Winner winner chicken dinner: CampNaNo 2017

Phew! August 1 (how did that happen?) and I'm very pleased to report that Camp NaNoWriMo is done and the sequel to Murder At The Playgroup is in full draft! Here's the graph: My target was 50,000 words for the month, and in the end I wrote just over 53K to finish Murder In The Choir. The …

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Murder on the cheap!

You heard it here first - although if you subscribe to my newsletter, this is old news. Sorry about that. From today (July 20) until early next week, Murder At The Playgroup is on special offer if you're in the US or UK, because it's on a Kindle Countdown Deal. The ebook will start off at 99p/99c, …

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And we’re off! Camp NaNoWriMo begins…

Hello all. The sun is shining, the sky is blue and I am feeling smug because I've written 1250 words this morning and started a new book! CampNaNoWriMo has begun. Well, it started yesterday but I was running a poetry and short story event at Stockton Heath festival, so for me today was the day. …

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Watch out! Murder At The Playgroup goes live!

It's launch day! Murder At The Playgroup is available to buy as an ebook on Amazon - it's currently on offer at 99c/99p - and free to read for Kindle Unlimited subscribers! Visit the book on Amazon Murder At The Playgroup is a short, light, hopefully funny cosy mystery. It's also a bit of a departure for me: a) it's …

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X marks the spot! A map of Much Gadding

I spent quite a lot of time yesterday drawing a map. This is writing-related, believe it or not, because it's a map for the new book. I love maps. Simon Garfield's On The Map is one of my favourite non-fiction books. Atlases, jigsaws, maps in books. When the kids had to do a treasure map for homework …

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The Monster Under The Bed

So Camp NaNoWriMo is over for another year. I achieved my modest target of 25,000 words on April 25 (how apt!), finishing Something Blue the next day with just over 28,000 words. Here's the graph: I was aiming for between 25 and 30K, so I'll take that. Once I got started, the writing was fairly easy, …

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And the winner is… Murder At The Playgroup cover reveal!

The results are in! I'd like to say it was a close call but it really wasn't. Even after a late surge from the other cover, the cover above, with a big splashy MURDER on, got over three-quarters of the votes. I liked both versions, so I win either way 🙂 My next job is …

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Choose my book cover!

So I've been messing around with graphics again... This time it's for the cozy mystery book I plan to launch next month, Murder At The Playgroup.  To cut a long story short, after downloading a ridiculous amount of vectors from Vecteezy.com, moving them all over the place, and switching most of the layers off again, I started …

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In praise of laziness

It's been a shockingly long time since I wrote a proper blog post. Apologies, but I'm not quite sure where March and most of April went! I think the last time I mentioned my NaNoWriMo draft from November 2016, Murder At The Playgroup, was when I'd done a read-through preliminary to beginning THE EDIT (I finally …

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I finally read my NaNoWriMo draft and it isn’t terrible!

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 …

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