A Writer’s Life – Disasters

Okay, so this week has been a busy week, I planned the complete outlines of the three children’s books that I intended to work on over the next twelve months and even got their cover designs drafted.

I downloaded a new scrivener app so that I could sync my work onto my iPad for when I had a flash of inspiration and no laptop handy. I was feeling pretty happy with myself, smug even.

Then, just like there really was some Amish-like God up there waving his divine finger at me and tut-tutting at my shameful display of pride – KERPOW! Everything fell apart.

Molly Midnight Cover ebook final 2So, instead of spending the day busily writing as originally planned, I spent the next eight hours trying to recover my work. After googling thousands of ‘solutions’ to my problem, trawling through hundreds of backup files and performing various geeky technological gymnastics, I got most of it back. Though it appears that the first Chapter of Molly Midnight and the Little People sadly, is lost forever.
Trying to remember a thousand words that you wrote a few weeks ago seems an impossible task. So now I have to rewrite it….
Looks like this week is going to be another busy week – doubly so because I’m going to backup everything!

Tessa

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Latitude Music, Literary and Arts Festival

File_005It is the eighth Latitude Festival that I have attended and in terms of weather, it was certainly one of the best.

The sun was high and the temperature was a sizzling 30 degrees. In my opinion, the Literary and Arts stages are second only to Glastonbury and of course at Latitude there are the bright pink sheep – which has to be a winner!File_000 (5)

This year’s literary offer included Author Naomi Alderman, comedian, and writer Sara Pascoe, award-winning campaigner Leyla Hussein and  Amy Annette (editor of I call myself a Feminist) discussing the new feminism and issues around women and power.

The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction winner was attending the festival for the first time. She presented three exciting events hosted by novelist and BWPFF co-founder Kate Mosse. Now in its twenty-first year, the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction is the UK’s most prestigious annual book award for fiction written by a woman.

Set up in 1996 to celebrate and promote international fiction by women throughout the world to the widest range of readers possible, the Prize is awarded for the best novel of the year written by a woman.

The festival is a great family festival with lots of facilities for young children – including a fairground area, lots of healthy foods and drinks.

I had a wonderful time with my youngest daughter, Anna – maybe next year we will meet you there?

What Am I Working On Now?

Hi everyone,

CoverJust thought that I would update you on my current state of production.  At the moment I am working on two books, the picture book Go Away Dog, which is coming along – but slowly, and a chapter book for 7 – 9-year-olds called ‘Molly Midnight and the Little People,’ which I am quite excited about because it is the first chapter book I have written and I am really enjoying writing the story.

Molly Midnight is a little girl who is descended from a long line of witches and although she is not a witch (because there are no witches left anymore), she has a magical secret.  Molly has a magic dolls house. 

I am looking forward to developing the story and to completing the first of the black and white illustrations for the book, which I am hoping will be published by the end of the summer.

Keep checking back here for publication updates and cover reveals.

Tessa

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