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Posted By Michelle Birbeck

Six more days to go.

Not only will that be the end of March, another month of the year gone, but it will be the start of Script Frenzy, which I am still contemplating signing up for. However, that's not the only reason I am now eager for the end of the month to hurry on up and get here.

In just six days time, six very short days, the site should be up and running. The wording is finished, just, and the graphics are all that is left. On my part at least. As soon as I have finished with the finishing touches to the graphics, I shall be sending it all over to my wonderful web-designing friend, Stan, to put it all together. After that it will be a simple case of uploading it all.

So, sometime around the end of the month, the site will be up and running in all its glory. There will be links to all of my available short stories, links to a couple of my favourite sites, such as twitter and facebook, where you can find mini updates. There will also be a page with some information about me, as well as a front page with a synopsis of The Last Keeper series.

As things progress, I may add more pages, but that won't be for a little while yet. There will, however, but most short stories added as time goes on. Some of the stories I have written cannot be put on the site at the moment, due to various reasons, but as I am able to post them, I shall update the Short Stories page with the synopsis and links.

Enjoy.


 
Posted By Michelle Birbeck

Hello,

Just a quick update for you on a few things.

The first of which being how the site is going. I am working away at a few things, and have converted all the short stories into PDF files ready to be uploaded. There are only a few changes that need doing on the site itself, a couple of pieces of wording ect. then all that is left are the pictures.

These are coming along slowly. I did a draft picture of Serenity (the main character from the books) however, she didn't turn out too well, so I am going to have a play with that. I'm also going to make a start today on one of The Cats (who are part of the Were community in the books) and he is going to go at the top. After that, my husband is going to work on the rest of the graphics.

The final product of the site is still a couple of weeks away, however, it will be well worth the wait. You'll get to see the wonderful artist that is my husband, along with a bio page on me, links to where I can be found and some other interesting places, a whole list of downloadable short stories, and a bio page on The Last Keeper Series.

For the moment the blog will remain as the news section of the stie, and any new information will then appear on here. That may change as time goes on, but it may end up being the case that the blog will stay as it is. It's easier for me to update that way, as my HTML knowledge is limited.

Right, onto other things.

Housesteads Writing Workshop:

The short piece I did for this has been sent off, and now it is a little bit of a waiting game as the whole project comes together. More details of the short story will be available once the site is live.

eBook Benefit

The date for signing up as an author for the eBook Benefit by J.P Barnaby has passed, however, you can see check out the site: ebookbenefit.blogspot.com/ for details on how to donate to receive your copy of the book.

My short story is almost finished for this project, and you can see it by donating to some of the very worthy causes listed on the above site. After the dates have passed for donating, ect. you may see the short story on the site, however, that is undecided.

Haiti Benefit

I learned yesterday that you can still donate for this and receive a copy of the eBook that was created. The details can be found at: www.mskathy.com/2010/01/haiti-final-post.html The piece that I wrote for this will be going up on the site after a couple of reworks, and is based around two of the characters from The Last Keeper. However, if you would still like to donate and receive the full eBook, please check out the site and follow the details.

 

And that is about it for today. Keep an eye out for the site, oh, and if you are following me on twitter, check out the link to the left as there is a new, site specific twitter for all of the updates and writing related tweets.

Chelle


 
Posted By Michelle Birbeck

There are so many places that I like to go in order to write. The most common being my living room and library. The library is what we call the spare bedroom where I keep my books. There are several sets of shelves, as well as a special cabinet for all of my collectable books. In the winter it gets a little cold in there, but in the summer it is a beautiful room. As far as inspiration goes, there is a lot to be said for being surrounded by your favourite authors and books. It certainly gives you a good kick to your imagination.

Another of my favourite places to write is a place called Brunton House. It is a beautiful place in rural Nothumberland. With very little mobile phone reception, no internet, and no real civilisation for miles, it is perfect. In the summer you have the gardens and the fields and trees to walk through, and in the winter, if you are willing to brave the cold, the place looks stunning covered in snow.

Here are a couple of pictures from my last trip up there:




My most recent discovery for writing was North Queensferry in Scotland. It is a small village just off the Forth Bridge, and it was so quiet and pretty. The room that I stayed in had views of the bridge and at night it looked fantastic. I got a fair bit of writing done whilst I was there, which was a relief after spending weeks trying to figure out one particular sore spot in book four.



I am sure that I will discover many more inspirational places as I continue to write. Partly because I no longer go anywhere without a good book to read, and pen and paper to write with. Even if I am just going out for an hour, I always have them with me. You never know when something will just beg to be written, and writing notes on my phone is more hassle than it's worth.


 
Posted By Michelle Birbeck

Well, I have been busy writing and catching up with college work lately, and also planning a few things. I was supposed to be up at a writing workshop at Housesteads, Hadrian’s Wall the other day, but it was cancelled as the organiser was snowed in. Hopefully that will be rescheduled soon, and I will then have some work on display up there.

Also, I had my first rejection letter, which was a rather pleasant experience. She was very nice about everything, and even wished me luck in getting an agent for my books. I have to say, it was a much more enjoyable experience than my imagination led me to believe over the six weeks of waiting.

I have also sent some work off to the Tell Tales site this month in the hopes of being published on their website. Lots more waiting is involved before they get back to me, but you never know unless you try, and try I will.

On the writing side of things, I am busily working away on book four, and finally have a full chapter plan, which I am currently working my way through. As always there are many twists and turns and even a few ups and downs along the way. The story is progressing nicely with its first draft, and I am looking forward to the more exciting parts that are yet to come.

Once book four is finished I am by no means finished writing. There are a few other stories in the series that I want to write, including Poppy’s, Leo’s, Lona’s and Elena’s stories. All of them are such wonderful characters that I have fallen in love with completely, and am very much looking forward to exploring the ins and outs of how they came to be.

Reading has also been on my list of priorities this month, as there are a number of new books being released. Naturally this means that I have to sit and reread the entire series for each so that I know where I am up to when the new books are released. J.R Ward is my current project, as her new book: Lover Mine, is due out at the end of this month. Then we have the final L.J Smith, Night World book, which I am very excited for. It is a series that I have been reading since I was in school, and I am very much looking forward to the conclusion. Next we have the latest Charlaine Harris, Sookie Stackhouse book, as well as the new season on TV.

Safe to say that I have a lot planned over the next few months, and even more after that as I pursue various writing opportunities. Fortunately, I have a lot of time on my hands, otherwise I would be backed up with reading for months to come.

Anyway, I am now off back to more writing, or perhaps some reading. Either way, I have quite the list to keep me going.


 
Posted By Michelle Birbeck

Well, I am at it again, writing away with a million things to do. What can I say? I enjoy writing and whenever the opportunity presents itself, I am there.

In this case, I am writing for charity again. I spotted a tweet by a friend on twitter about a certain eBook benefit that she was organising, and before you know it, I've gone and signed up to do some writing for it.

The first draft of my short story is complete, and I hope to get the chance to go over it a little before the end of the week. Add to that another read through the week after, and it should then be ready to go.

If you want to read the short story, a fantasy faerie piece called 'Going Home' then click here and that will take you to the blog and give you information on how to go about donating and getting your copy of the eBook. You can also sign up there to add some of your work to the collection. The deadline for signing up is 17th of March, so there isn't a lot of time left.

The piece is a celebration of love or life rated Young Adult or PG-13, and for me that was a bit of a challenge. If you've read much of the work that I have done, both original and fanfiction, then you will know that I lean towards the death, doom, and gloom side of writing. Having said that, I really enjoyed widening my horizons and working on something new, especially as it is for such a good cause.

And in case you missed it, the eBook Benefit page can be found by clicking the lovely little link right here.

Once I have worked out a synopsis, and have checked that it's all right to post it here, I shall give you an update with a little more information about what you Can expect from the short story that I have written for the cause.

Chelle