Why should we read to children?

Happy World Book Day everyone! Most people here are snowed in and lots of schools are closed, so hopefully lots of cosy reading is going on at home instead (costume optional). Recently someone said to me that telling stories to children in school is “just for fun, it doesn’t really mean anything.” I couldn’t quite…

Recommended Reads: The Sky is Everywhere

“The sky is everywhere, it begins at your feet.” I think its safe to say that I am a reader of fantasy books. But The Sky is Everywhere – one of only 5 non fantasy novels I read in 2017 – was like a breath of fresh air. Lennie is 17 and her sister Bailey…

Branching out

Like many writers, I have a stack of scribbled notes of story ideas, and notebooks filled with the beginnings of stories or character descriptions or sometimes even single scenes – whatever flash of inspiration may have occurred at the time. But I don’t tend to stick to one genre. I’ve written sci fi, horror, fantasy,…

When one book will do

Did anyone watch the Netflix series Godless last year? I did, and thought it was brilliant, as did many other people. But, surprisingly, there won’t be a second series, or so I’ve heard. Not because it wasn’t good enough, but because the story was told and that was the end. This is incredibly rare in…

When writing about love

I have created two characters and they are going to fall in love. They haven’t done so yet. So today I thought I would try and write down some of the things they might think or feel or say when they realise that they love each other. It is difficult to describe love and get…

Recommended Reads: Strange the Dreamer

This is the second book I’ve reviewed by Laini Taylor recently, and so its safe to say she’s become a new favourite author of mine. After reading the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy last year, the writing in which got better with each book, I had no hesitation in picking up Strange the Dreamer….

Reading leading to writing

Its been a while since I’ve written a post like this, if ever – celebrating my writing achievements for the year. 2016 was the year I reignited my blog, and 2017 has been the year that I’ve really made the most of it. But not only that, I also started writing fiction again. It all…

Reading Review of the Year 2017

Having surpassed all expectations by managing to read/listen to more than 40 books this year, now is the time to think about the best and worst (and try and avoid the worst in 2018). Firstly, my A-Z Reading Challenge. I enjoyed this so much I’ve already put together next years, and had as much making…

Surpassing the goal

This year I have so completely surpassed myself I can hardly believe it. So far this year I have completed 44 books, and there are still a few days left (I know the final total will be at least one higher). I feel that perhaps in the olden days, before the internet, before the ability…

Recommended Reads: The Roses of May

I reviewed the first book in this series, The Butterfly Garden, this time last year. It had been a cheap impulse purchase via Kindle Daily Deal and it did not disappoint. But at the end of the review I wrote the following: While writing this review I discovered that what I thought was a standalone…

Two writing techniques (and a timeline)

So, November comes to an end, and with it National Novel Writing month for 2017. This was the first year I have taken part, and I’m so glad I did. I didn’t make it to the target of 50,000 words, but I kind of knew that I wouldn’t, and it doesn’t really matter to me…

The halfway point

Just a short post to mark the passing of the half way point of NaNoWriMo, and a few musings I have had so far. This isn’t about word counting (mainly because I’m well below the target number for this point in the proceedings, though I did say when I started I would be happy with…