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?

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

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

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!

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, 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!

My writing, Publishing and Self Publishing, The Bondage of The Soil, Writing

My Second Work-in-Progress: The Bondage of The Soil

I love reading spooky tales at Christmas; M.R. James is a firm favourite, and I usually reread H.P. Lovecraft's "The Festival" to celebrate the Yuletide season. The idea for a short horror story in the tradition of these greats came to me last December when I was deep into my ghostly reading season; I have a… Continue reading My Second Work-in-Progress: The Bondage of The Soil