Friday, 14 December 2018

From Joey's Instagram

What a good year it's been. Here's my #topnine2018! They all symbolise great moments in 2018 for me! Wheelchair, books, signings and hair did! πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ . . . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #joeypaul #writinglife #readers #readersofinstagram #indiesofinstagram #writingcommunity #wheelchairuser #oxygenuser #chronicpain

Interview With Ian Pattinson

I am delighted to welcome Ian Pattinson to the blog for an interview. Here's a little about Ian:

I've been writing almost all my life, but it kicked into a higher gear when the Kindle came along. Writing under a number of pen names, I try to tease away at the edges of genres, looking for the stories that haven't been told yet.

And onto the interview! 

How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing stories ever since I learnt to write, and self published my first book in 2001 through a print on demand service. But I started doing it seriously when the Kindle came along and I was able to publish for it.

Do you write in the genre you love to read?
My favourite reading at the moment is non-fiction, but I find it inspires and informs my fiction. I’m a fan of science fiction and pulpy adventure and horror, and write in those genres. I also write crime, but I tend to consume that genre as films and TV shows, rather than prose.

I also have two pseudonyms who write the sort of erotica I'd love to read, but which isn't easy to find.

Do you have any favourite authors to read?
I was a big fan of Terry Pratchet, but, since his passing, I haven’t had any one author whose work I have been involved with in the same way.

Are you an organised writer or not?
I was organised for the first half of this year. Then I finished two novels within a couple of weeks of each other, without a plan for the next projects. I also started doing two webcomics around this time, and my prose production hasn’t been the same since then.

What's your idea of a perfect writing day?
Any day when I can get writing done early on is good. It sets me up for a productive day all round.

Do you like editing or is it something you loathe?
I’ve learnt to enjoy editing more in the last couple of years. I let a project sit for a while before doing two edits- one on screen, and then another on a printed copy.

What's your favourite social media? And why?
I’ve recently started posting to Instagram, and I’m enjoying that more than the other social media I use at the moment. I don’t know how to use it for promotion so much, though.

Twitter is something of an essential, but it’s becoming ever more infuriating because of the bots and problems with hate speech etc.

Do you have a favourite writing food? Drink?
Tea. Always tea. (Oh, okay, occasionally coffee.) I try not to snack whilst writing.

How often do you write? Do you have a schedule?
My schedule for the first half of the year was, when I could, to write before breakfast, which would get me off to a good start for the day. When I’m on a roll, I can write every day, but I don’t always manage that.

You can follow Ian on Twitter.

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Thursday, 13 December 2018

From Joey's Instagram

And it's that time of the month where I talk about what's been going on in my life and all I've managed in November! Check it out here: or the link in my bio! ✒✒✒ . . . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #authortube #lovemyjob #ilovewriting #igwriters #igauthors #writingtips #authortuber #writinglife #joeypaul #smallyoutuber #readers #readersofinstagram #bookworm #writingcommunity #indiesofinstagram

Life Of Joey - December 2018 [CC]

All about my life in the past month and what I've been up to! #Authortube


Tuesday, 11 December 2018

From Joey's Instagram

#TEASERTUESDAY Tara has never been one for school work, except things are changing. πŸ‘©‍πŸ«πŸ‘©‍πŸ«πŸ‘©‍🏫 Buy here: . . . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #books #igreaders #igauthors #igwriters #DyingThoughts5 #dyingthoughts #readingcommunity #writinglife #joeypaul #writingcommunity #indiesofinstagram #bookworm #bookboost

Monday, 10 December 2018

From Joey's Instagram

It's a Monday and #MissPenne has decided to watch over me as I write. She's actually just jumped up on my shoulder! On with the chapter! 🀯🀯🀯😺😺😺 . . . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #writinglife #writinggcommunity #indiesofinstagram #readers #readersofinstagram #joeypaul #cat #catsofinstagram #kitty #snuggles #pastacats #igauthors #igwriters #booksinprogress

Imposter Syndrome - The Creative Process


As someone who's been writing a number of years, has been published for a while too, I wanted to do a piece on imposter syndrome. Because I wanted to make it clear that it happens to everyone. It's not limited to writers either, though of course that will be what I focus on today. In case you've not heard of it, imposter syndrome is that feeling that you're faking it. That everyone around you is a professional and you do not belong. That people are gonna eventually find you out and expose you for what you are. It's common in writers and other creative pursuits, but it happens outside of that too.

So what can you do about it? I wanted to give you some tips to work through it. I've personally had trouble with it for the majority of my writing life, and even before that. It's part of writing life and I think the majority of writers and authors would admit to having it happen at some point in their career. It doesn't make you weird, it's just part of being creative.

One of the big things with imposter syndrome is that you're only in the position you are because of a mistake, whether that's a mistake made by readers, or an agent or publisher. Or even your own mistakes at thinking you could do this. The best thing you can do when hit with this kind of feeling is reach out to the people you trust and talk to them. This means fact checking. Did you land that agent by luck? Probably not. Do your readers love you work by some misconception, or is there more to it? Whoever it is you go to and whoever it is that you talk to, I guarantee they will be able to point out solid facts that will help bring you out of that cycle.

If you've fact checked, it might be a good idea to keep some kind of record of the good things people have said. I personally have a random good things folder on my computer that contains screen shots of nice reviews, of letters I've been sent, of fan reactions. I keep it so that when I'm having a moment of imposter syndrome, I'm able to remind myself of what people are saying. These are people who I don't know who have sent me random praise. And it helps so much! It can be the thing to lift you up when you have a bad writing day or even just when you feel like patting yourself on the back - which y'know, is okay to do!

This ties in to both points one and two, in that you'll need facts from friends and colleagues, but you'll also possibly need to do some digging for your own random praise. If you look back at where you started and look at where you are now this can be a big help with imposter syndrome. Because it reminds you that you didn't get here by accident, you worked hard and managed all your achievements because of that work. It can be a nice way to ground yourself and kick that gremlin and imposter syndrome to the kerb.

It can be an isolating journey being a writer. A lot of what we do can be done behind closed doors and in solitude. Some writers thrive better in that environment, but having said that, remember that you are not alone. This isn't some gigantic mistake that happened to you and put you where you are today. You did the hard work and you put in the words, the hours, the struggle of the journey. So give yourself a break, breathe and just remember that you're not alone and you will get there.

Imposter syndrome can be something that pulls you down, and it's never nice to feel like you don't belong. For a long time I didn't have a group of writers that I felt like I could go to with this kind of stuff. It's only been in the last 12 months that I've had that and I can't advocate enough for making the time to connect and find that group for yourself. You are working hard and you deserve to be here. Remind yourself of that and keep writing. Good Luck!

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Friday, 7 December 2018

From Joey's Instagram

This is my 1000th post on Instagram. And what better to share than my wheelchair all decked out for #Christmas! I have firefly lights on both wheels and they look amazing! πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„ . . . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #indiesofinstagram #writinglife #joeypaul #wheelchairuser #oxygenuser #chronicpain

Review of Pearl's Number by Bethany Atazadeh

Evalene Vandereth’s adventure continues in the fast-paced second installment of the Number Series.

Evalene struggles to adjust to un-Numbered life, along with the rest of Eden. But the moment she learns her mother is still alive, it doesn’t matter anymore.

Discovering Pearl Vandereth was smuggled out of the country during a failed rebellion ten years ago shakes Evalene’s whole reality. There is only one thing she can do: find her.

Hunting down a cold trail, she travels to the Divided States from one territory to the next. But she never expects such an advanced nation to be so uncivilized. Between liars sending her in the wrong direction and hostile citizens, Evalene fears she’ll never locate her mother. And secretly, she’s terrified Pearl may not want to be found…

My review: 5 stars
I read the first book in this series recently and was super excited to be able to pre-order Pearl's Number. I read it almost as soon as it was out, and I was so happy with where the story started. It picked up with Evalene and her friends about six months after the first book ended. With the knowledge that her mother is alive, what can she do but go look for her. The story was a page-turner, bringing you from chapter to chapter, wondering whether she and her friends will survive, if love will bloom, and all that has happened, can it finally come together? Overall, an engaging, fast read, and very much enjoyed! I do recommend it!

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Thursday, 6 December 2018

Author Tag: The Winter Tag - Collab w/ Dal Cecil Runo [CC]

A Winter tag by myself and Dal Cecil Runo! #Authortube




ICE: Which of your characters is likely to slip and slide?
SNOW: Which of your characters would be the first out there to build a snowman?
FIREPLACE: Who likes to snuggle up with a book and a nice warm fire?
HOT CHOCOLATE: Wwho takes charge of what to do on a cold day?
SNOWLFAKES: Who doesn't mind the cold and who would prefer to live on a tropical island away from it?
HOLIDAY SWEATERS: Who would wear the most ridiculous holiday sweater?
PRESENTS: Who buys the most thoughtful presents?
BAH HUMBUG: Who doesn't celebrate or get into the season and why?
YULE: Which two are most alike, but wouldn't agree with you saying so?
MOTHER IGGY: Who would be the mother figure, the wise mentor or just the mamafriend in your story and why?
MISTLETOE: Who is a double edged sword type of character? Healing to some and posionous to others?
LONGEST NIGHT: Which character is more likely to withstand all the downs of an antagonisitic force and still keep up hope for the brighter days?
NORTHERN LIGHTS: Which character is the colourful spirit who lights up everyone else during the dark and longer nights?