Literary hiatus

Joseph Robert and I will be taking a writing – and online – hiatus for a short while as we contend with other exciting life events. Nevertheless, do keep stopping by to check our recent literary endeavours to date and we hope to be back with you again soon! 

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Second novel finished! Why Lulu is great for printing a proof copy

This post is technically a month overdue (no pun intended, considering I am on maternity leave), but between being busy with two author interviews for Too Full to Write and Lagan Online, as well as publishing Issue 6 of Bindweed Magazine and promoting my recently published novelette in Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine Summer 2017, updates on my novel pursuits have taken rather a backseat. So here goes:


Why Lulu is great for printing proof copies:

I finished my final draft on 30 June. Since I was so immersed in the story and knew it would be hard to read objectively for typos and inconsistencies, etc, I decided to print a proof copy on Lulu.com. My thinking behind this was that if it looks like a finished novel, it would be easier to read as a book rather than a manuscript draft, and less tempting to write all over with pen. I’ll admit, I did end up doing the latter when I decided to tweak the ending after all that, but the reading part still stands. Lulu is great for printing for several reasons:

1) It’s simple to use. Keep reading below for more info on this.

2) The books are of professional quality with a solid binding for a low price.

3) You can choose to print without publishing the book.

4) You have a lovely keepsake of your book whether it goes on to be published or not.

Here I am enjoying my proof copy in the park: Continue reading

Leilanie Stewart interviewed on Too Full to Write

This month has been a busy one for interviews: my second appearance is on website, Too Full to Write, hosted by author and entrepreneur, David Ellis. Rather than wearing my editor and publishing hat as I did earlier in the month, when Joseph Robert and I were jointly interviewed for Bindweed Magazine by Lagan Online, this one focuses on my own writing career and creative inspirations. I also add a few aspiring author tips for anyone thinking of getting into the business side of poetry or fiction. Enjoy!

New novelette published in Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine Summer 2017

This month my novelette, Til Death do us Boneapart, is published in Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine Summer 2017. I’m excited to see this story in print for a couple of reasons:

1. It’s my first novelette publication (my prose publications to date have been flash fiction and short stories in magazines worldwide and my satirical novella, Zombie Reflux from Meandi Books in 2014).

2. It’s a literary hybrid, mixing elements of horror, humour and romance into the tale (or tail if you like, since the protagonist is an ancient Egyptian mummified cat!), which is great for my writing CV, since I’ve just finished my urban fantasy novel that also combines a few of those elements.

My story appears on page 68 of the issue, which you can buy at the Amazon link above for the magazine. It’s told from the point of view of a mummified cat who is possessed by the spirit of the Ancient Egyptian cat deity, Bastet. She’s on a quest to be reunited with her long lost owner of two millennia, Nephthys.

Hope you enjoy it!

Joseph Robert and Leilanie Stewart joint publication on Google Books

In May this year, I wrote a post announcing that my writer hubby, Joseph Robert, and I were jointly published in the ‘Inane Pure Slush Volume 14’ anthology published by Australia based, Pure Slush books. The anthology is now available as an Ebook on Google Books. Here are the links to read our individual stories:

Fear of the Mould by Leilanie Stewart – Page 120: Inane Pure Slush Volume 14


This Really Happened by Joseph Robert – Page 51: Inane Pure Slush Volume 14


Of course, if you want to buy a print copy, it’s available too from Pure Slush Books at Lulu.

Joseph Robert and Leilanie Stewart interviewed on Lagan Online 

This month, Joseph Robert and I were interviewed for Bindweed Magazine at Lagan Online. We answered 7 questions related to our editorial decisions and process focusing on our family-run magazine and sub-strand, Heavenly Flower Publishing. 

Do check out the interview for more insight into our work as co-editors of Bindweed Magazine. You can also find other great literary resources including links to Literary Journals and Publications within Ireland via the Lagan Online website, so it’s well worth a good browse.

Enjoy!

Bindweed Magazine seeking submissions for Issue 7

A year and 3 months later and the labour-of-love publication, Bindweed Magazine, that I’m co-running with Joseph Robert, is going strong. We have published writers from all over the world and currently have a huge backlog of poetry and fiction to get through; or maybe a hedge-load of convolvulus is more apt!

The latest print anthology (Issue 5) came in the post this morning. It’s always a satisfying feeling to hold those glossy paperback copies in my hands; a product of not only all the authors’ work, but of the many hours that I spent in editing, formatting and designing the manuscript for the final print version of each issue.

The Ezine for Issue 6 is currently running for July, August and September: the print anthology for all work appearing over the summer should be available in the print anthology due in October 2017. Minor delays in the publication schedule might happen, since of course a baby Bindweed is joining the ever blooming family-run business in the near future! But, for any budding writers out there looking for a home for their finished poetry and fiction, check out the submission guidelines for Issue 7 and send along your work. There’s still room for work appearing in Bindweed Magazine in October, November and December 2017.

Of course, if you want to check out back issues, feel free to have a peruse:

Issue 1: Morning Glory
Issue 2: Bellbine
Issue 3: Creeping Jenny
Issue 4: Waywind
Issue 5: Wild Lily

Writing goals and wrapping up the day job

Today marked the end of term at the secondary school where I work for the start of the summer holidays. It also means the start of my maternity leave. This week I’ve been busy wrapping up loose ends with my admin at work and getting stuck in to a few writing deadlines, before baby pursuits take up my time!

1. Author interview 

I’ve been drafting an author interview, which will be forthcoming on a website hosted by author and business person, David Ellis. The interview will focus on my published poetry collections and novella. More on this soon.

2. Finishing my novel

Another brain challenge as I completed my final chapter, cleaned up plot difficulties from the previous (5th) draft and – hopefully – formatted the manuscript for the last time in preparation for submission. More on this shortly too!

3. Editing the Bindweed Magazine Issue 5 print anthology

Designing the front cover, writing the summer editorial, organising the typescript, uploading the manuscript to Lulu, writing the blurb, and setting the price for worldwide distribution – all before the end of June has been a tough, but worthwhile hurdle on the literary field. Whew!

4. Receiving my writer contract for Dark Gothic Resurrected magazine 

My novelette, Til Death do us Boneapart, will be published in the summer issue of Dark Gothic Resurrected magazine. The editor sent along my writing contract to read through and sign, which was another goal ticked on my literary list.

Woohoo! If you’re anything like me as a writer, you can relate to the feeling of accomplishment I’ve had this week at meeting my writing goals, especially in the face off growing fatigue. Ah… It feels good to finally get one’s feet up for a well-deserved break, at last.

The Libertarian’s Prison – creative take on politics by Joseph Robert 

The Libertarian’s Prison

Joseph Robert © 2017
Brietbart Bots Barf Consensus: Change the Conversation:

Shocker: Silent Majority Revealed as an Oppressed Minority:

RE: The Trotskyist Trots: No, Not Here!: Not On My Watch:

Righteous Victimhood Beckons:

Click Here: The Sick Here: The Sick Hear:

Dirty Immigrant Takes Doctor’s Dime:

Robert Mercer’s Mercenary Machines: Lock Her Up!:

Putting Putin in Pride of Place: Get Behind our President:

Vladimir Hoovers up FBI Attention: Crimea No Big Deal:

Smokescreen: Now Syria’s The Place: Pity the Right, Folks:

Cambridge Analytica are Good Guys: Libya Was an Evil Error:

Blackwater Was Cool Though, Says XE: Academi Agrees:

Obama Was Yesterday’s News: He Plots in the Bushes:

A Bird in Hand, But Not The Oval Office:

Breakthrough in Chakra Massage: Place Palm on Face:

Discount Palm Oil Now Available Direct: Belly Fat:

Six Simple Tricks:  Myth Exposed: Do You Need to Know?:  Continue reading

Writing during pregnancy – Baby brain and writer’s block

How does pregnancy affect writing? Over the past few months, I have done a lot of research online, but have not found many articles on this topic. I’ve included links at the bottom of this post for the few that I found helpful, but thought I’d post my own as a bit of information on what to expect for mama-to-be authors out there needing advice.

First Trimester:

With the cocktail of HCG (Human chorionic gonadotropin), progesterone and estrogen doing a number on your body in early pregnancy, it can be hard to stick to a writing schedule. Continue reading