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…

NaNoWriMo

So. National Novel Writing Month. The challenge to write 50,000 words in the month of November. This year, I have a project. This year I have motivation. This year I am doing it. Over the past few weeks (Sept-Oct) I’ve written around 13,000 words of my latest project, and I can’t really overstate how much…

Recommended Reads: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

This series was a refreshing change from “the usual” YA offering. It has its tropes, to be sure, but the package they’re wrapped up in brings them onto a different level. I read it as part of my A-Z Reading Challenge (a wildcard). Karou leads a double life – as an art student in Prague,…

Nobel Winner

Last year the literary world was a bit… perplexed at the news that song writer Bob Dylan had been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Many argued that writing songs was not the same as writing novels or even poetry, and I had a few musings of my own on the subject (see my post…

Banned Books Week

This week, the world of readers has been standing up to censorship in the form of the annual Banned Books Week. Books are challenged and banned for many reasons – for depicting violence, sex, religion, homosexuality, issues of race, criticisms of political regimes, immoral behaviour… Things that it seems fairly obvious certain sections of society…