CJ

CJ

40 years old
Female
Current Status
.... and even more rewriting. Never been pushed this hard before (it's good, though - love what she is drawing out of me. Just hope she loves it, too!). First 10 chapters redone and sent back to Lovely Agent. Cue paranoia and heart palpitations until she
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  • Are you a ...?
    Published author
    What genre do you primarily write in?
    Horror
    If you write in more than one area, what is your next most favoured genre?
    Fantasy
    Are your reading habits ...?
    Scary
    Who is your favourite author(s)?
    HP Lovecraft, Clive Barker, Tolkien, Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, Neil Gaiman, Laini Taylor, Mark Z. Danielewski, Charles Stross, Robin Hobb, JK Rowling, Robert Rankin,
    And your all time favourite books? (You can change these at any time, by the way ...)
    House of Leaves, Lord of the Rings, Weaveworld, The Call of Cthulhu, The Mist, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Good Omens, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, The Atrocity Archives, anything by Pratchett
    What are your working habits when you write?
    Procastinatory
    Are you the edit-every-sentence-ten-times type, or do you prefer to let rip?
    Prefer to let rip and edit afterwards
    Your ultimate writing ambition?
    To see my worlds published and allow other people to explore them with me. Simple, really - I just want to share what goes on in my head. However terrifying that may be...
    Your worst habit?
    Being neurotic and overthinking everything, making even good things feel like bad things. Oh, and picking my feet.
    Your opinion on the books industry?
    Too much celebrity and hype, but good books still get through
    Where do you write?
    Everywhere, but mainly on my laptop, in my living room.
    What else do you want Word Clouders to know? eg: do you have 9 cats / like paragliding / eat nothing but tinned fish / work in the bath / live in Kettering?
    Represented by Sandra Sawicka of Marjacq Scripts. Never thought I'd ever get to write that.

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    Melyanna
    "Melyanna" commented on CJ's Blog "Enjoy The Silence... (Or Not)".
    It's been ages since was here, but I felt like I should stop by and say hello. I've been reading your works since ages ago (back when we were in the Neverwinter Nights club on DA together) and I am *really* looking forward to seeing this book of ...
    8 months ago
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    Janeshuff
    "Janeshuff" commented on CJ's Blog "Enjoy The Silence... (Or Not)".
    That was you in the sense of we or one - not You, CJ, but all of us.
    9 months ago
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    Janeshuff
    "Janeshuff" commented on CJ's Blog "Enjoy The Silence... (Or Not)".
    Yes, bloody mindedness. Absolutely. That's what you need. Buckets and buckets of it.
    9 months ago
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    Jenni Belsay
    Jenni Belsay commented on CJ's picture.
    Love it. In the olden times, before I became allergic to cats, our black and white bundle of fluff used to lie on my homework. Great excuse for handing it in late.
    9 months ago
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    John Taylor
    John Taylor commented on CJ's picture.
    ...and he still looks like Hiccup :-)
    9 months ago
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    CJ
    CJ commented on CJ's picture.
    Yeah... innocent... (This is also known as 'Mummy, pay attention to ME and only to ME. What do you mean, get off the table? I'm not on the table! I'm on the *paper*. Now back to ME!)
    9 months ago
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    Newbie
    Newbie commented on CJ's picture.
    He looks so innocent. ;-)
    9 months ago
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    CJ
    CJ commented on CJ's picture.
    I think the last time I came here, Hiccup was a wee little kitten. Well, now he's a gurt great cat! Who, as you can see, really likes to help.
    9 months ago
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    CJ
    CJ has uploaded 1 New Profile Photos.
    9 months ago
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    CJ
    "CJ" commented on CJ's Blog "Enjoy The Silence... (Or Not)".
    I don't think it'll ever be easy - magic hurdler skills activated or not. The perception tends to be 'look at what you've got - what did they do that I didn't / can't? Why are they the lucky one when I'm not?' And the answer is simple: they're not ...
    9 months ago
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    Skylark
    "Skylark" commented on CJ's Blog "Enjoy The Silence... (Or Not)".
    It's not all easy, even when you make it over those magic hurdles, but you can do this. You've got the perseverance, the motivation and the talent. We're all cheering you on :-)
    9 months ago
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    Janeshuff
    "Janeshuff" commented on CJ's Blog "Enjoy The Silence... (Or Not)".
    CJ I'll look forward to rereading Dragonsoul - hopefully in the not too distant future. I know what you mean about books changing out of recognition though. I'm in the middle of doing it - but I think the essence of the book stays the same. Am ...
    9 months ago
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    CJ
    "CJ" commented on CJ's Blog "Enjoy The Silence... (Or Not)".
    Tony - that Harry had the right of it, and no doubt. I am the first to admit that I thought Getting An Agent was the holy grail - once you'd done that, everything was going to be all right. And for lots of people, it is. For lots of people, they hit ...
    9 months ago
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    CJ
    "CJ" commented on Philippa's Blog "A foray into short story self-publishing: good, bad, or ugly?".
    Endangering your credentials? I don't think you would be, not one bit. 10 years ago, maybe, but given the things I've heard, nowadays it is often seen as something positive to self publish, especially if it does okay - it shows you're proactive, ...
    9 months ago
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    Bric
    "Bric" commented on CJ's Blog "Enjoy The Silence... (Or Not)".
    CJ YOU ARE BRILLIANT! You introduced me into a whole new genre. And it is so reassuring that those of us with a fraction of your talent might just write something that was mediocre but RIGHT FOR THE MARKET! There is hope after all. Coming back for ...
    9 months ago

About

CJ is a dual-personality entity who on one hand writes about mad gods, tentacles and monstrous sea monsters, and on the other romance, plucky heroines and darkly handsome strangers wielding swords. So far, she has had two books published: A Lovecraftian novella called Black Smokers and a horror novel, Predator X, so (for the moment), the Dark Side is winning... Find details on her blog: http://adarkwhimsy.wordpress.com/

Her Cafe Press shop where she sells her artwork in various forms is located here: http://www.cafepress.co.uk/elysianeyes

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  • Giselle
    by Giselle 1 year ago
    Read Predator X over the holidays. Loved it!
  • Giselle
    by Giselle 2 years ago
    Feeling better?
  • Daedalus
    by Daedalus 2 years ago
    I'll keep an ear out for Spandau Ballet then
  • Daedalus
    by Daedalus 2 years ago
    I'll look out for that when it gets dark, should be able to see the glow from Soton :-)
  • Daedalus
    by Daedalus 2 years ago
    Official Word Cloud superstar. That is all
  • Maddie H
    by Maddie H 2 years ago
    Ah thank you, I can't work out how to reply so I'm doing it here. It may take me a few days to work out the site!
  • Giselle
    by Giselle 2 years ago
    CJ when we're writing we have so many downs, it's nice to be able to provide an up. Or two. Keep the giddyness as long as you can, it's good for the soul.
  • Giselle
    by Giselle 2 years ago
    CJ you have a *new* 5***** review on Amazon france. ;-) I'll see if I can also leave on on Amazon UK.
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    by / 2 years ago
    I know about a dozen clones of your dad, rugby playing firemen. So wrong, they are right. Bet he cheated at golf...
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    by / 2 years ago
    CJ, there is a rugby player, long retired now, called Brian Moore. He was the best in the world at what he did. The only one who didn't think so was himself (and Graham Dawe at Bath but never mind...)

    Thing is, he suffered from a crippling self esteem thing. He figured it out in the end but it caused him shed loads of grief and he missed out enjoying some of his greatest triumphs for it.

    He wrote a book called Beware of the Dog and most of it is about coming to terms with his condition, aside from a bit where he stuck a finger in a Frenchman's eye ....

    You might find amusement and perhaps peace of mind from it. It's an easy read as he was a rugby player so no big words....

    Best,
    Fat Bloke