Coffee Cups Saturday- Binge Watching

Thanks to Lightbox I have been indulging in some down time. Please don’t judge me, but my brain needs to soak in some creative dialogue in the form of background noise and I find Downton Abbey a great source of the right stuff. I think what got me hooked was the bit on woman having opinions- Lady Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess: has a view and it is simple . Her granddaughter should not have an opinion until she is married–then her husband will tell her what her opinions are.

Witty dialogue and drama in a classic setting. If you haven’t started watching this series, then you’re definitely in for a treat, but I will warn you. It does become addictive and do warn the rest of the family they might hear laughing and screaming if you’re watching it on your IPAD.

So it’s Saturday and I spent a productive afternoon with 2 absolutely fabulous people and we have been doing some work for the RWNZ conference coming in August. I keep forgetting there are people out there who can identify what a major thing this is and they are so willing to help. RWNZ rocks and Love Thrills is going to be another event to remember. Now I am actually looking forward to this conference and it’s not this event I have to get through.

I think I am going to enjoy and relax this year. Well here’s hoping.

No rest for the wicked though. It’s back to work tomorrow.

Here’s another one of my faves- seriously- if you haven’t started watching then get yourself to a Downton Abbey series near you.




Self Publishing Implosion

Quiet_Implosion_IMG_2962Today the RWNZ writer’s on the North Shore met up for a writer’s lunch. Which was an eye opener for me because I always love finding out about other people and their writing processes, but now I am beginning to realise that I might have to adjust my goals and dreams.

It is an interesting conversation to have because you listen to many people and you hear about things changing and you know the goal posts are changing every day, but you still have this perception of what you want to be and where you want to go and somehow with the world changing, you don’t realise that sometimes you might need to change with it.

I often found myself in change management situations and I am usually able to manage it very well. It was only today that I realised that maybe, there might be something to the self-publishing path and it probably needs further investigation.

It makes sense that if it’s done properly, why wouldn’t you want full rights to your book, and all of the money you have invested in your hard work as opposed to giving up your rights and taking a percentage of the profits.

So you sit there and say, she’s rambling on again, well just giving you some food for thought. I am going to do something productive and go to the RWNZ conference and find out all I can about self publishing, and then I am going to readjust my goals accordingly.

It does seem like the smart thing to do and in this day and age, who is to argue with smart.

Happy writing

Art By Judith Kreps Hawkins