I worked on my first book for three years. Three years. And at roughly 45,000 odd words it’s not exactly War and Peace. Of course, my little old book had to be put into stasis more than once. I’ve been working and there have been house moves and life changes a-plenty in this time. Still,... Continue Reading →
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 →
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.
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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Apparently you can buy fancy jackets for books. I did not know this until I spotted this little chap in a charity shop. For the princely sum of £2 I got a snazzy new jacket for one of my books. One problem - which of my lovely babies gets a new look? I sense a... Continue Reading →