Bear with me, because I have no idea what I'm going to write today. I know I want to write something - the whole point of returning to my blog was to do it regularly - but... oh my god, I did not sleep well last night. I watched 1:15 disappear into the darkness, and … Continue reading Holding my breath
After some very cold and snowy weather, today felt properly Spring-like. This is what a happy dog looks like, once he's run around and exhausted himself! The awesome thing about this time of the year is waking up when it's light, strolling rather than rushing to get through errands, and being able to sit outside … Continue reading Spring is springing
A few people have asked how my day at the Indie Pop-Up Signing in Bristol, this weekend, went. So, whenever I'm asked a question that requires more than a one-syllable reply, I blog about it 🙂 I've not done a signing on this scale before, so I wasn't sure what to expect. Everyone else seemed … Continue reading A weekend in Bristol
This month, I have mostly been side-tracked by the Commonwealth Writers Short Story Prize, which is a huge international competition that I've entered for the past couple of years. Normally, I've had a story that I can refresh for this, and send off without too much fuss. But this year I had nothing. At … Continue reading To write a novel, don’t write a short story instead!
It's been almost four weeks since I finished my novel and sent it to my beta readers. I've had one come back, and one giving intriguing updates. As hard as it is, I haven't looked at those first comments, and I haven't opened the ms at all in that time. I'm quite proud of myself … Continue reading Just a quick update, while I wait…
Two lovely author friends - Kyra Lennon and Clare Dugmore - are editing an anthology, Where Words Fail, Music Speaks, in aid of research into cluster headaches, a debilitating condition suffered by more people than you'd think. Kyra knows at least a couple of people who suffer which inspired her to create the anthology. And one … Continue reading Where Words Fail, Music Speaks
January! Argh! Can anyone think of a worse month? It's dull, boring, dreary, and so dark in the mornings. It taunts me, it hates me. And somehow, those 31 days seem to blossom into 64! But, recently, I've been thinking about it more objectively. How many times have you wished you had more hours in a day, … Continue reading My nemesis and I…