Saturday, 22 October 2011


Do angels change our lives? Do I believe in supernatural beings? Maybe not, but there are angels in my life. People who have been there for me just when I've needed them.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Voices of Angels

Just heard that "Voices of Angels" should be out in time for Christmas. My story "On Angel's wings" is in this anthology and Gloria Hunniford is writing the introduction. There's a certain synchronicity here.

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

More technology

Great meeting with Lee to talk about my website. Feel very encouraged and think, with his help, I'll be able to cope. But why do I find it so hard?

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Better late than never

What did I say in my last post? That I was going to conquer my technoblock? Well that was last month and now, finally the day has come. So watch this space and others.

Friday, 5 August 2011

Too much to do.

The hour a day editing was not a good idea. Doing that plus writing a short story, plus getting Dragonfire ready for Kindle, plus editing a recently discovered fantasy novel, Renegade Writers are to blame for that, plus starting on the Fairy Land Lustre project for WAM is far too much to think about and is causing not a little creative stress. The solution is to take one thing at a time, so back to Emily and her problems.

Next I'll have to tackle my technoblock.

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Romance is dead.

Romantic novel came back with critique. Nothing I didn't know. Basically it's not a romantic novel and the structure needs work on it. Fine. This seems to be the story of my writing life. I can do readability. I can do page turning, but structure is a bit shaky. First instinct was to put it away in the bottom of a drawer and never look at it again. Second one, because all the feedback was justified, well almost all, is to start work on it asap. Have decided to allocate an hour a day to whipping it into shape and see where that goes.

Friday, 11 February 2011

A Taste 0f "Dragonfire"

“There were dragons in the sky, the night the firework factory blew up,” Gran said. Courtleigh shuffled uncomfortably his seat. He looked up at the clock on the wall and wondered how much longer he would have to wait. “It was a sign. I know it was. A sign of evil and change, but one good thing came out of it,” Gran smiled and patted his knee. “It brought me you.”
Courtleigh looked at his little Gran with her black skin as wrinkled as a walnut, her bright coloured dress and the gold tooth, that flashed when she grinned, and wondered why she was telling him all this. He knew the story of how the ground had opened up after the explosion and the block of flats, where he lived with his mum, had been swallowed up, never to be seen again. Gran blamed the dragons fighting. She said it was terrible battle and he was lucky to have survived.
“I found you in the morning,” she continued. “You came running to me out of the smoke and dust. You and this baby were the only two left alive. Your Mamma was gone and your Daddy was on his travels, so it was up to me to bring you up.”
“I know,” Courtleigh muttered. His stomach was churning and his mouth was dry.
“I did my best,” Gran said softly. “Whatever happens, I want you to remember that.”
“Courtleigh Jones,” the usher stood in the doorway. “They are ready for you now.” His footsteps echoed on the marble floor, as he led the way into the gloomy courtroom.
Mrs Whiteside, the magistrate, glared at the boy in front of her. Her fat, white face looked as if it had been carved out of lard. There was a long black hair growing out of the mole on her chin and a faint moustache over her top lip. She hated teenagers, especially jumped up lads who swaggered around thinking they knew everything.
“If I had my way, Courtleigh Jones, I would have you locked up and the key thrown away,” she said.
“Yes Mam,” he muttered. He thrust his hands in his pockets and stared at the floor.
Here she goes again, he thought, as Mrs Whiteside banged her fist on the desk and leaned towards him.
“Look at me Courtleigh,” she snarled.
She looks like a pig, he thought. In a minute she’ll start snorting and grunting and she’ll get down on all fours and run out of the court and I can go home with Gran. He bit the inside of his mouth, but it was too late, the grin spread over his face and Mrs Whiteside was turning purple with fury.
“You find this funny, do you?” she screamed. “Let me tell you this. I have done everything possible to get you back onto the straight and narrow. It’s typical of boys your age that nothing I do seems to make any difference. I have tried fines; I have tried putting you on probation and still you go back to your thieving ways. There is only one thing left and if that does not work, then it will be St. Savlons for you, young man.”
“Oh not St. Savlons, please Ma’am. My Courtleigh is a good boy at heart,” Gran pleaded. “He’s been brought up properly. I’ve always told him not to take things from shops.” She turned towards her grandson. “You know that’s not how you do it, Courtleigh.”
“I tried to put something back,” he muttered.
“Excuse me!” Mrs Whiteside cried. “I am not accustomed to being interrupted in my own court. What is all this nonsense about putting things back? He should never have taken anything in the first place!”
Gran drew herself up to her full four foot ten and looked steadily at the magistrate. “The way it goes Ma’am is this. You never take but you also give.”
“And what is that supposed to mean?” snapped Mrs Whiteside.
“Let me explain,” Gran said softly. “It’s like this…” and she began to talk in a low, dark voice, that was like treacle dripping off a spoon, so soothing and calming that Mrs Whiteside felt herself growing sleepy and finding it harder and harder to concentrate on what was being said. She had fully intended to send this criminally minded teenager straight into youth custody, but by the time Gran had finished, she was thinking of foster care with weekends home for good behaviour.
“Mr and Mrs Harris are very experienced, especially with the more difficult sort of child,” she said. “But let me warn you Courtleigh, one step out of line and it will be straight to St. Savlons.”
“Thank you Mam. I am sure he will behave. Won’t you Courtleigh?”
Courtleigh said nothing. He didn’t want to leave his Gran. He didn’t want to live in a foster home. But what could he do?

Night Thoughts

A bleak thought in the early hours. Why do we write if no one reads what we've written? Is it to give validity to what we say?

Friday, 28 January 2011

Teeth and other Troubles

Although teeth aren't strictly do do with writing, an infection under a molar is definitely slowing progress. Antibiotics and ibuprofen are helping, but my brain is slowing down and I'm using it as an excuse to sit and read, or watch TV rather than get on with current projects. Which is not good as there are two rather urgent things I can't ignore. The first is to find a title for a short story, which is ready to send, but still titleless. The second is to edit a novel that has been lurking in My Documents since 2007. Why the urgency? Well I foolishly joined the Romantic Novelists New Writers' Scheme and now am having horrible doubts as to whether my novel will fit into the right category. The instructions came with ROMANCE in capital letters. Why oh why do I never read the labels on things? It's about love that's true, but also about what women want from love and life. It does have romance and it all ends happily, so surely...

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Next step is what to blog about. That was easy to decide. This blog is about my writing, what I do, what I hope to do and what I've achieved so far. Sometimes it goes well, sometimes not so well and sometimes not at all, so one of the things I want to do is share ideas with other writers about how to overcome those days/weeks when nothing seems to go right.

Sunday, 16 January 2011

First steps

Find a snappy name and the whole world will come flocking, that's the advice for starting up a new blog. Well I tried. For a whole year I tried and what did I come up with? My name. Which will mean that anyone looking for me on the web will find my posts. So thanks to fellow writers, Peter Coleborn and Jan Edwards I'm ready to blog.