Welcome to the new-look Wordster! I've been thinking about overhauling this site for a while. I'm not quite sure what prompted it; perhaps a growing realisation that other sites I was visiting were less busy, less bright, more modern-looking. When I checked up on the theme and saw it was called Twenty Thirteen - well, … Continue reading New-look Wordster!
I did have a vague feeling that something was coming up! It's very nearly a year since the launch of The Secret Notebook of Sherlock Holmes, and Facebook very helpfully put a memory in front of me a couple of days ago...the moment when I cleared my throat and announced that I had a book coming … Continue reading An approaching bookiversary
The title pretty much sums up this blog post! The feeling of growing dread when, having put your NaNoWriMo draft away for a few months, the time comes to bring it out again and actually read the words you wrote last November. The words you hope to make a book from. Will it be a crappy … Continue reading I finally read my NaNoWriMo draft and it isn’t terrible!
This year I was invited to come to my kids' primary school on World Book Day and do a little talk about writing and how I get my ideas. My thoughts, in order, were: Great! I get to talk about writing! Ah. It's World Book Day. I need to dress up. Not that I have … Continue reading My World Book Day
I finished the first draft of In Sherlock's Shadow last night, at 9.50pm GMT. That should sound more celebratory, but my overall feeling was one of exhausted relief. It may have something to do with having written 4500 words in a day, packed one of the kids for a residential trip, and taken a 7-mile walk, but … Continue reading The end, again (only it isn’t)
Here's a daft little story I wrote a while back, a version of a fairytale which you might recognise. Hope you enjoy it! An Invitation Refused 'You shall go to the ball!' The Fairy Godmother waved her magic wand. Cinderella stared. 'Really?' 'Oh yes,' replied the benevolent dame. 'Pazowie!' With a few swirls of her wand … Continue reading An Invitation Refused: a short story for Valentine’s Day
OK, I invented FebuWriMore, but anyway... I'm not blogging as frequently, due to an increase of STUFF to do, so it was only when checking the last few posts today that I realised I hadn't actually written an end-of-January post. Maybe I did it in my head! The image at the top of the post … Continue reading JanuWriMo and FebuWriMore: a progress report
So this weekend I did something a bit different from usual. I ran a writing workshop! It came about through a meeting of the Friends of Penketh Library (FOPL for short), who have been organising lots of events to support and promote the library. There's recently been a big consultation about the future of Warrington's libraries, … Continue reading My first writing workshop!
You heard me. Starting today, A Jar Of Thursday, my Sherlock Holmes-mystery-adventure-steampunk novella, is 99c/99p or equivalent in ebook for a few days. So if you've enjoyed any of my other stuff, maybe give it a try. It's got: Time travel! Gadgets! Mysterious shadowy figures! Science! ...and much more. Check it out here (the global link leads … Continue reading What happens on a Thursday? A Jar Of Thursday is half-price, that’s what!
Hello there! Good grief, it's been a long time since the last post. I can't believe we're over halfway through January already. Then again, that's what happens when you undertake to write 50,000 words in a month... Today's post is, basically, a quick progress report. I have two coldy kids on the sofa and a … Continue reading New year, new book…