Nanowrimo has been part of my writing journey since 2005, and I completed the challenge several years in a row before life got in the way and I took an extended break from the whole thing for a few years.
The Portal series was pretty much written as part of, or as a result of, Nano challenges, and the Earthlink novella came from a desire to write something different.
This year, for the first time in ages, I found myself wondering what had happened to the characters, and from there intrigued more by the back story.
In The Portal Between, Lily arrives as a fully formed character. She’s Kate’s friend, Andrew’s mother, very enigmatic, and full of secrets. Some of the secrets are revealed through the series, but others are only hinted at. We know she ran from a horrific situation, and that she has powerful magic. But we don’t know why, or how. There’s story as yet untold.
Then a Nanowrimo email popped into my inbox, and I thought, maybe it’s time to give this another go. November 1st is rapidly approaching and NaNo looms on the horizon. I’m not sure I can fit in enough words every day, I’m not sure of there’s enough story to fill the 30 days, or the 50,000 word target. But I’m willing to give it a go again this year.
Fitting this in around other stuff going on isn’t always easy, and I am aware that sometimes the website suffers as a result. But I hope there are still a few of you who wander in to see what I’m up to from time to time.
This week I have been sorting, packaging, cataloguing, and listing the new greeting cards for you. I also adjusted the postage so that, unless you order loads, it’ll be free postage as long as you live in the UK. Free postage will be simple second class post, but if you’d rather your order was tracked please make sure you select that option. There will be a small postage charge for that upgrade, but it’s entirely up to you.
In the gallery below you will find all the new designs, and they can all be found on the Greeting cards shop page.
Thank you all so much for helping test the new shop. There were a few wrinkles to iron out, as I suspected, and as is the purpose of such testing. But I think we have them sorted now. Should you come across any issues please let me know and we can try to solve them as quickly as possible.
There has been extensive work behind the scenes, and repeated testing and edits, but there comes a time when you have to just take the plunge and declare, “It’s as ready as it can be.” So, with no fanfare, no blowing of trumpets, no rolls on drums, no applause…. I can declare the Sarah Barnard Webshop, Open!
Feel free to come on in, have a browse, and use the code open25 at checkout to get 25% off your order as an opening offer.
This offer is not valid in conjunction with any other coupon or offer, and can only be used once per customer. This coupon is only valid until Friday 26th May 2017.
Right then folks, I need to test my shop. I’ve tested it with paypal sandbox and I think it looks all ok and good to go. It look like it’s all working as it should and transactions seem to be going through properly, but I want to test it with real people and real sales.
So, if you want to help out, and give it a whirl for me, put the code “50testmay” into the checkout and that will give you a whopping 50% off any greeting cards or ebooks you purchase. Your purchase is real, and you will receive whatever you order. The code is only valid until midnight on Friday and I’ll be posting any orders out on Thursday, and again on Saturday morning.
Any feedback on how it all works, or anything that doesn’t work as it should, would be fabulous.
This past week has seen a new idea begin to take shape. It all started last Christmas, when I was given a camera, my first DSLR – Thanks Dad! The beauty of digital is that you can take literally thousands of pictures, and then delete them all when they’re completely rubbish. But now and then, once in a while, there’s an image that sings, that stands out, and you fall in love with it.
First I set out to take a picture of a gull, in flight. They are magnificent hanging in the wind, wings outstretched. They’re almost boring sitting on the ground, hunched against the weather. I managed to capture some lovely images, and friends and acquaintances commented that one or two could be good enough to be commercial. Further opportunities came about, and I found myself planning trips out to capture particular images – usually wildlife, or nature in some form.
I printed a handful, made them into cards and sent them to friends or family as birthday cards. The response was good.
Then, as part of the digital media course I am studying, we had to create an online shop. So, I thought, I have my books, and I’ve added some of Mum’s hand crafted items, why not have some of the pictures as cards as well?
The first few arrived a few days ago and I’ve been adding them a few at a time. There aren’t many of each print, and I think I’ll keep it that way for now. If you’re interested, check out the “Greeting cards” link on the left side of the page.
After completing a study module on website creation, and achieving a distinction, I am now awaiting the mark for the latest project – the podcast and video created before Easter. I’m reasonably happy with both end results, although there is plenty of room to improve if I want to go and make more of them. Is that something you’d like to see?
That’s 2 of 3 modules to be completed this academic year. Number 3 is ecommerce, and I’m enjoying this one!
You may have noticed shop menus appearing on the left side, and there are products slowly trickling in. In theory the shop will work, and all products shown as available can be bought. I am still working on behind the scenes details, and if you want to buy something, and it doesn’t work as it should, please let me know and I’ll sort out your order, and then fix the problem if I can. If you spot a problem, then please let me know so I can address it. I’d rather know and be able to fix whatever isn’t quite working.
As the next few weeks go on, there will be more items listed, and more functionality added, graphic elements and design will be tweaked, and the shop will evolve. So, if there’s something you’d like to see, please get in touch and I’ll see what I can do, within reason.
At the moment, for various reasons, I am only able to ship to postal addresses within the UK mainland, and I only accept payment through paypal.