20 November 2012

The Next Big Thing.

There are great plans over Polly at Caughtwriting.  She's going on what is being referred to between us all as 'The Big Adventure' - travelling around France with her small son for a month next Summer. Plans are afoot for a book through various blog posts and it's all spelt out in this post called 'The Next Big Thing.'

This is a project being passed between bloggers at present, answering these set questions about our 'Next Big Thing,' before, naturally, as is always the case with these memes, inviting some others to do the same.

I've actually got serious plans with my writing work so was glad to be asked these questions and set out my replies here:

What is the working title of the project?
I have two projects next.   The first is getting my Older Single Mum Diaries published and the second is starting a second blog as a platform for another book I have written - about exploring natural medicine while working in the City and discovering my own gift for Hands on Healing. 

Where did the idea come from?
My real life.   Both single mums and Healers have common mis-conceptions about them.  You could say these opinions are narrow-minded if you like, but I believe they're due to a lack of information more than anything.    

What genre does the project fall under?
Both non-fiction.

Picture - National Geographic

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
People used to say I looked like Demi Moore when we were both a lot younger , but you'd need someone in their forties for the first and someone about to hit thirty in the second, someone half-Indian, 5'0".   Any ideas anybody please?

What is the one sentence synopsis of your project?
1)  Only 2% of single mums are teenagers and I believe that the rest of us - older, wiser, with exes in tow, have something to say that 'll make you laugh and feel proud to know us.  2)  When you look at the sea, you don't see the whole world that lives underneath and I want to guide you to the world that is deep within you, for you might not see it yet, but it is there!

Will your book be self published or represented by an agency?
You know me, I've seen how hard those self-published people work, so preferably the latter, but I appreciate that won't get me off the hook!

How long will it take to write the first draft?
They have taken years, but I have written stuff at the time, while it's still fresh.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I only really know of Single Mother on the Verge - blog and book re the first project and for the second, it would probably be the very famous 'You Can Heal Your Life' by Louise Hay. 

Who or what inspired you to write these blog posts / books?
I really enjoy the other Single Mums' Stories - other people who defy the myth of who single people are supposed to be.  They surprise me and regarding the other project, I'm starting the new blog in January when I go back to my Healing work properly.  I love watching people 'open up' a part of themselves they haven't been used to.

What else about your project might pique the readers’ interest?
People always love a good story.  Both books demonstrate courage and going against the grain.  I want to inspire and many people are intrigued, particularly when they find out about me shunning a six figure salary because I was unfulfilled.  Re the Healing one, They identify with the 'something missing' and a niggling, never-ending tiredness.  I believe their instincts will pull them to want to feel happier in their own skin.   

I know these three women have some really exciting new projects, so let's ask them what their 'Next Big Thing is!'    

Liska at newmumonline
Hello it's Gemma.
Jax at liveotherwise


  1. Eeeeek you are holding me to account now. But I guess I did elect you as my Mentor and that's what you're now doing, giving me a nudge, eeeeek! I'll actually have to practice what I preach - scary!

    And today of all days when I am in a raging bad mood = when I need yoga the most - how ironic!!!

    Sweetie can I ask you a huge favour? I am dedicating my whole blog to Kerry for this whole week so do you mind if I do my follow up post to this "next big thing" on Sunday.

    It doesn't seem right to do any navel gazing whilst I am trying to get everyone to focus on Kerry, so I am not blogging at all this week as anything I blog about will seem like a "first world problem" compared to her situation (like being late for nursery this morning).

    So I am honoured to be tagged and will join in and tag back on Sunday, promise.

    Liska xxxx

    1. Hi Liska, These things take me weeks, if not months, so no hurry whatsoever. I think what you're doing for Kerry is wonderful and should definitely be a priority. Can't wait to see what you say X

  2. This was a jolly interesting read. Thank you for sharing, I've always wanted to know more about your writing plans and about your healing. Good luck with it all. I for one, will certainly buy your books when they are available. x

    1. Gosh, MP, thank you so much. I felt a bit reticent writing it, and a bit embarrassed. You've made me blush X

  3. It ate my comment!

    Thanks for the tag, ideal. And two books? Wow. You've got your hands full!

    1. I'd have loved to have known your comment, but I think 4 kids and everything you do is more hands full than most. Looking forward to reading all about your new project X

  4. That all sounds very exciting. Best of luck with your Big Next Things.

  5. Hello! Well all I have to say is that those two projects are both very, very worthwhile, and two very different one's as well. I'm really looking forward to you launching your healing website next year - what a great project to start in 2013! I can only imagine that your Single Mum's Diaries will be witty and moving all in one! XXX.

  6. Look forward to reading the new blog and both books...you've been busy!

  7. You're so kind, thank you very much. X

  8. TWO very interesting Next Big Things! The diaries will definitely be a hoot to read. The healing one is very interesting and something I didn't know about you until now. I loved Louise Hay's books, I read them several years ago, so I'd look forward to that and the new blog. I can see that being very popular in the new year. And I could see Demi Moore playing you, definitely! Thanks for taking part, I really enjoy these memes and finding out more about people and what they're up to.

    1. Thank you for asking me Polly. I felt a bit embarrassed actually spelling it all out, but hey ho, it made me focus. am equally looking forward to details of your travels X

  9. I know both your books will be fantastic. Your dairies will make a wonderful read and I'm sure they will open people's eyes to the misconceptions about single mums.
    Your second book certainly seems to have all the makings of something really useful. Myself and a lot of my friends, all hitting or nearly hitting their 40s are all beginning to get a bit of their lives back (now kids have started school) and are trying to find that missing thing - the problem is being able to put your finger on it.
    Didn't know you were a healer too! My goodness how many feathers do you have in your bow woman?!
    Michelle x

    1. You're so kind Michelle, I'm a bit out of practice with it all really. You're absolutely right and I hope to be able to help with that!

  10. Thank you for the tag.
    I am not sure I can live up to your fantastic Next Big Thing - or Polly's in fact. Both amazing plans and adventures.
    I shall endeavour to give it my best go!

    1. Moving house and location is huge. I look forward to reading all about any plans - I have no doubt they'll be ambitious X

  11. Brilliant big things. Big here here on both of them from me.

  12. Ooooh! Properly exciting! Love to know how you get on with publishing - toying with it myself. Good luck! x

  13. It all sounds very inspiring and I think that like lots of the bloggers on here, some of us would love to publish a book too. I didn't realise the statistics of single mums in relation to age thanks for enlightening me( i feel so stupid for that). As for healing, I LOVE that sort of thing, was supposed to start a course in alt therapies but due to pregnancy, I wasn't allowed to . I wish you the best of luck and am looking forward to hearing all about your progress.

  14. I have FINALLY written a follow up post to this. God how long did THAT take:
    Liska xxx