Sunday, 23 October 2016

This and that

Several things have happened since I was last here.
We went to The Lakes for a few days, the weather was kind to us and it was lovely. I planned on putting a picture here but just remembered that they are saved on my laptop and I'm on Mr Mc's. Never mind imagine blue lake, blie sky with mountains in the background - it was very pretty.
After that I went back to work and hurt my shoulder. Its a common occurrence but seems to be taking longer to heal this time. It happens when you play netball with 7kg bags of rags.
I'm working on the first draft of DB and so far so good nut its very early days and I had a call from Accent on Friday saying that TISHSaD is ready to go to print. Yay!
Think that's the last few weeks up in a nutshell so now it's time to catch up on what everyone else has been up to.

Saturday, 8 October 2016

I was recently asked to write a guest pot on the blog which was exciting. I started to feel like a bit of a writer though the feeling soon passed. If anybody asks I work for Barnardo's - I am not a writer.Anyway, I digress, the subject of my post was 'Planner or Pantser?' Personally I am a pantser. Almost no planning went into TISHSaD and not a lot more for NRIMH. DB will take a lot more planning so hopefully I will discover that I am a planner at heart.
So my question id the same as my post Planner or Pantser? And, if any of the planners out there could give me a bit of advice I would be very greatful.
Mr Mc and I are heading off today for a few days away. We are celebrating our 34th wedding anniversary tomorrow. See you when I get back.

Thursday, 8 September 2016


I received this yesterday  which is the artwork that will be used to promote my book on social media. There were several versions including "pre order now" and "new release" but this is he blank version. I don't get where the tree comes in but it sure is pretty.

Monday, 5 September 2016

Back to the good old pink pen

I've tried to be a proper writer and sit at my keyboard, fingers flying over the keys to form the words on the screen but to be honest it's not working for me. I wrote the second part of my second book like this and it was such a chore because I found I was doing a lot more editing, correcting etc. So I have just started book three and I did it the way that book one was wrote i.e. on paper using the pink pen and I feel so much more at home.
Guess I'm just an old fashioned kind of girl.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Happy child.

Its been a funny day and not funny haha.
My dad died a year ago today. He was an old man and had  had a good life. His last day had been a good one. He had spent the day doing the things that he enjoyed doing and then he died. I think about him pretty much every day but more so today.
I've also thought a lot about how my life has changed in the last year. This time last year it would be another three weeks before I was offered my book deal. That came on the day that he was buried which was also the day that my mum died. I am so grateful to them for the childhood they gave me.

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Book number 1

I'm back from my self imposed technology exile that was in place while I finished book number two. Said book is now finished and in the hands of my editor so please everyone, keep everything crossed that she likes it.
Those of you that have been with me since the early days may remember that back at the beginning this blog was called "Gonna be a Writer," and I didn't even put my name to it, I was just GonnaB. Well a lot has changed since then and now you know that I am Colette McCormick.
If someone asked me today what my profession was I still wouldn't say writer I do have a book contract and I am happy to share with you the cover of book number one which is due out soon.

Now you all can see what TISHSaD means and in case you're interested  it's working title of BTL stood for "Beyond the Light."
I'm not blogging about this to brag or to say look at me but rather to say that if it can happen to me it can happen to anyone and that includes all of you that are still trying hard to get that book deal that you have dreamed of. Anyway, you are my friends and I wanted to share the good news with you all.

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Does anyone....

know how to delete a blog? I'm not thinking of deleting this one, just an old one that I no longer maintain. Its sitting on my dashboard minding its own business but I would rather it wasn't there. It's a bit like my obsession for having an empty inbox. Irrational I know, but hey that's me.

Guilty Pleasure

 I'm curious to know about other people's guilty pleasures, we all have them. I'll let you into my secret.
On my day off during the week (usually a Friday but other days are available) I love to iron. I can hear the groans form here but hey what can I say I enjoy ironing. I detest putting the stuff away though but that's just me be irrational but the actual process of ironing I find really relaxing. However that's just a pleasure. The guilty one is that while I'm ironing I love to watch a really bad film. Disaster movies are my favourite, you know the type, killer bees, snowstorms, Armageddon on a global scale that sort of thing. And they can't be well made films, no they have to be the ones with dodgy acting and even dodgier special effects. I love them.
Come on. I've shared mine, what's yours?