November 28th, 2014
First, thanks to Esther for last Friday’s post. We wish her well with sales of The Siege!
I was out Christmas shopping last weekend and made a donation to The Salvation Army. In return I was given a copy of The War Cry. Glancing through it when I got home I saw an article on e-readers and highlights that people make when they’re reading a novel. This got me thinking.
The short article was very cleverly targeted, starting off with a subject that might interest anyone, not just a religious person. It looked at how many times the opening passage from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice had been highlighted – to date 4491! And just in case anyone could have forgotten it: Read the rest of this entry »
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November 26th, 2014
Right, listen, stop wasting time reading my blog and click on this link so that, at least once in your life, you get to see the We Are Poets Youtube Teaser. It’s not long – only three and a half minutes. But I guarantee that, unless you’re getting married later or waiting for the birth of your first child, it’ll be the best three and a half minutes of your day. Read the rest of this entry »
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November 24th, 2014
Stop! – just think. Where does that word come from? If you’ve ever driven in France you’ll know not to jump in with an answer because on French road signs it doesn’t say ‘Arretez-Vous’ or ‘Cesser,’ it says ‘Stop,’ just like on ours. ‘Stopper’ is a verb in French dictionaries, and you know how fussy those Galls can be. They even have a government institution keeping tabs on their language – the Académie Française, which is almost as intimidating as the British W.I.* Read the rest of this entry »
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November 21st, 2014
Back in July, I had a guest blog slot around the time my e-book of short stories was coming out. The Siege and Other Award Winning Stories was only ever meant to be an e-book. I’d put together some of my stories for my students, who often asked to read them and for friends and family. I didn’t expect it to send me on the road to riches as short story collections don’t usually sell particularly well (unless you’re Kate Atkinson or J.K. Rowling) but it would be there for anyone who wanted to read some of my stories.
Now, I don’t know about you but I love ‘proper’ books. Yes, the ones everyone said would be a thing of the past thanks to the explosion of the e-book, which was set to take over the world. Well, not quite but I dug my heels in anyway and vowed to be the last person still reading the book – one which I could sniff (there’s nothing like the fresh scent of a new book), one I could stroke if I wanted to (I love the feel of a new book cover – the raised writing and images and of course, the smoothness of the spine), pages I could turn myself and the satisfaction of closing the book when it’s been read. Read the rest of this entry »
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November 19th, 2014
Back in the late 90’s I was working as an actor with a little theatre company in Brussels. We toured shows around Belgium and France, which sounds really exciting – and it was. But I’d been doing it for ten years and wasn’t exactly earning a fortune, so I was looking for a change.
Moving back to the UK, I really fancied the writers’ life – staying home, on my own, lots of time to think, lots of coffee … sounded like heaven. But tinkering around with a story that eventually grew into an epic fantasy trilogy, I soon realized that, for me, novel writing wasn’t going to pay the bills. So I started the Writers Bureau Journalism Course. It seemed really interesting. Read the rest of this entry »
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