Adele Parks Envy

Sorry, no characterisation for the A-Z Challenge today, I have a day off lol

I went to a talk given by Adele Parks recently and I am now, officially suffering “Adele Parks Envy” lol. Yep, she’s tall, slim, attractive, finds it easy to engage an audience, funny and has written 11 books, all of which have been best sellers! What’s not to envy? Lol *pouts* πŸ˜‰

Seriously, I thoroughly enjoyed her talk πŸ™‚


Someone in the audience asked her if she plans her novels. She replied by saying yes, but that she knew plenty of successful writers who don’t. She went on to say that when she is reading a novel she can actually tell if it’s been planned or not, because the middle tends to lose its way a bit. Things happen that often don’t fit in with the rest of the story.

Hmmmmm, I’m not sure that’s entirely true, but, I see her point.

Talking about her working day, she said that she looks on being a writer like any other job. Every morning, she goes to her office, sits at her desk, and works. Even if she’s not in the mood. If the words don’t come for the novel she’ll do some characterisation, or catch up with work related e mails. But no matter how she feels, she’ll still show up to that desk. (Ohhhh, if only I had a desk, let alone an office!).

She talked a lot about characterisation (at this stage my ears pricked up) and about how much work she will do on the characters. Their star signs, their background, their likes and dislikes, tiny little details that will never make it into the book, but allow her to know her characters inside and out. Yep, I know that one, and it’s what I try to do with all my characters (I found myself nodding lol).

The one piece of advice I will definitely be taking away with me is that she said when she starts to “plan” the next novel she comes up with the characters first, then she comes up with a dilemma, then she comes up with the ending, how it’s all going to pan out…..only then will she start writing the story.

This is where I completely fall down *slump*……endings *shudders* and is why my novel (65,000 words done in November 2010 for Nano) is still unfinished.

I guess we all have something we don’t feel confident about, something that we don’t think we’re good at or dread doing when it comes to writing. Mine is definitely endings. I love dialogue (and have been told I’m good at it) and I love characterisation (you can all be the judge as to whether I’m any good at that) but endings and tying it all up so that it’s satisfactory? 😦

So what do you struggle with? What do you feel you fall down on? Or are you confident with all aspects of your writing? πŸ™‚

So what did I learn?
(A) I need a desk and an office lol.
(B) I need to plan a bit more, especially my endings.
(C) I will never be Adele Parks…..but there’s no harm in dreaming πŸ˜‰

S is for…..

Scarlet, who has been removed because I want to use her for my Nano 2012 novel.

Sorry you missed it 😦


A – Z Challenge

Awwwww, I like Scarlet πŸ™‚ I think she needs a bit of romance in her life, a man who is determined to prove to her that there is a happy ever after. Perhaps there’s another market trader who has been watching her for a while? Or, things start coming true in her horoscopes?

Yesterday’s prompt didn’t get done 😦 I’m not too sure what’s wrong with me to be honest. Apart from these characters, it’s like I’m avoiding all other writing tasks 😦 Today’s prompt is when stars align which is apt don’t you think? Perhaps Scarlets story will get written after all πŸ˜‰

A feature on my writing tutor, sorry for 2 posts today, but it just had to be done….. πŸ™‚

the long and the short of it

If someone had told me that one day I’d be writing for a living and running a very successful writing school I’d have laughed in their face. It had taken redundancy and then the death of my father for me to realise I had to do something about my dream of being a writer. Up until then I had scribbled short stories for my own enjoyment and written copy for my breed club magazine. I wasn’t even sure I had it in me to be a published writer and was frightened that my dream would fail. It was a very nervous me that ventured into an adult education class in 1998 after first checking that I wouldn’t have to stand up and read my work out loud. Within one term I was eager to learn more, I was devouring writing magazines, sending off submissions and entering competitions. I even started…

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R is for…..

Ross, who has been removed because I want to use him for my Nano 2012 novel.

Sorry you missed it 😦


A-Z Challenge

Yesterdays prompt ended up being part of the previous days story. Today’s prompt is “Darkness comes at 3 in the afternoon” after Robert Bly so I may need to investigate that a bit πŸ˜‰

Q is for…..

Queenie, who has been removed because I want to use her for my Nano 2012 novel.

Sorry you missed it 😦

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Go Queenie!!!!! Awwwww, I love her πŸ™‚ lol. Will the nephew get his way and shove her in an old people’s home? Orrrrrrrr…..will she run away? No, she wouldn’t leave the cats. Hmmmm, what if the cafe closed? So many choices lol

Yesterday’s prompt about the black ice turned into the start of a story about a woman having a car accident, not being able to control her car on an icy road. Today’s prompt is you’re on a 2 lane highway which I’ll probably use in the same story….very convenient πŸ˜‰

P is for…..

Patrick, who has been removed because I want to use him for my Nano 2012 novel.

Sorry you missed it 😦


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So, poor old Patrick….being harassed by a teenage girl lol (shouldn’t laugh, it’s not funny really). What should he do? difficult one as he is attracted to the girl and she is nearly 18 (here in the UK you’re a full adult then). Perhaps she has ulterior motives? Is she being dared by her friends?

Yesterday’s prompt about moving into the new house ended up as a monologue about a woman who is having to leave the home she loves because of a ‘Compulsory Purchase Order’ 😦 Today’s prompt is write about black ice which will probably turn into another sad one πŸ˜‰

O is for…..

Olivia, who has been removed because I want to use her for my Nano 2012 novel.

Sorry you missed it 😦


A-Z Challenge

So that’s Olivia πŸ™‚ I’m not sure I really like her, she seems a bit, I dunno…. We have an expression here in the UK (or perhaps it’s just London) “up herself” lol. That’s kinda how I see her lol. Probably very blinkered and opinionated. So what can I do to spice it up? I actually feel like I want to wind her up and watch her fly *snigger* πŸ˜‰

Today’s prompt about a meeting at a party ended up being a sweet little story about a guy and girl who both hate parties, meeting there and finding something to do that was far more entertaining (nooooo, nothing like that, I’m not into erotica lol). Today’s prompt is “Moving into the new house…” something I’ve had a lot of experience of πŸ™‚

N is for…..

Nick, who has been removed because I want to use him for my Nano 2012 novel.

Sorry you missed it 😦


A-Z Challenge

Hmmmmm, Nick, a nice bloke, but husband material? No way lol. How do you see him ending up? A very lonely middle aged man? Landing the perfect job, working for a travel show? Going to the US and breaking his ex’s heart?

I’ve caught up with my prompts πŸ™‚ The passing sorrow ended up being about a woman who’s husband had died (don’t know how yet) and she decides to go to stay with her aunt for a while. Not sure what’s going to happen there lol. The history of whispers turned into the start of a story about a girl who finds out her parents found her as a baby abandoned in a bus shelter, and yesterday’s prompt which was about being on the edge prompted the start of a story about an old lady who robs a bank *snigger* πŸ™‚ Tomorrow’s prompt is it’s who you met at a party. that sounds like it could be fun!

Disposable Memories

I’ve made a discovery!!!! I’m a huge fan of BookCrossing and now we have CameraCrossing arghhhhhh! Of course I’ve signed up! πŸ™‚

I don’t know where I picked this up from (a fellow WordPress bloggers post I think) but I’m gunna pass it on.

The Disposable Memory Project is a global photography experiment.

Since April 2008, people have been leaving disposable cameras in public locations around the world. Each camera contains a message, inviting its finder to pick up the camera, take some photos and then pass it on. At the end of its journey, the camera is returned home, and they upload the photos to share with its followers.

In the three years since that first camera, people across the globe have taken part, either through finding an existing camera, or creating a new one to introduce into the project. They’ve visited over 75 countries, released over 410 cameras, and travelled over 500,000 miles – that’s to the moon and back.

Of those 410 cameras, they’ve had 30 return home, with amazing images, stories and journeys, all of which you can see on the web site.

The project is not commercial, doesn’t aim to make any money, and has no goal other than wanting to get cameras into as many hands as possible, in order to see what stories are captured on their film.

If you’d like to know more about the project, check out the existing cameras, or read the blog to see what has been happening recently.

Check out their Flickr page. I’m sure there are some great pics there to inspire a story or two πŸ˜‰

So here’s my camera, all ready to go πŸ™‚


And here it is starting its journey πŸ™‚


My camera is number 455….you can see its location here.

Keeping my fingers crossed!

Versatile Blogger Award

Apologies to Janet over at Postcard Fiction for the delay in dealing with this award. But, what with the A-Z Challenge I’m very conscious of only making one post a day πŸ™‚


So thank you Janet, for the award….here are 7 more useless facts about me πŸ™‚

1. I got married on the first available Saturday after my 18th birthday πŸ™‚


2. I still miss my little dog Bill who died nearly 2 years ago 😦


3. I collect Rumtopfs lol


4. I paint my nails. I alternate between red, black and purple. My 3 favourite colours.


5. My favourite cheese is Brillat Savarin.

6. I have a purple case for my Netbook.


7. I wear black eyeliner nearly every day. My favourite is the Dior waterproof one πŸ™‚

Will have to pass this on at a later date, when I have time to do some research on who has already had it lol πŸ˜‰