Writer’s Diary

3 November, 2017 Just finishing Andrea Wulf’s The Brother Gardeners. What a great book for a plant lover!

3 October, 2017 Looking forward to Saturday when I’ll be joining other Dorset Writers’ Network committee members to present our Writers’ Open House. It’s a free event and everyone is welcome to come in and have a chat about all aspects of writing. Putting words down can be a very solitary occupation, so it’s good to know you’re not alone and to be able to ask questions about writing groups, proof-reading and editing, social media and all the other writerly stuff. We’ll be there to offer support from 10am to 1pm at Dorchester Library, Saturday October 7.

24 September, 2017 Wondering exactly what to do on Thursday afternoon when, along with other members of the Off The Cuff writing group, I shall be helping to host a Live Poetry Experience at a local library. This is for World Poetry Night, and it’s an excellent idea. I’ve dabbled with poetry, as most writers do, but I wouldn’t call myself a poet. It sounds a bit pretentious, don’t you think? Perhaps that’s the problem. People tend to see poetry as elitist or difficult. Maybe this is our little opportunity to show people that it can be for everyone, in one form or another. It’ll be challenging, but it’ll be fun.

30 August, 2017 After five days of disruption and anguish, caused by a virus on my facebook page, I have given up and logged out. Whether the page can be saved I don’t know. Whether my computer is compromised I don’t know. Watch this space for the next exciting episode…

17 August, 2017 We are now looking at artwork options for the cover of Whales and Strange Stars. Both an exciting and worrying time – it’s so important to get this right.

14 August, 2017 Have just started reading Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Not quite my usual style of book, but the writing is superb.

3 August, 2017 My beautiful historical fiction book, Whales and Strange Stars is to be published on 12 December, 2017.

28 July, 2017 The first 20K words of my new book, Long Reach & Merrythought, are completed. I promised myself a little breather when I reached this milestone. Sometimes you need to just switch off and stand back, don’t you?

24 July, 2017  The writer’s life: spending hours trying to imagine what it’s like being locked in a cellar that’s slowly filling with water…

19 July, 2017. I’m now reading Rose Tremain’s Music and Silence. Such a beautifully written book with a wonderful atmosphere.

4 July, 2017. Have now clattered through the 10,000 word barrier on my new novel. This is the point (for me) when the book starts to look like more than just a rough collection of ideas. This one is a sequel (to Whales and Strange Stars, to be published by Crooked Cat later this year).

30 June, 2017. Odd things you discover as a writer: consider the phrase ‘hoity-toity’ – it looked perfect when I put it into the mouth of my 18th century character. But when I checked, I found it had a different meaning in those days – silly or flighty, rather than the modern meaning of self-important and pompous. Not the same thing at all, so out it had to come again.

29 June, 2017. Having enjoyed the TV series, I’m now reading Victoria by Daisy Goodwin. It takes more than a few liberties with history (have you seen what Lord M really looked like?) but it’s a pleasant read.

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