Category Archives: Writing

Right Signs #authorselectric

20180512_150542 (1)My Authors Electric blog for May is ready to read.

“Last week Peter and I decided to walk to the Bloggers and Authors meetup, as it was a sunny day, and noted an oddity that had not struck either of us before when driving that route. Two roads that we passed had been renamed…”  to read the rest go here

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Stereotypical #authorselectric

My posting for this month is up on Authors Electric

“Stock images are something we are used to. Images from magazines and advertising hoardings have been presenting us with images of this and that for centuries.

The representations in art are a subject all of their own and their roots stretch back as far as the first paintings etched into a cave wall. Yet the word ‘Symbolism’ was first coined in 1886 by the writers Gustave Kahn and Jean Moréas, and is something much discussed in the arts…”

to read the rest click HERE

6×6 on the 13th March! #stokeontrent #writers #events

via All about this months 6×6 writers and their books

Of Dog Food and Candle Wax

dog bYou know how it is – somebody mentions a particular subject on Facebook or Twitter, which sparks that domino effect of comments, which often stray off topic, interweaving with the original post but following trains of thought from a dozen, two dozen and more people.

You watch the thread build and add to the chatter but in your head the memories are sparked of things only related to the subject by tenuous fibres of thought. It is the catching those thoughts that can be essential to a writer. Continue reading

Secret Locations

In Winter Downs: Bunch Courtney Investigates #1 the village close to Bunch’s family home is never named. This was quite deliberate as I didn’t want to pin myself to firmly on a location that can be too easily recognised.  Continue reading

Memories Are Not Always Made of This

This morning the author and editor Diana Athill was interviewed on the Today programme for her 100th birthday. Happy Birthday to Ms Athill!

One of the things  that she mentioned was her first memory of falling into a puddle and being hauled out again. It set me musing on my own earliest memories. I can think of several, and because we moved house two weeks after my 4th birthday I can accurately date myself as being three or even two years old at the time. Continue reading

Authors Electric December blog – Resolutions

My Authors Electric blog for December is up!

“As this is the last of my AE blogs for 2017, I have been casting around for a suitable topic to sum up the past 12 months.  New year resolutions sprang to mind but they can be such a mine field when you make your own choice a matter of public record.”

Read the rest of this blog at Authors Electric.