THAT FEAR THING

It has been incredibly busy week. We have packed up our lives, and moved lock, stock and dog into my parents’ house, so that the builders can start the much anticipated reconstruction of our home. It has been stressful, and exhausting, and frustrating at times. There have been moments of hilarity and also the oddContinue reading “THAT FEAR THING”

THE STORY OF ‘THE BELOVED’

We’re still packing and shifting, sorting and skip filling, and the date the builders are due to start is getting uncomfortably close. I’m also still trying to keep up with my book marketing and writing. I have written two guest blogs this week; one that will appear on my wonderful publishers’ website later this week,Continue reading “THE STORY OF ‘THE BELOVED’”

A MESSY OLD PROCESS…

I realise with horror that it is over two weeks since I last wrote a blog post! Needless to say, life has been hectic. The last two weeks, leading up to and including my book launch were a roller coaster ride, in the sense that each day seemed to hurtle by, sweeping me along withContinue reading “A MESSY OLD PROCESS…”

‘BLOG TOUR’ or ‘A newbie’s adventures in publishing land’… Part 11

As I understand it, 1000 or more new words are added to the Oxford English Dictionary every year. Language changes, and new words and phrases find their way surreptitiously into our vocabulary, and often these are indicators of wider societal changes. So after more than a year of the pandemic, many new words or newContinue reading “‘BLOG TOUR’ or ‘A newbie’s adventures in publishing land’… Part 11”

WORLD BOOK DAY – arghh!

Today is World Book Day. For many years those words struck terror. It meant scrabbling around for hastily cobbled together costumes, for two particularly unenthusiastic school aged children, and thrusting them out of the door clutching a copy of a book. Which hopefully they had read… daughter… probably, son… not so likely. But today IContinue reading “WORLD BOOK DAY – arghh!”

D- DAY! or ‘A newbies adventures in publishing land’… Part 10

TODAY’S THE DAY! D-DAY! DELIVERY DAY! Very early in the morning of June 6th 1944 thousands of brave men and women prepared to play their part in a day that would eventually turn the tide of the war in Europe. From what I have read, they faced this day with mixed feelings. Many were actuallyContinue reading “D- DAY! or ‘A newbies adventures in publishing land’… Part 10”

‘A newbies adventures in publishing land’… Part 9

THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE BOOK Today is the day that I was supposed to be holding the long awaited first printed hard copy of my book The Healing in my hands. In fact several boxes of copies of the book were due to be delivered to my doorstep today – until I got the disappointingContinue reading ‘A newbies adventures in publishing land’… Part 9

SIGN UP, SIGN UP!

Have you ever found yourself signing up to something you didn’t intend to? Maybe to take part in some ridiculously crazy charity fundraiser? Of to run or host an event? Or to sit on some committee or other? Often we find ourselves unintentionally committing ourselves to things we later regret. Perhaps we were ‘volunteered’ byContinue reading “SIGN UP, SIGN UP!”

‘A newbies adventures in publishing land’… Part 8

MARKETING MADNESS I’m tired. In fact that it an understatement. Exhausted might be a better descriptor. I actually find myself saying ‘I’m tired’ quite often as it is fallout of the condition I live with, and my longsuffering husband is used to hearing it. But this week the tiredness is sitting heavy on me. IContinue reading ‘A newbies adventures in publishing land’… Part 8

A BOOK FOR THE WEEKEND? : The diary of Isabella M Smugges by Ruth Leigh

One of the newly discovered joys of being an (almost) published author is finding a whole new group of writer friends. One of these is Ruth Leigh. I have only met her virtually, via messenger and zoom, but she, like me, is a woman of a certain age, who for years only dreamed of writingContinue reading “A BOOK FOR THE WEEKEND? : The diary of Isabella M Smugges by Ruth Leigh”