Fascination…..


Firstly, thank you Sooo much for all the comments on my Blurb post yesterday. I really do appreciate your thoughts and will be working on it again this coming week. Thank you all 🙂

Right, on with the business!

I have a fascination lol…..I love seeing where other writers work. I know, I know, a bit creepy? Lol….noooo, I’m just nosey, aren’t all writers? Lol 😉

When I decided to open up my blog to guests I decided that I needed something to link all these lovely people together, soooo, I thought, hey, I’d love to see where my followers (and people I follow) do their writing. It’s proving to be such an interesting exercise 🙂

My first guest is Josh Mosey a writer who runs his own marketing business and works in a bookstore (I am sooooo jealous of that last bit!!!!! Lol)

I’ve only recently been introduced to Josh, but I’m looking forward to getting to know him better 🙂

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How did you know you wanted to be a writer?
Writing snuck up on me. It started with a story I wrote at work while I was bored and blossomed into a goal with encouragement from some of my writer friends. Although, in retrospect, I was setting myself up to be a writer by working in a bookstore. There is nothing like being surrounded by books.

What genre do you write in?
I started by writing humorous flash fiction at Thom & Tom, but when my writers group Weaklings decided to participate in the 3-Day Novel Contest, I decided to try my hand at a novel-length dystopian story. The result was the first draft of my novel, Silent, which is set in a future where sound is illegal. Since then, I’ve dabbled in Historical Fantasy and YA Fantasy.

Do you have a writing schedule, your normal writing day?
I try to write on my blog every morning after my wife leaves for work and before I do. Then, once or twice a week I’ll slip off to a coffee shop near my house and do some writing on my WIP. I try to get at least 700 words down on my novel when I work on it, and my blog posts are anywhere between 400 and 1,000 words. I try not to let my writing life take precedence over my wife though. I’d rather be known as a good husband than a good writer. (Vikki nods in approval)

What’s the best writing environment for you – where you write?
It depends on what I’m writing. For my blog, I sit in my living room and work from my couch. For my novel, I need longer chunks of uninterrupted time than I can comfortably take at my house (where I’d rather be spending time with my wife and daughter or trying to take care of things like dishes or laundry). So, I go down the road to Biggby Coffee where I can be surrounded by life and little noises without any of those noises trying to distract me. While I write, I typically listen to music (Frightened Rabbit is a favorite of mine).

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Who inspires you?
I love the writings of Kurt Vonnegut for his wry, black humor. I love J.R.R. Tolkien for his depth and thoroughness. I love Edward Gorey for his strangeness. And I love Terry Pratchett for his satire. I am also inspired by history. When I was doing research for one of my stories, I fell in love with Quentin Roosevelt, the son of US President Theodore Roosevelt. Also, the Vikings.

If you were to be compared to another author, who’s work would yours most resemble?
I like to think that my voice is similar to Terry Pratchett’s, though my subject matter isn’t satiric in nature.

Tell us about your current WIP/recently published book?
I’m working on the second draft of my YA Fantasy novel. The working title is Daniel O’Ryan and the Tree of Life.

My main character is Daniel O’Ryan. At fourteen years old, he’s one of the oldest boys at Stockton’s Home for Disadvantaged Boys.

He was dropped off as a baby at the orphanage by his father, a fallen angel. His mother was killed in an attack by the angel Gabriel, who sought to fulfill his ancient charge to kill the Nephilim. After dropping him off at Stockton’s, Daniel’s father disappears.

Now, fourteen years later, strange things are happening to Daniel. First, there’s his new school, the prestigious Blackwood Academy. Mysterious forces are at work in bringing Daniel and his best friend, roommate and fellow orphan, Ian Langston, to Blackwood.

Freshman year is hard enough, but at the new school, Daniel and Ian make few friends.

When Daniel accidentally throws the star of the rugby team, Hunter Garrison, across the locker room just days before the homecoming match, things look very dim. And when Daniel is completely unharmed after Hunter drops him from the roof of the school, he starts to question his own sanity.

Fortunately, Daniel receives guidance from teacher and angel, Abdiel, who explains the truth about who Daniel is and what he can do. And what’s more, Daniel has a chance to rescue his father from a fate worse than death and restore the family that he’s wanted for so long.

But before he can save anyone, Daniel has a lot to learn about himself and his abilities (360 degree visibility, lightening speed, sonic attacks, heightened strength, and built-in shadow armor). With the help of his friends, the Undesirables, and his teacher, Abdiel, Daniel begins the quest to find and recover the fruit of the tree of life from the long-lost Garden of Eden, the only thing that may help his father.

That’s the plot of book one. Daniel’s story will span three books, and I sincerely hope that you’ll see the whole series on bookstore shelves soon.

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So it seems that Josh is a huge fan of the coffee shop. Do you ever write in a coffee shop? Do you find it inspiring? I love to free write in coffee shops, but I find I get easily distracted lol.

if you’d like to see my post for today nip on over to Josh’s Blog where I’ll be talking about The Insecure Writers Support Group 🙂

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I’m Kreativ I Am!


As you know, I don’t usually post twice a day, but this post has been waiting in the wings for such a long time now 😦 My apologies to the lovely Chris xx

Chris over at The Kelworth Files has nominated me for The Kreativ Blogger Award 🙂

Thank you so much Chris!

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KREATIV RULZ:
1. Thank and link back to the awarding blog.
2. Answer the seven questions.
3. Provide ten random factoids about yourself.
4. Last but not at all least, hand this on to seven deserving others.

I’m going to use the 7 questions Chris answered, so here goes……

1. What’s your favourite song?
Spooky, I was asked this recently, on my birthday post. The answer is Wonderwall by Oasis followed by All I Want Is You by U2…..I want them both played at my funeral 😉

2. What’s your favourite dessert?
Tiramisu, but it use to be Ben & Jerry’s Chubby Hubby ice cream. They don’t sell it here in the UK anymore 😦

3. What do you do when you’re upset?
Cry lol….I cry very easily. I’m the sort of person who finds it hard to hide how I’m feeling. My face usually gives away exactly how I feel lol.

4. Which is your favourite pet?
That’s really not fair 😦 I’ve had lots of animals over the years and they’ve all been very special to me, in their own way 🙂 I could never pick a favourite.

5. Which do you prefer, black or white?
Black, definitely!!!! I think I should have been a Goth lol

6. What is your biggest fear?
I often have nightmares, and they’re usually about bad things happening to my pets, my kids, or my husband. I’ve often woken up in the middle of the night in a panic, or in tears because I’m convinced something has happened. I never have nice dreams lol

7. What is your attitude mostly?
Lol, ahhhhh, well, I think most people who know me would say I’m friendly, chatty and generally good natured. I have my moments of doom and gloom and I’m sure my hubby would say I’m a stroppy cow sometimes, but, I try to not let the little things get me down too much. I always say, if you don’t laugh, you’ll cry, and I try to live by that 🙂

I’m gunna bend the rules a bit because I’ve bored you all a bit too much with facts about me recently lol. So I’ll skip that next part and just plough straight on to who I’m gunna pass this on to 😉

The 7 bloggers who I am going to nominate are all very inspirational….please go and visit their sites, you might just like what you see 🙂

Hunter at Hunters Writings

Rebecca at A Word Or More

Ayesha Schroeder

Elliott at Brainsplats

Jordanna at journeyofjordannaeast

Shannon at shannonhowell

William at Stadler Style

Love you guys! 🙂

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The Blooming Blurb


*sighs deeply*

Ok, so I’ve been working on my blurb for “But Not Forgotten” recently, and the current version is below…..See what you think…..

Married to successful accountant Daniel, Laura has it all. A nice house, nice car and money in the bank. But when Daniel kills himself, the events of 1984 re-emerge, threatening everything Laura holds dear, including her daughter Ruby.

Ruby and Laura need to learn how to rebuild their lives. But Daniel’s brother Ronnie tries everything in his power to reek revenge on his brother, and those he loved. Laura finds herself torn between the two brothers. Will she be able to throw everything away, to rekindle her love for Ronnie? And if she can, how will she cope with Daniel still controlling her from beyond the grave?

The Write Inspiration posted an excellent article recently, giving advice for blurb writing. Do have a read if you’re struggling like I am lol

So is it too short? Rubbish? Ok? Your thoughts would be much appreciated 🙂

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My orchid is blooming, my blurb, unfortunately, isn’t lol 😉

I’ve Been Out, Visiting


I am no longer a guest virgin *cheers*

Ive done my first guest post, well, it’s not exactly a post, its a piece of writing, called Ashes, inspired by a prompt that CC gave me.

The prompt was being caught in the rain and if you want to go have a read, you’ll find it on CC’s Blog

I don’t often post my work online because you can’t get it published (ie sell it) if it’s already appeared somewhere online 😦 But, as I’m concentrating more now on my novel I’m not gunna worry so much about it 😉

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so go have a read and tell me what you think 🙂

This Weeks Goals 21st to 27th


I had lots of ideas about The New Zealander, but in the end I decided that he had come to find his family in the UK. After lots of struggles, problems, highs and lows, he finally finds that his birth parents are dead and that he was in fact kidnapped when he was a baby. Perhaps the happy ending could be that he either finds a sibling, or the love of his life on his journey 🙂

Yet again, I didn’t get as much as I’d like done last week. I blame my birthday lol

I had some lovely comments about my prologue from my Writing Group, but the general consensus was, why was it in first person POV? Hmmmmm lol.

So the plan for this week is…..

1. Turn the prologue back into 3rd person (again lol).

2. Try to nail chapter one, so that I have something to read out at class on Wednesday night.

3. Finish sorting out the formatting/layout of the whole thing.

4. Have another read through and work on the ending. I think I’ve worked out where I want it to go, I’ve just got to write it now, which means changing stuff in other places. So yep, I’ve been avoiding that lol.

I’m going to a “write in” with some fellow writers tomorrow morning, so that should motivate me 🙂

On Saturday, I went up to Foyles in Central London (my favourite book shop!) to spend my voucher that hubby got me for my birthday. Here’s what I brought home…..whoops! Lol

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so what are your writing goals/plans this week?

The New Zealander


Last weekend I went up to the Tate Modern which is probably my favourite gallery, as I’m a huge fan of modern art 🙂

As if the art work inside isn’t enough, there is also art outside. Martin Karlsson has a display of drawings outside to enhance the building work that is going on there. I find his work fascinating and soooo inspirational for stories (I will post some more in the coming weeks).

So today’s photo is “The New Zealander” by Karlsson.

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So what is the New Zealander doing in a London Cemetery, so far from home?

Can’t wait to hear your ideas, and of course, I have my own theories that I’ll share tomorrow 🙂

Writers Block…..My Top Tips


*shudders*

It’s a pain isn’t it?

The nightmare situation for most writers….a blank page (or computer screen) and your mind, desperately searching for the words that just won’t come *gulp* 😦

The lovely Andy Szpuk wrote this poem which, to me, sums it up very nicely 🙂

You sit there looking at the page
The page stares blankly back at you
You’re locked in a wordless cage
You sit there looking at the page
So glad you’re not up on stage
With your heart and soul all askew
You sit there looking at the page
The page stares blankly back at you

“Locked in a wordless cage” is the line that really made me think, the connection between being blocked and being inspired, is freedom. Ok, now bear with me on this lol.

Inspiration isn’t going to fall into your lap, it doesn’t just magically show up the minute you sit down to write (ok, perhaps it does for some people lol). Most of the time, you have to find it…..and that’s why I’m a big believer in always carrying a notebook 😉

As writers, most of us don’t bother to nourish our muses with experience. So, for me, when the words just won’t come, I try to come up with things that will excite my muse 😉 we need to give him/her the freedom to experience new things, great things, small things 🙂

Here are my top 10 things to do to free my muse from that cage:

1. Go to a cafe or park and people watch. Take your notebook, write down snippets of conversations and free write.

2. Go to an art gallery (most of them here in the UK are free). Immerse yourself in visual stimulation.

3. Sit on a beach and stare out to sea (one of my favourites….I love beaches 🙂

4. Make soup! Lol…..can’t cook? Yes you can, don’t tell porkies 😉 Making soup is so therapeutic, all that chopping lol

5. Listen to music, read, or watch a film, depending on your preference. All can be really inspiring, and relaxing, coz lets face it, being blocked is stressful 😦

6. Go for a walk. I must confess, I’m not a huge fan of exercise, but, I love walking down a street and looking at people’s houses, imagining who lives behind each door and what their lives are like.

7. Do something arty. Paint, draw, do some colouring, or make something out of modelling clay.

8. Go notebook shopping. Always fun IMO and a great purpose to boot!

9. Do some gardening. Ok, so you haven’t got a garden….but I bet you have a windowsill that could do with a few pot plants or herbs?

10. Tidy your desk/work area….ORGANISE even if that means you have to invest in a couple of pretty folders or brightly coloured plastic wallets (ooooo, another excuse to visit a stationery shop! Lol).

And my top top tip …….wherever you go, and what ever you do….take a camera!!!!! (or mobile phone lol). Any photos you can take can be used as prompts 🙂

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What do you do to excite and stimulate your muse?