Monthly Archives: April 2017

My Writing Day : Pauline Woodhouse

Misha Herwin

A different take on my series of guest blogs about how writers write.

Pauline

SOME DAYS

Some days, way more than actually writing,

I do more drinking coffee, (yes let’s call it coffee) while pondering;

Allowing my thoughts to do some wild-walk wandering,

You know, like trimming words and pruning phrases,

Then mentally planting them in sunnier places.

And occasionally I may get an inspirational inkling

To rebel and do some radical free-thought sprinkling.

But then, to allow growth for my new little seedling,

I have to do some radical … ‘weedling’.

So now, I’ve uprooted and rearranged the literary undergrowth of jungle (in my head)

And transported redundant chunks of it, in bulk, to a wordy-weed infested dump instead,

Which I might take a sneaky peep at now and then;

When, inevitably, I feel the overwhelming urge … another poem to pen.

And when, at last, I feel enough’s enough,

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Soon!

Preparations for the launch party of Winter Downs are well under way!  (3rd June City Central Library, Hanley, in case you missed the notes 🙂  )

And today the proof copy landed on the mat.  Excited now!

 

 

Gluten Free Bread Mix

linseed breadI tried the  Hale & Hearty Organic Light Bread Mix with Golden Linseed yesterday.

Oh dear.

Perhaps other people have fared better with this product but for me it had no redeeming features.

Firstly – the linseed may be golden but the bread was not. Like many GF products the top remained a pasty grey-white. Though when I did manage to prise it out of the high quality non-stick bread pan – with  a lot of effort and a knife (ruining the pan in the process) and the sides and base where a yellow-brown.

The smell was not good. As a farm girl I can say that it reminded of ancient hessian grain sacks – rather dank and musty.

The bread itself was softish when first cooked and when just cooled was almost bread like but quickly hardened into a texture that managed to be both rubbery and crumbly at the same time.

On the following day I thought it might toast. It did not so much as singe in the toaster – just dried out to a damp brick state and the toaster itself had begun to smoke.

I did try to eat it but the smell of damp sacking, which by now also had also taken in a distinct whiff of putty – was off putting.

The entire batch was resigned to the bird table where it has been not just ignored  but actively avoided by the local Jackdaws who will normally try just about anything.

Maybe I was unlucky and had a bad batch but I won’t be trying this product again.

Letters From Home : 2 #ww2crime #winterdowns

mu's letterThe launch of my crime novel Winter Downs – a not so every day story of country folk – is approaching fast!

To celebrate Winter Downs and Jem Shaw’s forthcoming wartime tale of airplanes and pilots (follow up to The Larks), we came up with these letters between “Mu and Terry” ; a newly married couple living through the home and fighting fronts in 1940.

Terry’s letter #1 here.  Now read on…

More letters to come at the Winter Downs launch on 3rd June at City Central Library, Hanley, Stoke on Trent! (Winter Downs launch.)

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New Title: Winter Downs by Jan Edwards

The Penkhull Press

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We are delighted to announce the launch of  Winter Downsby Jan Edwards!

3rd June 2017

ISBN 978-0-9930008-6-7 / paperback £7.99 tbc  | ebook £2.99 tbc

The Winter Downs launch party will be held in the Tolkien Room at the City Central Library, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent on 3rd June at 11.30 am with plenty of  1940’s styled fun – tea & cakes and of course a reading and Q&A session from Jan herself as well as some guest readings (tba).

Be there to get your signed copy of Winter Downs!

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In the January of 1940 a small rural community on the Sussex Downs, already preparing for invasion from across the Channel, finds itself deep in the grip of a snowy landscape, with an ice-cold killer on the loose.

Bunch Courtney stumbles upon the body of Jonathan Frampton in a woodland clearing. Is this a…

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Book Launch Hell #crimefiction #blogging

My latest blog for Authors Electric is on the hell of preparing to send your darling out into the world – otherwise known as book launch hell!

You can read it all here.

Miss Dilly & Co : update

Any and all cat servants will be familiar with the blessed silence that follows the hallowed twice daily (or more often if they can find a mug) ritual of ‘The Placing of the Bowls!