My writing, Publishing and Self Publishing, Writing

They Loved My Writing – But Turned it Down. When Constructive Criticism is More Valuable Than Publication

I'm not going to list out all the famous authors who had to persist through dozens of rejections until their magnum opus was snapped up. And I'm not going to name that Decca manager who rejected the Beatles as a passé guitar group on their way out. I'm not even going to dwell on Stephen… Continue reading They Loved My Writing – But Turned it Down. When Constructive Criticism is More Valuable Than Publication

My writing, The Bondage of The Soil, Travel, Writing

March ’18 Roundup – Bruges, Website Makeover, Short Stories and Nano Probes

I posted in January about the snow hanging around like an impervious, unwelcome house guest; this week we've just seen the back of the latest batch! Some gloomy forecasters predict the UK will have a white Easter; I choose to ignore these pessimists (with fingers crossed). It has been an unseasonably cold late winter and… Continue reading March ’18 Roundup – Bruges, Website Makeover, Short Stories and Nano Probes

Folklore and History, Writing

Imbolc in Literature – the Stirring of New Life, but Pregnant with Meaning

Blessed Imbolc! The ancient Gaelic celebration of Imbolc, or its Christian equivalent Candlemas, is observed today (the date moves around, but it's usually on the 1st or 2nd February), halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox.  Imbolc heralds the start of Spring, and for (Irish) Christians it marks the feast day of St… Continue reading Imbolc in Literature – the Stirring of New Life, but Pregnant with Meaning

My writing, Writing

The Hand of Kane (revisited)

I re-read my 2017 posts last night and really enjoyed this short mystery story that I wrote for Goodread's #MysteryWeek in May; the idea is to write a short mystery story in no more than five sentences. Okay, so I pushed the five-sentence rule to the absolute limits of credulity-twelve hundred words! - so I've edited… Continue reading The Hand of Kane (revisited)

My writing, Writing

Guess Who’s Back…News Roundup

It's been a few months since I've posted, even though in the interim I've had a couple of flash fiction stories published; my non-writing life got in the way, and family comes first. I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year's, constant reader; a gift I inadvertently gave myself for 2018 was… Continue reading Guess Who’s Back…News Roundup

And The Buntings Flew, My writing, The Battle of Watling Street, The Bondage of The Soil, Writing

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!

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

And The Buntings Flew, My writing, Writing

#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

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