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Too much tennis?

Code-of-Conduct-400x600Too much tennis? No way. Wimbledon’s on the TV, there are short white skirts and tanned legs filling my TV screen and tennis is once again the focus of my life.

There’s also my new book, Code of Conduct, which is available everywhere today.

It’s the story of Viva Jones, ex-top ten tennis player, now battling injury in the latter part of her career. It’s also the story of Gabriela Mendaro, a silver badge umpire, whose ambition is to gain the elusive gold badge.

Players and officials cannot date. In fact, they can’t even have a friendly relationship. The officials’ code of conduct expressly forbids this. So when Viva and Gabriela forge a connection that transcends their respective roles in the game,  it’s not something easily overcome–not if Gabriela wants to follow her dream to gold badge level. Continue reading “Too much tennis?”

Writing Milestones

I know I’m busy, when one of the major milestones in a writer’s life passes by without a paean of joy, or a foot-stomping happy dance around the house. Well, I might just have indulged in the second 😉 but I didn’t get around to mentioning it anywhere.
 
Over a week ago now, I finished the first draft of my WIP (the tennis story for those keeping track). Very fitting, that I wrote The End–or as I do for reasons that I have long forgotten, I wrote (((FIN)))–at the start of Wimbledon fortnight.
 
82,000 words, give or take a few. Of course, the hard part now begins: editing that rough first draft. Ssssh…. but I prefer this to actually writing the first draft. The bones are there; they just need paring and refining and smoothing.
 
The first draft the tennis story will now sit for a bit, as I’ve set it aside to go through the copy edits on my previous novel which have just been returned to me. This previous novel will be part of Ylva Publishing’s Window Shopping series,  which features different authors all starting with the same opening paragraph: two women gazing in the window of a sex shop. More about this one another time.
Going through edits is another pleasurable part of the writing process–seeing what a keen-eyed copy editor can do to an already fairly polished story. Before the story gets to the copy editor, it’s already been past the content editor (twice), and been revised by me in between. Now I get to consider the subtleties of repeated words, misplaced commas, and comments along the lines of “You say that ‘cow’ is an unusual yoga pose–we do that every week in the class I attend”.

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