Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Monday Feeling on Tuesday

A bit of a strange start to the day.  The short I wrote was rejected.  I'm not entirely surprised.  It is 'quirky' and I don't think it fitted into their brief.  I'm going to go for self publishing as it's too long to put in a blog post.  The working synopsis is, 'How would Martha Steward deal with a dinner party where two of the guests were vampires, four of the guests were werewolves, one of the guests was completely unaware of this and one was a housekeeper with very high standards?  What happens if you buy Holy Water from the internet?  When eight guests are trapped in the rugged British Pennines, the dinner party at Darke Manor takes an unexpected turn.'

I could start the process now, except I can't work out how to deal with the cover.  I can get exactly the cover I want using Word.  Unfortunately I can't get that to turn into a jpeg file which is needed for the publishing bit.  Darn.  I looked at the art package recommended by Smashwords, and I couldn't understand a word of it.  I am working on it.

On the other hand, stuff that is happening in the background is making it harder and harder for me to get out of the house.  I am genuinely getting worried.  I am not sure whether I will be able to continue to take bear to his maths tutor.  The panic attacks are getting worse.

I am also extremely sleep deprived.  The fridge is being delivered today, so I was up ridiculously early in case they delivered at 7am, which is a possibility.  Around 7.30am I got a text from them and it looks like they will be delivering around 4pm.  So that gives me plenty of time to swear at the computer to get the plain cover I want!


  1. I'm sorry your story was rejected and the day is not going so well. Hope things improve for you. Take care.

  2. Panic attacks don't sound good. The most effective remedy I've given to clients, which was given to me by a Welsh OT, is to start counting a four sided object - door, window, paving slab etc. You just concentrate on the counting - bear could help you. When things are a little calmer, think about your breathing, try to breathe in to a count of 3 and out to a count of 5, try to extend the counts by 2, so you breathe in to 5 and out to 7. Then make two fists and push them together really hard. Then, very slowly, start to relax your shoulders, then your arms and finally your hands. I taught these to my now son in law when he was about to disappear out of the house trying to outrun a panic attack. He said it was the fastest he'd ever come out of an attack. Give them a go, practice every day. I hope things improve soon.