About Cat

Cat1Cat Lumb is a thirty-one year old Yorkshire lass living on the wrong side of t’hill in Stalybridge, Manchester, with her wedding-phobic fiancé and a rescue dog who is now her shadow.

She began writing again after being diagnosed with Myalgic Encephalitis (M.E) in 2009 and since then has written two and a half novels and a selection of short stories.

In the past year she has blogged for Manchester Literature Festival, been short-listed in a Writing Magazine competition and is an active committee member for the Huddersfield Literature Festival.

She can also read ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs.

Find her on Twitter: @Cat_Lumb

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Why I started…

I want to be a writer: ideally a published writer. But I want to be able to write. No matter what I do, I always seem to fall short – I plan to write a lot, I have numerous ideas and possibilities jotted down in various random places, but recording more than that always seems like a struggle.

So, here is a record of that struggle – to spur me on, to guilt me into writing, to find out where I am going wrong.

At the very least, I want to know I tried. At the end of everyday I would much prefer to say ‘I tried and failed’ rather than ‘I didn’t even bother’.”

So said my ‘About’ page for the first three years of this blog. Now I am a writer – still not published – but at the very least a writer who writes. Now the blog records my struggles to refine my writing craft and narrates my journey as I try to live the dream: to have written a published novel. It’s going to be a long journey, but I’m willing to give it a go, if only so I can say I tried…
July 2013 

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If you want to know more about how I restarted my journey to become a writer, check out my blog post:

The long winding journey of how to be a writer ~

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I’m a NaNoWriMo Winner three years running!
Check me out on the NaNoWriMo website by searching for ankhofbastet

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45 responses to “About Cat

  1. Hi Cat, I’ve nominated your blog for a Lighthouse Award and put a link on my website. I see you’re already involved with it so my work here is done 🙂 Good luck!

    • Thanks doll! 🙂 I do like the Lighthouse Award, as it’s a bit different.
      I’ll add a link to your blog on my current post for the Lighthouse Award; an appropriate accolade for a website with the name ‘Touching Light’ methinks. 🙂
      Take Care,
      Cat

  2. Hi, Cat! I love that your about page shows how much you’ve grown as a writer in the last few years (and the fact it has taken years to get where you are today– that, even unpublished, that journey means something.) Then again, I may be biased as I feel I am in a similar place 😉

    Best of luck with your writing and publication journey!

    • Thanks Julie! I do feel I have come a long way and even though it’s taken a while, I don’t think I’d change it. Slow and steady wins the race – or so they say (and I hope is true!).
      Good luck with your own journey – remember to review how far you’ve come regularly: sometimes I think we forget just how much we’ve grown because we’re always too busy scrambling to get to that next goal.
      Thanks for stopping by to comment. 🙂
      Take Care,
      Cat x

    • Hi Sarah – thanks for the nomination! I haven’t heard of the Lighthouse Award before (and the strangest thing is that when I was reading your comment I was also watching something about lighthouses on the TV! Spooky coincidence).
      I like the sound of it, so I will certainly accept. I’ll try and post something this week. You’ve made me smile today because of it, so thank you. 😉
      Take Care, Cat

  3. Looks like we are in the same position:) I’m really looking forward to follow your journey. It’s a great one, isn’t it?

    • It can be tough sometimes, but I enjoy the challenge! It always helps to have that bit of extra support provided by the internet! Thanks for the follow 🙂

  4. Remember, Cat – you ARE a writer – what you want to be is an AUTHOR – i.e. a published writer.

    What genre do you want to write in?

    • Thanks for reminding me…though it’s certainly not always easy to be a writer, never mind that lofty ambition to be an author!

      Genre-wise I’d probably say Literary Fiction best describes my work. I didn’t realise it until recently but I’m a big fan of character and weaving in a theme to my writing. Though, in 2012 I did play around with Young Adult fiction – while it was fun, I wouldn’t say it suited my style!

      Thank you for commenting and following – look forward to some more Twitter convos as the year progresses. 🙂

      Take Care, Cat x

  5. Thanks for following my blog, Cat. Like you, I am trying to establish a routine for writing and blogging. As a new writer, I really enjoy reading other writers’ blogs and picking up tips that might help me. I try to share new things I’ve found useful on my blog and on Twitter in the hope that someone else will find it useful too.

  6. Hey! Love this! I also blog and face book about being a writer, the ups and downs and, The Downside Of A Brainstorm, or so my blog is called. I just had to start all over so I’m reposting as fast as possible. So glad I found you on #MyWana 🙂 Look for me on the web, TW, and FB :)) It’s so fun to find each other!!

    • Hi Claudia – that sounds fantastic. It’s brilliant that, as writers, were able to reach out and support one another. I will definitely look up your site. Sorry to hear your had to start over tho, but an exciting opportunity for a fresh start!
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Hope to ‘see’ you again soon via blog, Facebook or Twitter. Take Care x

  7. Hi Cat! I’ve been following your blog for a bit and wanted you to know that I’ve nominated you for the Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award. If you’re interested in accepting it, which I hope you are, please come to my blog and pick it up! http://wp.me/p38Uaw-cS . Thanks. Lily. 🙂

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  9. “At the end of everyday I would much prefer to say ‘I tried and failed’ rather than ‘I didn’t even bother” A great philosophy, one I try to follow in my own creative endeavours. I would much rather put my work out there than have it locked away in a dusty old cupboard or even worse not even bothering to create it in the first place. It doesn’t matter what people think of it (don’t get me wrong I want people to love it and become a very successful novelist/screenwriter) as long as you enjoy creating it.

    • I totally agree. It is about the enjoyment of creating the work, but then also about the joy of sharing it. At least then you have something to show for all your hard work, despite what might be said about it.

      If you never try, you will never succeed. But then I also firmly believe that as long as you continue trying, you can never truly fail.

      Thanks for swinging by and leaving a comment. I wish you all the best with your own endeavours!

    • Thanks! I can totally back that up with a resounding YES! Some days the commitment to my blog is the sole reason I start to write…the process of sharing my journey fires me up and reminds me how much I love it!
      Thanks for commenting, and the good luck: can never have too much luck (Hmm…there might be a story lurking in there, a modern Midas touch perhaps?!)
      Take Care, Cat x

  10. You remind me of myself! I’m so in love with writing, I’ve always wished to be a published writer someday, and my head is always flooded with ideas, but the thing is, I’m a medical student! Studying and exams seems to tangle up my “rope of thoughts”! 😀

  11. Good for you! I am trying to get myself writing more, myself. That’s why I started my own blog. I want to be a publisher author and I have some novels finished, but I haven’t edited them… :/

    I’m on NaNo, too…my name is Fiery_Sapphire if you want to look me up! 🙂 Good luck in your writing adventures!

    • Thank you. I’ll try not to disappoint and keep you apprised of my story-telling journey! Take Care.

  12. what do you mean you “want to be a writer”? you ARE a writer. if you write, you’re a writer. doesn’t matter who sees it. if you kiss, you’re a kisser. if you bleed, you’re a bleeder. if you run, you’re a runner.

    you asked a previous commenter about advice. mine is to not stop. i tried about ten years ago and gave up, but i was never happy. now i’m able to take some time off work to stay home and write more often and with more serious “work” behind it. i have three finished novels that i’m going to start trying to market. i have a fourth that will be finished in a month. am i more of a writer than you? not at all. but maybe i’ve spent more time writing than you have. that doesn’t make me better or more of a writer. it only means i have more time to write. but that doesn’t mean my time is better spent than yours or that my stories are better or better written.

    keep going, miss.

    • Very astute, and encouraging. Thank you for the pep talk, and for making me realising that writing is sufficient enough action to be considered a writer!
      Good luck with your own endeavours, and thanks for stopping by to comment on mine! 8o)
      Cat

  13. Really glad I found this blog. I love to write, but it can be such a solitary experience. You don’t know where to start, how to end, where you’re going wrong, what you’re doing right. I have started to do the same thing as I just want to write stories people enjoy reading. Best of luck with your writing, I will keep an eye out for useful advice and tips 🙂

  14. Hi, Cat. Glad to see there are like minded people out there. I feel ya. I really do. I’m doing the same thing and have pretty much the same philosophy–you have to try. For me, I just want to write a story that people will enjoy. I’m not looking to get rich, I just want to invite people into a world that I created and think its cool. I’m gonna keep my eye on you and good luck. Keep going! you can do it!

  15. I enjoy reading your blog and I find your writing. I particularly enjoy your One Sentence compositions and am struck by your imagination and range. I also find your essays about writing inspiring and reflective of my own journey. Thank you for sharing.

    • Thank you for your kind comments. I hope your own journey leads you somewhere exciting and fulfiling: good luck with it (I’ll keep an eye out for inspiration on your blog too!)
      Take Care

  16. Its great that you’ve started a blog to keep you motivated. I used to have a hard time with getting things done when it came to writing, but I’ve found that if I set aside a certain amount of time in the day for writing, that works for me and keeps me going.

  17. Like you said it is better to try and fail, than not try at all. Just getting into a habit is great. I am finding the more I write, the more I learn and deeper my passion for writing grows. I don’t think you can ever really fail if you are getting enjoyment out of something. I’m looking forward to following what you are writing more.

  18. Great to read your blog. Like you, I am blogging daily to develop my writing. I really enjoyed seeing what you are doing. Keep it up for sure!