Friday, 30 December 2011

Happy New Year

Ring in the changes. I'm going to make changes to my other blog. New territory for me, but it means I'll be in control of my writing world. The short stories are coming on too, so it's socks up and Happy New Year!

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Happy Christmas

...and lots more writing!

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Back west

Great to be back after domestic obligations to family. Catching up on paperwork and stuff ignored for two months. Although still exhausted so taking my time.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Keeping up the work

After a spell away I need to back to the writing. For once I am eager to start, but it's making the mental change of diving in again.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Back to the writing

I've been scribbling ideas on wallpaper- now it's time to give them life!

Thursday, 17 November 2011

The House

I passed the old tatty bungalow that gave me an idea for a short story yesterday. It had a 'for sale' sign. That made me sad. They'll knock it down and put up some posh house. That would be a shame.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Childrens' story

Writing a story as a Christmas present for neice and nephew. I've also got a comp in mind for it too!

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Rolls of short stories

For some reason Surrey possesses characters and images that is currently feeding an interconnected group of short stories. My rolls of wallpaper have plots and ideas and I'm keen to get started on turning my scribbles into the finished article and, if all goes well, an anthology.

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Dahila's door

I've just seen the door of the house that my character lives in. Inspiration for a short story in one second flat!

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Competition success!

Imagine There's a Future - I did!

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Collected my 2nd prize!

Went to Exeter Uni to collect my prize money for my short story. Very chuffed!

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Two chapters to go

Hey! So close to end of my novel Plague Child. Two chapters to go and effectively it's written. Some editing, yes, but the story is there.

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Mslexia or Kindle?

Arggh! Decided not to enter the Mslexia competition at a hefty £25 entry fee. The judges, including Sarah Waters and Jenni Murray are not going to go for near future sci-fi. So I'll put the money towards a Kindle.

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Richard Dawkins

RD gave a talk on his new book, The Magic of Reality last night. Well attended and informative from a man I've much admired for his crusade against creationism. Coming from a long line of unquestioning and frankly not too bright religious people, who are unable to grasp the concept of logic, let alone apply it, I look to the likes of RD and breath a sigh of relief that the truth really is out there.

Friday, 9 September 2011

A trip away?

Waiting to hear if Scotland is going to come off. It's going to be so much harder to focus on the novel without that isolation and peace. Clearing the decks will help, but I've got to find the motivation somewhere.

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Imagine there's a future competition

Just learned I got 2nd prize for my short story - The Wave in the Exeter University short story competition. So pleased my fourth short story ever did so well. More? Puhlease - I've the novels to work on!

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Writing is tough

I must keep going, and I know I will, but why why is it so difficult to keep all the plates spinning?

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Getting it right

I am in the middle of a mega edit. Making sure everything is right is like swimming through treacle. I must keep going but its tough!!

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Chapter sixteen

I've spent the whole day re-arranging this bloomin' chapter. It's the motivation of two main characters, Janika and Elias, that has to be right and after a lot of messing I changed the dynamic totally and it feels better. Finger's crossed

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Clearing the decks

I've had a long list of things to do: silly, irritating things and then the inevitable filing so I can find the papers again if I need. Just two more and my desk is clear and I can begin editing in earnest. Hooray!

Thursday, 28 July 2011


I know! I know! But life gets in the way. Visiting niece and nephew were quite a handful and took up every waking minute. But I survived and they went home with all the limbs they arrived with. Time to get my head back!

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Dopamine happy

I'm dopamine happy, because every chapter in Plague Child is full. The last few that were but a few lines have characters, action and bags of motivation. I can now go back and read for continuity, theme, and timing. Feeling great!!!

Thursday, 30 June 2011

Being right

Emotionally drained and being gentle with myself. This novel will be done when it's done. Not before. I'm not rushing it. It has to be right.

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Control freak

I admit it. I want control. E-publishing is the way to go - but you know what? I get to choose what, where and when. You've no idea how good that feels.

Thursday, 9 June 2011


Desperately trying to weave all the strands of my story together and finding it so very difficult. So many other things vie for my attention, like this blog, yet I know this must have priority. Knuckle down.

Friday, 3 June 2011

Getting away from it all

Three days on Dartmoor to refresh the batteries. Some places call you back again and again.

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Getting into the mindset

I'm still struggling to get under the skin of my villain/baddie/shadow. I know what happens to him and that's colouring my writing. He doesn't know he comes to a sticky end. He thinks he's going to win so I've got to write it like that. Tough call.

Friday, 20 May 2011


It's all too easy to find other things to do. The discipline is to make time and at least do some each day. I'm finding it tough though, very tough.

Thursday, 12 May 2011


It's one thing having a routine and another sticking to it. This takes time, so the run, breakfast and sitting down in front of the laptop is back and working.

Friday, 6 May 2011


What with one thing and another the blog has suffered. I won't go into details, but being on the road was one excuse. Coming back and still not doing it was inexcusable. So I'm here for penance.

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Horse folk

Badminton Horse Trials is my chance to indulge in people. Just a circuit of the shopping village on cross country day is more than I need to find characters a plenty.

Friday, 15 April 2011

Changing heads

I'm having difficulty swapping heads. With three points of view I've been running through each to check for continuity. But swapping to the baddie is proving tough!

Friday, 8 April 2011


My intermittent internet is driving me crazy. When I need to check how long it takes to drive from Surrey to St Just, Cornwall I need to know THEN! Swearing at it doesn't help, waiting patiently to sort itself out does. Argggh!

Thursday, 31 March 2011

Stepping off for a short story

Plague Child is taking a back seat for a short story based on a section of The Deluge. It's fun to go back and re-live some dramatic moments, and now I've got to 'book end' it in the future. These things don't let go, you know.

Thursday, 24 March 2011


I've been watching scientific/space programmes and really love the idea that Betelguese (some pronounce it beetlejuice) could go supernova any day. It'd be as bright as a sun - how fantastic! Expands my mind!

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Stopping at a good bit

I'm so excited! I KNOW what happens next in the thread I'm writing, but I'm exercising delayed gratification because I'm racing for the curtain and I want to do the whole thing in one sitting.

Thursday, 10 March 2011


Getting all the strands to interweave without glaring anomalies is proving tough. But when it does happen it feels right. The reader will never know how disparate it was, but that's my job. It's supposed to flow.

Thursday, 3 March 2011

My mojo!

My mojo's back!!! It took a bit of a holiday and I found it hard to get in back and I'm still working on the triggers to snap it back quicker than it wants to at the mo. But now it's back and it's great!

Thursday, 24 February 2011

The zone

Cracking on with the novel, but must identify 'the zone' so I can recreate it when all I want to do is clean out the loft, or the fridge or the shed.

Friday, 18 February 2011


The next writer I talk to that says they got published via a friend of a friend I shall flippin' well scream!

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Settling in

Feeling really good now I'm settling in to the new house and setting up routines to write. A drop of non-fiction/how-to books in the morning are proving a real spur to get on with the novel.

Thursday, 3 February 2011


I had a eureka moment when a piece of the jigsaw for Plague Child fell into place. I couldn't move, speak, breathe. I live for those moments. There is nothing like them

Thursday, 27 January 2011

New writing group tonight

I'm going along to the Yeovil Octagon to meet the group of writers that meet up regularly. I'm going along with the aim to observe how the group works. and who attends. I'm not looking so much for a critiquing group, I have FourTold Fiction for that, but contacts, company and to find out what happens here.

Thursday, 20 January 2011


It's taken a mo for the comp win to sink in. Having writers of Circalit post congrats too is great reminders that others like my work and it's not just me. The summerhouse as a writer's hut is working out too. Things are looking up.

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Hooray! Circalit - The Literary Consultancy comp win

I'm delighted with my Circalit - The Literary Consultancy competition win. My first 30 pages will be critiqued by top professionals and it's come just at the right time! Loving this!!

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