The harsh reality of having no income hits you like a punch in the gut. This
is a cliché, I know, and rather understated, but the severity of this pending
financial ruin and despondency runs deep within my veins, as well as my
BUT, I have so much belief that John will get his
business off the ground, as there hasn't been a day or a waking hour when
he hasn't given up or stopped reeling in customers (which he has
a number of now!) promoting and the endless fight with the
hierarchy of suppliers and banks that overrule or try to
dismiss small and up and coming businesses.
It would be so easy to lie down and die and blame everyone else - plead
bankruptcy or sign on. Talking of which, this makes me so BLOODY mad, that
a man who has worked his bollocks off daily for 25 yrs, finds himself
in a position when the first bill is not paid, the internet/TV is
switched off and our phones suspended. Oh, how easy welfare Britain
have it. Never worked a day yet still have regular money and sky TV and enough
dope to make you brain-dead. I don't want to sound a bitter and twisted cow,
but, yes, I do feel this is so unfair...
When I lie awake at night, worrying about the next bounced direct debit and
nasty tax letter looming, I think of the fun we still have and the laughter, in
spite of the financial mess we are in and focus on the positives that
John has incurred. He has had SO much support from his colleagues and they,
like me, believe in him 100%. The sad thing also, is that they too are in
similar positions, as they lost their contracts at the same time. They have
stood by John and worked with his tirelessly, and as I type this blog,
they are with John in Birmingham doing a demo so they can provide satellite video
footage for the 10K road race in London at the weekend.
He has costumers, big names, e.g. Pinewood studios, who want his
services and his solutions and WANT TO PAY HIM! But it takes time and careful
configurations and liaising with the suppliers and broadband space that is
available. So I am very proud of his tenacity even though no money is
evident as of yet, he has got this far with some big names that believe in
him and want his skills. I just wish there was more time and more collateral to
make it happen faster!
On a lighter note, after trying to sell the boys’ cub90s and other bits and
bobs, my editing work seems to be flowing, just when I needed it to. There must
be an angel playing with my heart, yeaaah! Love Annie Lennox!
Anyway, this was my latest review:
"I have worked with numerous editors in the past but none have
impressed me as much as Charlotte. If you want someone with an eagle eye to
look over your work, look no further - she provides in- depth and precise
editing and excellent suggestions to make the story flow better. This is a fast
and professional service. I whole heartedly recommend Charlotte for all of your
editing needs. I intend to use her for all of my future novels! Thanks for doing
such a great job :-)"
Julie Knowles - author
Good has come out from bad today, so every day is a step forward a step
brighter, as long as you never lose the faith. ALWAYS BELEIVE.
Good to be back blogging, can’t believe it’s been eight months since my last entry! Shame on me!
I have been busy, what with editing for Rainstorm Press and for my private clients, plus the usual antics of a manic housewife with 4 kids and co-director to my hubby’s satellite coms company!
I have also updated my editing website to http://www.gledsoneditingservices.com as I have branched out by not committing purely to dark fiction editing but all genres and non-fiction!
Do check out my page if you need a reliable and competent fiction editor.
Also good news on the writing front, my story MARIONETTE is appearing in Quixotic: Not Everyday Love Stories anthology edited by J. Travis Grundon and Lindsey Beth Goddard, the renowned editors of the Forrest J. Ackerman’s Living Dead Anthology.
Here is the table of contents. Book cover to follow and publishing release date!
Star Crossed – Jennifer L. Miller
Marionette – Charlotte Gledson
Nature of the Beast – Benjamin Martinson
Sunday - A. J. Brown
Sirena – Michael Critzer
A Game of Frisbee – Jean Michelle DeSanto
Fulfilling a Fantasy – Amanda L. Crandall
Legacy – Leslee Marie Lewandoski
Mercy – J. Travis Grundon
One Box and Two Suitcases – B.C. Brown
Dying to be with you – Lindsey Beth Goddard
Vermin Free – Justin Brock-Jones
Hell's a Cabin- Joe Moe
Details on the official release date will be released soon. We should be ready to go to print in July.
After editing 'Progeny' for Nate, I confess I have given myself a few weeks to unwind. In my free time I have been indulging in my new Virgin TiVo service watching seasonalghostie stories and watching a good splash of crime to boot - oh I love my new tivo! After my blitz of 'couch potatoing', I put fingers to keys and started a short for an upcoming anthology.
I completed the short story yesterday, named Marionette. I have sent it off and the editor seems to like it (well she said she loved it!) so fingers crossed I get the confirmation that I am in! Ta da! She has to send Marionette off to her colleague for final approval, so I await in earnest! I would be mighty proud if I get the thumbs up! Watch this space for updates and final confirmations!
Half term descends and Halloween is on the horizon. I have Ed dressed up as a clown, and his friend Jamie will be a Mummy and I will take them down the streets of Gosport giving folks a good scare - I will be wearing my John Wayne Gacy mask!
Meanwhile, John Gledson (hubby and fellow blogger and writer) goes to Las Vegas on Tuesday. He is compiling a travel book regarding sausages. Yes, you read that right. He has travelled all over the UK and Europe on his quest for the perfect banger. As a result he was invited by the World Food Championships to judge! He will be judging the Chilli section - this will be hilarious as he does not have a high tolerance - and judging the burgers they have on offer also. Lucky dude! He has his access all areas pass so I guess he will be amongst the highest level of culinary clientele; one being Mr Adam Richman, Man Vs Food presenter on the Travel channel who is a fellow judge.
Beth my daughter is in London for the week, so it will be a quiet half term without daughter and hubby, but I am going to be busy as this is a perfect time to continue with my supernatural/physiological horror novel and to get back to editing for Rainstorm Press.
This year so far as been somewhat turbulent in one way or another - families, jobs etc, but at last I can see things finally settling down - fingers crossed.
I have edited and put together a compilation of stories regarding Phobia. 16 amazing authors have submitted their stories to Black Hound Digital Press (ME!) and I release 'PHOBIA' this weekend - going live Sunday.
I really appreciate all the authors input and patience as they have been waiting a while for this to be released!
Back in May Black Hound Digital Press released Tiny Terrors by Robert Eccles, 72 amazing horror based flash fiction. Editing this was a joy. This is a gem of a book if you are looking for bizarre, quirky dark fiction.
Also I have been editing manuscripts for Rainstorm press ( www.rainstormpress.com) and as a result have independently become a freelance editor. Most recently I edited Nate D..Burleigh's 'Sustenance', which is doing well on the Amazon chart. My new website as a freelance Dark Fiction editor - www.darkfictioneditor.comC Currently I am about to edit Nate's second novel Progeny: Book 1 Origins. John my partner in crime goes off to Las Vegas at the end of the month to be a judge at the World Food Championships. I am very proud of his involvement ( he is writing a book about his quest for the perfect sausage) and he will be meeting some big names in the culinary and media business such as Adam Richman for Man Vs Food!
I was asked by Lindsey Goddard to write a story for a new anthology she is compiling. It was an hounor to be asked, better put my thinking cap on and come up with a story about tortured love! Right up my street!
If you are unsure if you like this kind of book this is defiantly a good one to start with. It has some dark parts and there is a lot of women's revenge stories here. The erotic parts were not as detailed as I thought they would be and the language is not too bad. The stories are no doubt horror and suspense and they are a lot of fun to read. Each author in this book held my attention with their story and I am so glad to have had a chance to read this book. But be warned and follow the disclaimer at the front of this book because if you are squeamish this is not for you.
"Nailed! An Erotic Death Anthology" presented by Rainstorm Press are thirteen sexually charged and explicit tales where death, sex and violence blur into one explosive thrill. Lurid stories of revenge, obsession and lust, takes the reader on an enticing journey of anticipation and horror, daring to break the boundaries of normal sexual desires.
Give into your deepest desires, if you dare… Blurb by ME! ;)
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