Sunday Morning Coffee Reads (Jan 15)

Welcome to the Distress Signals Blogging Bonanza! What’s that, you’re wondering? Well, you can either go and read this post or read the next sentence. In a nutshell: Distress Signals was out in paperback in the UK and Ireland on January 5 and hits the U.S.A. on February 2, and every day in between I’m going to blog as per the schedule at the bottom of this post. Today is Sunday, which means we have a digest of the previous week’s activity plus some cool links I think you should check out.

What You Might Have Missed

Did you enjoy our first full week of this 28-day nightmare blogging bonanza? [tight smile] I sure did! No, in all honesty, I am having fun – especially with the video blogs – but I have so much going on that I’m daydreaming about turning my phone off and running away to a beach for a week.

We started the week – you won’t be surprised to hear – on Monday with a brand new blog post: Writing Goals: Should We All Just Shut the Hell Up? My friend Hazel described this on Twitter as ‘writing about not writing about writing’ which I think is a perfect description.

I love Tuesdays, because they only demand a tiny blog post. (Ha!) Since I can’t write a shopping list without going over 2,000 words, I thought it best to use them for recommending things to you. This week, that was a movie called Authors Anonymous. Find out why you should see it here.

On Wednesday, we had another brand new blog post: The Best Thing About Getting Published. It’s been such an exciting adventure so far, but the highlight is probably not what you’d expect. Find out what my highlight was here.

Thursdays are for throwbacks, i.e. a replay of a post you might have missed or skimmed over the first around. This week we returned to Where Do You Get Your Ideas? which explains exactly where the inspiration for Distress Signals came from.  Read that post here.

Friday the second episode of Catherine’s Video Blog Thingy went live. In this instalment I talked about my new favourite plotting tool, pigs in Paris and a podcast that I think all writers should be listening to. And I didn’t wear my glasses. (Well, except for the thumbnail.) Thrilling stuff, I’m sure you’ll agree.

On Saturday I very nearly almost forgot to blog but with less than two hours to go, Jack Black reminded me. I shared my Top 10 Crime/Thriller movies which, oddly, seemed to come in pairs. Two twisty courtroom dramas with magnificent shoulder pads, two foreign films, two kooky true crime comedies… Check out the full list here.

(Then Catherine went to bed for 2 weeks.)

Sunday Links

Um, yeah. About that. I seriously have not had a chance to read anything this week. Well, except for an interview with Cheryl Strayed about something authors really don’t like to talk about: money. Which made me think of a post by Laura Jane Williams which was just as honest and frank, about how putting pressure on your art to make you a living might not be the best idea. And that made me think of a piece by Emily Gould I’d happened upon that was equally as frank and honest, about women behaving badly (or not) in the publishing world. So here you go!

I think they raise many interesting questions. What do you think? Let me know in the comments below!

It is just 18 days to the U.S. publication, according to the little ticker widget thingy in the footer of this blog. 18 days! Where does the time go? You can pre-order it from here.


Your 54th reminder: Distress Signals is out in paperback in Ireland and the UK now! If you’ve read it already, hunt down someone you know who likes thrillers and tell them that my rent is very, very high. (Or that you liked it, if you did. You know, whatever works.) If you have no idea what I’m talking about and you’re not quite done with your procrastination yet today, you can find out more about Distress Signals here.

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