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All change…again

I would say that life seems to be going out of its way to screw me over this year, but most of it is my own doing! So, the short version of “What Kate Is Up To THIS Time” – I am…

  • Quitting my current job;
  • Moving house in October;
  • Taking over a typesetting business (BookPolishers.com – more info on that when we’ve got more of the details sorted!)
  • Still doing editing and proofreading – they’ll be included in the above;
  • Causing general havoc!

This was all meant to be happening sometime later when I’d gotten settled a bit more, but the typesetting came up, and I figured it’s worth a go. I’m going to be doing it as an official business, so I’m currently in the midst of setting up a company, bank accounts, software, hardware, all that sort of thing….

I’m part scared, part excited, part just struggling as usual. I had an interesting talk to my friend Sophie when I told her; she was ridiculously excited (although if you haven’t met Sophie, this is her usual state of being) and thought it was brilliant that I was chasing my dream. I just feel like I’ve failed at yet another thing, as I’m quitting a job I wanted to be stable and successful in. The new business is exciting, yes, but it’s really hard for me to see it as a good step. But as usual, my brain’s being a complete moron. It’s a big step, yes, but it is a good one – I was so excited when I found out I’d got the business, and even stupidly complicated tasks like setting up the bank account have been worthwhile. It’s going to be hard and it’s going to be stressful, but it’s going to be both of those in a good way! I’ve got so much to learn, but at the same time, I’ve been realising how much I know already. So it is going to be good 🙂

I’m still around this month (September), planning and packing, but I’ve got the moving van booked and dug the boxes out of the store room, so I will be moving in the second week of October. If anyone’s got any advice, helpful hints, doomsday warnings or bad jokes to brighten the tedium of packing, send ’em over!

I’m still writing and all of that, so everything else is still going. Also, I’ve still got a few more random plans in the works, so I’m afraid I can’t promise that the chaos is over quite yet… *happy Kate dance*

Review: Quiet – The Power of Introverts In A World That Won’t Stop Talking

In Quiet, the international bestseller, Susan Cain shows how the brain chemistry of introverts and extroverts differs, and how society misunderstands and undervalues introverts. She gives introverts the tools to better understand themselves and take full advantage of their strengths. Passionately argued, superbly researched, and filled with real stories, Quiet will permanently change how we see introverts – and how you see yourself.

I absolutely love this book. It’s the kind of book that you read and find yourself nodding along to, and then thinking about during the day, and then realising this example fits here and that situation is like that, and oh! That’s why….

The writing is an excellent mix between research, case studies and thoughtful conclusions, all balanced so it never feels boring or overwhelming. There is a section of endnotes, and because I was reading the Kindle version, the notes were all linked – if you click on the note, it takes you to the endnotes with a longer explanation! I get happy about the little things.

The ideas are also incredibly interesting. Not everything will apply to all introverts, but I’d recommend this book to anyone – it’s really interesting to be challenged on how I view the world from an introvert perspective (like arguing – raising your voice means an attack! But for extroverts, it’s a sign of passion and involvement) and it’s really interesting to realise how those difference shape society and interactions with others.

It’s also so, so reassuring. This is me. This is some reasons why I might do the things I do, why I don’t like parties in a certain format, why I need down time when other people don’t. It’s being reminded that it’s ok to be different, and that actually there are other people out there who are similar – even if I live and work in a world that seems full of extroverts, it’s ok to need alone time, and that my strengths don’t have to lie in the same things – listening, thoughtfulness and consideration are all important, even if they come at a cost of an immediate answer or participation in small-talk. It was also reassuring to realise that being able to extrovert on occasion is normal – it just comes at more of a cost to introverts than it does to extroverts!

Interesting, thoughtful, readable and inspiring – the kind of book that leaves you thinking about it a long time after you’ve shut it.

Planning for NaNo 2017

I’m going to write The Thief & The Seer for NaNoWriMo 2017!

I think the name’s officially changed back…I was considering “As Old As My Eyes” or heart or soul, but whenever I talk about it, it’s become “Thief & Seer” so I may as well stick with that. Plus, it tells you what the novel’s about!

My reason for picking Thief & Seer over The Necromancer’s Charm (which is my 1920’s urban fantasy) is that I want to set them in the same world, although NC is about 400 years later. So, I need the world. While I have some ideas for NC, I don’t really know too much about the world that it’s set in yet, so….

I get to write Thief & Seer to find out!

I’ve got the characters, and a basic plot. Beyond that, I think it’s a perfect NaNo novel – I can incorporate a lot of the prompts if I need to, hit people with shovels, go off on tangents…my aim is really to get a complete novel by the end of November, and then I can build the world out from that.

That does mean I need to aim for more than 50k during NaNo, though. 70k is 2300 ish words a day.

Hmmm.

This could be fun!