At the start of this year, I had promised myself that I would become more structured and set up a routine to make myself more productive. Instead, I’ve been spending weeks at a time away from home and writing whenever I have a spare minute.

  • I jetted off to Canada at the start of the year for almost an entire month;
  • I ran off on a road trip up and down England with my cousins;
  • I’ve made three trips to Edinburgh already and have another two on the way; and
  • I’ll be heading down to Bournemouth for my best friend’s birthday next month!

Because of this uncharacteristic travel bug I appear to have, I haven’t done very much writing this month (my word count has actually gone down from 1,000 words a day to a mere 400) but I have made up for it in three massive ways!

  1. I’m officially a #FicFest mentor!

It took a little bit of coaxing but I’m officially returning to #FicFest as a picture book mentor. For those of you that don’t know about the competition yet, I am tweeting about it and I do have a blog post on it’s way soon so keep an eye out for that!

  1. My new picture book is with it’s new illustrator!

At the start of this month I wrote a picture book called Cot Break Baby, inspired by my new bubbly little nephew. Within minutes of having finished it, I had an illustrator who went crazy over the story and started sketching ideas for it. She’s even started the cover already!

  1. Round The World Writers has exploded!

I’m one of three co-founders of a new writer’s group, Round The World Writers. In the space of a month, we’ve set up a Facebook page, a Twitter page and a website which will help bloggers spread their blog posts. For more information, check out my last blog post on RWW here.

So, what’s heading my way in October?

  • I’m jumping back on a train to Edinburgh at the end of the month with my eldest sister who’s coming to visit (yippee!) but before then I’ll be…
  • …inspired by Paul Verhoeven, Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel at the London Film Festival AND…
  • …have my horizons opened even wider with Valerie Brandes, Benjamin Zephaniah and F. D. Lee at the Hillingdon Book Festival (I’m coming back, Brunel, oh yeah!).

I’ve also just signed another new client so I’ll be working hard on their ghostwriting project while getting the next draft of my romance novel and the finalizing the plan for my new book series (more information about that when it’s ready to be divulged!).

And what about Caffeine Addled Ramblings?

  • Tiffany Hoffman, the creator of #FicFest, is going to be talking to us about what the competition is and why you should enter it;
  • We'll have a guest blog post from a fantabulous writer; and
  • We'll be looking into twitter hashtags and how they help writers network.

Keep an eye out for all of that and much, much more!

Another month gone! Here’s a ginormous ‘see you next year’ to September and a very, very happy welcome to October.