Autumn Writings, School Work, and Stephen Chbosky

Lately, I have been focusing on getting my school work done, and squeezing in as much me time as possible. I must admit, it’s a little difficult juggling school, a social life and writing all in one go, but the best thing I can do, I reason, is to embrace the busyness; I know that it’ll be more than worth it once The Friendship Flame is published, and I know I will be super-proud, as will my awesome family. In turn, that will be the best Christmas present anyone could ever ask for.

Progress, I must say, is a little slow with The Friendship Flame as I am halfway through writing Chapter 19; however, my main priority is ensuring writing of the very best quality, ensuring I fulfil my best capabilities, so that the end result is satisfactory—for me and for all of my amazing readers!

I am currently reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. This book is quite different from my usual read, but there is something about it that I absolutely love. I am about a quarter of the way through it, so hopefully I’ll be able to update you on what I thought about it soon!

My mum’s favourite season has always been autumn—something I was never able to understand: rainy days, the need to be wrapped up in coats and scarves but still freezing to death… No, thanks! Right now, however, I am sitting on my sister’s bed, writing my blog, whilst looking out of the window next to me: it’s grey, dark and drizzly, and I am warm inside, cosy, and writing. Somehow, in moments like this, it’s second nature to understand why my mother loves this season so much!

Again, thank you for your continued support and faith in me during the journey of completing this book. There’s not long to go now!

Faye xx

High School and My Two Loves

Hi, Readers!

After recently going through the (definitely scary) transition from primary school to high school, I have finally settled in and am ready to face dedicating my time to continuing on my journey of rewriting The Friendship Flame. I am currently rewriting Chapter 18 (exciting!), and things are going really well! The Friendship Flame should still be published by December/Christmas time, so don’t hesitate when adding it to your Christmas list! ;o)

I am currently reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. In all honestly, this, for me, has become one of those books that I’ve struggled to get into and where it’s tempting to give up and choose another one perhaps better suited to my tastes; however, I have decided to try and keep at it and see how it unfolds, and whether I can rekindle my passion for it. I am about halfway through (after two weeks! Eek!), so hopefully I’ll soon be done and able to give it an all-glowing review! Until then, it’s back to school and my two loves: reading and writing.

Faye xx

Chapter 11… Complete!

The past couple of weeks or so, I have been so busy working, writing almost every day to produce as much work as I can for rewrite of The Friendship Flame. As we all know, you get out what you put in—hard work pays off—and my cheque is completing Chapter 11 of the book, which I have done today! I am giving myself a big ‘Whoop!’ for hard work and success.

I must admit, I am quite proud of what I have managed to achieve in just a few days, and I would like to thank everyone out there for being so patient—it means a lot to me and I promise, after all the waiting, it’ll be worth it!

The Friendship Flame is quite an emotional book, full of deep feelings and a lot of dilemmas, and it’s been so fun (and educational) to write. Although it’s a while off being ready for publication yet, I am aware that every step of the way counts, and every minute I put into it means I am more likely to get something valuable back.

When I haven’t been writing, however, I have been doing what I do best: read! I am currently reading My Sister’s Keeper, a book by Jodi Picoult, which I’m sure most people have heard of. I’m hooked already (I’m only on page 27!), and I’m hoping that’s the effect I’ll be able to give my readers when reading The Friendship Flame—once it is published and available in stores, of course!

Stay tuned, and I’ll let you know how things are coming along! Again, thank you so much for your continued support.

Faye xx

I’m Back

Yes, I am finally back! I am aware I haven’t written a blog for five months (ridiculous, I know—I have no excuse!), but I am now raring to go and to get back into writing—including doing my blog again.

My latest news: I have re-read my book, The Friendship Flame, in its finished form, and I have decided that my writing has progressed so much that I now feel I would be happier to publish only after completing a re-write; that way, I’ll know it is the very best work I can do at this moment in time. I have now started this process and, so far, I am much happier with the writing I have been producing compared to what I had written before. This comes to show that these things shouldn’t be rushed! I think if I had published The Friendship Flame the way it was, I wouldn’t have been as proud of my new publication as I will be after re-writing.

The Friendship Flame will hopefully be published and available to my readers by the end of this autumn, which now gives me plenty of time to re-write and create something memorable and worthy of my fans!

So, please remain patient—I promise it’ll be worth it!

Faye xx

Books, Brews and Biscuits!

I think that one of the best things in life are the simple things: you don’t need a huge television or PlayStation or riches to be happy; the simple things are what make people more grateful for what they have. Getting lots and lots of everything you ever wanted would most likely turn you greedy and expectant, and might even make you hard to be around. I have learnt over the years (and I know I’m only young!) that it is the little things that matter.

In the same way, it is also the little things that can give you ideas that will then evolve into something big—and which could go some way to helping you achieve all you ever dreamt of (and hence get you that television or PlayStation or whatever it is you desire). For some, it might be some paints or coloured pencils: you could learn to become skilled in how to use them, and then you’d have a new skill that could change your life. For others, it might be something as simple as some seeds, which can encourage a skill for gardening. For me, the little things I have always loved are books, a cup of tea and a biscuit. Strange…? Regardless, books transport me to new worlds, help me gain perspective and also expand my vocabulary.

I honestly believe it is my love of books that has meant I can publish my own books and earn my own money, which allows me to leave my mark on the world—which is what I have always wanted to do! At first, everyone (yourself included) might think that the thing you love doing and are constantly doing is just your talent and something you’re good at; maybe nothing more than a hobby. But always remember: if you are determined, keep at it and try your very hardest. You should pursue anything you’ve ever wanted to do.

This is why I’m thankful for books, brews and biscuits!

Faye xx

Refreshed and Ready to Write!

For the past week or so, I have taken a break from writing, which has enabled me to read a bit and refresh my mind; I feel it’s necessary to take breaks so that I don’t ‘burn out’. This also ensures I will be raring to go when I’m writing Star Shower again (notably, after I’ve finished this blog entry!).

I am currently reading One For My Baby by Tony Parsons. It’s fantastic so far. It gives me a lot of perspective about life and some of the things people go through every day, and it’s also interesting to know how some people deal with these sorts of situation. We’re all so different—it’s quite amazing, really!

Reading also helps to expand my vocabulary and gives me new ideas on styles of writing and how other authors work. It’s like I receive an education every time I pick up a book! I’d never complain about going to school if it involved reading every day… Sigh! Oh well, we can’t have everything! For now, I’ll be grateful that I can read and write… That’s all I need to be happy!

Faye xx

Star Shower: Chapter Seven—We Have Progress!

Lately, I have been experiencing a bit of writers’ block when it comes to penning Star Shower, the next book in the Charm Bracelet Girls series. I’ve spent so much time thinking and thinking, but it seemed nothing was coming! However, this morning, lots of fantastic ideas sprang to my mind and, after some brainstorming with my mum (who is also my manager, copy editor, through Editorial House, and publisher through Notebook Publishing), I am finally happy to announce that I have just written the next—notably, the seventh—chapter in Star Shower! I’m so excited that those long hours of feeling lost and not knowing what to write seem to have passed—for now, at least!

After The Friendship Flame is published, I am going to dedicate myself to Star Shower and make sure it will be a book welcomed and enjoyed by my readers. It seems that my writing changes and develops so quickly, and I hope this will be reflected in the second book.

I hope my fans will enjoy reading my books as much as I have enjoyed writing them. It’s nerve-wracking, knowing other people will read over my words and have opinions… But I’m optimistic. I guess we will see!

Faye xx