Wow! The whole year got crammed into the last two months or so it seems to me. And life’s starting to feel brand new and exciting again—in a good way!
I’ve gotten so much done that I think I must take a week or two off and forget to turn on my computer over the hols. The last time I did that was in 2018 when my cousin transported me to St Lucia (KZN, not the Carribean) and we watched crocs and dragonflies, and tried to spot owls. Can’t do that right now, so I think sleeping, drawing and painting, and sewing badly for a fortnight should be on the cards.
Now you’re wondering, just what have I been up to over the past two months? Wonder no longer. Just scroll along…
New Release and a gift for you!
Routes Of Love, my first box-set is out! It’s now available on GooglePlay Books, Overdrive, Apple Books, B&N, and other regional stores.
I’ve packed No Distance To Run (mildly revised text), Three Million’s A Crowd, Unsettled, and Settle Down Now for those on long travels or those longing to travel. Experience Southern Africa (or experience it again, if you’ve read them before) with Sammi (running for her life through JHB, Kimberley, Clarens and Durbs), Vivian (running for love and not the treasure), and Charmaine Donnet (South African sweetie and later a billionaire) who just wants to meet Mr Right, already.
In cleaning up the text of No Distance To Run I felt both humble and proud. I wrote it back in 2010, though only published it in 2013—my first novel. I still love the story and the sense of nostalgia it brings of those road-trips to and from Johannesburg and beyond! I think the story has aged well.
I felt so humbled because back when I released it, despite all its imperfections, it still had over 1500 downloads in 2013 to 2015 and over sixteen 5-star ratings! It was my freebie book back then, so though it didn’t pay for any of my trips, it certainly bolstered my confidence as a lone writer.
Settle Down Now still cracks me up, and I’m always in two minds about whether to continue the series or not. Either will be fine as I’ve got so many other ideas and projects I need to tackle first.
My year end gift is to those that missed the Prolific giveaway of Curiosity Finds A Way.
It’s free for the rest of the month at most ebook outlets. Enjoy! And for those of you wishing to get Situation No Win soon, grab your discounted-for-the-hols copy at around $3.99 😀
I GET TO CHATTING
on my new podcast!
Way I See-Writerstarot With Leenna is my all-new, first-time-I-dunnit podcast! It’s available for free on Spotify, iTunes/Apple Music/podcasts, Deezer, Stitcher and other podcast services. And if you’d rather listen to it from WordPress, it’s over at Leennascreativebox, and my patreon channel.
I feature weekly tarotscopes and some eBook talk concentrating mainly on Indie publishers–an extension of my TBR feature on Leennascreativebox, and perhaps some other writerly/readerling stuff I think may interest you. If you have any feedback or suggestions, or even questions, please let me know by using the contact form.
And back to designing?
If you’re a regular at Leennascreativebox.com, you’ll know I’ve recently dusted off my Redbubble shop (Leennascreative Shop–geddit? Huh? Huh?) and uploaded some new stuff in November. This was because I got some sales and interest, and why not?
Scarves are the hottest item in my shop this month, along with greeting cards, from my Earth Mother and Waussie (inspired by Western Aus. Geddit? Huh? Huh?) collections. I’ve also started a new series, Snarky Starsigns, available on T-shirts, mugs and stickers. Support my work by treating yourself—another win-win solution brought to you by me and Redbubble’s amazing staff.
LIMERICKS And OTHER GOOD STUFF!
Solstice Celebration and Writers OpenMic Challenge
I’ve been at the limericks again in my official role as CRES’ Quester. This time I feature a Druid from Inverness, because Solstice. And a very impressive Solstice too! A one-in-an-800-year kind that’s probably going to pass me by like that Hale-Bop thing back in the 80s? Or was it 90s? Everyone got to see it apparently, except me…Just like those otters over in Skye that everyone (but me) constantly spotted and remarked on. Never saw them, not once! And why should I mention Skye? Because that’s where I saw in the Solstice/Christmas 2000. Twenty whole years ago. Two decades that zipped by like in some Looney Tunes episode. If you’re feeling like me (or spent that non-snowed in year-end on Skye) raise your hand. (And hey! Hoodoo Guru fan from Kyleakin. How you doing?)
But I digress.
Getting back to the 800-year super-special solstice of this year. Don’t let it pass you by. Commemorate it in a limerick, poem or flash fiction under 300 words and submit it for CRES’ Openmic Challenge. There’s stuff to win, including a subscription to CRES—and bragging rights, too!
Oh, and I almost forgot! Join us in coloring in the Solstice, too! Let’s make it a vibrant, beautiful new phase for us all 😀
AND THANK YOU!
For being you.
Happy Holidays and A Superfab, safe, healthy, New Year!
Sending you lots of love and good, good vibes!