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Too good to pass up…

I saw this quote a couple of days a go and it’s been on my mind ever since.  It’s just good to pass up so I thought I’d share it on my blog.

“Try and fail but do not fail to try.”

I love it because that’s exactly the theory I apply to my writing…or at least I try to anyway!  The fact is that when you’re working away alone on a computer, typing (or not, as is often the case) it’s hard to keep the negative thoughts from floating to the surface and getting in the way.  It’s far too easy to find a reason not to write, a distraction to keep you from sitting at your desk. 

I’ve been procrastinating recently.  It’s been an age since I had a good solid couple of hours to write.  And I’ve been getting frustrated but tomorrow is the day.  I will not answer the phone, I will not drive out in the car, go to the supermarket, write emails or do the washing.  I am going to hole up in front of my computer, make a pot of tea and eat toast all day. I don’t know if I’m going to produce anything worthwhile but I’m going to TRY! 🙂


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Gosh it’s been a while since I did a blog here, or for Josie, so I thought it must be time to catch up and let you all know what’s going on at the moment.  It’s been quite busy in the High-Heels And Slippers department and I haven’t had much time to write much at all (even though I am VERY excited about getting my second book, currently named Holding Me Up, ready for publication).    Truth is that book marketing takes up a lot of time!  

I am ECSTATIC  to let you know that High-Heels And Slippers is now officially available for $12.99 in paperback at Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/High-Heels-Slippers-Ella-Slayne/dp/1466239328/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1319042043&sr=8-1

A shipment of books is currently on its way to me  in readiness for a book launch party planned in November (eek!).  Must give another shout out to Marek Jagucki for the AWSOME cover!  Such a talent – check out his website: http://www.mjcartoons.co.uk/

I’m also so excited to let you know that the High-Heels And Slippers online blog tour will take place between the 28th November and 19th December.   Thank you to all the FIFTEEN (eek!) reviewers taking part  I can’t wait to hear what you think of the book! And a BIG thank you to Samantha Robey who swiftly and efficiently organised the whole thing!  Click on this link for her contact details and details of the tour: http://chicklitplusblogtours.wordpress.com/2011/10/11/high-heels-and-slippers-by-ella-slayne/

I will be posting updates on the blog. 🙂

I’m also thrilled to taking part in an author Q&A at Chick Lit Central on January 5th.  This website is a must for Chick Lit fans! Check it out: http://chicklitcentraltheblog.blogspot.com/

So it’s all go and no doubt Josie is feeling a tad neglected but I’ll get to her in the next few days – I promise!

Hope you’re all having a FAB week! Please feel free to stop by the blog and say “hello!” 🙂



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It is true to say that I have been in a rut writing-wise recently.  Lots of ideas floating around but no drive or confidence to get them down on paper.  These writing lulls can be a bit scary really because it feels like I’m at the bottom of a huge mountain without the equipment or know-how to begin the climb.  And at times like these that you need a bit of inspiration to get you through. 

The other day I came across this quote by MAYA ANGELOU which was a big help:

“The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.”

To those of you are on a writing roll – enjoy the ride!

And for those of you stuck in a rut, I say, for what it’s worth – try not to panic and make way for inspiration to find you.




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What now?

I did it!  I actually finished Holding Me Up.  When I say finished, I’m not saying that there won’t be time for tweaks here and there – there’s always room for edits and revisions –  but for now it’s in a good place  – there’s a beginning, middle,end and I’m happy with all the sections.  In fact I am allowing myself a tentative pat on the back 🙂 

However I am also suffering from a severe bout of anti-climax.  After being pretty much entirely consumed by the book and its characters for the past year – well two years really if you count the day of inception – I’m missing it,  missing them and at  the risk of sounding a tad loopy, I’m a little lost, wandering aimlessly around the house or watching day-time telly. 

It’s not that I have nothing to do.  The house would benefit from some attention, there are closets just crying out to be organised, a garage currently housing way too much trash and I’m thinking that it might be nice to have a regular supply of clean clothes!  Also, I have a feeling my family might be pleased I’ve resurfaced for a bit, after all there’s milk in the fridge and a plentiful supply of loo-roll!   I’ve begun socializing again,  meeting chums for the odd coffee or lunch without feeling guilty, indulging in a spur of the moment shopping spree, I’m even contemplating arranging  a dental check-up – finally!  Yep there’s plenty of things I can do to fill the gap.  

Truth is though, that I have another writing project in mind.  I’ve been juggling it around in my head for a while and now plot ideas and characters are starting to push their way to the front of my mind.  It’s only a matter of time before I’m unable to resist their lure, in fact I’m looking forward to it.   But for now,  I’m still hesitant. Why?  Because once I get started I know  I won’t be able to stop.  I’ll be up late typing away, reading books and magazines as research, staring off into space, mug in hand, as I toss words and sentences around.   Car journeys and waiting rooms will become opportunities to write, even falling asleep will be a chance to develop characters.  I’ll forget to go to the supermarket and my kids will have to scour the kitchen for signs of food. We will have toast for dinner.  The washing pile will grow higher and higher. My family will begin dressing themselves straight out of tumble drier.  I will forget to attend parent/teacher night, the latest neighborhood event, or friends’ birthdays.  My hair and nails will grow long and I will not bathe.  I will have recurring dreams of escaping to a remote cottage with only firewood and coffee for company,  so that I can write without interruption.

So even though I can’t wait to get started, I am forcing myself to remain aloof.   Restricting my laptop use to emails only, removing all paper and pens from my bedside table so that I am not tempted to make any midnight scribbles.  Because that’s all it takes, one note hastily written and you’ve opened a can of worms.   

Ah but what fantastic worms!


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