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 … Continue reading An approaching bookiversary

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

The end, again (only it isn’t)

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)

JanuWriMo and FebuWriMore: a progress report

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

New year, new book…

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…

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 … Continue reading It’s that new year post again

Wringing out words: NaNoWriMo week 4

This week in NaNoWriMo has been a week of two halves; for me, anyway. Monday and Tuesday; great, speedy, pretty much got my words in before lunch. On Wednesday, however, the truth dawned that while I know whodunnit, and how, I still don't know exactly why; or indeed, how they're going to be caught. So … Continue reading Wringing out words: NaNoWriMo week 4

Once more into the breach: NaNoWriMo week 1

I'm actually writing this blog post having finished my words for day 1 of Week 2, so I'm feeling extra industrious. Which is as well, because Week 1 was basically a week where I was fitting words around everything else. Halloween at the beginning (with a bit of promo for Snow-White Lady), Bonfire Night at the … Continue reading Once more into the breach: NaNoWriMo week 1

Never mind Halloween, it’s NaNoWriMo Eve!

What ghastly thing is this, shambling up the path? AAAARGH!!! It's NaNoWriMo!!! Nah, I expect I'll quite enjoy it really. Once I get started. I've just been reading my blog posts about last year's NaNoWriMo, which was my first go (if you want to do the same, just click on the NaNoWriMo tag at the … Continue reading Never mind Halloween, it’s NaNoWriMo Eve!