Something to aim for.

When I first started writing I asked myself what it was that I wanted from my writing ‘career’ and the first aim was for at least one person to read what I had written and like it. Well, tick on that one and here is the latest lovely thing that someone has said,

Totally different to what I usually read and very enjoyable. A book that will remain on my library case for a while to come. So pleased to have won it recently in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

So it occurred to me today that I need a new aim and with a view to challenging myself I would love to have a book  in the top 100 best sellers. Are you listening TISHSaD?

If I can manage that I have another one so watch this space.

In other news – here is a random photo – just because I like it.



Head hurting work stuff.


This photo always makes me think of Ellen and George who, for those of you that haven’t read my book, are the stars of the show as it were. There’s another photo that does a similar thing but I’m blowed if I can find it. In the days when I wondered if self publishing was the way to go I often thought that I would use this for the cover. I have to be honest though and much as I like this photo the cover that Accent gave the book is much better.

Just wait until you see the cover for the next one  – I love it.

I’ve been up for two hours and it’s still not 7.30 so it’s going to be a long day. I wish I could say that I’ve been doing something exciting but the truth is I’ve been filling in a form for a meeting that I have coming up with my boss – not Hazel, the one in the day job – and frankly my head hurts. However, the process got me thinking, not for the first time, about what t would be like to write full time. Now and again I get the chance to write uninterrupted for a few days and while I really enjoy that, if I did it all the time would it then become just like a job? Maybe. On reflection I think its a risk I’d be willing to take. It’s not so much the writing that I struggle to find time to do it’s all the other stuff like promotion etc.

Didn’t someone once say that if you do a job you love you’ll never work a day in your life? It’s probably a terrible paraphrase but I’m sure you know the one I mean. Well, I love writing so…

Ups and downs

This week’s been a bit up and down, or should I say down and up. You see I started the week thinking that book three was less than good shall we say. I dare say that I’m not alone in these thoughts at this stage of the writing process. I had to remind myself that I’ve been through exactly the same thing twice before and hopefully it would pass. It did pass enough for me to carry on so fingers crossed I’m back on track with that.

In other news I finished the book I was reading and had to choose another one. I settled on Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky and I have to say that the writing is just sublime. Irene started writing it in 1940 but died in Auschwitz before it was published. Mr Mc and I went to Auschwitz a couple of years ago and it was a very emotional experience. When I’ve finished her book I’m going to try and find out more about the author.

My plans for this week are to continue with both my books – the one I’m reading and the one I’m writing – and work. How rock and roll is that.

You see, this is why I don’t blog – I’m the most boring person in the world.

3 Little Points

Four years ago today I had a cold, just an ordinary cold. By the end of the month, instead of it being a cold that I couldn’t shake off (as I thought) it had turned into something really nasty that basically started attacking me. I’m not going to go into detail because it was pretty grim but it resulted in 7 weeks in hospital 3 of them in the Critical Care Unit.

I remember one particular day when I was alone in a side ward looking out of the window onto a flat roof covered in pigeon poo when I thought about the book that I had stashed away in a computer file at home. That was the day that I vowed that when I got out of the situation I was in I would do something about it. That was the day that I realised that if there’s something you want to do you’d better get on and do it because our link to life is fragile.

This week, four years on I was at the hospital again. I was seeing one of the lovely doctors at Sunderland Royal for my regular check up. After 18 months of dialysis my kidneys have now been ‘working’ for over 2 years, my blood results are the best (collectively) that they have been since this thing started and I feel better than I have in years.

There are 3 points to this blog and I’m getting to it I promise.

  1. Like I said, your link to life is fragile and can be over without warning at any time so if there is something you want to do, don’t put it off.
  2. We all have a dream, don’t give up on it
  3. Keep a positive mental attitude – it will get you a long way.

And on that note,





Worth the Wait?

This week I blogged about a bush that had taken 10 years to flower. Its only a small thing in the grand scheme of things but its a big deal to the plant and the man who kept it alive for those 10 years.

This flower reminds me a lot of my book. It took me such a long time, not so much to write it but to get it right and find someone who was willing to take a punt on it. Another small thing to the world but a massive thing to me.

Worth the wait? Oh yes.



So,  I started the revisions of RIHH this week and so far so good. I laugh as I say that because by the time I was 11 pages in I already wanted a different ending and gave someone a bigger part. That’s the way these things go I guess.

I heard this week that there’s going to be a giveaway on Good reads of TISHSaD which is good (I think) because it says (to me anyway) that the publishers haven’t forgotten about me or the book and are trying to promote it. Could be totally wrong of course and it wouldn’t be the first time but I don’t really understand how the publishing world works so I have to trust the people that do. Its like when the edits came back for the book, a writer of some renown (who shall remain nameless but will know who they are if they read this) told me not to get too caught up in the minutia and look at the bigger picture. They told me not to worry about commas becoming colons etc. or small passages being changed. She taught me that editors are only as successful as the books they edit and to trust them. Name check here for Rebecca Lloyd at Accent Press. I do trust you. I also trust the rest of the gang too because I wouldn’t have got this far without them.

Just a quick question before I go and make a bread and butter pudding. Is there anything dear reader (I’m assuming someone is reading this) that you would like to know. My intention on this blog – like the one I previously had – is to have a conversation.  Talk back to me if you don’t mind because don’t they say that talking to yourself is the first sign of madness.

I’m going to leave you today with a picture of Zoe. She died 9 years ago this week. She was a bit neurotic to say the least and could be a bit surly  but she loved us and we loved her.




It’s been a while – Sorry.

I’ve not been around for a while and for that I can only apologise. I am however going to try to be a better blogger in future.

I’m going to aim to blog at least once a week – so here we go for this week.

I got back from Northumberland two days ago where we (Mr Mc and I plus the dog) had a wonderful time. It was just what the doctor ordered and I have come back feeling so relaxed and raring to go. Just as well as I start the revision stage of book 3 tomorrow.

While I was away I planned the revisions and I am excited to get one with it. While I was away I was in touch with the publicity manager at my publishers and she gave me some advice part of which was to be a regular blogger because allegedly people will be interested in what I’m up to. That remains to be seen. I also had an email from the publication manager  with news of book too (RIHH). It was due to be out later this year but the plan was to move it back to February and aim for the Mother’s Day market. I could have said no but to be honest its a much better time so I am more than happy to go with that.

I’ll leave you with that thought and a couple of my favourite photos from my recent battery recharging.

Until next week…