My writing, Reading and Books, Writing

May/June Update -Breaks and Pauses

...And the blackbird's tune, And May, and June!                               - De Gustibus, Robert Browning I've added a lot of tags to this post; my four weeks away from writing and blogging generated quite a few thoughts and ideas, as well as… Continue reading May/June Update -Breaks and Pauses

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?

My writing, Reading and Books

2018 Review – Freeing the Flow and Looking Forward

Hi constant reader, I'm still here, in case you were wondering; I took a summer/autumn hiatus from all things writing; my creative outlets were limited to completing a drawing course, gardening, and some pre-Christmas knitting. I promised to read more (and more physical books - Kindle on a tablet makes it way too tempting to… Continue reading 2018 Review – Freeing the Flow and Looking Forward

My writing, Reading and Books, The Battle of Watling Street, Writing

Successful Historical Fiction – Interview with M.K.Tod

"The themes and tropes that interest, inspire or worry us are timeless" At her historical fiction blog, A Writer of History, author and blogger M.K.Tod (Mary) recently posed a series of questions to readers, and bloggers on the subject of what constitutes successful historical fiction. The questions posed by Mary were: What’s your definition of successful historical fiction?… Continue reading Successful Historical Fiction – Interview with M.K.Tod

My writing, Reading and Books, The Bondage of The Soil, Writing

Photo Inspiration for “The Bondage of The Soil”

"Progress is not an illusion; it happens, but it is slow and invariably disappointing.” - George Orwell   (All photos © Margaret McGoverne 2017) So, dear reader, I've published my very first work of fiction  and the truth of the Orwell quote above has hit me hard. Writing the story is only the first step; I'm… Continue reading Photo Inspiration for “The Bondage of The Soil”

My writing, Publishing and Self Publishing, Reading and Books, The Battle of Watling Street, Writing Tools

Lessons In Kindle – Twelve Things I Learned When Publishing My Book on Amazon

I recently published my first work of fiction, an Alternate history/Sci-Fi novella, The Battle of Watling Street, using Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). This may turn into a short series of posts, but for now I want to limit the discussion to the technical/formatting challenges and benefits I discovered with KDP. Hopefully this will help… Continue reading Lessons In Kindle – Twelve Things I Learned When Publishing My Book on Amazon

My writing, Publishing and Self Publishing, Reading and Books, The Battle of Watling Street, Writing

The Battle of Watling Street is Published!

I am a published author of a historical/science fiction/alternate history novella! Yesterday was D-Day. After feverish last-minute formatting and some tiny revisions (how can I still find things to tweak after dozens of self-edits, software edits, beta readings and more edits?), I took the plunge and submitted my book to Kindle. I've entered Amazon's Storyteller… Continue reading The Battle of Watling Street is Published!

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…

Vegetable Roll, courtesy of McCartneys of Moira
And The Buntings Flew, Food, Reading and Books, Writing

8 Foods of Ulster featured in “And The Buntings Flew”

I recently read a great article in the Guardian Food in Books series by blogger Kate at The Little Library Cafe; - you can read the latest article here. Kate writes about the food that features in some of her favourite books, and she often recreates recipes for foods as described in such classics as To… Continue reading 8 Foods of Ulster featured in “And The Buntings Flew”

Cesare Maccari [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Reading and Books

Robert Harris Goodreads Q&A January ’16

Would an enormously clever and talented, but relatively humble orator like Cicero rise to the top echelons of government today, or as in the time of the Roman republic, would that require huge financial backing? Has much changed?