite is a foot cream which has ensured my toes are beach ready and a cocoa butter and orange oil lotion bar which makes the toddle smell like a walking chocolate orange – yummy!
I’ve also been working on some treats for the pup which I’ll post soon. In a similar way that we’re all trying to eat a little more healthily, I’m trying to cut out ‘processed’ treats from the pups diet (honestly, I don’t want to know what ‘crude ash’ is and why it needs to be in dog food!). She’s more than happy to act as taste tester so I’ll get some recipes posted soon.
Yay, it’s my book-irthday for Weird Wild! To celebrate my publication anniversary for Weird Wild, I’m doing a quick throwback to when I was interviewed by Margret Helgadottir on her blog about the inspiration for Weird Wild, how I get writing and other musings. You can read the interview here. If you’d like to contact me about my writing, reviews or anything else, please comment below 😊