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
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
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
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!
Book post is the very best kind of post - especially when it's proofs of your own paperbacks! It almost makes the agonising over typefaces, spacing, etc etc etc worthwhile. I'm delighted to report that the paperback versions of Bitesize and A Jar Of Thursday are now available on Amazon. I'm also working on an offer for my Etsy … Continue reading Paperback Writer!
It's like buses, you wait for ages and then three come along at once! Firewords Quarterly I'm full of a cold and battling with the paperback edition of A Jar Of Thursday, but I've been cheered today by the arrival of some very fine book post courtesy of Firewords. This is issue 7, Dark/Light, and yes, it … Continue reading Firewords, Thursday and Mirrors, oh my!
So having said in my last post that I had nothing really to flag up, I discovered almost immediately afterwards that Bitesize got a mention in Joel Friedlander's eBook Cover Design Awards post for July! I'd submitted the cover mainly in the hope that people might see it and consider exploring the book, so Joel's … Continue reading A Bitesize trio: a book design mention, a question, and a reflection
So this morning I noticed that #InternationalCatDay was trending on Twitter. In my view every day is International Cat Day, but we'll let that go. Then I saw on Facebook that Mslexia were holding a cat-related drabble contest today...and inspiration was sleeping right next to me, snoring gently. Here's the result, a piece about my … Continue reading Nine Lives: for #InternationalCatDay
It's almost the middle of the month already! How on earth did that happen? Appropriately enough, I'm in the middle of editing. Very much so. This week I've dealt with all the 'big' questions/possible problems I identified on reading through my NaNo book. Several turned out to be not really SO big. I've also resolved the 'medium' … Continue reading Camp NaNoWriMo: In the middle
Today is UK National Flash Fiction Day and also launch day for my new book Bitesize! To celebrate I'm starting the book off at an introductory price of 99p/99c on Amazon, and it is also available to read on Kindle Unlimited. Bitesize is a collection of 68 flash fiction stories. The stories are arranged in four different layers, each with … Continue reading Bitesize launch: open the box!