I'm very happy to announce that I have started my own business; a writing company in Surrey, UK, called TJ Creative – The Write Solution.
I started TJ Creative with the aim of becoming the local solution for individuals and businesses across Surrey and Hampshire looking for website content, SEO copywriting and social media support.
Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) should be a big part of anyone's online marketing, and digital content plays an integral role in the process of SEO.
Although my business is new, I hold the experience and knowledge to help you. I have spent many years writing creatively in my degree and as an author, and professionally as an SEO copywriter with a leading digital marketing company in Hampshire.
To find out more about my content writing services in Haslemere, Surrey, continue to my new website and read up on my services.
Also, if you have a spare couple of minutes, please follow TJ Creative on Twitter – https://twitter.com/tjcreativeuk (@tjcreativeuk) and like the page on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/TJCreativeUK/
It’s been a hectic few weeks recently. Work has been pretty busy, I’ve had a busy personal schedule and I’ve been trying to create a brand for my new writing business (which is quite exciting).
After coming up with my new branding, I started the work on building my website. Having completed many of the site’s pages, it’s very nearly complete and will be live within the next few weeks.
What will be available through my new website?
Through my new content writing service, I will be offering content writing, copywriting, creative writing and social media services.
I won’t go into much more detail now as I’ll wait for the big reveal!
Should you have a business and you want to improve its online presence or you’re working on your next creative project, then my new writing service is an option for you!
I’ll launch the website very soon, but should you need a writing service now, then feel free to get in contact with me on my contact page.
My new site isn’t live, but it’s never too soon for us to start working together!
I am happy to announce that I will be releasing my short story, ‘Alive’, exclusively to Amazon on eBook format very, very soon. Keep an eye out for its release – it could be within the next few days!
‘For nearly a year now I have been living a lie. My husband and two daughters believe that I am dead. No one can know our secret.’
New dark fantasy short story ‘Alive’, coming soon!
Sorry that I’ve been a neglectful blogger recently, but I’ve had a busy few weeks. After bagging myself a new job (which I start on Monday – woop!), I’ve been finishing up with my then current (now former) employer, editing my next thriller DECEPTION, and of course, been preparing for Monday.
Anyway, to the point of this speedy post, I thought I would just give you the titles and links to my latest articles and creative pieces; which I’ve added to my blog T. J. Blake #Author the past few months.
So, below are my latest blog posts, articles and general writing material.
Please have a read of my latest material. Feel free to comment with your opinion, and please do share 🙂
How time flies – why did I choose to self-publish?
Time. It’s a funny thing. We have so much of it, but we still don’t always take advantage of it.
This blog post is just a quick post about why I chose to self-publish and how it’s changed me.
It’s been three years (on the 28th of March) since I self-published my first novel Endurance.
I remember working on it whilst at university, and I most of all remember having doubts about self-publishing Endurance – mostly because there was a niggling fear of what people would say or think about me for doing it. Once I adapted a hardness and carelessness for what people would say about me, my decision was made. The decision though even after that wasn’t simple, because then I needed to consider whether to self-publish Endurance after an edit, or to finish Endurance and then just see if I could get the story published.
However, when I thought about it, I knew that would be a challenge for anyone, let alone a nineteen year old university student. In the end, I thought ‘you know what? fuck it, I’m going to give it a go’ and decided to start my self-publishing career as T. J. Blake.
‘Why?’ I here you ask; because firstly, I could, but secondly, I wanted to see what people thought of my writing. I had a slight idea of what people thought of my work, because of my Creative Writing and English Language studies, but I wanted to know what more people thought; more than my family or my peers. This is exactly what self-publishing has done for me, it’s given me a great amount of experience, a huge boost in confidence and now I’m ready to self-publish more.
So here I am, nearly three years later with three books self-published, and a fourth & fifth in the works, I’m very happy with my writing progress.
Having self-published two out of three books from The Endurance Series (Endurance & Endurance: Apocalypse) and standalone novel The Author, I can proudly say that I am looking forward to self-publishing my fourth novel DECEPTION, the finale of The Endurance Series (Endurance 3) and the many more books and book series to follow.
If you want to find out more about my books, then feel free to continue to ‘Books by T. J. Blake‘ or continue to my Amazon author page or even my Goodreads author page.
I’m sure you’ve heard today in the news – about the implemented changes to the use of the exclamation mark for primary school children. The newly introduced educational exclamation law means that for pupils across England, only phrases starting with “what” or “how” merit an exclamation mark.
I think that it’s always good to educate children on punctuation – it moulds our language and creates meaning. Without punctuation, people write extremely comical yet disturbing sentences.
“Let’s eat Mum!” & “Let’s eat, Mum!”
“I live for cooking my family and my dog” & “I live for cooking, my family, and my dog”
Unless you want to sound like a disturbing family orientated carnivore, knowing how to use punctuation is key!!! (Sorry!)
I support punctuation education, but I don’t quite understand the specific focus on the exclamation mark. Of course, there needs to be limited use of exclamation marks and even question marks when it matters most – two examples being in education or professional writing, such as copywriting. People alter their writing and even their speech in certain situations, and I believe that for children it is the same; they will accommodate their writing when at school compared to when writing on say, social media, text or messenger. But even if they don’t, then it is up to the teacher to educate them.
Anyway, I thought this was interesting and definitely has much more needed to be said on the matter.
My latest article ‘How has technology affected the relation between speech and writing?‘ I believe has a great cohesion with this subject, so have a read of that too!
Also, this news is all over the Internet, have a read about the new exclamation mark rules on the BBC and The Guardian.
BBC – http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03lrtwd
The Guardian – http://www.theguardian.com/education/shortcuts/2016/mar/07/new-exclamation-mark-rules-proof-the-government-wants-to-penalise-enthusiasm
Thanks for reading, feel free to comment and share this post!
I thought I would let you all know that I have now added another Creative Writing piece to my sparkly new Creative Writing page. This new entry is a short story of mine, which was previously called The Metaphorical Truth, now called Illusory Waters.
I changed the name simply because Illusory Waters is much more appropriate, and I think it sounds much better!
If you have a spare five minutes, then please, have a read of my new short story Illusory Waters.
In my latest article ‘How has technology affected the relation between speech and writing?‘ I cover a number of topics; technology, smartphones, social media, instant messaging, speech and writing. The article primarily focuses on technology’s impact on our written and spoken communication; therefore looking at how the internet, various technological devices, texting and instant messaging has impacted our communicative approach.
‘Prescriptivist John Humphreys is renowned for his views on language. Over the years, he has spoken about language to the Daily Mail – in his discussion on the topic of texting, he argued, “They are destroying it: pillaging our punctuation; savaging our sentences; raping our vocabulary. And they must be stopped.” (Humphrey, 2007).‘
Do you agree with Mr Humphreys? Continue to my article, see my opinion and feel free to express your own.
What have I been doing with all of my Saturday morning? Well I’m feeling a bit ill, so I thought why not stay in and do some work on my blog; before knuckling down to write some more of DECEPTION.
So, what have I done? Well, I came across a piece of work which I wrote in my first year of university. At the time I think I received a 2:1, but reading back I’m not sure how I got such a good mark!
Anyway, I went through it, made a couple of changes and now it’s available to read on my blog as an article. This brings me onto my first change to the blog, my new page – the’Articles‘ page – where I can now upload articles I write or find lurking within my computer. You’re probably wondering what my article is about? It’s about how technological development has impacted our language. The article covers a basic overview of how technology has adapted, as well as looking into how it has changed people’s writing and speaking capabilities, or has it? – How has technology affected the relation between speech and writing?
I’ve also created a ‘Creative Writing‘ page, which basically merges most of my creative pieces together. These pieces currently include my Flash Fiction, ‘Poem Attempts’ and Short Story Nightmare.
On this Creative Writing page, I have added something pretty nifty. Everyone loves a poll (I know I certainly do) and when we see one on a website, it’s hard not to vote, right? This is why I have created a poll for my Creative Writing page. By going to this page and scrolling to the bottom, you can find the poll and place a vote!
It’s a basic question, it’s not political and it isn’t going to impact anyone’s life, but I would like to know which of my Creative Writing pieces you enjoyed most.
Those are my two major changes to the T. J. Blake #Author blog, feel free to have a nose!
Just a quick one from me!
Getting closer to completing the first draft of my thriller DECEPTION! Can’t wait to get into the editing to fine tune this beast of a book. I’m excited about it, I hope you will be too!