Thursday, 5 January 2012

Getting Connected…

Well, I have to say that we haven’t had a particularly good start to 2012 here at Horton HQ. We have been coping with high winds, persistent power cuts and (shriek) a laptop that refused to see in the New Year with us.

It’s shocking (or it would be if we had any power) how much we (I) now rely on the internet to work and connect with colleagues and friends on social networks, forums, Twitter, Facebook and Blogs. All of these things, together with the checking of ones Amazon rankings (okay, so it’s probably better if I don’t do that more than once a day!) means connecting on-line for at least a couple of hours each day.

I’m only able to be with you now, dear readers, because Mr JH has ingeniously managed to connect my new Touchpad (a present from Santa!) with his mobile phone ‘hot spot’ and made it possible for me to blog to you via satellite – how cool is that?!

So, what news do I bring you may ask…?

Well, my getting connected plans for 2012 of course…!

First off, I’m planning a writerly getaway to connect with writing a new novel!

I’ll be popping in from time to time over the next couple of weeks of course, and have some fabulous Author Showcase features for you, but otherwise I will be making a start on Book #4 or The WIP (work in progress) as it must be called because as yet this new venture does not have a title.

However, in true Horton style I have already done all the necessary and extensive research needed to identify with my lovely lady lawyer heroine, by actually working in a Solicitor’s office to get a real feel for her world!

I was hoping that when I’ve written a brief synopsis of the story, you might come up with a suitable title for me – what do you think? Let’s have some suggestions with something legal sounding in the title – but it’s a romance remember!

And also, to connect with my wonderful writer friends and my lovely readers, I plan to attend these amazing events being organised throughout 2012!

The Loveahappyending Summer Audience is a one day reader/writer event being held on 16th June in Tetbury, Gloucester. As an editor with Loveahappyending and co-organiser of this event, I’ll be posting more information as soon as the information and ticket site is launched in early February.

The Romantic Novelist’s Association Conference is being held over the weekend of 13th to 15th July at Penrith, Cumbria. Information can be found on the RNA Website.

The Festival of Romance is being held over the weekend of 16th to 18th November 2012 in Bedford: more information from the Festival Website.

So that’s my plans so far – what are yours – do tell?

Please pop back next week as I have a couple of fabulous author showcases lined up for you and I’ll be blogging from my secret writerly hideaway - probably via satellite!


Diane Fordham said...

Oooh I like the sounds of that get away. I have high hopes for myself this year and am very excited to get some major writing done this year. The best of success to you for 2012 x

Rosemary Gemmell said...

The storms have been the worst we can remember, Janice - very bad here but at least we kept our power! All the best with that new novel and all you hope to achieve this year. Looking forward to Penrith!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Janice .. sounds like your 2012 is well set - lots of work ahead .. but that makes it fun.

Good luck with the storms and I do hope you have connectivity .. the weather isn't great at the moment - but we're not stuck in the snow thankfully.

Enjoy 2012 .. cheers Hilary

Linn B Halton said...

A lady who never stops.... and that's why the rest of us are running to keep up with you (laugh)! I think 2012 looks like a promising year..... Lx

Anonymous said...

My goodness, Janet, just reading your fantastic plans for 2012 leaves me breathless. How do you do it? And how do you get so organised??? Well done you, this sounds so exciting. I can't wait to hear more about these plans as they unfold... and see you at some of the events! Yay! Happy New Year and every success to you and yours. XX

Anonymous said...

oh noononononononono! I so totally mistyped your name, Janice! How embarrassing is that? Am not awake. Am really not with it. So sorry! Feel very dim. What's worth, I knew I'd done something dim when I was hitting 'publish' and now I can't undooooooooo! Sorry. Will you forgive me? Yours, Niccey XX

Unknown said...

I have a deadline - two deadlines actually - so I'm trying to keep away from Twitter, Facebook and the rest as much as possible. Having said that, I hate it when I have no power and can't connect. I ought to see it as a way to get lots of writing done, but I can't relax until the power is restored.

I love the idea of writerly getaway. Good luck and enjoy 2012!

Sue Uden said...

I admire your energy Janice! Good luck with all your plans for 2012. Am planning to be at the Summer Audience in June so will look forward to meeting then.

Enjoy your writerly getaway too. Sounds like an excellent plot :) xx

Anonymous said...

We've had the storms here, too. Some days it's fairly still and then it picks up at night and howls through the house.

Sounds like 2012 will be a busy one for you.

Best wishes, CJ x

Melanie said...

I'm exhausted just reading about your ambitious plans for 2012! Hey, that's this year! Wow! Time sure flies when you're having fun. I'll be sure to check back next week to see where you've hidden yourself away on your writerly holiday.

Hope, too, you get a new computer and are able to salvage everything off the hard drive on your current one.


Janice said...

Thanks for the lovely comments and for the sympathy - I'm afraid I'm not coping very well without the 'mission control' that is my Tweetdeck!

Niccey - you made me giggle and you are absolutely forgiven. :)

The wind has finally abated - and flights are on again from a certain Scottish airport on Monday. (Grins....)

Vickie Adair said...

Wonderful blog! I could really relate to the "no internet!" I think it is amazing, especially for writers, how dependent everyone has become to the "connections" we have with out virtual support group! Vickie

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry to hear about all of your PC problems thus year. I hope everything is better for you in the coming weeks. Take care and enjoy the get away! Happy writing!

Chris Longmuir said...

It tires me out reading your plans for 2012. I really should make some plans of my own, so I'll be coming to Tenerife with you for some lessons (It was Tenerife - wasn't it?)


wow! what a busy year ahead you have! Where do you get your energy!!!! lol. Good luck with everything planned for 2012. xxx

Janice said...

Oh well, thanks to my dear friend Chris,(rolls eyes and grins) my secret location is a secret no more...!

Yes, I'm off to Tenerife!

I'm going out there to visit our youngest son, who works out in Tenerife as a scuba diving instructor - but while he is at work I'll be making a start on the new book and catching some sunshine.

Sorry to all you lovely people who have offered to carry my luggage, as I'm flying with a budget airline and on a tight budget, so I only have one very small bag to carry on. But hey, who needs more than a bikini, a notepad and a pen in Tenerife anyway.!?

Janice xxx

Deborah Carr (Debs) said...

Clever son, living somewhere beautiful and hot!

I hope your internet connection is up and running soon.

I'm going to try and make the RNA conference this year and hopefully the Festival of Romance too. x

The Divorced Lady's Companion to Living in Italy said...

Enjoy the sunshine! Hoping to follow more blogs this year but so hard to find the time! I have my debut women's comedy coming out (finally!) in April so need as many tips as possible about readings, Amazon and survival in general. Help!
Best wishes, Catherine