National Poetry Day 2014: Remember

Kenechi Udogu:

It’s National Poetry Day so I thought I’d reblog one of the very few poems I’ve attempted. I’m usually rubbish at writing them but I quite like this one and it fits in well with the theme this year which is “remember”.

Originally posted on caeblogs:

 [I don't usually write poems, because I'm not really sure how to and I don't think I'm good at it, but we had a group exercise set a couple of weeks ago to expand on the opening words "I was down that road before" and for some reason, a poem is what came to me so I decided to give it a shot. It might need some more work in future but we'll see if I ever get the courage to return to it.]

 

I  was down that road before

In another lifetime

When dreams seemed attainable

And hope was more than a feeling

Now all I gleam are passing shadows

Of a life that could have been

So when I’m glum

I pause and remember

That dreams that haven’t come true

Were probably never meant to be.

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Pet Peeves List #1

courtesy of freedigitalphotos_Mister GC

Only 5 at the moment but you know this list will grow…

  1. People who chuck out an entire kettle of boiled water because re-boiling it means it loses its oxygen! Wasting a whole kettle of water! I DO NOT CARE ABOUT DEOXYGENATED WATER FOR MY TEA! It’s only a cup of tea! The number of times I’ve had to bite my tongue when I boil a kettle at work, nip out of the kitchen for a bit only to return to find someone boiling a fresh batch. Urgh!
  2. All those lovely ladies who wear high heels and stumble/waddle as a result. If you are going to cause observers to have a mini heart attack with every step you take, then don’t wear heels. Accept your height or practise in your room until you can grace the world with an acceptable walk (for the record, I occasionally wear heels so I am allowed to make this comment).
  3. The First World myth that reheating food is bad for you. Someone went as far as admitting to me that he thinks chicken tastes funny the day after so he always chucks his leftovers. Really? All chicken dishes? I stopped myself from asking if he kept the cooked chicken in a cupboard or something. It’s different if the argument is that food loses its nutritional value with multiple heat applications. Or if it is cream or something that actually smells like it has gone off. I know there have been countless cases of food poisoning from reheated food but, if your fridge/freezer is cool enough and your oven/microwave/hob nukes the meal to a reasonable degree, there is absolutely nothing to fear. I (and a few million people in the world) am living proof of this!
  4. Don’t get me started on false reviews. And I am not talking about reviews for my books. Stupid reviews in general. I once read a review on Amazon where the person admitted to not reading the book but gave it a single star rating because she thought she wouldn’t like it. Seriously???!!! Someone on Goodreads reviewed a book that hasn’t been released based on its cover. She gave it five stars. Why? Because the content is the same as the cover? Who are these people?
  5. And finally, joggers in central London who give pedestrian evil glares at rush hour. I was walking to work one morning and stopped to cross the road at a traffic light. A jogger from behind almost ran into me and swore profusely before continuing on his jog. Clearly if he was not so focused on jogging and had considered the fact that regular walking people have to stop and wait at traffic lights, he would have realised the idiocy of his anger.  He was not the first jogger I’d encountered who expressed rage over pedestrians being in their way. It’s a freaking pavement – if you want to jog in central London with no one in your way at 8.45 in the morning, find a park!

Rant over. And I feel so much better!

What’s The Word for “Averter” in German?

Aversion opener_German

My blog posts this year continue to be sporadic (please accept my apologies) but it feels apt to share this with you in the week that Germany won the FIFA World Cup. Ready? Drum roll, please – Aversion, the first book in the Mentalist Series, is being translated into German by the very lovely and skillful Jana Kӧbel. Jana currently writes book and movie reviews in English and German on her blog and, with a degree in English Linguistic and Literature, she is branching out into translation services. I am really excited to be working with her on this as it is a first for both of us. The German translation will, hopefully, be ready for release in 2015.

At the moment we are running into unexpected but funny conundrums like finding the right word for Averter in German, seeing as there is no direct translation for the word. For fun, I typed in “My name is Gemma Green and I am an Averter” in Microsoft Word and got “Mein Name ist Gemma grün und ich bin ein Zaubermittel” which translates to Continue reading

Happy Blogiversary and Free eBook Release: Broken Ties

Hi everyone,

Turns out it’s my blog’s third anniversary today. I totally forgot until I signed in to write this post. Hip, hip, hip! Hurrah!

Okay, back to the real post. Broken Ties (prequel novella to The Mentalist Series) is out! And it’s absolutely FREE. Please download a copy via any of the major retailers listed below (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks etc) and, even if you don’t think it’d be your cup of tea, please spread the word because someone you know might like the sound of it. If you do read it and like it, don’t be shy about writing a review. Every little positive feedback helps!

Broken Ties cover

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Amazon DE

iBooks (Apple)

Barnes and Noble

Smashwords

Scribd

Goodreads (please add to your TBR list if you can, thanks)

 

 

The Writing Process Blogging Tour

I was asked by a friend, John Allen of I Write, You Read, to contribute to The Writing Process Blogging Tour. On his blog, he claims to have “passed the baton” on to me, so I won’t dwell too much on the texts of hesitation I sent to him (only resulting in an “I’m going to link to you anyway” response). Anyway, here I am, writing my post instead of eating my lunch…(you know I still love you, John).

My writing process was fairly shambolic up until about eleven years ago. I pretty much wrote down every idea I could think of until the story I was trying to develop disintegrated into nothing. As a result, I accumulated a lot of incomplete work (some of which I still have stored away in my head, most of which have died a horrible death in forgotten notebooks). Then I signed up to an online writing course and was shocked (duh) to discover that other people didn’t go about writing in the same way. This is probably why they were more productive than I was (another duh moment). I never finished the course but what I got out of it is what I’ve used since.  So, back to the format of this tour (John, take note) where I’m supposed to answer four questions about my work. Here goes nothing.

What am I working on?

I’m writing a (dark) retelling of Sleeping Beauty as part of the Twice Upon A Time anthology for The Bearded Scribe Press. Of course, when I say working on, I mean trying to write an outline and thanking God that the deadline has been shifted yet again.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Is this a trick question? Is this when I get to say my books are awesome and in such a different league from other stories in the YA genre that you’d really have to stop reading this post (like right now) and go check them out? Because if it is, what are you waiting for?

Why do I write what I do?

I write YA fantasy/paranormal stories because I binge read YA novels and fantasy from an early age (yes, even Nigerian folklore about the cunning tortoise tricking kings Continue reading

Broken Ties: Cover Reveal…sort of…

My Facebook page followers would have already seen the spanking new cover for the latest book in the Mentalist Series, Broken Ties, so this is not really a grand reveal. Yes, you guessed it; I will not be staging a reveal across many sites this time. It was fun to do for Aversion and Sentient but involved a lot of management which I (unfortunately) haven’t had the luxury of time to pursue. I’ll aim to go all out for Keepers, when the time comes. Once again, thanks to Neso, Okey, Chizoba, Chioma, Dumebi and most especially to my Mum for making the comments that transformed this cover from so-so to brilliant (at least I think it’s brilliant).

Hope you guys like it. Broken Ties will be out in May.

Broken Ties cover

Blurb:

“There was nothing unusual about the night everything changed. No flashing lights in the sky, no searing fire in my belly; no sign whatsoever to suggest the shift that was to come…Nora Brice did strange things to me. Strange and awful things…” 

Paul Colt has a problem, and it is not one most teenage boys face. Yes, he likes a girl; one he’s pretty certain he’ll do foolish things for, given the chance. But he can’t go after her, or any other girl for that matter. That’s what he gets for being an Averter; forced to toe the line for the propagation of the collective. He knows some rules are okay to trifle with, and there are some which should never be broken. The gravest of them all?

Don’t fall in love.

Ever. 

This is the story of how Paul breaks that rule.

This prequel novella to the Mentalist Series can be read before or after Aversion, Book One of The Mentalist Series.

 

The return of The Lost One…sort of…

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First of all, I’d like to apologise to all my readers for my long silence this year. I’ve wanted to put up a post for a while, but I’ve been swamped with (bill-paying) work and writing. Fear not though, there’s a lot in the pipelines for this year, so this is a quick catch up for everyone who is interested (thank you to everyone who’s asked about the blog).

As some readers of the Mentalist Series know, I’m hoping to release Keepers (Book Three of The Mentalist Series) this winter and work on that is underway. In addition to that, I’ve written a prequel novella to The Mentalist Series which will hopefully be available by late spring/early summer, so keep an eye out for it. I’ve also signed up to contribute to what looks to be a promising fairy-tale anthology, organised by The Bearded Scribe, which has a summer deadline. This all means I’ve been incredibly busy this year! See why I haven’t blogged much?

Sticking with writing, I recently got acknowledged as a contributor to the amazing literacy charity, Worldreader, which provides free e-readers (loaded with books) to children in developing countries. So thrilled to be listed with the likes of Nnedi Okorafor! Any authors/writers reading this should please consider donating their work to this brilliant cause. There are other great and exciting things happening in the background which I can’t reveal at the moment but, if they come to pass, you’ll be hearing about them here first. Promise!

I’ll end with something fun. A friend posted this on her Facebook page and I was shocked (in a good way) to see I had read 35 of the 100 books – BBC Believes You Only Read 6. I have about five more books on the list in my library at home waiting to be read, so I better get to them. What’s your count?

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