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Welcome to the blog.

 

Here you will find all the updates on how my writing is going, how the quest for publishing is coming along, and details of any new additions to the website. You will also find any announcements, and the details of where you can find my work.

 

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Posted By Michelle Birbeck
What are the N'Oscars, I hear you ask. Well, in the lands that are Darlington Von Tease, it is a very special time marking the end of NaNo. It's where we all celebrate another year of noveling sucess, share bits of our unedited masterpieces, eat, drink, and be merry. It is also the absolute highlight of the noveling year. With dresses befitting of any red carpet event, the ladies (and some gentlemen) will arrive in style, having spent an entire afternoon primping for the event. The men (and some ladies) will arrive on the arms of beautiful women, wearing their best suits. There was even a genuine red carpet at last year's event. The fantastic quality of our red banquet paper table cloth, I mean carpet, is also befitting of the calibur of the event. No expense is spared, and especially not when it comes to the awards. Categories include such prestgious titles as Best Pregnant Novelist, Most Grammaticaly Incorrect Sex Scene, and Literary Cyborg Award (of which I proudly hold the title for 2010). The awards themselves are solid goldeque, lovingly handcrafted by our fantastic ML, and often come engraved by Sharpie with the title of the award. These, of course, deserve proudly displaying for all to see! So all in all, the N'Oscars is a fun event marking the end of a hectic month. There will be cake, wine, chocolate, crisps, awards, and laughs, as we welcome the end of NaNo and secretly get a head start on planning for 2012. P.S, sorry about the spelling. It's 2am and I'm on my phone :)

 
Posted By Michelle Birbeck

What a month! We’re only ten days in, and so far it is shaping up to be one of the busiest months of the year so far! Which when you consider how full my diary was for January and February, that’s saying something. I’m not sure I’ve stopped all week this week, and it shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. But on the plus side, there are lots of exciting things happening.

One of the biggest things that’s happening this month is my exam for college. It’s my last one at A Level, and after this I’ll have both English Language and English Literature under my belt. I was considering doing psychology, but they stopped offering it at the college, so that’s not going to happen unfortunately. However, university is going well, now that I worked out how to submit my assignments and got the right one! It is going to take me a lot longer to complete my degree than I originally hoped, but when I started it I didn’t have any contracts for publishing, and things have changed now.

Another thing that’s happening this month is the Hartlepool Mail Health Care Awards. You may remember that some very kind soul nominated me for a Carer award for looking after my husband, well, I got a call the other day about the black tie event. It’s on the 22nd, and I have the dress, have booked myself in to get my hair, and will have my nails done for the first time since I got married some ten years ago. I have no idea who won what, but I have been invited to the event, so I have at least been shortlisted. Whatever happens on the night, I am going to enjoy myself immensely and take an obscene amount of photos.

Consequences is moving along nicely now, too. It is with the design department at the moment, so there should be a cover very soon! I shall be announcing that as soon as I have it, and it will be added to the trailer, which you can view here.

Lastly, but by no means least, I am having my first ever interview this weekend. I received a very nice DM on Twitter from the National Association of Writers in Education, Young Writer's Hub, and it was asking me if they could interview me about my upcoming book. So of course I said yes, jumped around the house for a few minutes, and then got all excited. I’ll be posting links and things on Twitter and Facebook once I have them, so keep an eye out!


 
Posted By Michelle Birbeck

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I have no idea what to say. I’ve just go off the phone with my insurers after my bike got stolen, and well, I’m in a rubbish mood. So I sit down to check my emails and there it was. I have to say, it confused me at first. I didn’t quite believe it. But there it was, a wonderful little note from Michele Strangis Stefanides saying that she was passing the Versatile Blogger award onto me.

Thank you so much, Michele!. It has absolutely brightened my day.

*Versatile Blogger Award rules:

Thank & link person who nominated you.
Share 7 random facts about yourself.
Pass the award to 5 newfound blogging buddies.
Contact the winners and congratulate them.

*7 random facts:

1: When I was five, I tried to teach my fish how to read.
2: I can’t do my times tables.
3: I love tomato soup, but I hate tomatoes.
4: I write sex scenes with my eyes closed.
5: The most I have ever paid for a pair of shoes is £15.

6: Instead of walking heel-tow, like you’re supposed to, when I started walking I walked toe-heel and had to walk along the beach for hours trying to get it right.
7: I name everything, but I hate naming things.  When it comes to characters, I spend hours.

*5 nominations for the Versatile Blogger Award:

1: Girl_Who_Reads is one of the blogs I visit the most often. Normally only to glance through and see what she’s reading and what she thinks of it, but whenever I do, there is something there. She’s also the very wonderful lady who introduced me to the Armchair BEA that I’ve been doing all week. Her blog is here, so go have a look and pick up a book or two.

2: Al Boudreau has to be one of the nicest people that you will ever meet. On his blog you’ll find some of his writing as well as his own journey through this wonderful maze that is writing. Click here, go have a read and let him know what you think.

3: Teresa’s Reading Corner is a blog that I have only recently discovered, thanks to the Armchair BEA. She’s a book reviewer, but with interviews, book reviews, and her Armchair BEA posts there is plenty to read, and lots of options. Her blog is here, so go check her out and see what you can find.

4: Mystic Thoughts is a young lady that I have spoken to a fair bit over on facebook. It amazes me just how many truly wonderful people I’ve met in the last few months, and Mystic Thoughts is one of them. I’ve had a great time talking to her on facebook, and her blog is a fantastic read. Clickhere to go check it out.

5: Thea is one of the first people I met on twitter. With posts on reviews, the blogs she likes and the books she’s writing, there’s plenty to sink your teeth into. Thea’s blog is here, so go have a read.