Stranger Than Fiction – I Know.

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Whoever’s been in charge of the universe for June and July, should please reconsider their enthusiasm with lobbing challenges at me. It’s getting a bit much now Big Fella. I’ve decided to hang about here as long as I can today, catching up with blogging and so on, so forgive me if I get a little spammy. I’ll also be keeping a weather eye out for any more of these things that float about and make life “interesting”. Mainly, rotten little tentacled bugs, considering the way my life’s been going lately.

After my poor parrot was sick as a… parrot, there’s been Jelly hurting his leg again, and me bringing a rather large guava tree branch inside (in a bid to try and lose my dawn to dusk live feather boa for a few hours a day), which then subsequently fell on me when I forgot it was there, and zoomed on forth to get my morning cup of tea. It also fell on Angus, as he predicted it would when I brought it in to begin with, but we’ll say no more about that.
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Then I lost my balance a bit, when I was carrying a nice warm bowl of home-made stew type stuff for the dog and the chickens outside, and with a perfect flick of the wrist, ended up with horrible looking, warm gunge, all over myself. Not a good look, any day of the week, I can tell you. Bits flew all over the place. Including into my left ear. The chickens created such a scene, you’d have thought arma-egg-don had arrived. And I’ve got a pulled muscle to add injury to insult also. Crappy internet issues followed, although I should be used to those at this point, and now I have my second round of malaria in less than a year happening. Happy days, you say? Well… I’m going to have to insist on it.
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I do feel crap though. I’m dosed to the eyeballs with everything I can think of. I don’t want to head down the quinine route again, and end up hearing Mozart’s piano concertos in my head, for two weeks straight. I’m not having the musicals return without a fight. That quinine had me seeing the weirdest things, and having even weirder dreams. Not good stuff at all. Then, there’s the still quite recent memory of the last bout of malaria not being so keen on leaving, and death becoming a point to ponder. Bugger all that I say! I’m typing! And also most definitely planning on moving, in the foreseeable future, to climes less prone to full body invasions by bugs.
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I’ve been getting on with all the editing that African Me is needing. I’ve honestly been tempted on many occasions to toss the whole thing in the bin. It’s so littered with newbie grammar gremlins and plot issues that I’m embarrassed. It’s not a good idea to write a doorstopper novel before you’ve so much as written a one page short story. I’m realising that I’ve still got years of learning this craft ahead of me.
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When I wrote Shadow People for the NaNoWriMo, I got very excited about the whole “write on through without editing” thing, but now I’m thinking that this isn’t such a great idea. Maybe getting it pretty well near perfect as you write it is slower, but you have a lot less chance of problems with grammar or plot sneaking through to the final result. With Shadow People 2 growing nicely, all my previous scribbles are getting makeovers and tweaks too. I’m hoping for the first week in August to launch all my new and improved books. That’s if I survive that long. And if I don’t, I’ll be spending my spectral evenings visiting whoever’s chanting my name, while tossing eye of newt and toenail of toad into their bubbling cauldron. The swine!

Till next time friends. Which should be shortly.

22 thoughts on “Stranger Than Fiction – I Know.

    Christine Campbell said:
    July 9, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Oh, Jo. Poor you. Life is not being kind to you right now. Glad you’ve decided to kick its ass! Keep typing, keep smiling and keep telling us how you’re doing. Thinking of you x

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      July 9, 2013 at 10:28 am

      Thank you dear Christine. I hope you’re doing a lot better now. This has been a most peculiar year with all the nasty bits, but strangely it’s motivating me instead of nobbling me this time. And I’m going to squish every bug I see too – no more Mrs Nice Guy with ooh nasties. I’m about to catch up on everyone’s blogs now, so no suffering there. Much better than editing too. 😀 xxx

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    The Story Reading Ape said:
    July 9, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Is it a wise thing Jo is doing, writing Shadow People 2 while under the influence of hallucinatory drugs, I ask myself – probably, is the best answer I can think of 🙂
    Hope your week gets better PDQ (pretty damn quick)

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      July 9, 2013 at 10:25 am

      HA HAAA! I should meet some interesting aliens Chris! My week has no choice now – I’m zooming along anyway – at least the internet is back on properly. I need to catch up on all I missed on your blogs! Thanks my friend. 😀

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        The Story Reading Ape said:
        July 9, 2013 at 10:35 am

        I’m reading my way through your Shadow People, enjoying it thoroughly, only problem is, the world and it’s dog keep interrupting me with other stuff I should be doing – can’t seem to find a tree to hide in anywhere 🙂

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          jorobinson176 responded:
          July 13, 2013 at 10:42 am

          Eeek! That’s brilliant Chris – thank you! I am changing the second half of it now – the new version will be out soon. I didn’t want to unpublish it because I think that’s really not fair on the people who bought it, so they’ll be able to update it to the new one. I found a couple of things that needed changing, as I wrote the second book, and went through that one at the same time. I hope you don’t hate the last part of it! You’re going to have to get yourself a virtual assistant at the rate you’re going! A cute girl ape in a bikini. 😀

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            The Story Reading Ape said:
            July 13, 2013 at 11:07 am

            LOL I think my mate might wish to have a serious discussion with me regarding THAT idea, however…mmmm 😛

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              jorobinson176 responded:
              July 14, 2013 at 1:38 pm

              You should bestow the position upon her. Then, in her horror, she’ll bring the assistant to you herself. See – easy. 🙂

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    LucyPireel said:
    July 9, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Jo my dearie! Not again with the malaria. Take care of you and the feathered flock. Do not let the branches or gung get you and keep us posted. I’ll be here patiently waiting for you to be better and you know where to find me in times of need! 🙂
    xoxo

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      July 13, 2013 at 10:38 am

      It’s sucked this time dear Lucy – I reckon another go like this will take me out properly, so not hanging around to find out! Cape Town will be home base, and we’ll be around and about Africa, with Angus doing what he does all over the place. Thank you for being such a lovely love! XXX

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        LucyPireel said:
        July 13, 2013 at 5:28 pm

        Don’t want to lose a friend like you, so take good care of yourself dearie! xoxo

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          jorobinson176 responded:
          July 14, 2013 at 1:29 pm

          I’m a weedy weed, sweet one. I’ll be your friend always, and very, very happy to have you! xxxx

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    marianallen said:
    July 9, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Chris, you need to go visit Jo and hide in her indoor guava branch. You could ook to warn her if she starts to walk into it. And you could snuggle Jelly until his leg gets better, and keep the chickens from attacking her when she wears their meals, and swat the nasty bugs away from her.

    Jo, dear, those mosquitoes, at the very least, have GOT to go! Shall I send you a box of bats to gobble them up for you?

    HUGS!!!

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      July 13, 2013 at 10:35 am

      Thank you Marian – you are the coolest! These bugs are the pits, and after this little session we’ve decided that we will be going for sure. Been here a year, and it’s been one bit of horribleness after the other, so we’ll be moving to a bug free zone. Sorry I’m so late – been in no condition to drive a computer. Send in the BATS! 😀 XXX

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        marianallen said:
        July 13, 2013 at 1:41 pm

        A bug free zone sounds lovely! HEY, BUGS!! NO BITING JO, YOU HEAR? Tell those lazy chickens to get off the ground and eat some mosquitoes.

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          jorobinson176 responded:
          July 14, 2013 at 1:35 pm

          Ha haaaa! Cool my friend! You’re right about the chickens now. They should have done more! I think a spot of training is in order now. 😀

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