Writers are nosy beasts by nature, so listening in on other conversations in public spaces is a given. Mostly it is snippets. Those ‘And I said to her…’ moments. All grist to the writing mill. Now and then you get to hear a whole conversation and very very occasionally you feel compelled to step in because you… Read More Lazy Madonna? #FacePalm #beatles #overheard
Last weekend was a gremlin-fuelled rolling catalogue of things ‘going wrong.’ None of the things going awry were life-threatening, but thoroughly exasperating when they ran into each other like a flock of myopic chickens! It began on Saturday morning when the silver chain that I wear at all times got caught on the corner of… Read More When Gremlins Attack
Dropped in to Tesco for a few bits and pieces and decided that as it was busy and there were queues it would be quicker to use the self-service checkout. How wrong could I be. The first four items refused to scan for me; ‘unknown item in the baggage area’, each time requiring the staff… Read More Ms Magneto – Killing the Till
With winter well under way there is little colour in the garden but indoors is rather a different matter. I have south facing windows that seem to be perfect for orchids and I take full advantage of it.
I have often bemoaned the demise of the unsweetened fruit yoghurts available in the 60s/70s. Almost all modern products are sickly sweet. Doubly so with many ‘free’ varieties that merely replace the bucket load of sugar with artificial sweeteners that to me at least taste as sweet and then some! When Skyr came about I… Read More Oddness #Skyr
I saw this meme today that reminded me of the battle my dad waged with his sister over who could buy the worst (from parents POV) xmas gifts for my cousin and my brothers respectively.
Oberon goes walkabout most evenings for two or three hours.
Generally speaking I write a short story (or novel) and once the serious editing begins cut a huge chunk of background info and scene setting from the opening because its only purpose is to tell me what and who I am writing about.
Whilst away for the weekend at a convention I went out at lunch time to see what GF snacks could be bought at M&S as the hotel had nothing to offer for the wheat-sensitive.
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One of the oddest things about writing fiction, be that novels or short fiction, is that you never know where it will end up, or how it might return to you – if ever.
I go to the ladies only swim session purely because it tends to be less prone to lane-hogs who plough up and down with complete disregard for others and usually it is a pleasant swim.
When walking to the High Street I sometimes (health allowing) make a slight detour through the church yard. It is a beautifully peaceful place whatever the season.
I was recently sent an article on author profiles – i.e. the details that should be included when publicising yourself and your work. Now the original piece was all about publicity handouts but I decided that it could also count at least in part for my blog page.
One of the things instilled into me by my mother was time keeping. I.E. if you say you will be at X place as Y time then unless you have suffered a catastrophic occurrence such as your leg dropping off, you WILL be there!
This has been a strange week – in fact its been a pretty off month – on odd year! I have read in various places about the seven year cycle – where your life changes every seven years and moves on. True to form my own life seems to buck that trend because my life… Read More Funny old week
Research should be two things: A/ accurate; names, dates etc need to be right! B/ invisible; your reader should never be ever be treated to a lecture on any one topic, however brief and however much you really want to use that information you spent three weeks reading up on.
I have heard it said by people who have regular market stalls or car boot pitches that any event other than outdoor extravaganzas staged on a Bank Holiday Monday are doomed to failure. They may well be right.
We have a great plumber – always does a top job, but being semi-retired you do need to be patient as he arrives when he arrives and not a day sooner. This week he has been fixing the shower stall, which has been leaking for a long while, despite all my attempts to fix (bodge)… Read More Plumber Came to Call
It is amazing what we learn on social media, on quite disparate subjects, without realising that anything has sunk in, or if we do realise then it is without expectations of ever needing to know it.
It took me many weeks to get a GP appointment avoiding ‘that’ doctor avoided by everyone unless they are desperate… So… when I arrive at the surgery only to be informed that the GP I had booked with was off sick – and off course her list has been transferred to Doc Doom – who always… Read More It’s going to be one of those days…
Peter and I went for a short walk along the old railway lines at Oakamoor yesterday. It was a cold and frosty morning and being a flat route is something I can manage well enough.
Source: The Cost of Keeping Warm
As we tip into 2016 what of the past year? and what do I have planned for coming twelve months? Well first of all those new year resolutions.
Originally posted on Being Britalian:
A few days ago I re-blogged a post by Misha Herwin about Christmas and the memories of her Polish family’s Christmas traditions that she still practices today. For those that don’t know Misha, she’s a very talented author and writer of the Dragonfire trilogy, the new, Clear Gold trilogy that’s…
I have been looking for my old truffle recipe and finally found it handwritten and tucked into another book. It is quite an old recipe and in deference to the modern sensibilities over using raw egg yolks I have made a rather yummy substitution.
A friend made a comment to me about Bonfire Night that had me thinking. If you went back a few years (make that decades) Bonfire night was invariably celebrated on 5th November.
Having just passed Hallowe’en and its various misconceptions – of which I will write another time – we are fast approaching Bonfire Night. Most folks across the UK will be thinking of the old rhyme. Remember, remember, the fifth of November. Some will even know the full version as repeated in the film V for… Read More Crispy Crispins
Originally posted on Misha Herwin:
Sometimes a story comes fully formed. Sometimes I am presented with a character who will tell their story whether I plan to or not. And sometimes there is a glimpse of an idea which will gradually, gradually find its form. For me these are the hardest stories to write. I…
Originally posted on NELLI REES:
Writing about life in 1802 is a challenge. One of the key ambitions of a writer of fiction is to be so persuasive that the reader suspends disbelief … forgets that the world and the characters he or she is reading about is make-believe. To do this the writer has to ensure…