December 31st, 2015
It seems to me that the downward slide towards illiteracy started amongst the texting classes in the mid-90s. That probably sounds a little harsh and maybe part of it is down to jealousy, I never did get the hang of predictive texting. I’d take 10 minutes asking my daughter(s) a simple question and would get a novel back in 30 seconds. Must be an age thing?
Let’s roll forward a few years and the little book of faces. To everyone’s kids’ horror, when it ‘went viral’, parents joined in. The accusation was that we were checking up on them but speaking on our behalf, it was a realisation that it was set to be the only means of cross-generational communication left open to us. Interestingly, I used the term ‘went viral’, a term associated with social networks but one that almost describes how they came to be so popular. Life imitating art, you could say. Read the rest of this entry »
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December 23rd, 2015
First, I’d like to take this opportunity of wishing you all the best for Christmas and a prosperous and happy New Year. And it’s the New Year I’m going to be concentrating on in this post.
I’m sure we’ll all be making resolutions – and, as usual, some will last whilst others won’t even see it through until the end of the first week in January! I’m a bit ahead of myself this year and I’ve already thought about one of my resolutions. I’m going to get out and about a bit more and really steep myself in writerly things – both people and places. Read the rest of this entry »
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December 18th, 2015
It’s been dreadful over the past couple of weeks, watching the devastation that the floods have caused in Cumbria and the Lake District. I love walking, and living in Manchester means easy access so I do spend quite a bit of time there. I think that if you asked me where my favourite place on earth is, it would be a close tie between Keswick/Borrowdale or Castell Dinas Bran above Llangollen.
The house where Wordsworth was born and grew up in Cockermouth was flooded again – the second time in the past five years. Fortunately, it doesn’t seem to have been hit as badly as last time and it will be open for business as usual in March of next year. Read the rest of this entry »
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December 11th, 2015
First, thanks to Sue for last week’s blog. I know that meticulously recording all your sources isn’t the most exciting part of writing – it’s not exactly creative, is it? But it’s important and Sue should know, especially when you look at the list of non-fiction books she’s had published!
We’ve now started the run-up to Christmas. I tend to be quite laid-back about the whole thing because I don’t have a large family to cater for, but some people I know have already gone into panic-mode. One of the less enjoyable things about Christmas is that it seems to suck up huge amounts of time. If you’re a writer this can be particularly irritating. It’s difficult enough to find time to write during the rest of the year and it becomes virtually impossible at Christmas. Read the rest of this entry »
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December 7th, 2015
This week’s clip is an interview with Stephen King (who needs no introduction) and Audrey Niffenegger (author of The Time Traveller’s Wife, Her Fearful Symmetry and other novels). In it, they discuss their writing habits, their preferred environment and whether they listen to music while they write.
I never listen to music when I’m writing, because if my writing is taking priority in my brain then I don’t even hear the music in the background. And if I’m struggling to concentrate, the music only acts as a distraction. Read the rest of this entry »
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