I've neglected my blog a bit lately - mostly due to holidaying overseas, playing catch up on a few things when we returned, and being fairly heavily involved in our town's production of The Sound of Music. Apart from helping with some of the singing stuff, I'm also Sister Margaretta - the nun who says … Continue reading General Stuff
I'm really looking forward to seeing the new Star Wars Movie. I was twelve when the first Star Wars movie was released. I remember going to the theatre with my brother, who was seven at the time, and being astounded by the special effects, and the sheer hugeness of what I was seeing on the … Continue reading The New Star Wars Movie
There’s a quote from Frank Herbert’s ‘Dune’ that seems appropriate right now. “A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that the balances are correct.” If you’ve ever written a novel, you’ll know that the first chapter is something to agonise over - to get right. Some months ago, I wrote a … Continue reading Beginnings Are a Delicate Time (Or how to make sure your first chapter doesn’t crash and burn.)
As I sit here, buried under the cat (The cat MUST sit on me every time I write, and because it's hot he's extra cuddly) typing away, I'm pondering the past year. I'm sure nearly every blogger in the world will write a retrospective post, and to a certain extent, so am I this year. … Continue reading The End of 2014 and the Writing Year Ahead
One of the things I've learnt since my publishing journey began, is that I'm not that great at first pages or back cover blurbs. I'm lucky that I have a publisher who looked past my first chapter and read the whole story and thought it had enough potential to publish - something that many publishers wouldn't have … Continue reading Manuscript First Pages – Things I’ve learnt along the way.
A few posts ago I wrote about Life and Death and Easter. Since then, I've attended a funeral. It was while I was at the funeral, listening to the beautiful eulogies, that I began to think about the role of a writer in effecting change, and becoming a part of peoples' lives. Why was my attention … Continue reading Reading Through Life and Death
Last week I wrote about the never ending search that many authors face to attract an agent. Ideally, the author attracts an agent as a result of their scintillating writing, and the agent then miraculously opens the doors to the major publishing houses and all of a sudden there's an amazing contract on the author's … Continue reading Book Marketing
I was reading a thread on Goodreads recently, and on it, was a picture of a rather nasty looking centipede that one of the posters had discovered in her house.I was reminded of my own first face to face (or rather toe to face apparently) encounter with a centipede. For many years my husband and … Continue reading Creepy Crawlies and Other Nasties