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I Love to Shop!

Posted by Janet Gallagher on Tuesday, April 23, 2013,
When I worked in the "real world" I loved to Shop!  Whereas "our guys" become absorbed in a "Hardware / Do It Yourself" Store, there is something about that feeling for a gal when she enters a Department Store in a `glamorous' part of town!




(Image credit http://www.123rf.com photo 12484445)

When I arrived in South Africa my life comprised "Where's the next Party"?  I had been allocated an interview at a fantastic firm, but its geographical situation proved onerous, and for the first time ever ...
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Preparing Outline for my next Novel

Posted by Janet Gallagher on Saturday, February 16, 2013,
I am preparing the Outline for my new Novel which is the "fun" part in the process of writing, where one's imagination can soar whilst creating many different characters and, most importantly, the story.


The world is my oyster and the place and setting, my choice.

Gone are the days of the elegant Barbara Cartland lying gracefully on her couch, dictating to the stenographer in attendance.  Perhaps when I dreamed of one day being a full-time writer this is what I perceived.  Luckily I was a happy...
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JulieForwardDeMay - Blogathon - CellWarNotebooks - IndiesForward

Posted by Janet Gallagher on Thursday, January 31, 2013,


Beauty, hope, inspiration and love would describe Julie Forward De May if she were here today.


My attention was drawn recently by Shannon and Toni at www.selfpublishingteam.com to the story of Julie Forward De May and a book entitled "Cell War Notebooks" comprising a compilation of her blog posts.  These were written during the last seven months of her life whilst she bravely battled cervical cancer.

Julie was a creative writing major at Colorado State and always had a dream of being published ...


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Dont begin a story with the weather? Advice I learned - but in the case of my Book - I didn't take!

Posted by Janet Gallagher on Monday, December 3, 2012,
Anyone who knows me will know I have and still follow the prolific advice which is "out there" for authors.


I'm actually quite good at following advice I approve of, but in the case of "A Question of Love"my  recently published Novel, I chose to ignore one piece of advice which I noted, but did not take.

Why, you may ask.  Maybe it is because when I arrived in South Africa a long time ago from Scotland, I had experienced many days which included rain, that is why Scotland is quite simply beauti...
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Book for Free .. er .. But then you haven't Sold .. Or have you?

Posted by Janet Gallagher on Tuesday, November 27, 2012,
Hubby got me thinking this morning.  He himself has been in sales for many years.  There is nothing that makes him happier than communicating and being with his customers.

So I was voicing this e-book author strategy of putting one's book "out there" - the latest trend - where readers who already have their favourite authors, can see a book "for free" and become acquainted to a new author who maybe, just maybe, they will also like. 

"But then they haven't sold" he said. 












This "free" strategy h...
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Bad Behaviour .. Bring it on .. Will be great for my next book!

Posted by Janet Gallagher on Thursday, November 22, 2012,
I used to be quite a sensitive person but now I've noticed as an author I am thinking somewhat differently!














So if you are having a bad day - perhaps throwing all your toys out the cot - perhaps I might notice, have an "aha" moment in looking for a "What If ...." where your Behaviour might be just what I require!


 

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I'm a Picture Person

Posted by Janet Gallagher on Friday, November 9, 2012,
When one creates a story one has to picture especially the main characters and the cover I chose for my published book "A Question of Love" depicts how I saw the lady lawyer protagonist.

There is another character (male) in my book I just could not see a picture anywhere which fulfilled the picture in my head of this guy.  And then came the Concert for The Queen of England's birthday, and there was the guy I pictured.  How cool, but not being a model or image I couldn't just find a way to show...
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Moving House - Timing not Good!

Posted by Janet Gallagher on Monday, October 22, 2012,

We are slowly but surely becoming settled in our new home, but cr..r..r..azy to move just as one has published a debut novel.  Nonetheless we are so happy, and although I left what will be my writing room till last, that does not indicate just how important it is, actually the opposite!   I will be going back to the book I was creating just before NaNoWriMo in November 2011, which is my first love, but oh how much I have learned since I first put pen to paper.  














in my previous posts I have tal...
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Surreal Feeling - A Question of Love (On Amazon Kindle)

Posted by Janet Gallagher on Friday, September 21, 2012,
Nothing could have prepared me for today!  I thought I would take a glance on Kindle and searched my name, and there it was, with my Debut Novel "A Question of Love".  This Novel is in the genre: Romance  ChicLit  Law.   What a surreal feeling!  My Link Page will take a business day or two longer but one can now download my Book if you own a Kindle!




For those who are thinking of partaking in NaNoWriMo - and have their dreams - do your homework now, start preparing your story, your outline, you...
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Finish Line

Posted by Janet Gallagher on Monday, September 10, 2012,

Well I am at the finishing line and what an incredibly wonderful journey it has been!  My book is now in Production so watch this space as I very shortly will introduce my debut novel.


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The Ambitions of my Protagonist Lady Corporate Lawyer

Posted by Janet Gallagher on Friday, August 3, 2012,
In any of the movies or soapies I have seen, it all looks so very glamorous - one sees a courtroom scene, which is ideal for a movie (they must have millions of sets for both court rooms and hospitals also!).  In reality, however, being a lawyer in the corporate environment is actually very hard work, involving copious amounts of administration and an amazing back-up in the form of support staff.

But first one has to acquire the prowess in order to reach that status, and even those who do atta...
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Is The Antagonist Always Bad?

Posted by Janet Gallagher on Wednesday, August 1, 2012,
As I reach final stages of editing my story in the Romance Genre I have to ask the question - Is the Antagonist Always Really Bad and Hateful, or is she a victim of circumstance, looking out for herself, following her own path at any price, no matter who gets hurt or damaged in the process?




Is it really the Antagonist's fault if she is even more beautiful, wealthier, more sexually experienced, than the Protagonist who is our main concern as a reader?



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Plaintiff: Editor vs Defendant: Story Teller

Posted by Janet Gallagher on Monday, July 23, 2012,
Oh dear.   As I am nearing the final part of the editing of my story I have come to the realisation that I have developed a completely different personna from that enthusiastic creator of my NaNoWriMo journey.



I have become a critic, where words which I do not now want to see have suddenly become three dimensional, hitting me cruely and questioning why on earth are they there; insisting I hit that delete button; telling me or rather "showing me" there is a much better way to divulge certain of...
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Romance Genre - Oops ... the Sex Scene

Posted by Janet Gallagher on Thursday, July 12, 2012,
I actually haven't yet read the successful book "50 Shades of Grey".  It is, however, downloaded onto hubby's Kindle.

As a writer in the romance genre, it is necessary to include in adult fiction .... oops....  the Sex Scene.  In the book I am creating now, there are a few scenes of a sexual nature, and they are most certainly integral in my story and not added for any other reason.



When I was partaking in the "So So Not Chic Lit" course last year, through Stanford University, conducted by Wend...
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The Big Edit - Part 2 - The Jigsaw

Posted by Janet Gallagher on Tuesday, July 10, 2012,

A very important aspect and which I, to a large extent, did not realise would entail so much thought, was the chapter order.  After NaNoWriMo, I opted to create many new chapters.  After doing so, and on such completion, there became the question of "exactly where best to slot these new chapters into my already created document".   Therefore when I did eventually decide, I had in the process created the necessity for new edits in many of the already existing chapters.

My story had evolved and ...


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The Big Edit of My Manuscript

Posted by Janet Gallagher on Saturday, June 23, 2012,
I think I do have an advantage as regards the editing of my "now created" manuscript.

In my previous `working life' an enormous amount of my PA life in the legal world, was being the instrument of the professionals' implementation of their copious and always urgent, edits.   In the process, despite the speed which was required, one cannot help but glean an enormous amount of information.

Also I was fortunate that one of my "very first experiences" in the work place, was as a junior secretary to...
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Writer - Are you being taken seriously?

Posted by Janet Gallagher on Wednesday, May 30, 2012,
I was at my music class today, which I used to attend on a regular basis and still love, but I have now cut-back on attendance because I actually want to finish my current book and need more hours to myself to make it happen.



Yeah right!  You can sense when you mention to your colleagues "I want more time to write" you actually are not being taken seriously.  The reason is not your friend or friends being nasty.   It is simply because "almost everyone wants to write"!  When a friend wants to m...
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Post A Day to subscribers? Too much in my Opinion!

Posted by Janet Gallagher on Sunday, May 27, 2012,
I love following authors - existing, present and future!  Wonderful advice is out there.



However, everyone needs their relaxation time, working time, time to carry out their daily lives.  I personally feel when I choose to follow an author, who has nonetheless amazing advice to give, there is a happy medium in the number of posts which they should give.  I also feel when they do, in fact, proffer their wisdom it will be so much more meaningful if it were to be given regularly, timeously but pl...
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What I am currently reading, about to read, or have just read

Posted by Janet Gallagher on Thursday, May 17, 2012,
In order to be a successful writer, one also has to be an avid reader and have many interests throughout one's life.



The following are books I am currently reading, about to read, or have just read.

The Boy Who Fell to Earth by Kathy Lette
Story Engineering by Larry Brooks
Warm Hugs for Writers by Larry Brooks
Falling Uphill by Kelly Sweetwood
No Kidding by Wendy Tokunaga
The Doctor's Lady by Jody Hedlund
Bull Street
by David T. Lender
Dying to be Me: My Journey from Cancer to Near Death to True Heali...
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After National Novel Writing Month ....

Posted by Janet Gallagher on Tuesday, May 15, 2012,
The NaNoWriMo experience is really wonderful, and one I entered into in November 2011, several months after participating in a writing course through Stanford University Continuing Studies, expertly tutored by Wendy Tokunaga, entitled "So So Not Chic Lit".  The reason I chose that particular Stanford course was that I already was writing a book in the Romance Genre, and was very interested to introduce into that story, the advice offered by "So So Not Chic Lit".

I made the decision during NaNo...
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Janet Gallagher I live in South Africa. As well as writing, I have always adored reading but have a horrible habit of having quite a number pending, so have lots of books to read always. Just as important as food! My Twitter address is on the Home Page of this site.

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