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
Of course! But in this case I’m referring to a very interesting afterword I read fairly recently. It’s from Anthony Horowitz’s Sherlock Holmes novel The House of Silk, which is endorsed by the Conan Doyle estate, and in it Horowitz talks about ten rules which he set himself, in order to stay true to the … Continue reading Sherlock Rules
What a relief! Yesterday I got the last comments from my wonderful proofreader, made the changes, and uploaded the final version (I hope) of A Jar of Thursday to Amazon. I'm a natural fretter, so while I knew I had time to make changes, I still had the what ifs in the back of my mind. What … Continue reading A Thursday update: ARCs available!
Last week I started something I've been meaning to do for a while. I'd packed my manuscript off to the beta-readers, and this was my treat. I started to rearrange our books. And I'm still going, putting in an hour here and there. Our books have been in no particular order for over ten years. I … Continue reading Shelfie
I have a confession. A reading-related one. Ulysses and me is just not happening. I am not storming through all its galaxies (you may need to be a certain age to get that reference). In fact, I am on page 45 and have been for some time. According to my calculations, that's 6% of the way … Continue reading An epic fail: Ulysses and me
It's been just over two months since I wrote about my reading pile, and I hoped that by now I would be able to report real progress, especially as I've been on holiday. Sigh. Here's the original photo from August 5: Here's the rogue's gallery today: An observant person might note that it's a fraction … Continue reading My reading pile: an update
Recently I realised that I've been using the phrase 'my reading pile' more and more; generally when adding things to it, or complaining at the size of it (and whose fault is that?). So I've decided to confront my reading pile. The first point about my reading pile is that there isn't just one. It … Continue reading What’s big and out of control? My reading pile