The Dog Ate My Homework

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Life’s been getting in the way of my writing world lately. It doesn’t look like it’s going to let up either. Whenever I’m not able to go online for a day or three, opening my email on my return generally has me falling off my chair, having multiple simultaneous panic attacks, and rushing off to tremble in the wardrobe for a bit before I gather up the courage to force open an eyeball and get stuck back in to everything. I don’t know if I’m just a whole lot less on the ball than everyone else, or if there are thousands of other scribblers out there regularly falling off their chairs and cowering in terror at the thought of all that they missed. Anyway. I’m out from under the desk now, and attempting to move swiftly on. As well as life insisting on getting all up in my face right now, I’ve broken off a big bit of tooth (extra tough toffee) so I have a toothache, a looming visit to the dentist, and I’ve somehow taken some gluten aboard also. So. I’m a bit of a sour bunny with a bellyache. Never mind. Life would be really boring if it was all just smelling the roses. Blog catch up first.

I must say though, I’m always really impressed with bloggers who produce consistent, daily, professional posts. Especially writers. I know that as self published authors we’re expected to be businesslike and maintain a constant online presence, but sometimes that really isn’t possible. I don’t mind when the authors I stalk follow disappear for a bit, then resurface with a sorry tale of woe, or huge rant about whatever in the world it was that kept them away. Keeps things interesting. When I’m in the throes of writing a new story or editing, my brain is useless for pretty much all else apart from cheese pancake production or watching dodgy television programmes. I TRULY believe that dodgy TV is the best place to go for inspiration for future scribbles by the way, so I consider it RESEARCH, and not procrastination in any way.

For instance, a while ago I happened to eyeball a series called Extreme Cheapskates that’s definitely got a load of great characters in it. I’m all for living a non-wasteful life, but…. One lady always peed in a bottle and had her boyfriend take it out and toss it on the compost heap – so as to save all that money you waste when flushing the loo. Ha haaa! Ya sexy thing ya! Another one made good use of dumpster dive cake and road-kill to produce squished bunny stew and dessert for her delighted friends and family. Then there was the chap who zoomed from table to table in restaurants bumming peoples leftovers to take home with him. You can’t make that stuff up.

I’m working on the ending for the second Shadow People book – Return to Lapillus, as well as tweaking and getting already published books as polished as they can be before loading them up on Createspace and Lulu. That’s the thing with self-publishing, you learn as you go, so you often have to fix as you go too. These things always take much longer than I think they will though – hence my personal brand and sly marketing tactic of always being late for everything. I really do need to stop with all the self-inflicted deadlines. Anyway. Much more on the ball than I, Chris Graham, my cover designer – yip, got my own cover designer now – has produced the new cover for the first in the Shadow People series, and the book has been updated on Amazon, Smashwords and Goodreads with its new look. I love it, and can’t wait to see his vision for book two. For those of you guys who have the original version, open up your Manage Your Kindle function and update there if you haven’t set your reader to automatically update.

http://www.amazon.com/Shadow-People-The-Finding-ebook/dp/B00BCL91EC/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1382525278&sr=1-1&keywords=shadow+people+by+jo+robinson

29 thoughts on “The Dog Ate My Homework

    LucyPireel said:
    October 23, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Love the new cover! But the old one was pretty good too! 🙂
    Have to dash, will catch up with you later. xoxo

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      October 23, 2013 at 1:42 pm

      Hiya lovely Lucy! I’m totally over the moon with this one though – it’s so much more connected to the actual story. Later zoomy one. 😀 xxx

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    The Story Reading Ape said:
    October 23, 2013 at 11:16 am

    LOVE the TV you watch Jo – I expect to see some of these characters in your future stories (no pressure) LOL
    THANK YOU for the plug for my covers – I must send you over some ideas based on what we’ve already discussed – don’t want to hold you back now you’re on a roll LOL 😀

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      October 23, 2013 at 1:41 pm

      I can’t wait to see what you have in mind for book two! I’ve got a couple of new short stories planned for Amazon that just might have some very interesting guys in them. 😉

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    The Story Reading Ape said:
    October 23, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's New (to me) Authors Blog and commented:
    A typical day in the easy, laid back life of an author – plus a book cover I made that is now published (big furry grin) 😀

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      October 23, 2013 at 1:39 pm

      And I love it! Thank you for all your furry patience and hard work. 😀

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    Andrew Toynbee said:
    October 23, 2013 at 11:59 am

    You are not alone. My early determination at the beginning of the year to produce two posts a week was going well for four or five months before it began to tatter like a storm-blown flag. Now I’m lucky if I get the time to READ two posts a week, never mind write them. Life just keeps on throwing ’em at me!
    Over-stretching myself across the web is one cause for this. I’ve since withdrawn some of my tentacles from social media and simply lurk rather than participating. This saves valuable time. Now, if only I could stop leaving long comments on blogs and get back to writing books…
    🙂

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      October 23, 2013 at 1:37 pm

      Ha haaaa! We have the same problems Andrew with the over-stretching I think – it’s so easy to get chatting away, and when you look again it’s two hours later. Blogs are my downfall – I read way too many every day, but once you’re hooked I reckon you need therapy to stop. I do anyway. 😀

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    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction said:
    October 23, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Love the new cover!!
    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      October 23, 2013 at 1:33 pm

      Me too! It’s brilliant having someone design a cover from the way they see the story. Chris is great, and really patient too. LOL. 😀

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    Lawrence Grodecki said:
    October 23, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Hi Jo. That’s a fantastic cover! It really grabs attention . . . almost demands. Congratulations.

    Now as far as golden showers go, I don’t those kind of channels . . . nice touch on the environmental aspect though! 🙂

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      October 23, 2013 at 2:14 pm

      LOLOLOL! Just as well we’re not on Kobo Lawrence. 😀 I’m really, really happy with this cover. It’s also a lot easier than I thought it would be working with someone – I’m normally really bad at not having total control of everything, but Chris was excellent sending over different ideas, so happy days. 😀

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        Lawrence Grodecki said:
        October 23, 2013 at 2:55 pm

        You’ve just made my day – making someone laugh like that – especially someone with a sore tooth. I hope you get it fixed too. It’s definitely a happy day . . . my little one’s twenty-something birthday . . . so I get to remind her about my look-alike, that Pitt guy!

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          jorobinson176 responded:
          October 28, 2013 at 3:23 pm

          LOL! I heard he’s decided not to use soap any more to save the environment & is using lemons and vinegar or something. Ha haaa! Just shows that good looks can let you get away with anything. 😀 I hope your baby’s party was great!

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            Lawrence Grodecki said:
            October 28, 2013 at 6:54 pm

            Oh, her birthday was really nice, but given that she’s 700 miles away, we only talked on the phone. I got a chance to return the compliment, and told her she too looks a little Brad Pitt, if she would only cut her hair (just kidding)!

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    Kev said:
    October 23, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    I struggle with wanting to have a consistent on-line presence and doing my writing…sometimes, I just have to take days off or I’ll never get anywhere with my book. It’s a struggle juggle. Anyway I like the book cover. Oh and that’s another point, I’m already thinking about how I can improve the books I’ve already published…I’ll be doing other editions I’m afraid…I don’t like them! I really don’t! Hope you are feeling well soon. I know this is like, all over the place. That’s just how my mind works. lol

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      October 28, 2013 at 3:27 pm

      This is actually quite a job that us indies do Kev – really hard work. I think most totally self published guys change things along the way, and it’s cool in my book. I’ve updated the cover and the text without losing my reviews, and Amazon lets you know if you’ve already purchased the book, so nobody can buy it by mistake thinking it’s another book altogether. You’re doing great, and your websites are brilliant by the way. 😀

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        Kev said:
        October 28, 2013 at 8:17 pm

        Thanks Jo! Yes, I agree…that why I like Amazon. I think I will stick with them.

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    gillswriting said:
    October 23, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Love it Jo thanks for making me smile. Dodgy Tv,,, Gotta agree with you there!

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      October 28, 2013 at 3:20 pm

      Hi Gill! Thanks! I’m loving your blog posts and I’m in AWE of your courage and heart for doing what you’re doing there (especially taking buses – LOL). If you ever have a minute I’d love to host a guest post from you here. 😀 xxx

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    kandykayscaramuzzo said:
    October 23, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    Oh, great! All I need is for Pie to see that his friend the ape, is designing book covers. He is already trying to take over most of my activities. (Let’s not tell him) I know what you mean about opening emails. It is freaking scary what comes in overnight. We just keep plugging on.
    Great cover by the way. Very impressive.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      October 28, 2013 at 3:16 pm

      Thanks! Your Pie is one of a kind – gorgeous guy. And our Ape is amazingly talented in all sorts of ways – I really love his cover! 😀

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    Vashti Quiroz-Vega said:
    October 28, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Hi Jo! You’re definitely not alone. I have those fall off the chair moments all the time. Ha,ha! That show is hilarious. Colorful characters. The book cover looks awesome! 😀

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    M T McGuire said:
    November 5, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    I absolutely agree with you about dodgy TV. It inspires everything I write! I also have yeek attacks about the in box and a Real Life that dares to come between me and the all consuming writing that earns me nothing mwah ha hahargh!

    So yeh, you’re not alone!

    Cheers

    MTM

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      November 8, 2013 at 10:29 am

      LOL! Snap! I earn just as much. Cheers to you kindred spirit. 😀

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    drewdog2060drewdog2060 said:
    November 20, 2013 at 6:45 am

    I am torn between amusement and pity for the man who goes from table to table in restaurants asking for people’s leftovers. I can understand someone who is homeless or, quite simply does not have a great deal of money doing this but for someone who, I asume is not in this position, have they no self respect! In the end amusement is my primary reaction! Thanks for the amusing post, Kevin

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      November 20, 2013 at 7:29 am

      This particular guy isn’t short of money at all – he just doesn’t want to spend any. He picks popcorn containers out of bins at movie theatres and then gets free refills. No self respect at all. 🙂

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