May 2020 Author Newsletter

Hi folks

 

I’ve just realised that I haven’t written an Author’s Newsletter since January….oops.

 

Well, who would have thought back in January that the world would grind to a halt a few weeks later thanks to a worldwide pandemic. Stephen King himself couldn’t have written it ( Yes, I am currently re-reading The Stand)

 

I sincerely hope you’ve all been staying safe and staying sane. Week after week of restricted living is beginning to take it’s toll….and then there’s all the political wrangling…. Sigh…

I don’t do politics so there will be no debate nor opinions offered here…ever!

 

On the creative front, I have been making steady progress with Book Baby 6 and am aiming for a publication date in early 2021. (Sorry, you’re going to have to be patient, folks)I have a title in mind but I’ll keep that under wraps until the first draft is written. Best guess is that I’m currently about 60% of the way there so still on track….so far.

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Shattered Hearts, book baby 5, has been well received and has earned itself thirteen ( lucky for some) 5* reviews on Amazon.co.uk. Huge thanks to everyone who spares the time to leave a review for an author. Those twinkling stars and kind honest words really do mean the world, especially if you are having a day where adding to the word count is proving to be a challenge.

 

Before the world went into hibernation, I heard about a fantastic scheme run by The Gingerbread Tea House in Widnes, Cheshire. They offer a book exchange to their customers and also showcase indie authors who wish to donate a book to the scheme. Here have a look at the resulting blog post to learn more about this. I truly wish, once cafes open up again that more would adopt this idea.

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https://coralmccallum.wordpress.com/2020/03/16/fancy-a-good-book-with-that-coffee-and-cake/

 

 

I’ve also been experimenting with acrostic poetry on occasion. I used to write more poetry and in fact was published as a poet long before I published my first novel. It was writing poetry while sitting in the café of my local theatre waiting for my daughter to finish her dance class that started me on this creative road. Seems a life time ago….

 

Missed the poems though? Not to worry, here’s an example

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https://coralmccallum.wordpress.com/2020/03/30/daisy-an-acrostic-poem/

 

Inspiration can be found all around you. You just have to keep your eyes and your mind open.

 

Lockdown has seen me, like everyone else, staying close to home. I’m extremely fortunate in that there is a beautiful small stretch of beach within easy walking distance of the house.

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Combining my love of photography along with the idea of a scavenger hunt resulted in this blog post –

https://coralmccallum.wordpress.com/2020/04/13/socially-distanced-scavenger-hunt/

 

Sometimes you need to look for alternative ways to inspire yourself. I did this in mid-April. I stumbled across a free online course linked to MOMA in New York called Seeing Through Photography. The title alone intrigued me and so began a six week course tracing what I think can be best described as the social history and importance of photography through the ages. From the first daguerreotype overly-posed family portraits to the photographic records of The Depression, the lunar landings and the Vietnam War, it was an interesting course. One of the photographs from The Depression by a photographer called Dorothea Lange inspired my final written assignment. This photograph

Dorothea Lange - Destitute pea pickers in California. Mother of seven children, age thirty-two, Nipomo, California, 1936

 

There is so much written into the face of this mother.

I was delighted to pass the course, over two weeks before the final deadline date and to earn my certificate.

 

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There hasn’t been much of an opportunity to escape out to play this year. Most of the gigs I have tickets for have been rescheduled until either the end of this year or early next year. My bank balance is loving this. I am not. I did however manage one outing in February….wonder if it will be the only one of 2020?

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https://the525toglasgow.wordpress.com/2020/02/24/new-years-day-the-garage-glasgow-23-february-2020/

 

To keep my music blog alive I’ve been adding “non-gig” reviews to correspond with the original dates of my re-scheduled shows. The next non-gig is on the 28th May 😊

 

 

And that’s pretty much been it.

 

 

I promise to try not to leave it so long before the next newsletter. Until then, whenever it may bed, book baby 6 will be my primary creative focus. Who knows I may even give a sneak preview of some of it on my blog…..

 

In the meantime, thank you so much for your continued support and ongoing love. It really is appreciated.

 

Stay safe, folks

 

Love n hugs

 

Coral xx

 

 

PS – don’t forget to check out the Silver Lake series and Ellen. If you’ve read them and loved them, tell your friends 🙂

 

 

Book links:

 

Silver Lake series

 

Amazon.com links –

Stronger Within – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VXDSC1M

Impossible Depths – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01C0GS30K

Bonded Souls – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XSQHG71

Shattered Hearts – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07ZY8ZSDM

 

 

Amazon.co.uk links –

Stronger Within – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00VXDSC1M

Impossible Depths – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01C0GS30K

Bonded Souls – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B06XSQHG71

Shattered Hearts – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07ZY8ZSDM

 

Ellen

 

Amazon.com link     https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FYHKR44

 

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