Category: Writer’s Life

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How I captured a cuckoo – with my camera

I started writing this blog post about Charlie the cuckoo as part of the #30DaysWild challenge but a health hiccup set me back. Some things had to go and it’s been my blog that suffered while I concentrated on the things I love most, writing and taking photos. This does, however, mean that I have lots of great photos to share and a nearly completed novel. There’s nothing quite like a health scare to make you live life to the full. I’d never seen a cuckoo before To me cuckoos have always been an elusive bird, something that is often...

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Summer Beach Read Giveaway – Bundle#12

Beach read bundle #12 – 5 CHANCES TO WIN eBooks of CARDS FROM KHLOE’S FLOWER SHOP by Isabella Louise Anderson, THE SINKING CHEF by Sylvia Ashby, and VISITING LILLY by Toni Allen CARDS FROM KHLOE’S FLOWER SHOP – Isabella Louise Anderson – 5 ebooks As the owner of a successful florist shop, Khloe Harper trusts her instincts. She has a strong bond with her family and friends, but after being betrayed by her last love, she’s kept herself at arms’ length from romance. When dashing entertainment attorney Derek Thomas walks into her store, Khloe’s interest is piqued. What at first...

Summer Beach Read Giveway - loads of books up for grabs and cash prizes 0

Summer Beach Read Giveaway

Look at this amazing Summer Beach Read Giveaway I’m taking part in! I’ve teamed up with some awesome authors to make your summer reads the best ever. Enter now to win your summer beach reads – and gift cards! Here’s our organiser, Hilary, to tell you all about it. I don’t know about you, but my favorite time to read is during the summer. Don’t get me wrong, I am a huge reader and I love to escape real life with an amazing novel. But to me, there is just something special and magical about reading while being outdoors. I...

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Wild Wednesday – Bank Vole

Yesterday was so overcast that we gave up looking for anything exciting to photograph and started making our way back to the car for a coffee when this little fella popped out of his home to say hello. I only spotted him because the ground was uneven and I was watching where to put my feet. This little bank vole is no more than two inches long and the cutest rodent you’ll ever find. His home is under tree roots and when he first met my gaze he watched me take a few shots before scurrying away. To my surprise,...

Taking Inpsiration from famous writers 0

Taking Inspiration from Famous Writers

Earlier this week I read a fascinating article about Ian Fleming’s wartime mistress Maud Russell, a fashionable society hostess, who was seventeen years his senior.  The bulk of the article is made up of excerpts from her personal diary, which was written during WW II; and one of the things that struck a chord with me is how often she mentions that Fleming is tired.  At the time Fleming worked for the Admiralty in the Intelligence Corp, was involved in a multitude of meetings with top-rank officials and undoubtedly feeling the pressures of war. Russell writes of Fleming, ‘He is...

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Wild Wednesday – Common Lizard

The boardwalk at Thursley Common and Elstead Moat is one of my favourite places to walk and take photos. In summer the boardwalk is teaming with basking lizards of all ages. I’ve seen young lizards smaller than my little finger and mature lizards ranging in colour from brown through to a wonderful iridescent green. Frighten them and they’ll lose the end of their tails (which grow back again) and any sudden vibration, or a shadow falling across their faces, will have them scuttling for cover. I was really surprised to come across this little fella on Monday, 13th March, as...

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Write what you know – make the rest up

There’s a long-standing premise that as writers we’re supposed to write about subjects we have a fair amount of interest in or knowledge of. This doesn’t mean that we have to write stories about ‘the day job,’ because, trust me, a blow by blow account of what I do for a living would make for a pretty dull read. What it does mean is that we use the knowledge acquired through our day job or hobbies to enrich our writing. Researching an unfamiliar subject is much easier now that we have the internet. The trouble is that when we actively...

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Wild Wednesday – Swan on Frensham Little Pond

I quite often visit Frensham Little Pond to photograph the wildlife and mull over the plot of my current novel in progress, Murder in the Meadow. One day the two guys I was with helped out by enacting a car chase scene, each one being a car and running along the track then bumping into each other to work out how the cars would move and what might happen. Passers-by thought we were totally bonkers as we argued, discussed and got quite heated over the details. “It’s okay, she’s a writer!” they explained, which resulted in smiles and various pleasant...

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Short Story Success

As a writer it’s easy to get into the doldrums and believe that your work simply isn’t good enough to stand out amongst the crowd. If you have a book out there it’s uplifting to receive a five star review because it affirms that what you’ve written is readable and enjoyable. Your work gave someone pleasure, so much so that they took the time to reward you. When your readers are busy reading and not feeling like pressing the ‘rate this book’ button, then you need to explore other roads for encouragement. This is why I tried my hand at...