And The Buntings Flew, My writing, Reading and Books, Writing

Begin at The Beginning -Does My Novel Need a Prologue?

I've been thinking about beginnings a lot, since, well, the beginning of this new year.  I'm currently reviewing my manuscript for And The Buntings Flew, having put it away for a few months; that distance allowed me to clean up what I've written to date, and forge on with the story. I've now got 35,000… Continue reading Begin at The Beginning -Does My Novel Need a Prologue?

The Codsway Chip Shop, Bushmills, Northern Ireland
And The Buntings Flew, Food, Travel

For Cod, and Ulster – Northern Ireland’s Enduring Love of Chip Shops

This is a post I wrote on my family history blog in July that I meant to crosspost sooner;  it's a short musing on food and language in Northern Ireland, both important themes in much of my writing! via For Cod, and Ulster - Northern Ireland's Enduring Love of Chip Shops

And The Buntings Flew, My writing, Travel, Writing

June ’18 Update – More Flash Fiction, and Seeking Inspiration for My Writing

Make voyages. Attempt them. There's nothing else. - Tennessee Williams Sometimes, rather than peace coming to me "dropping slow", it's inspiration. The inspiration to realise my writing dreams waxes and wanes, given the daily grind of job, commute, and paying the bills. Waiting for inspiration doesn't get things done, and it can be interminably slow… Continue reading June ’18 Update – More Flash Fiction, and Seeking Inspiration for My Writing

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June Roundup: flash fiction published and revisiting the draft of my first novel: it does get better!

May and June have been busy, momentous even, and I've struggled to find time to write and update the blog. I did, however, snatch the time for a quick trip to the seaside; we are pretty much in the centre of the landmass of England, and the coast is a long drive in every direction,… Continue reading June Roundup: flash fiction published and revisiting the draft of my first novel: it does get better!

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#MysteryWeek on Goodreads – My Five Sentence Original Mystery

It's nearly May, and as well as hopes for warmer (or at least consistent) weather, my thoughts have turned to murder mysteries and crime; May 1st - 7th is Mystery Week on Goodreads, and I'm taking part this year! Goodreads have organised a raft of activities for mystery writers and readers between the 1st and… Continue reading #MysteryWeek on Goodreads – My Five Sentence Original Mystery

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Planning for your Writing Goals in 2017 and Creating A Personal Writing Contract

It's January, dear reader, so of course, my thoughts turn to new beginnings, goals, and achievables; not for my fitness regime or healthy eating plan (recovering after a brief but brutal holiday tussle) but for my writing. If you've read my last few posts you'll know that 2016 wasn't the most conducive year for my creative… Continue reading Planning for your Writing Goals in 2017 and Creating A Personal Writing Contract

And The Buntings Flew, My writing, The Bondage of The Soil, Writing

Happy New Year, And May Your Creative Endeavours Ever Increase!

I've been working on a Christmas post for the last few weeks - I didn't finish it off in time (waste not, want not, it's saved in my drafts and may be recycled for Christmas 2017), but I've been thinking about the essence of what I was trying to say in that post. 2016 was a… Continue reading Happy New Year, And May Your Creative Endeavours Ever Increase!

And The Buntings Flew, My writing, Reading and Books, The Bondage of The Soil, Writing

A Hiatus and HPL…

I've had a tumultuous couple of months, and my writing has suffered; in fact my output nose-dived to zero. I keenly feel the truth of the (probably apocryphal) Chinese curse of living through interesting times. You may note, dear reader, the lack of any posts on here since July, but my hiatus is hopefully over,… Continue reading A Hiatus and HPL…

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My Research Trip to Belfast for “And The Buntings Flew”

I've just returned from a  three-day break to Northern Ireland; the trip was definitely a mix of pleasure and writing research - the first thing I did after checking in at the wonderful Europa Hotel (the most bombed hotel in Europe) was to head for the Belfast Central Library Newspaper archive. And The Buntings Flew, the… Continue reading My Research Trip to Belfast for “And The Buntings Flew”

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Flash Fiction March 2016 Part II- “The Poke”

https://uk.pinterest.com/pin/531917405970359273/ This is just a quick night post to proudly announce that one of my flash fiction stories has been published by Richard Hearn at Paragraph Planet, a brilliant creative writing site that has published one 75-word story every day since 2008. I'm very pleased to have my story featured as the  27th March entry!… Continue reading Flash Fiction March 2016 Part II- “The Poke”