Review of the Year or What the Hell was That?

I think it's safe to say most of the reviews this year will be asking 'WTF?' Political and world events seemed to just be one cataclysmic event after the other. And on a personal level, I've had a couple of 'WTF' moments too. I won't miss this year one bit. But for me, there have… Continue reading Review of the Year or What the Hell was That?

5 Ways to Promote your E-book

Hand holding ebook

If you want people to read your e-book, you'll need to do some 'metaphorical' legwork. And if, like me, you're new to all this and aren't sure where to start, here's some basic (and free) ways to promote your e-book. 1. Add yourself as an author on Goodreads Goodreads is like Trip Advisor for books… Continue reading 5 Ways to Promote your E-book

“Under this Skin” available to buy on Amazon!

"Under this Skin" ebook is available on Amazon!  The link goes to Amazon UK Kbut it's up on other countries websites too - just search for "Under this Skin". And you can borrow it for free if you're a Kindle Unlimited customer. If you're not sure if it's right for you, check out my blog… Continue reading “Under this Skin” available to buy on Amazon!

Raised in the fantasy way

R2-D2 toy

I grew up surrounded by fantasy and sci-fi. Maybe that's why it's what I love to write now.  Bedtime stories were The Hobbit, Wind in the Willows, Roald Dahl. Daytime video viewing was Star Wars, Willow, Labyrinth and all the Disney films. It's still seen as odd if you're into fantasy and happen to be… Continue reading Raised in the fantasy way

New Year Musings

New Years Eve fireworks

It's all over. Both the year and my book. Completing the book has been my biggest achievement and one I didn't expect to happen. When I looked back at my New Years postfrom January 2015, I was surprised to find I'd gone beyond what I thought I could do. I completed the 2nd edit on… Continue reading New Year Musings

Wordy Gifts

If you need some inspiration for gifts of a 'wordy' kind, then let me help with these lovely things I got for my birthday. First up, two lovely new notebooks for my collection. I like the clouds that appears on the pages in the Notebook for Dreamers. Next up a super soft pencil case decorated… Continue reading Wordy Gifts

Gaea

You were full of promise, you were heavy with burden. The expectation of a nation, sat in every fold of your gross exaggeration You were filled with blood, you were kept in stone. In the killing wild, the precious child, laid the path for your bold body to be deified. You were ample for their needs,… Continue reading Gaea

Notebook Collection – 3# Shakespeare’s Globe, London

Image of collected notebooks

"We are such stuff as dreams are made on." Shakespeare's Globe, situated in Southwark in London, was the dream of actor and director Sam Wanamaker. Sadly he never got to see it finished as it was completed in 1997, four years after he passed away.  It stands as testament to his perseverance, taking 20 years… Continue reading Notebook Collection – 3# Shakespeare’s Globe, London

Visiting Batemans, the Home of Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling books

The National Trust house Batemans is nestled in the East Sussex countryside. The 17th Century property is a nice place to visit anyway, but it has an added attraction as the home of Rudyard Kipling. I'm not the biggest fan of his work but you cannot argue with the importance of his works such as… Continue reading Visiting Batemans, the Home of Rudyard Kipling

An Open Fan Letter to Sir Terry Pratchett

This is a very sad day. I want to say something, but there’s not much I can add to what I said in this previous post. This says it all.

Wordland

I recently started reading Terry Pratchett’s latest book ‘Raising Steam’, with a slightly heavy heart. Not because I didn’t think I’d enjoy it, I knew I would, but because each new book brings us a bit closer to the time where there will be no more new books.

He has a very rare form of early onset Alzheimer’s and it’s meant that it’s becoming harder for him to write. He can’t type anymore and now dictates his books to his assist Rob or uses voice recognition software. With luck he can carry on for a good few years and he’s also said that he is happy for his daughter Rhianna to carry on writing his famous Discworld series so his legacy is safe. Still it will be a very sad day when he can no longer write books himself.

For years I’ve wanted to write him a fan letter and…

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