And The Buntings Flew, My writing, Writing

It’s Been a While… News (And Micro Fiction Published!) Update

Dear Constant Reader, Firstly, apologies for this blog being a non-event recently; I'm only just recovering from a particularly long-winded chest infection during which writing of any form dwindled to nothing as my constant phlegmy cough precluded everything but itself. But I'm back in the saddle - I'm finishing off chapter 6 of And The… Continue reading It’s Been a While… News (And Micro Fiction Published!) Update

And The Buntings Flew, Grammar, Language & Dialect, Reading and Books, Writing

And it started with “And”

""And it stoned me"" (Van Morrison, 1970) The title of my novel in progress is And The Buntings Flew. It's a title I agonised over for a long time, so I'm not surprised when some people ask me, why does a self-confessed Grammar Prig have as the first word in the title of her first book, such… Continue reading And it started with “And”

And The Buntings Flew, Reading and Books, Writing, Writing Tools

How Low Can You Go? Novels, Novellas and The Renaissance in Short and Micro Fiction

"It had to mean something. And then I meant something, too. Yes, smaller than the smallest, I meant something, too. To God, there is no zero. I still exist!" (The Shrinking Man) I'm starting to flex my writing muscles now! As well as working on my novel, And The Buntings Flew, the past few months… Continue reading How Low Can You Go? Novels, Novellas and The Renaissance in Short and Micro Fiction

And The Buntings Flew, Reading and Books, Writing

My Name Is? Character and Place Names in Literary Fiction

I was introduced early on to the importance of names in literary fiction, being a young fan of Dickens - nearly all of Dickens' character names feel relevant, even if we can't place our feelings about some of them.  Compeyson, Magwitch, Pumblechook, Orlick - these names are all from one novel, Great Expectations. Other memorable… Continue reading My Name Is? Character and Place Names in Literary Fiction

And The Buntings Flew, Publishing and Self Publishing

And The Buntings Flew – Free excerpts from Chapter 1

I've created a taster PDF which I'm quite pleased with; it contains the synopsis and selected excerpts from chapter 1 of And The Buntings Flew. Please do have a read and let me know what you think and if you would like to read more excerpts; more importantly, if you would buy the book! And The… Continue reading And The Buntings Flew – Free excerpts from Chapter 1

And The Buntings Flew, Publishing and Self Publishing, Reading and Books, Writing Tools

And The Buntings Flew… on Pinterest

I was reading author J.F. Penn's newsletter today (check out her excellent site by the way!) and discovered how she uses Pinterest  to great effect by having boards for her upcoming novels pinned with pictures which provide tantalising hints to readers of where the stories will take them! Without further ado I headed over to Pinterest, and… Continue reading And The Buntings Flew… on Pinterest

And The Buntings Flew

Who were the Black Irish, and what is their story? – IrishCentral.com

What a serendipitous find! Who were the Black Irish, and what is their story? - IrishCentral.com. I was browsing Irish Central the other day and came across this really interesting article on the source of the phrase "Black Irish" in relation to people of Irish ancestry with dark or tanned complexions, black hair and dark… Continue reading Who were the Black Irish, and what is their story? – IrishCentral.com

And The Buntings Flew, Writing

Synopsis: And The Buntings Flew

It is 1975, and shy, thoughtful eight-year-old Purdey (short for Perdita) is a mongrel ....

Writing, Writing Tools

Why NaNoWriMo was a No No for me – quality, not quantity is my writing goal

NaNoWriMo is a fantastic concept for the budding novelist - the National Novel Writing Month which takes place annually in November saw more than 300,000 budding writers take up the challenge of writing a 50,000 novel in 30 days for the 2013 contest. I signed up in 2013, like so many others thinking this would… Continue reading Why NaNoWriMo was a No No for me – quality, not quantity is my writing goal

Writing, Writing Tools

Using what I know to write about what I know – Using spreadsheets as a tool in my writing

At work I may have many names unknown to me, but one I do know and revel in is "Excel Queen". I just love spreadsheets; when used properly they have so many uses aside from bean counting and graphs. Excel permeates every aspect of my life, probably because I am a list person, chart your… Continue reading Using what I know to write about what I know – Using spreadsheets as a tool in my writing