Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Back to Work....

After what has been an age (88 working days apparently) I have gone back to work.  Initially doing half days and then hopefully back to my usual 25 hours after the Bank Holiday.  I am not sure that I am really ready.  I am not sure that I ever will be.  However, I know I need to get back for my sanity if nothing else.  Oh, and the money will come in handy!!

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Advice from Anne Rice on Writing

On writing, my advice is the same to all.  If you want to be a writer, write.  Write and write and write.  If you stop, start again. Save everything that you write.  If you feel blocked, write through it until you feel your creative juices flowing again.  Write. Writing is what makes a writer, nothing more and nothing less.


Friday, 25 March 2016

There is a Muse.....

There is a muse, but he's not going to come fluttering down into your writing room and scatter creative fairy-dust all over your typewriter or computer station.  He lives in the ground.  He's a basement guy.  You have to descend to his level, and once you get down there you have to furnish an apartment for him to live in.  You have to do all the grunt labour, in other words, while the muse sits and smokes cigars and admires his bowling trophies and pretends to ignore you.

Stephen King in On Writing, A Memoir of the Craft

Saturday, 12 March 2016


It is only when you open your veins and bleed onto the page a little that you establish contact with your readers.  If you do not believe in the characters or the story you are doing at that moment with all your mind, strength, and will, if you don't feel joy and excitement while writing it, then you're wasting good white paper, even if it sells, because there are other ways in which a writer can bring in the rent money besides writing bad or phony stories.

Paul Gallico

Saturday, 27 February 2016


If I waited for perfection, I would never write a word

Margaret Atwood  http://margaretatwood.ca/

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Be Like The Fox

Be like the fox who makes more tracks than necessary, some in the wrong direction.

Wendell Berry; Farmer and Writer   See: www.wendellberrybooks.com/

Quoted in: Unleash Your Creativity: Secrets of Creative Genius, by Rob Bevan and Tim Wright published by The Infinite Ideas Company Limited www.infideas.com (2005)

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Beyond Black : Hilary Mantel

Struggling this week.  I know its only a few days post operation, but its awful being unable to do much at all.  So what is left? To forget about the untidy house and piles of 'must do' papers, and sit (or lay) down and give time over to a book.  I have had Beyond Black (2010) for a number of years. Not sure from where it came from or why, but I finally settled down to read it and was amazed at how it kept me from thinking of the dirt and papers piling up!
The Blurb: Alison Hart is a medium by trade: dead people talk to her, and she talks back. With her flat-eyed, flint-hearted sidekick, Colette, she tours the dormitory towns of London's orbital road, passing on messages from dead ancestors: 'Granny says she likes your new kitchen units.'  Alison's ability to communicate with spirits is a torment rather than a gift. Behind her plump, smiling and bland public persona is a desperate woman. She knows that the next life holds terrors that she must conceal from her clients. Her days and nights are haunted by the men she knew in her childhood, the thugs and petty criminals who preyed upon her hopeless, addled mother, Emmie. They infiltrate her house, her body and her soul; the more she tries to be rid of them, the stronger and nastier they become.

This tenth novel by Hilary Mantel, the critically acclaimed author of Giving Up the Ghost, is a witty and deeply sinister story of dark secrets and dark forces, set in an England that jumps at its own shadow, a country whose banal self-absorption is shot through by fear of the engulfing dark.

I couldn't have said it better myself!  If you have any interest in mediumship or hauntings you will love this book - especially if you have a dark sense of humour!