Wednesday, 31 March 2010
Okay, so to some, ten years may seem like a long time to have taken just to get one story published, but it has been rather a long journey for me.
To start with I had no basic understanding of English Grammar, which has kept me in low paid jobs, but with my determination and self- belief I’ve found out anything is possible. By facing up to my fear of failure I learnt that you can teach yourself English grammar and how to write a novel…
So in ten years I’ve had five non-fiction articles published, completed ten short stories, at the moment, unpublished, though four had feedback from a magazine editor. Five letters to magazines published., twenty-five wild life and landscape photographs published and runner up in a photography competition. I’ve completed one novel of 111k and had it read by a publisher and received helpful feedback and now working on my second novel.
So when I received an email saying my short story, set in Victorian Whitby, North Yorkshire, has been chosen with forty -nine other stories to be published in a book to help raise money for the up-keep of Whitby Abbey, I was over the moon with delight. As they say from little acorns mighty oaks…
So who known what might happen in the next ten years.
Good luck and keep the faith.
Sunday, 28 March 2010
If anyone has read this book already please let me know what they thought of it. Connie is an unknown author to me.
Hope you had a great writing weekend,
Friday, 26 March 2010
The book, I’m reading at the moment is a children’s book… Set in Stone Linda Newbery. Well, not quite a children’s book, more a young adult. This is the second time I have picked up a book and read the back cover and thought, Wow, I’ve just got to read this. It was only later on, when I saw the sticker on the front cover for the Costa Book Award I realise it was a young adult book, but by then I was hooked on the story to worry about it.
‘Set in Stone’ tells the story of a young artist, Samuel Godwin, who takes up a post to tutor the wealthy Farrow Girls at the house known as ’Four winds.’ The gothic house has a dark secret. Samuel, together with the young governess, Charlotte finds themselves trying to uncover the truth behind the web of deception and the story of the missing statue of the set of four stone figures representing the four winds.
I have found the book to be a real page-turner and am really enjoying reading it.
The first young adult book I read was ‘Witch Child’ Celia Rees. Even today I find the ’Witch Child’ still haunts me. The book is so well written, the story, plot and the characters come alive the moment you turn the first page.
Both of these books are so well written and it is easy to lose yourself in them without given it a thought to the fact you are too old to be reading them.
Is there a book you’ve read and enjoyed only to find out it was aim at a younger market?
Have a great weekend,
Sunday, 21 March 2010
This morning we headed to the woods to see if there were any signs of spring flowers. As we followed the footpath through the woods we came upon a single sock hanging on a branch. We had a good laugh about how someone could have lost it.
I said, "it’s not as though you could easily lose one like a glove."
“Oh no, we’ve got to go back I’ve lost my sock!” As I pointed out one has to take ones boot off first.
‘Maybe they did,’ Ana said, “Lovers meeting in the woods.”
I laughed, “But surely men can make love with their boots on?”
“Maybe, they brought a blanket and got naked.”
“Aha, is that why wives find an odd sock in the wash as unfaithful husbands lose them in the woods.”
As a husband gets undressed in front of his wife, she points out that he has only got one sock on. What quick minded idea would he come up with to explain that one away?
So what excuse do you think he would come up with? I look forward to reading your ideas.
Saturday, 20 March 2010
I've just finished reading ‘The Last Dickens’ by Matthew Pearl. It’s a tale of a stolen manuscript, a gothic mystery and a murder. It’s set in 1870. The great writer, Charles Dickens is dead and his final instalment of his last manuscript is missing. It is make or break time for his publisher, James Osgood. James is sent off to track down the whereabouts of the manuscript after the death of his employee Daniel Sands.
Though the novel made me want to read on, I didn’t think the story was a master piece. To me, it felt as though Matthew Pearl was shouting, "Hey, look at me, Look how clever I am. I’ve done a lot of research into how Dickens’ last master piece was unfinished."
Over the last month I’ve been busy writing and reading and read in total five books:
I started to read Stephen Hunt’s steampunk novel ‘The Kingdom beyond the Waves’ but found that I wasn’t charmed by any of the characters and by the time I got to pages 261 I couldn’t care less if they reached the end of their quest, so that has been returned to my bookshelf for another day. I've just started reading Linda Newbery, ‘Set in Stone’ and I'm already hooked.
I love to listen to audio books while I’m cooking and have finished listening to:
Joanne Harris’ Coastlines, Chocolat, Five Quarters of the Orange and Runemark.
I started to listen to Virginia Woolf ‘s classic To the Lighthouse, but gave up after the first tape as I found her style and that of Penelope Lively to be one of the same. I found Penelope Lively’s Family Album to be a mind numbing style of writing as the point of view moved from one character to another more or less on the same page and there didn’t seem to be any sort of plot.
I’m now listening to a Ruth Rendell writing as Barbara Vine’s 'The Brimstone Wedding.' It does puzzle me why Ruth Rendell went to all the trouble of coming up with a pseudonym if her books are titled with Ruth Rendell writing as….The photographs I've added to this posting were taken at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, which is part of the University of Oxford. They have just spent £61 million on a new part of the building to enlarge the floor space. My much Beloved and I went on a coach trip to the museum last Thursday and had a wonderful day.
We were amazed to see large numbers of Kites along the motorway. In the 1970s the population of Kites were down to about twenty pairs and only found in Wales. The bird of prey once help to clear Tudor London’s garbage.
Hope you have a great weekend,
Friday, 12 March 2010
As with all awards there are rules and here they are:
1. Every winner of the Prolific Blogger Award has to pass on this award to at least seven other deserving prolific bloggers. Spread some love!
2. Each Prolific Blogger must link to the blog from which he/she has received the award.
3. Every Prolific Blogger must link back to This Post, which explains the origins and motivation for the award.
4. Every Prolific Blogger must visit this post and add his/her name in the Mr. Linky, so that we all can get to know the other winners.
The next step is going to be hard for me.... To pass it on, when I have so many great site to choose from:
1)SteamPunk Reverie: Because I can.
2)Alan : because I love what he has to say for himself.
3)Anton: because he's Anton.
4)Wiec: for his birthday.... Have a great day, Mister Evil!
5) Colette: because I love what the pink pen has to say
6)Arlee bird: because he know what is good.
7) K.C. Because she needs something good and wonderful right now.
One and all have a great weekend writing,
Saturday, 6 March 2010
On Thursday, we went to the Essex Book Festival Launch and had a wonderful day. At first, we weren’t sure we would make it before the event started as we were stuck in traffic on one of our major roads. They, whoever they are, have started road improvements, but when you are stuck and listening to the radio counting down the minutes to when they go over to the live launch, you just wish they had decided to start it later in the year.
My much beloved, who normally is a very patient man said, “I told you we should have left sooner.”
Me, “But I thought started at ten, and I was up at 4.00 writing.”
M. M. B, “Why did you have to go back upstairs when I told you we’ve got to get going?”
I huffed and said, “But why come this way, it would have been quicker the other way. And, we would be on the right side of the town for the library?”
M.M.B “Because I did.”
I stared out of the window, for a moment, at the back of a slow moving lorry then taking a deep breath, I reached over, took hold of M.M.B’s freehand, and said, “Next year, we’ll just have to make sure we leave earlier.”
Well, there isn't any point in spoiling a day by getting cross over something which can't be changed, is there?
Anyway, by the time, we made it to town it was spot on . Lucky for us the library is right next to the multi-storey car park, so it was just a quick dash, and we were there.
I managed to pick up one or two helpful tips. The author,
So, dear readers, beware that you might have to change not only the name of your book, but your own name too, to make it into print.
MMB and I always take our festival programme with us to collect the autographs of the writers we meet. When MMB asked
“And, are you?” He laughed.
“Well, I’m always on the lookout for more books. What do you write?”
I explained it was fiction and as it turned out he only deals in ‘Travel Guides’ but he did pass on the name of a publisher, ‘SnowBook’ who are on the lookout for my kind of writing. I had heard of the publishers before, but that’s the problem, at the time I couldn’t remember what it was about ‘Snow Books’ I wasn’t too impressed by. He saw my hesitation, and said, ‘you will remember the name, won’t you.’
Well, I did, and looked them up for you, and here’s the link , if you want to read their guidelines for submission, but for me, at the moment, I won’t be getting in contact with them.
I also met an amazing group of
While M.M.B was talking to the Dutch writer, Otto de Kat the question of proof copies of books came up. The author hadn’t seen a proof copy of his book before and asked M.M.B where he had come by his.
“I thought,” M.M.B said, “The author got a copy of his book.”
“No, only the critics got a proof copy. The author got a draft copy before it went to the printer.”
Now I’ve always wondered where all those copies came from that are for sale on the internet auction sites and now I know.
I hope you all have a great writing weekend,