You used to see that on maps, old maps… Don’t go any closer because here be monsters, and then a waterfall or illustration. But this is the chosen name for the last in the series of the Here Be Dragons children books I’ve written. Yes, there are monsters, but no they aren’t all as nasty… Continue reading Here Be Monsters
I have a story to write... It's about a woman. A strong and noble lady who lived in the 1800's. She wrote a book but it is constrained by the social and cultural restrictions of the time. Basically it is a list of experiences and facts, with very little emotion. The book itself was a… Continue reading Soliloquy
I don't mean reading books but reading your work outloud. Yesterday I read a piece on motherhood. It was a memoir and a creative essay. I was terrible at it. I kept my head down and I didn't look up. I couldn't. What I was reading was so personal that if I had I couldn't… Continue reading Reading
The other day I was kicked from a group on Facebook. Why? My drawing is too realistic. I kid you not. My drawing had to be a cheat... Why is that? And why do I face this all my life? I reach for the stars but all I end up with is dust... Maybe I… Continue reading Kicked
No, I don't mean I'm hoarse and I can't speak, but that on the piece I'm working on. I have been ill and it has made my head fuzzy and not working great, so I've taken longer than I normally would off. My breaks when I got a WIP going are normal less than a… Continue reading I’ve lost my voice!
Can you make resolutions if you still have stuff to do? Me and my fella were driving back from collecting a new tablet (it wasn't working properly) when I said that you could feel the days lengthening. He agreed and said he felt better. The shortest day this year, the winter solstice was the 21st… Continue reading Resolutions
Why is it that taking a walk makes you feel better? Stretching your legs can make you grin and the problems you thought were bad, can seem so much smaller than before. Do I write for the deadlines or do I write for myself? It's a no-brainer. If I don't write for myself then I… Continue reading Walking
To dance, I love it, even if I'm pretty bad. But dance gave me more than that. #dance #amwriting #writing #shortstory
A third of the way through and the story is evolving. I love it when your character goes off at a tangent leaving you wondering if they have a mind of their own... So far though the characters have managed to find themselves in an abandoned city in the Yorkshire Dales...
I'm doing Nanowrimo this year. It's my third go and this time, so far, I'm on track. I ought to mention that I have never been able to reach the end, never hit that word count. Last year I was 30,000 words adrift. So what am I writing this year? The Gone 2 - Evolution… Continue reading Word counts and trying to reach them