I've had asthma since my teens, nearly forty years now. It lurks, ready at the lack of a coat to remind me of how it's compromised my respiratory system. A mild cold in December mutated into a chest infection that hung around like an oblivious, unwelcome guest for nearly a month. Needless to say, I'm… Continue reading Getting Creative with the Coronavirus
...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 Breaks and Pauses
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?
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
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!
"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”
I've been working on a Christmas post for the last few weeks - I didn't finish it off in time (waste not, want not, it's saved in my drafts and may be recycled for Christmas 2017), but I've been thinking about the essence of what I was trying to say in that post. 2016 was a… Continue reading Happy New Year, And May Your Creative Endeavours Ever Increase!
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”
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”
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