Emerald and Lime update

Hey there,

Hope your day is going well so far.

Emerald and Lime is opening its virtual doors on 1 September (that’s this Thursday! Eep!), so I thought I’d give you a wee update on where we’re at.

Emerald and Lime

If you don’t know already, Emerald and Lime is my new business! We’re an earth-friendly stationery company, initially selling notebooks, note cards and prints. Our mission is to brighten your day in a guilt-free way! Emerald and Lime is allowing me to combine my love of stationery, colour and, of course, writing fiction. I’m so excited that we’ll be up and running soon, so I thought I’d share some pics with you.

Notebooks

Notebooks

 

Note cards

Eight card story note cards

 

Just because

Just because…

 

I’ve posted on the Em and Lime Facebook page about why I’m starting the business and, if you’d like to join us on Twitter or Instagram too, we’d love to see you there!

Much love,

Elle🙂 xx

 

 

Where did the month go? – July 2016

Hey there,

Just checking in to say I hope your summer is going well so far and that July was kind to you. In Scotland, we’re more than half way through our school holidays! Once again they’ve flown by.😦

As well as working towards the launch of Emerald and Lime, this month I’ve been editing and proofreading the book I’m submitting to the RNA’s New Writers’ Scheme. I’m hoping to send it off within the next couple of weeks. Eep. At the beginning of the month I went to the RNA’s annual conference, held this year in Lancaster, where I met up with writer buddies old and new and attended some really interesting sessions. It was lovely to be steeped in a writing environment again, even if only for a couple of days, and helped me refocus my efforts for the NWS submission.

Family-wise, July was a big month for us as my mum turned 80!

80th birthday decorations

We went away for a weekend to Center Parcs to celebrate with other family members and had a lovely time. If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you might recall me saying that, when I was little, my mum said she would like three things – to go on the Orient Express, to have a book dedicated to her and to have a rose named after her.

For her 70th we went on the Northern Belle, I dedicated Tapestry to her when I published it last year and this year, for her 80th, we got her the rose.

She’s now decided she wants a yacht.

*sighs*

And the Pokemon app.

*dies a little inside and is proud in equal measure*

I suppose I better go and get on with some work – it appears I have a yacht to buy. I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to, so please get in touch either here or on Twitter!

Much love,

Elle.🙂 xx

TAPESTRY_front150dpi copy Amazon and websitesIn hope, in pain,

we lose, we gain,

but always and forever

the human heart braves life

in light and in shade.

Tapestry. A collection of twelve short stories exploring the complexities of life and love. Available now.

Summer posting schedule

Hey there,

Hope you are well today. Just checking in to say have a lovely summer! Posting might be a little erratic around these parts over the next few weeks as I grapple with the school holidays and starting the business, but I’ll be around and about.

I’ll be around a bit more on the Emerald and Lime accounts, so maybe see you there?

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

In the meantime, here’s the tiger in the sombrero again.

By Keith Pomakis (Own work), via Wikimedia Commons

By Keith Pomakis (Own work), via Wikimedia Commons

Much love,

Elle.🙂 xx

Tiger photo from Wikimedia Commons under the following licence:

[CC-BY-SA-2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)]

TAPESTRY_front150dpi copy Amazon and websitesIn hope, in pain,

we lose, we gain,

but always and forever

the human heart braves life

in light and in shade.

Tapestry. A collection of twelve short stories exploring the complexities of life and love. Available now.

Where did the month go – June 2016

Hey there,

Happy summer! School’s out even if the sun isn’t!🙂

June started well as I met fellow Authors and Bloggers for a lovely lunch in Edinburgh organised by Joanne from Portobello book blog. There were about 30 of us and we spent a happy and noisy few hours getting to know each other and talking about all things writing and books. I’m very grateful to Joanne for her efforts getting everyone together as I had a fab time and met some great folks.

The book-related joy continued as the Edinburgh International Book Festival programme for 2016 was announced. The festival is running from 13 to 29 August and I’m so lucky to have GAZILLIONS of events happening so close to home. I’m still choosing what to try to book, but there will definitely be more on this in future posts.

I’m working hard in the run up to the launch of Emerald and Lime, my new business. (Still feels a bit funny saying that, but you can find out more about it here if you like.) I’m about to take the plunge and place my first stock order with the printer, so expect lots of photos and whooping in the near future! Most of the whooping (and photos) will happen on Emerald and Lime’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, so please do the Follow and Like thingies if you’d like to keep in touch with the updates!

Emerald and Lime

Writing-wise I’m almost ready with my submission for the NWS. As I mentioned before, this year I decided to edit book one again to see what I’ve learned over the last few years. The main thing I’ve noticed is that I had some very peculiar turns of phrase when I wrote it first time round. Very peculiar. Some of it was kind of irritating. Hopefully this means I’ve learned a bit since, though. Watch this space as I’ll find out when the report comes back. Eep!

That’s more or less it for this month. How has your June been? Are you coping with the Corrie timings being messed about for the football? I’m hanging in there.😉

I’d love to hear how you’re getting on, so please get in touch if you’d like to either here or on Twitter!

Elle🙂 xx

TAPESTRY_front150dpi copy Amazon and websitesIn hope, in pain,

we lose, we gain,

but always and forever

the human heart braves life

in light and in shade.

Tapestry. A collection of twelve short stories exploring the complexities of life and love. Available now.

 

 

 

 

 

Summer reading

Hey there,

Hope your day is going well so far.

I read a Book Riot post recently about creating your own summer reading syllabus. I usually have a rough idea which books I want to read next but recently, because I’ve been setting up the business, reading regrettably has taken a bit of a back seat. When I read the post, it reminded me that I would probably benefit from a bit of forward planning. And taking the whole summer as the timeframe allows for flexibility around everything else that’s going on.

As for many of us, there are a TON of books in my TBR pile, mainly fiction. The Book Riot post reminded me to think about the non-fiction books that I’ve been meaning to read, so I decided to build them into my list. This is what I’ve come up with:

Non- Fiction

Digital Photography for Dummies – Julie Adair King

I’ve had this book for a couple of years and have dipped in and out, but I’d like to make a concerted effort to understand my camera better. I’d like to be able to do my own product photos and generally keep a better pictorial record of our family life.

Mindfulness – Mark Williams and Danny Penman

Although practicing Mindfulness has been very popular for years now, it’s not something I’ve looked into before. When I wanted to find out more about it, my first reaction (obviously) was to buy a book. This too has been sitting on the shelf for a bit, so it’s on the list!

Mindfulness

A field guide to Fabric Design – Kim Kight

In the not too distant future, I would like to incorporate textiles into the business in addition to the stationery. Anything I can read to improve my skills in this area and I’m in!

Yes, please – Amy Poehler

I bought this after watching Parks and Recreation on Amazon Prime. The reason I haven’t read it yet is I feel the text is so blimmin’ small! If there’s one thing that will get my goat about a book, it’s when I find the text uncomfortably small to read. I’ll see how I get on, but I think it might be a struggle.

Fiction

The Little Flower Shop by the Sea – Ali McNamara

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned before on the blog, but one career I’ve thought about pursuing a few times in my life is floristry. Any books about flower shops, therefore, are likely to be up my street, so I’m looking forward to reading this.

Us – David Nicholls

Like the rest of the world, I really enjoyed One Day so I have high hopes for Us. I know I’m very late to the party with this one, but hey ho.

What are your summer reading plans? I’d love to know, so please get in touch either here or on Twitter!

Enjoy the rest of your day.

Elle.🙂 xx

TAPESTRY_front150dpi copy Amazon and websitesIn hope, in pain,

we lose, we gain,

but always and forever

the human heart braves life

in light and in shade.

Tapestry. A collection of twelve short stories exploring the complexities of life and love. Available now.

 

Five things…

Hey there,

Hope your day is going well so far.

As you may know already if you read my monthly review post for May, I’m starting my own business.

*happy dance*

*stubs toe*

*Tries to look like I meant it*

Emerald and Lime

Initially at Emerald and Lime I’ll be creating original short fiction and designs on earth-friendly stationery products and my intention is to expand into textiles later in the year. It’s a plan that’s been percolating for a long time and, at the beginning of this year, I decided I was going to make the business my full time day job!

I left my previous day job at the end of April. The last month or so has been a complete change for me in terms of how I’ve organised my days, what I’ve been doing and the people I’ve met, so here are five thoughts from my first month of full time self-employment.

  1. It’s great to have time and space to concentrate on the ideas I want to develop. Trying to fit in a business start-up around “everything else” wasn’t working for me, I couldn’t build the momentum I needed to get it off the ground. I feel like I’ve achieved loads since I’ve been working on it every day.
  2. The thought that I’m actually finally doing this and realising everything that needs done has been overwhelming at points. I’m consciously trying to identify daily progress so that I can see I’m moving forward even though there’s still so much to do before launch.
  3. Thank goodness for Google when you discover something you didn’t know you didn’t know.
  4. It really is necessary to wear a Scottie dog onesie while working. He’s one cosy dude.
  5. Networking isn’t as awful as I thought it would be. It’s really just saying hello and listening to people. Although if you can articulate your business idea in a couple of sentences, that’s useful too and will hopefully avoid the I wish I was talking to anybody else face on the other person. I’ve met some great folks over the past month, a real bonus since I miss my ex-colleagues.

At least I have my Scottie dog onesie for company…

If you have any tips to help me on my self-employed way I’d love to hear them, so please get in touch either here or on twitter!

Much love,

Elle🙂 xx

Emerald and Lime social media links

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Where did the month go? – May 2016

Hey there,

Hope you are well today!  It’s lovely weather here, hope it continues.🙂

May’s been a busy month. I’m another year older (let’s gloss over that) and writing-wise I’ve been editing the book I’m submitting to the NWS this year. I decided to revisit the first book I wrote a few years ago to apply what I’ve (hopefully) learned since then. I feel I’ve identified ways to improve it but we’ll see what the critique says later in the year. I’ll keep you posted!

Most of all May’s been an exciting month as I’ve been preparing to launch my new stationery business! I’m almost ready to go, so I’d love to tell you a bit more about it…

Emerald and Lime

Emerald and Lime is allowing me to combine my love of stationery, writing fiction and colours! Initially my focus will be on creating original, inspiring fiction and designs on notecards, prints and notebooks made from environmentally considerate papers and printed with vegetable-based inks. It’s so important to me to produce products that are lovely, but it’s equally important to me to consider the impact of doing so.

Emerald and Lime’s mission is to brighten your day, in a guilt-free way. I’d love if you would come along and enjoy my new venture with me! You can find Emerald and Lime on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook – I’ll add the links below. There’s tumbleweed blowing through the accounts at the moment since they’re new, so if you have a second to pop by and Like/Follow/wotnot that would be lovely of you…

I’m working on building my online store at the moment and will be launching that soon. I’ll keep you up to date with progress over the next few weeks. And, of course, I’ll still be writing!

Thank you for reading! I’d love to know how your May has been, so please get in touch either here or on Twitter!

Much love,

Elle🙂 xx

Emerald and Lime social media links:

Twitter

Instagram

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