Monthly Archives: January 2013

something or nothing

There was an email in my inbox a couple of days ago from a small indie publisher I’d sent the revamped first novel to. The title of the email was the title of the novel, but there was no text. … Continue reading

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hanoi

The short story I finished at the weekend was set in Hanoi, a city I visited last year and loved. While looking through my photos to jog my memory for descriptions, I found this one, taken at a roadside pavement-barbecue … Continue reading

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bliss

Another blissful and highly profitable weekend at the keyboard. Despite having to deal with the invasive monthly saga of having the lawn mowed then raked then swept (a screaming mower and a team of men clomping round the garden in … Continue reading

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The Forrests by Emily Perkins

Just raced through this on my Kindle, savouring every word, and now I want to read everything Emily Perkins has ever written. As the title suggests, it’s a kind of family saga, but centered around one character, Dorothy, and the … Continue reading

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first rejection of the year . . .

. . . came within two days of sending off the latest version of the first novel. A standard, impersonal rejection email. I don’t know whether to be glad to be informed so quickly — because there’s nothing more irritating … Continue reading

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number crunching

Four blog posts. Three French hens.Two submissions of revamped novel. One short story revised and edited and ready for end-of-month competition deadline. This has been the profitable weekend to end all profitable weekends. 

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ho ho ho

I honestly thought 2013 would see me updating this blog more frequently. But this first week back at work has been a huge shock to the system after such a long holiday and I haven’t had the time or energy. … Continue reading

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