All there is

I’ve always said that I am building my library for my future, that I wanted my kids to grow up in a houseful of books like I did.  Sometimes I question that decision.  I don’t think the literacy of kids could ever be promoted strongly enough.  It’s something that starts young, through their developing years. …

Future project

For a while now I’ve been thinking that I’d like to write a children’s book. I’ve considered it on and off for several months without any idea where to start with it but today a character has finally been born. She’ll need developing obviously and a storyline would help, but this is where most of…

Tales of the Urban Chickens

Those of you that are friends with me on Facebook will be aware of Tales of the Urban Chickens. I live in a square in a small town where (apart from one family 3 doors down) I’m the only resident under 60 and my neighbours like to feed me.  For real, in this day and age I…

Colours of dawn

What do a raging author and a patriotic washing liquid advert have in common?  Yep, another of my weird intuitive leaps. I read a post in a forum on a well known site yesterday that sent me off the deep end when it comes to anger.  It was about self-published authors, how we spam every…

Born for steampunk

Every now and then I get these revelations about how my parents are probably smarter than I ever gave them credit for.  I was reading a short story and it occurred to me that they were lucky I never got hold of a set of screwdrivers as a child.  The house would have been destroyed. …

The face of all the world is changed

I always knew that writing books was an emotional rollercoaster.  I’ve already explained what happens when I finish a book – it’s more likely to involve sobbing and ice cream than celebrating.  But what happens afterwards is equally as pendulous…the decision to publish sets in motion a chain of events that makes you question every…