Thursday, 31 December 2015

Happy New Year

As is traditional at this time of year I've been assessing the previous twelve months and looking forward to the next twelve. 2015 has been a variable year for me, but there's been more good than bad, especially when it came to the writing.

I've used my new pen (Christmas gift from my lovely husband) to write out my 2016 plans. Are your plans similar? More detailed? Totally different?

Whatever your hopes and aims for 2016, I wish you all the best for the year ahead.

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Substantial

Substantial means, of considerable importance, size or value. It also describes something strongly built or made (in the case of my cakes sometimes both meanings apply!) Another meaning is concerning the substantial points of something.

Substantially either means to a great extent, or for the most part.

To say that the substance of my substantial (100,000 words!) novel, Paint Me a Picture, concerns Mavis's relationships with her family and colleagues is substantially correct.

Saturday, 26 December 2015

Greetings from the van

Gary and I are away for Christmas. Hope you're having as much fun as we are.

Gary gave me a new pen (to replace the one I bought with the proceeds from my first ever story sale). Can you guess what colour it is?

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Zymurgy

Zymurgy is the branch of applied science with relates to fermentation in brewing, winemaking and the creation of other alcoholic drinks.

Cheers!

Wishing you all a very merry Christmas, jolly holiday, happy hogmanay and wonderful new year.

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Tumbledown

Tumbledown means falling, or fallen, into dilapidation. To me it sounds nicer than neglected, devastated, destroyed or ruined.

Oh and coincidentally*, my lovely romantic novel Escape to the Country has tumbled down in price to just 99p/99c until 21st December.

The castle is Tarbert in Scotland. There are a lot of Scots towns and villages with the name Tarbert or Tarbet. That word means a narrow strip of land. It's quite often where two lochs meet.

There you go - two words for the price of one! You can't say I'm not good to you. Well, you could I suppose but I can't hear you from here.

*You didn't really think I planned this stuff, did you?

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Escape with a bargain

My romantic novel, Escape to the Country is available for just 99p/99c this week only.

Leah is accused of a crime she didn't commit. Dumped by Adam, the man she planned to marry, she escapes to Aunt Jayne's smallholding in the Kent village of Winkleigh Marsh. Heartbroken and homeless, she strives to clear her name and deal with her emotions. 

Jayne treats Leah's unhappiness with herbal remedies, cowslip wine and common sense in equal measure. In return Leah works hard for the delicious home-cooked meals they share. She wrestles with sheep, breaks nails and gets stuck in the mud - learning as much about herself as she does about farming. Soon Leah is happy milking cows, mucking out pigs and falling halfway in love with Duncan, a dishy tractor driver. 

Back in London, steps are being taken to investigate what's happened to the missing money. It looks as though the real embezzler must soon be unmasked and Leah will have to choose between resuming her old life or starting a new one. 

That's when her problems really start. 

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Logorrhoea

Maybe you've heard, or even used, the phrase 'verbal diarrehoea' for someone who talks too much? Logorrhoea is actually the correct word to use as it means an excessive flow of words. It's prononunced log-oh-ree-a.


Wednesday, 2 December 2015

IWSG

The first Wednesday of the month is Insecure Writer's Support Group day. Do join IWSG if you're an insecure writer (and aren't all writers insecure at least occasionally?) or you'd like to offer support.

Last month was Nano - you may have noticed. I didn't 'win'. I didn't come close and it's not as though I did loads of other writing to make up for it. There are a few reasons and plenty of flimsy excuses, but the truth is I didn't do as well as I could have done.

There's room for insecurity in that. I could worry about my motivation, enthusiasm and low effort levels. Actually I have done that a bit. Maybe I'll do it a bit more. But it's December now. Nano is over and I can do something else. Maybe that'll go really well.

How about you? Did you 'win' Nano or do something else in November you're feeling chuffed about? Or was it a bit of a disappointment, writing wise?

Whatever November was like for you, I hope December is better.