Tag Archives: books

Friday

It was a day of two halves… Continue reading

Advertisements

Saturday

It’s the start of the bank holiday weekend and all I can think of is work!

With all the little fires burning in my head proclaiming their importance in the grand scheme of things, it’s very hard to switch off. Only two weeks are left till my final exam for my first year of uni to be complete and in that time I could be writing or illustrating my books. So, you see the dilemma: study or keep working at those time sensitive manuscripts. Not any easy choice.

This week, I had the pleasure of meeting various authors at a special event hosted by the Bracknell Library. We were invited to an author visit from David Barker, a Cli-fi (climate fiction) writer with a set of crime thrillers called the Gaia trilogy (Blue Gold, Rose Gold and White Gold). The stories are based on the effects of climate change and how the greatest commodity on earth (far more valuable than any precious metal) would become a source of temptation for cunning countries and super villains to steal. His books are set in the future and follow the theme of a high action thriller as two detectives try to uncover who is stealing what everyone needs to survive: water!

David spoke about climate change and how little we know about the impact of losing our most valuable resource, which got me thinking about how much water we all waste on a daily basis. Though his books are only fiction, his professional knowledge and the further research gathered whilst writing his trilogy make them all the more believable and worth the read. That will be my treat once my exams are over. I can’t wait!

Apart from meeting David and his lovely wife, Fiona (a children’s author), I also had the fortune of meeting another crime fiction writer, Harry Dunn, who is the author of Smile of the Viper and Forever Evil. Needless to say, my summer holidays are going to be very busy with all these fantastic thrillers and crime novels added to my reading list.

The bank holiday weekend may be a working one and a wash out but it will definitely be worth it once all the work is done and I get a chance to free read again.

Happy weekend to you all.

If you’d like to read David Barker’s thrilling trilogy, click on the link below:

Monday Coffee

Good morning! I know it’s a bit early for our normal coffee catch up. Since the sun has decided to come out for a brief spell this morning, I thought you might like to come on a dog walk with me.

This is my usual morning walk which takes place before the school run and work. On some days it’s a mad rush to get it done, but on days like today, I prefer to take a leisurely stroll to enjoy the scenery surrounding us. This area was once the testing ground for cars and creating traffic junctions for bike use on the roads. There are still some markings left from its previous life. It does remind me of the set for the Walking Dead with the eerie stillness and silence apart from the birds and an occasional deer crashing through the forest.

Now, onto catching up – how was your weekend? Did you manage to tick off some of your items on your to-do list from last week? I managed to get my study plan organised this weekend and put more into my novel. There have been several chapters in the middle of the book that needed to be removed and replaced by a different voice. You can feel it when you read over the story – a steady drop in forward motion and a stagnant, stale narrative that will send readers away. So, with that in mind, I’ve been ruthless and culled the dead weight. Today, I’m going to focus on introducing more conflict for the main characters and a dead body might just float up to give them something to investigate! I love it!

As we follow the path and take the next right, we will find ourselves by the numerous ponds scattered across the undulating landscape. They have made every effort to ensure the new houses being built alongside this forest will not get flooded. After speaking to the park ranger who looks after this beautiful landscape, he told me that it could rain in biblical amounts and the terrain will take it thanks to good landscaping.

Now that we’ve reached our favourite pond, you’ll get to see Millie swimming like a duck. She loves the water and can’t keep out if the birds are going in! Her ability to fish for things whilst swimming is amazing. Henry never liked the water much and only came in to be with me or the kids. I’d like to think that if he were here with us now, Millie would have given him the courage and confidence to swim around the pond just as she does.

What’s the plan for this week? Well, on my side, as I’ve mentioned before, I have to get my writing and studying done before time runs away. I can’t believe it’s going to be half term already in a week’s time. Then it’s exams for me and the Blogger’s Bash to look forward to and finally, the run up to the summer holidays and the Summer Reading Challenge. The writing will continue as I have a few stories on hold while I finish off the main ones waiting to go to the publishers for their chance in the limelight. Fingers crossed all this hard work pays off and they like it – otherwise I will self-publish my work over the summer.

We are now heading back towards the path home. Thank you for joining me on my morning dog walk. If next week is as cold and rainy as this one promises to be, let’s meet up in the coffee house. We haven’t been there in a while and it will be nice to see the yellow sofa, red brick walls and bookshelves filled with all the books from my blogging buddies and writer friends.

Have a great week!

 

Monday Coffee

Welcome back to the bat cave for a quick catch up and coffee.

The sun has been out today and the garden was beckoning me all day, asking for a gentle hand to weed the borders and pot the geraniums. Of course, I just had to oblige!

Have you had a chance to enjoy the wonderful weather? All that was missing was the smell of a bbq to make the day perfect.

I’m happy to say studies are coming to a conclusion as my final exam date draws nearer. I haven’t given it the full attention it deserves though, as writing commitments have taken precedence. ‘Space Dust’ has been submitted to the library for review for the Summer Reading Challenge and my new crime novel, ‘There’s Something About Harry’ is finally turning the corner. It’s all happening and keeping me busy, but in a good way.

The rest of the family have their fair share of daunting deadlines and exams in the next few weeks, so the house is bustling with busy bees working very hard. We are all looking forward to the summer holidays. Six weeks of relaxation after such a hectic half year will be more than welcome.

How does your family handle the pressure of exams? What do you do to keep the stress levels down? We find listening to music and watching episodes of Friends a great way to detox. Dancing like MC Hammer and Bobby Brown just adds to the fun too!

Well, it’s time for me to get back to the grindstone. Let me know how your weekend has been. It’s always nice to catch up with you.

Have a great week.

Success: A State of Mind

Success: A State of Mind

Success: A State of Mind
— Read on floridagirlwrites.com/2019/04/29/success-a-state-of-mind/

Monday Coffee

Welcome to the bat cave in our new abode. It’s a little messy at the moment with a large plastic container holding our video tapes and cds filling the space between the single chairs. On the up side, my new blue sofa is just itching to be used, so let’s grab our cups of tea and coffee and give it a purpose. Continue reading

Smorgasbord Easter Parade

Happy Easter everyone!

It’s Easter Monday and we are all partying at Sally’s blog today. Bring your hat and something sweet to eat as we join the parade and say hello to some fantastic blogs.

smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/04/22/smorgasbord-easter-parade-blog-party-part-two-music-dancing-food-behatted-guests-and-time-to-drop-you-links/

Being a Pantser

There are different writing styles: those plotters who plan and collect information before creating a wonderful story map with links to all the different segments of their creations, writing the beginning, middle and end so that they know what direction to take as they create new worlds; then there are those pantsers that grasp at the little earwig whispering fresh ideas to create worlds and jump straight in, no life jackets or planning required. I’m the latter and sometimes, being a pantser sucks! Continue reading

Monday Coffee

Snuggle up and take a sip of your favourite beverage – it’s coffee time! Continue reading

Monday Coffee

Hi and welcome back to the coffee house. It’s going to be a quick one today but a welcome break from the busy schedule. Let me tell you why… Continue reading