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Flying without wings

Candice: So while Phil has been stalking someone on the train I have been flying around Europe (both literally and figuratively) for work.

I do enjoy my new job, but at the moment we are motoring towards year end and its all about planning and budgets.  I spend a lot of my time doing spreadsheets or presenting ideas to people to get their OK.

The other time is spent brainstorming ideas with different companies or other people within my company who are based in Europe (hence the flying).

You know you are tired when you fall asleep on the sofa on a Monday night!

Then alongside this Phil is busy getting us ready for the big launch, the star that he is.  We’ve got Kindle log ons, Amazon accounts and all kinds of fun stuff to get us out by Xmas.  And we will get there by hook or by crook (though I think I’ll need to take a day off to do it)

The other thing than really gets me at the moment is the dark nights.  The need to turn the lights on at 4.30pm and then really all you want to do is eat some stodge, curl up on the sofa and forget it.  Even me, as the most motivated exerciser, needs an extra kick to get out the door.

But, motivated I am and motivated to finally rub the nose of people by saying I’m a published author, what a great Christmas present that will be. (on a par with the bag I have planned as my Xmas present I would say, but just)

Roll on last proofing sessions, mad tweeting to promote it and then relaxing with a large glass of prosecco and throwing some shapes at the xmas party.

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It’s amazing what the mind can do

Planning SeshCandice: After a night that took me back to when my daughter was just weeks old (ie no sleep), I met Phil for a preplanned brain storming session.  I have to say that my heart wasn’t initially into it as I was shattered and some what frazzled.

A latte and muesli started to move me into a better place (though I only drink decaf so its more about the taste of coffee).  After a bracing walk round the local park and some more hot food in our local Weatherspoons I was finally starting to feel human.  Unfortunately in the process we’d probably lost 2hrs of pondering time, but it did move us straight into the ‘throwing post its on the table’ part of the session.

The ideas came thick and fast, though this is not the first time we’ve talked plot for book 2 but its the first time we’ve tried to make it into something real.  1hr 20mins later and we have an end to end main plot line and some additional ideas to keep the interest by adding some comedy asides.

What I like about our partnership is we can question where each idea goes, and does it work or not.  It made me laugh when I knocked something out of the plotting as I knew Kate wouldn’t do it. We really know our characters that well.  And that’s another thing, they are our characters.  When I’m writing the notes, I can also see who would write each part as we definitely fit into one group or another.  Kate is definitely MY character, I write most of her scenes.  Gareth and Kelvin, well they are all Phil.  Love parts – that’s me.  Comedy – probably more Phil.

So we are down to meet again on Friday, one to work on the comments from our publisher on Book 1.. and then the fun stuff, having a bash at writing another book.

And Erin, well her excuse is three new teeth in one go!

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