Raised in the fantasy way

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 →

New Year Musings

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 →

Today

Today I felt a moment of sadness flicked in from nothing a moment given for the mourning of those who have no other I wondered whose loss I had been assigned who they had been before the trap closed whether they were always anonymous born and died with the light touch flying with dragging feet... Continue Reading →

A Tour of The British Library

Did you know you can go on a behind the scenes tour of The British Library? Well, you can and you can book tickets online too, for only £10 pounds each which I think is pretty reasonable. I booked the tickets beforehand to make sure we had a place but being a Tuesday morning there were... Continue Reading →

5 Inspiring Things to do in London

We've visited London quite a bit and so we've done most of the usual touristy things. Here are five different and interesting things to do in London. Maybe they'll give you some ideas if you're planning a visit or are a local! The British Library is offering behind-the-scenes tours this summer. I've never been that... Continue Reading →

The Perils of On-demand TV

I've neglected both my blog and my WiP recently. Life has been busy. Not having a bathroom hasn't helped. You don't really want to stay in the home with a wobbly toilet. But now that's nearly over and so I should be able to get back to work. Only Now TV has just added all... Continue Reading →

Why do Blogs become Vacant?

I went through the blogs I follow recently and was surprised by how many had been 'vacated'. Some bloggers posted about how they were taking a break or leaving entirely. Others had gone onto their own website (and good on them). The ones that intrigued me, were those that just stopped, the last posting giving... Continue Reading →

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.

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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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