• Mental Health,  Personal

    January 2019 – The Fall and Rise of Shaz (Again)

    With all the 10 Year Challenge stuff going around a few days ago, I started thinking about what my life was like 10 years ago. In January 2009 I was making mistakes left right and centre. But what I remember about that time of my life is the blogging. Back then I was on Blogger and my site then was called The Fall and Rise of Shaz, so called because I was having a run of bad luck and I was full of plans for getting back on my feet. Little did I know, life was actually pretty sweet then and I didn’t appreciate it. I just kept on making…

  • Books,  Personal

    Number One!!!!! (For a couple of hours)

    Last night I couldn’t sleep.  So, I got up, got a drink and sat down to look at my book’s stats for the umpteenth time since last Monday. I’m glad I did because I was number one in the Amazon UK free download chart! It’s amazing, and obviously I feel really happy, but it doesn’t really feel like it’s happening.  I had so many doubts about this book, spent so much time on it and nobody believed it was actually being written because I took so long over it… and now it’s all paid off. Not literally, it’s a free download. But you’d think I’d be over the moon and want…

  • Books,  Personal

    Attention Seeking

    I’ve been looking for publicity and promotion opportunities for my novel.  Just like anyone who has published their own book.  To get ideas, I began Googling other indie authors I know, to see where their names appeared.  I was thinking that maybe I could do what they do, join the groups they join, be a part of their crowd. Truth: I don’t fit in there.  All I had to do was take a quick look at the websites and blogs.  I’d definitely be the odd one out. They’re so slick and professional!   The other thing that struck me was, their blogs are so much wittier than mine.  No wonder. …

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    Books,  Personal

    A Dream Realised – Self-Publishing The Tangled Web

    Three years, four months and one day.  That’s how long it’s taken me to write The Tangled Web.  I can’t begin to describe how I feel now that it’s finished, and in two days time, it will be available for you all to buy, and enjoy/criticise. I was the same as most naive young writers back in July 2008.  I had just turned twenty-eight and I felt like crap. What?  You expect a writer to be a little less succinct and to be all flowery about how they feel?  Well, I’m honest about how I feel.  And back then, I felt crap. So what made me feel so dejected?  Firstly,…