Lessons Learned #33

This week I’ve learned a lot.

I’ve learned that running a promo needs more preparation time if you want to do it properly.

I’ve learned that it is not a good idea to run a book promotion while you’re preparing a (Halloween) party.

I’ve learned that you shouldn’t start making a Halloween dress two days before the party.

I’ve learned that velvet is not a good choice for sewing a medieval dress, particularly if you haven’t got a lot of sewing experience.

I’ve learned that you can’t sing while you’ve got a pin in your mouth. Well, you can, but you won’t have a pin in your mouth for long 🙂 .

I’ve learned that Grammarly is worth running your text through before putting it online!

Have a Wonderful Writing Weekend!

PS: My book is still available for FREE! Get it while you can!



US copy of Living Like A Vampire (Suckers Book 1)

UK copy of Living Like A Vampire (Suckers Book 1)

AU copy of Living Like A Vampire (Suckers Book 1)




Writer’s Corner update 26/10/16

Sorry I’ve been a bit quiet lately. It was partly because of my shoulder playing up, partly because I was working hard to get a decent copy of my first novel on Amazon. The work is done now and it’s available for FREE for 5 whole days as of the 27th of October! Get it while it’s hot and download your copy soon!



US copy of Living Like A Vampire (Suckers Book 1)

UK copy of Living Like A Vampire (Suckers Book 1)

AU copy of Living Like A Vampire (Suckers Book 1)



In the mean time, check out my Writer’s Corner update 26/10/16!

This week’s articles are about horror, haunted houses and what a little white lie may lead to.

Focus on Filming focusses on cinema’s scariest haunted houses and the stories behind them.

Health Herald helps keeps you ‘unscared’ with an article on how not to overthink things. And while you’re trying to keep your mind from worrying, why not learn to play an instrument. It’s appears to do good for your brain in the long run.

Writers’ Corner update 19/10/2016

Check out my Writers’ Corner update 19/10/2016!

This week my Writer’s Corner update contains a post that is close to my heart: the Science Fiction Women Problem (or the fact that women are still under-represented in Science Fiction). This can be extrapolated to most other areas, like main characters in movies, writing in general, science, business management, just to name a few… I was surprised to read this was already a problem a 100+ years ago in Colin Garrow’s book ‘The Hounds of Hellerby Hall,’ in which a young lady has to take a male pseudonym to be able to sell her stories. You should check it out, it’s a great murder mystery!

Focus on Filming has only one other entry this week, and it’s a graphic designer’s personal take on movies. Have a look, the images are extremely creatively designed.

Health Herald has two new entries; one on the fact that you need to keep exercising to keep the blood flow to your brain going (so much for my break in karate due to my shoulder issue), and another one on a new, mobile sort of CT scanner, which is actually made for horses, but which can be adjusted for humans and should, in the future, make it possible to make CT scans while you’re standing up (which horses also prefer).

Writers’ Corner update 12/10/2016

Check out my Writers’ Corner update 12/10/2016!

I know I said no posts for a while due to my attempt to getting my book ready for the fair, but I can’t help myself, too many interesting articles. 🙂

For example the article about what makes a leader, or the one about what it’s like to have Borderline Personality Disorder. Very interesting articles for characters in your next book.

In my Focus on Filming there is an interesting article which claims that Guardians of the Galaxy is the deadliest film of all times.

And according in my Health Herald magazine I sure hope I don’t get breast cancer after I turn 75 in the UK.


Lessons Learned #31

Ergonomics for Writers

Because it’s important!




Ergonomics for Writerly Folk



No writing…

Sorry, no images today as I’m keeping it short. And apologies for no Writers’ Corner update. The last two days I have been in agony. According to my GP, I have tendinitis is of the supra- and infraspinatus (shoulder) muscles, where they attach to my arm (right hand side,  of course). I have anti-inflammatory tablets now and the pain is more manageable.

Cause is probably poor posture, sitting behind my desk. I have a keyboard with numeric pad to the side. This makes my mouse further away from the typing area and as a result I am leaning to the right hand side and slightly forward to reach it, leaning down on the arm rest of my chair. Not a good position to be in on a full-time basis. Looking at kneeling chairs now as the GP said they force you into a good posture.

In the mean time I can’t wait to get back to editing, so I can meet this deadline for my book.

Again, apologies for letting you down…

No posts for now…

My dear readers,

I’m sorry to announce that I will have no posts for at least three weeks. This is due to my deadline of making my first novel printable and ready for the book fair. If I want to pull this off I will have to work day and night!

My apologies for letting you down. I promise I will make it up to you in November!

Love always,

Jacky D.