I’ve had to take a break from the WIP in order to flesh out (literally) my second main character, Ailsa’s mother, Lorraine. She suffers from a medical condition called lupus which I had already looked up on several websites but I felt I needed more in-depth knowledge. Luckily I found Talking About Lupus by Triona Holden, which … Continue reading Work in (slow) Progress
By ‘we’ I mean unpublished writers and the obvious answer is ‘yes’. How else in this cruel world will we ever get something on our c.v. and gain some much needed street-cred with agents and publishers? Such is the received wisdom, and having won a couple of prizes myself (anyone in any doubt please refer to the … Continue reading Competitions, do we need them?
More wanderings on the web this week. A while ago I signed up for Google Alerts, a good way of finding new stuff on the web. My alert for Carte de Tendre usually throws up sites on a French folk singer, but this week I found myself being notified of my own post – something I found sadly gratifying! But … Continue reading Places and Spaces
I heard about independent publisher Snowbooks earlier this year when they launched their free book club and was impressed not just with my free book but also with their open submissions policy for writers. Then this week I spotted in Mslexia that they also accept 500 word submissions to be ‘snowcased’ on their blog. A couple of … Continue reading I’ve been Snowcased!
One of the fun things about writing a novel is that it takes you to places you would never have gone otherwise, and serves up some interesting reading experiences. While I was writing Landscape I found myself gravitating towards books about maps and spotted Intimate Cartographies by L. A. Alexander on the chucking out shelf at … Continue reading Strange Maps
I confess to playing around with Facebook at work (strictly as a learning experience, of course!) and really like the Virtual Bookshelf feature I found on a colleague’s page. It lets you build a personal library with links through to Amazon, but it has a separate shelf for books you have read, are reading or would like to read. Tried … Continue reading Fun and games
My past, as far as reading goes, is another country. I read things differently now, because I want to know how a novel works, and if I like it, why I like it. Sometimes I realise I like it despite what I can see are failings, in which case there’s some over-arching strength that makes up … Continue reading Salvaged from the Garden