All This And More.

After such a long time off work I am feeling a very real sense of bereavement at the ending of my holidays. I can’t describe the magnified Sunday night feeling that I have had since about Friday. It’s horrible. I’ve been a right grump to live with for a couple of days now, but I just can’t shake this horrible feeling of impending doom, early alarms and crap traffic.

I understand that many folks have had no time off at all and I am being ungrateful but it doesn’t change how I feel about it. The upcoming week will be grim. I have a night away too which is not helping me look forward to it in anyway. I have just enjoyed not being at work.

As I often say, I work for a great company, and have many reasons to be grateful to do so, but still it sucks that I am in work again from tomorrow. Enough moaning I think.

In my time off I have been relatively productive, getting my first draft to a stage where it is pretty much ready for feedback and that will be happening soon. I also designed the cover and decided upon the title.

Book Cover

All This And More

If anyone has a burning desire to review the first draft then let me know. I only need a couple of people or there will be too much feedback to deal with. I do need to say that the book is over 73,000 words so it is a fair undertaking to read it, especially as of course there is a chance you might hate it, and then it will be a really hard slog. Also bear in mind that, beyond spotting typos that I have missed, you’ll need to be honest about the thing as a whole too, as telling me it’s great when it isn’t won’t be very helpful. I won’t cry too much! Also I’d ideally like feedback within a couple of weeks, so if you think it would take you a month or so to get through it then please bear that in mind before volunteering.

If I get a few volunteers it’ll be pretty much first come first served unless one of you is a professional editor, English teacher or award winning novelist.

The first draft as it stands should be rubbish. That is what all the writers I have read about online say anyway. A book only starts to come together at second and third draft stage I’m told, so hopefully whatever feedback I get will help in that process. 

My work based sulk prevents me from writing much more today, but I do have to tell you that Emily has started her own blog (as of yesterday). Please go and have a look. I have no clue how often she will post, but if you can show your support that would be great.

Work sucks!

Till the next time….

About mkingdon

What is an mkingdon? Well, it is a long story, but a simple one. I have an addiction to Walt Disney World and Florida, and have done little else but holiday there for the past ten years. Worse than that, I have written about it too,in the form of long and detailed trip reports mainly on The Dibb. Upon joining that site I had to choose a username. I chose mkingdom, with the obvious relation to the Magic Kingdom. However, I am cursed with less than perfect typing skills, and I actually entered mkingdon. So it all started there really, and people have come to know me as that, so I’ve sort of adopted it as my online identity. Behind the name is a late thirties Boltonian with two girls, and Louise, a wife. I work in IT/Web stuff, and endure it to the best of my ability. You can find me in various places online. You should follow me on Twitter, and I am facebooked up too.
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14 Responses to All This And More.

  1. Sandy Hunt says:

    My degree is English Lit! (I’m an Ass Head….or Assistant Headteacher, if that makes any difference!)

  2. Diane Jewkes says:

    I’d like to volunteer Craig, best wishes, diane

  3. Andrea Curry says:

    I’d also like to volunteer if you’d like me – I’m usually quite good at spotting mistakes ;)

  4. Julie Davies says:

    I would like to volunteer too Craig, would love to give you feedback and constructive criticism

  5. whitequeen50 says:

    Put my name down for proof reading please, Craig. x

  6. Sarah Cresswell says:

    Hi Craig,
    I’m currently studying 3rd year of English/history degree at Notts uni (very immature mature student!) I’d love to proof read your book if you still need someone, Sarah

  7. Kerry Robinson says:

    Hi Craig,

    I am a teacher and my degree is English Lit with Creative Writing…

    I’m here if you are still wanting proof readers.

    Kerry x

  8. Steve R says:

    Honest to a fault.

  9. colin davies says:

    Wifey is an avid book worm and her drwam job is proof reading. If ya want she will read ya little book craig she will offer feed back .

    Best of luck buddy

    colin

  10. Panda says:

    I would love to read your draft but am not a teacher and probably wouldn’t be able to read it within two weeks so will wait for the published version and enjoy it at my leisure!

  11. Helen Gregson says:

    Hi Craig, also more than happy to proofread if you like, I’m a freelance proofreader with a linguistics degree! :)
    I’m currently enjoying your latest trip report, too!
    Helen

  12. Rachael says:

    Just wanted to say that I read all your blogs and I really enjoy them :) Your christmas one was lovely, love the family traditions! And where or where did you get that WDW CD?! :)

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