What to submit when you’re submitting…

This is where it gets down to business. For me, this is always going to be the scary part. The moment your story moves from being something wonderful inside your head to a real piece of critiqued and scrutinised work. The writing part was a doddle. Alright, doddle’s not exactly true, but I enjoyed doing it so…

Dog Days by Mavis Cheek

I’ll be really honest, when I was offered a selection of Mavis Cheek novels – all of which were promised to be fun, comforting, enjoyable women’s fiction – I chose this one because, well, I like dogs. I’ll tell you now, it does not centre around a dog, rather, the acquisition of a sluggish pet…

How to Self Publish – Tips from Harrogate Crime Writing Festival

A few weeks ago, I went further north than I had ever traveled before. Well, almost. I was later reminded by my mother that the Lake District is in fact not the Peak District and, also, really far away from us in the south. (I was young, car journeys always felt long.) Anyway, my second-furthest-north-ever…

‘The Papoose’ – A Short Story

A Man’s habitual hibernation into the London Underground – escaping the demands of modern life.  The London Underground is my safe haven. Many people hate it; it is a mere Limbo-land necessity to get you from important A to even more important B. But for me, there is no other place that could give me…

Time is Liquid

Here’s what I’ve come to realise – Time is liquid. When you really want it to stick around, it’ll just dribble with increasing, uncontrollable speed through your fingers. Then, when you have buckets of the stuff, just oodles of Time, it’ll sit mockingly in said bucket and taunt you. This is a common realisation, I’m…

Writing – How to Establish Your Characters

A few weeks ago, I took part in a ‘Writing Characters’ workshop. Developing your characters thoroughly is a really interesting way to get stuck into your creative writing, and you can even find that, if you establish your characters well enough, they may start to dictate the story themselves. A couple of the tasks were…

Sebastian Faulks ‘A Possible Life’ – an Unsatisfying Read

Having previously read and greatly enjoyed Birdsong and The Girl at the Lion D’Or, I was very much looking forward to reading another Sebastian Faulks, in fact, one of his most recent efforts, as A Possible Life was published in 2012. Faulks has become known and respected for his historical fiction which often finds itself in…

The Pleasure of Blogging

It’s taken me a little while to allow myself to fully indulge in the world of Blogging, the Blogosphere, Blog Land, but I’m getting there. I’ve realised that blogging, to get it good and to really make the most of it and enjoy it, takes time. Sometimes, a hell of a lot of it. You’re…