It’s okay to hate winter, and it’s more than okay to love yourself.

I found myself wondering how my neighbours were doing the other day (which is rare for me, I must be honest).

I then thought to myself “this can be a crap time of year for a lot of people – Christmas comedown, S.A.D, debt from last year and just feeling blah with the dark days/dark nights etc”.

I know it’s only a little thing but I put a notice up on our communal message board in the hopes that it might make someone feel a bit better. I thought it was worth sharing here too:

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Come see me and Rob at Thoughtbubble Leeds 2017!

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Just a heads-up to let you know that my partner Rob Luckett and I have a table at this year’s Thoughtbubble Comic Art Festival in Leeds!

Thoughtbubble was the very first con Rob and I ever tabled, and it’s absolutely one of the highlights of our year. If you love comics – both big publisher and indie – you’re bound to find something to your liking. If you’re attending, do pop along to table #36 in the Leeds Town Hall marquee to say hello and pick up a Bumstorm comic or two!

Look out for this here banner created by Rob:

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We’ll also have copies of our Regular Show graphic novels to buy (each signed at no extra cost). Please do bring along your Ed Edd n Eddy comics, DVDs or other merchandise for signing. Or y’know, come by for a gab. That’s fine too 🙂

Visit the Thoughtbubble website for more info on tickets, venues, panels and the wonderful folk who’ll be attending.

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.

 

A cuppa and catchup with Author Liz De Jager!

It’s time for another cuppa and catchup! This time I invited the lovely Liz de Jager along to talk about writing YA, bullet journals and pearls of wisdom for her younger writing self…

Rachel Connor: Welcome to my humble blog, Liz! Tell us a bit about yourself and what creative stuff you’re working on at the moment.

lizdejagerLiz De Jager: Hi! I’m so pleased to be here – thanks for the invite. So, I’m the author of a completed trilogy for YA (and other discerning readers regardless of age) called The Blackhart Trilogy.

The series follows Kit Blackhart who gets thrown in the deep end when in the first book she saves a Fae prince from becoming a snack for some bad guys and then: shenanigans!

What I’m up to at the moment: I’m editing a new book. It’s full on fantasy and I have no idea if its good. I hope it is! I’ve also become a bit of a crafter and mixed media enthusiast, making stuff and selling it on.

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Getting feedback on your writing – part two – writing groups

Where to go for writing feedback

So you’ve done what Auntie Rach has told you and you’re now pretty certain that it’s time to get some feedback. Let’s have a look at the different options available:

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Join a writing group – there are so many benefits to doing this, chief among them being that you’ll have someone to share your writing journey with, good and bad.

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Depression doesn’t take days off, and that’s okay.

Today is my birthday, and it won’t be my happiest one.

Last night I was awake until 1am, crying into the warm shoulder of my best friend and the love of my life. I’d taken that same old bait my intrusive thoughts like to lay for me, and descended down that black hole of despair so many of us are familiar with.

It starts off like a breadcrumb trail, those old tapes on repeat:

failure…delusional…stupid…give up…

failure…delusional…stupid…give up…

failure…delusional…stupid…give up…

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