If you follow me on Twitter, you might have seen me use a special hashtag. #AmWriting. I used to use it all the time. Every day. Then I had another baby. Now it’s a miracle if I get to write. Well, miracles do happen and I have been writing. I’m back on the short stories. I have one and a half at the moment in … Continue reading Getting Back To It
When I got pregnant for the first time, I had been a serious, obsessed writer for about seven years. I was able to foresee that the kind of three-hour writing session I was used to committing after work would be curtailed by the presence of a little person. I hadn’t realised that he would interfere with my writing while he was still in my body. … Continue reading My coffee’s decaf but I’m still a real writer
I made that up so I could discuss having ‘it’ and losing ‘it’. They always tell you to define your terms first but, that’s the thing with ‘it’, I’m not really sure what ‘it’ is. ‘It’ is the ability to write. ‘It’ is ethereal, wispy, indefinable. ‘It’ is what draws you in as a reader. ‘It’ intrigues and entrances so that the reader cannot think … Continue reading Old Writers Never Die, They Just Revert To Type
My brain is still geared to academic years. Today, then, is the start of something for me. It is time to line up all my stationery and turn to a blank page. As the world around me begins to die, I hatch new plans and look forward to the beginning of the rest of the year. There is something about the cooler weather – if … Continue reading Happy New Year!
It’s been a pretty good week here in Mitchell-Jackson towers, with lots of my short stories being accepted for publication. Here is a little over-view, but I will be reminding you of each one closer to each date of publication. Just Milk and Unfounded Allegations will be appearing in Gravel Magazine. Skipping School is going to be included in the Framing Fridays eBook. Storm will be read by the amazing … Continue reading Forthcoming Stories
I have never been a full-time writer. I have always either been working outside of the house or, for the last two years, home-based, looking after my son. Even as a hobby-writer, I cheat. I have several projects on the go. Usually it’s one novel and then subsidiary projects like short stories and poems. What I like about this mix-up is that it gives me … Continue reading Is it cheating to have more than one project?
Ever since I was 15 and read Wuthering Heights for the first time, I have wanted to embed one story inside another. The technique allows the reader (and I’m assuming the writer) to get deeper into an imaginary world or worlds, like those diorama boxes I used to enjoy looking at as a child. I’ve got an idea for a story that I am hoping … Continue reading Embedding a story within a story
I have named my laptop. As a person who names cars, I find this perfectly reasonable behaviour. To me, she is a friend; friends have names. My laptop is my refuge. On days when I don’t have the time to write I glance at her longingly as I do my chores. She represents hope, freedom and my secret life. It’s secret until I unleash parts … Continue reading Laptop Love
Siblinghood of the World Blogger Award? I was nominated by Tarquin Carlin to take part in this. The idea is that I answer 10 questions and pass the process on by asking 10 other bloggers 10 questions that I have to spend time thinking up. Tarquin’s answers to the questions he was posed can be seen on his wonderful site: http://www.blogofmanycolours.wordpress.com. Start by looking at … Continue reading Siblinghood of the World Blogger Award
I think, when people ask this, what they want to know is if I have experienced any or all of the situations I write about. If this is what they are asking, then the answer is usually, ‘no!’ I imagine the scenarios I put my characters through. They are in the stories I tell myself as I fall asleep at night, so I think about … Continue reading How much of you is in your writing?