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Signing off for now

Hello there! Long time no speak! As you may have noticed, I’ve had trouble making time for my humble blog lately. It’s always in the back of my mind, but I have such limited time for me these days that blogging never makes the top of the priority list. If I tried to blog regularly, it would be at the detriment of my current writing project, which isn’t getting much attention as it is.

So, after much contemplation, I’ve decided to put Cally Jackson Writes on ice for a while. I have decades ahead (I hope!) that I can spend blogging, but I will only be the mum of a little one for a short while, so I’m going to make the most of this time by unplugging. Don’t worry – I don’t plan to disappear from the online world completely. I’ll still read my favourite blogs (I read them regularly, but I don’t always comment), and I’ll update you on my work-in-progress via my Facebook and Twitter profiles.

I absolutely love the writer-blogging community and look forward to contributing to it more in the future. But for now, I’m going to focus on being Mackenzie’s Mum. 🙂

For those who are interested, here are some shots from our recent family photo shoot!

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Cancelling the next Writers’ Campaign (+IWSG)

I'm a platform-building campaigner badgeUnfortunately, I’ve decided to cancel the upcoming Writers’ Platform Building Campaign. As you may have noticed from my previous posts, I was super excited about hosting the Campaign, but I’ve had a bit of a crash back to reality this week. After several weeks of waking only once a night, my baby, Mackenzie, has decided to return to waking three to four times a night. She’s also entered a stage of separation anxiety, meaning she often cries if I walk even a metre away from her.

As a result, I’ve realised that as much as I WANT to, I just don’t have the time to run a Campaign at the moment. I need to be investing my time in my baby, not on my laptop. It’s a simple case of my enthusiasm getting the better of me. I’ve got heaps of time to think but not much time to actually DO, which means I’m constantly coming up with exciting ideas but don’t have time to follow through with them.

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“Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!” Alex J Cavanaugh

Apologies to everyone who was looking forward to the Campaign. 🙁 I hope you understand why I’ve made this decision.

I’m pretty sure you’ll be able to connect the dots on how this fits with the Insecure Writers Support Group (IWSG). I’ve used this as my post for IWSG because I wouldn’t mind some virtual hugs from my fellow writers – I still really wish I COULD run the Campaign, I’m just trying to make a grown-up decision and put my family first.

One thing I must say – the more I planned for the Campaign, the more I realised how much goes on behind the scenes and my already-mammoth appreciation for Rach Harrie continued to grow. Rach, you rock!

Your turn

I have a question for other writers/bloggers with children – how do you balance your writing/blogging with parenthood? Was there an age where you found you got more “you” time back? Don’t get me wrong, I’m loving being a mum and I’m more than happy to be spending my time singing Old Macdonald to my little girl; I’m just interested in hearing about others’ experiences.

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Here are some recent photos of the cherub who’s keeping me from Campaigning. 🙂

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Sailing, bookstore news and the NA Crush Tournament

Sailing

Guess what I did last week? I took a four-month-old baby sailing. Doesn’t that sound like a great idea? No? Turns out you’re right. Little Mackenzie wasn’t a huge fan of the open seas, but seeing as we booked the holiday with friends eighteen months ago, we gave it a good crack anyway.

Despite Mackenzie’s misgivings, we had a great time overall. It’s hard not to enjoy yourself in the middle of the beautiful Whitsundays!

Bookstore news

Moving on to book-related matters, The Big Smoke is now available to buy in two bricks-and-mortar bookstores! It’s a wonderful feeling to see your novel for sale at your favourite bookstore (Avid Reader, West End), on the same shelf as one of your favourite authors (Nick Earls).

The Big Smoke for sale at Avid Reader bookshop

The Big Smoke for sale at Avid Reader (third from the left).

New Adult crush tournament

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The fabulous NA Alley team has announced they will be holding the very first NA Crush Tournament! What does that mean, I hear you ask. It means that heroes from the New Adult genre will battle against each other for the crown of ‘best New Adult crush’.

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Seb – a worthy contender for the NA Crush Tournament?

NA Alley will post the official rules of the competition next Tuesday (4 June), when nominations for crushes open. I’m looking forward to taking part in the competition (and just between you and me, I’m also hoping that someone might nominate the hopeless-yet-loveable Seb from The Big Smoke).

Your turn

Would you take an infant sailing? Who’s your latest literary crush? Anything exciting happening in your world that you’d like to share?

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