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

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?

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

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 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”

And The Buntings Flew, My writing, The Bondage of The Soil, Writing

Happy New Year, And May Your Creative Endeavours Ever Increase!

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!

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”

Vegetable Roll, courtesy of McCartneys of Moira
And The Buntings Flew, Food, Reading and Books, Writing

8 Foods of Ulster featured in “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”

"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?