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

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, Publishing and Self Publishing, Writing, Writing Tools

Pinterest Boards for Books: The Battle of Watling Street

I already have Pinterest specifically for my writing, with boards for my two novels-in-progress; you can view them here and here  - please do follow the boards if you like what you see, I do follow back! I'm slowly amassing followers on Pinterest, and it seems that with the very targeted appeal of each board, it could be a useful… Continue reading Pinterest Boards for Books: The Battle of Watling Street

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

“The Battle of Watling Street” is here! Calling Beta Readers…

(Edited to add spiffy new cover design!) At 3.30am this morning, while putting the finishing touches to the edited and expanded second draft of my first completed work of fiction, my laptop froze, and I lost 5,000 words of creative frenzy. Half an hour of despair followed until, predictably, a youngster rescued me and found… Continue reading “The Battle of Watling Street” is here! Calling Beta Readers…

And The Buntings Flew, My writing, Writing

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”

And The Buntings Flew, My writing, Writing

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”

Writing

My New Flash Fiction site – Strippedlit500.com

My day job has just got a lot busier; I'm involved in business readiness for a large transformation IT project at work for the next few months. So what do I do? I create a new writing website! My timing seems atrocious, but I think under the surface I am becoming more confident in my… Continue reading My New Flash Fiction site – Strippedlit500.com

And The Buntings Flew, Language & Dialect, My writing, Writing

Writing With “Norn Iron” Words & Phrases

Wikipedia defines Norn Iron as "an informal and affectionate local nickname used... to refer to Northern Ireland, derived from the pronunciation of the words "Northern Ireland" in an exaggerated Ulster accent (particularly one from the greater Belfast area). The phrase is seen as a lighthearted way to refer to Northern Ireland, based as it is on… Continue reading Writing With “Norn Iron” Words & Phrases

"Banshee" by W.H. Brooke - http://www.archive.org/details/fairylegendstrad00crokrich. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Banshee.jpg#/media/File:Banshee.jpg
And The Buntings Flew, My writing, Writing, Writing Tools

Banshees, Birds and Synchronicity in the Creative Process

I try to ensure I always have the means of making a note close to hand; Evernote on my phone and tablet, a notebook and pen in my bag, a voice record option on my phone. Post-it note pads everywhere. You never know when a great idea will spring to mind! But sometimes circumstances prevent me… Continue reading Banshees, Birds and Synchronicity in the Creative Process

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?