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To all my subscribers…

Thank you so much for subscribing to my blog.

Only thing is… I now have a new & improved blog address. I would love it if you could subscribe to this one instead of my current. All my blog entries will be posted there as from today. I’ll be deleting this site soon.

Your subscriptions mean a lot, and I promise to post loads of interesting and useful stuff.

Here’s the new address…

http://www.rebeccasimmonds.co.uk/

See you on the other blog,

Bec.

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Help, time’s running out…

After ten years or so… of trying to be an actor, with tunnel vision, with a ridiculous amount of determination and not a lot of focused energy I suddenly realised that, I’ve just hit thirty and damn, there’s so much I want and... panic, panic, panic…

We live in an age where the motto What you think about you bring about is well advertised.

What was I thinking about then? That I wanted to flit from one job to the next, that I didn’t want any money, that I… poor me, poor me etc…

I sought advice.  I discovered that a good starting point is to write down everything you’ve ever wanted…

So I began…

1. become an actor.

2. get better at guitar

3. write songs

4…..

The more I wrote the more I wanted. Hang on, I thought, I only get one life…

Q.    How will I live with myself if I don’t turn out to be a… violin-harmonica playing, song-writing, money-making, artist,   musician, yoga, meditating, thin girl, actor… ?

A.    I couldn’t live with myself.

So I set about becoming. I even made myself a chart and coloured it in each time I’d made progress to one of my goals. Here’s the proof…

So…

 After madly trying to achieve everything, I’d managed to discover what I was really driven to spend time doing. And that was writing. And I wrote, wrote, wrote, and then I had a book, and now it’s being published (of course it wasn’t that easy). How’s that for a happy ending? But then, of course, there’s always that voice in your head…

…but what about song-writing, and you always wanted to be a dancer, and why are you so pedantic and… 

But seriously, however it feels, don’t be afraid to consider everything and if your as pedantic as me you could create a goal wheel, like I did. You might find out what you’re willing to invest time in.

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Getting yourself out there as an author…

It’s a daunting prospect. You’ve spent years writing a book only to be told, that’s the easy bit and better get yourself a platform… publishers & agents want people with an audience, and anyway what’s your market cause you gotta know your ma… and ending up with your already delicate brian (having spent a year and a half writing about a fantasy afterlife or something) processing this as 2873y7ye732y78y8**&^&^%^%%6755H. Lucky for me, I bumped into Dam Good Publishing and they’re good at promoting and they know just what to do and what they’re doing is GETTING ME INTERVIEWS ON BLOGS. So that’s a start, get yourself some interviews and get yourself out there as an author. Apparently starting a blog is a must too, and so here I am and here’s the first interview that I’ve done.
Many thanks to Beyond Words and Dam Good Publishing for this interview.

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A poem by my dad…

My Dad astounds me. He just comes out with poems, they roll off his tongue like water. He says he can’t be bothered to write them down, so I do for him. Sometimes they just pop into his head. Here’s a good old death shanty…

Eternity.

I want to be a buried

In the deep blue sea

Where all the crabs and  prawns and things

Can make a feast on me

I probably won’t taste as good

As they did to me

But that’s the way the factory works

When you enter Eternity.

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