Lightning in a bottle: trilogy draft complete

We've done it! Oh gosh, we've done it. That pretty much sums up how I feel. Paula Harmon is currently writing the last chapter of book 3 of our co-written Victorian mystery trilogy (edit: she's done it now), and I don't know whether to laugh or cry. We knew it was coming, of course. Ever …

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Avalanche – words complete!

Um, you remember that last post I wrote, about a week ago? The one where I said I was co-writing a book? WE'VE FINISHED THE DRAFT!!! Yes, I am rather excited. The Case of the Black Tulip(s) - still haven't decided how many tulips there will be - is a THING! Here are some stats: From start …

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When things snowball: my new project!

So, a while back I hinted that I was thinking of cheating on all the proofreading and editing I should be doing, and starting a new book instead. And because people are mischievous, they encouraged me. Let's face it, I was hoping they would. That's probably why I posted. And to be honest, I was …

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2018 here I come!

It's January 1. It's raining. Therefore it must be time for the New Year's Resolutions / life goals for 2018 post! Last year's goals: Market new and existing books and stories to maximise their return Walk/run 1000 miles Aim for work-life balance and spare capacity How did I do? Let's say it was a year of …

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#NaNoWriMo final week: In which I write ‘The End’!

Made it! My third NaNoWriMo is safely completed, emailed to myself, put on a memory stick and saved on two different computers. Not that I'm paranoid. As I suspected, things speeded up. Not because I'm bored of writing, or of the story, but I always get faster towards the end. I was practically holding myself …

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#NaNoWriMo week 3-and-a-bit: In which I try not to run to the finish!

Having moved at the pace of a glacier made of treacle last week, this week I have been STEAMING through the post-it notes of my plot. To the extent that I did wonder midweek whether I might get to the end before the end, if you see what I mean. I've had fun planting a …

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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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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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An approaching bookiversary

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 …

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It’s that new year post again

2016 was quite a year. Stranger than fiction in many ways - I feel for dystopian fiction authors and satirists, since they must be wondering where they can go next. However, this particular blog post (the third of its kind, I'm surprised to see) is a review of my writing and other progress in 2016, and …

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