Category Random

Nottingham University #ShortStoryCompetition #winner – yours truly!

A couple of months ago, my University (Nottingham) newsletter announced a short story competition for alumni. How could I resist? The story was to be set on one of the campuses, and had a limit of 2000 words. Quite a challenge for someone accustomed to writing fantasy novels of epic length, but I decided to have a go, and chose a […]

10 Hilarious Memes About Being Sleep Deprived from Reading

Originally posted on Capital Nerd:
If you love books, you’ve undoubtedly had to decide between getting some much needed shut-eye or reading just one more chapter — and by one more chapter, we mean the rest of the book. For those that tend to choose the “just one more chapter” option, check out these hilarious memes on…

You READ – but do you leave REVIEWS?

Originally posted on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog:
If not, why not? I don’t have time The author probably spent a heck of a lot more time writing the story than you took to read it, no matter how slow you think you are, so why not take a few minutes to record…

How important is solid #Worldbuilding in a #fantasy novel?

I ask this question because I’m currently reading an Urban Fantasy novel that is causing me to scratch my head rather too often. I think the answer to the glitches in this specific novel is probably that it lacked beta readers to pull the author up over the many illogical facets of this world. If it […]

A much needed day out – Hampton Court #FlowerShow

The entrance to Hampton Court Palace, site of the flower show This has been a very strange week. My father died on Thursday – not at all unexpected – he was 98 and had been sent home from hospital over a year ago, to die at home. Their estimate of his remaining lifespan was short by about […]

This and that, life and everything

You may have been so busy you haven’t noticed, but my blog has been pretty quiet for a while now. That isn’t because I’ve fallen out of love with blogging (I definitely haven’t), but a variety of things have kept me from having time to do more than keep up my customary Monday post. As I’ve […]

#FlashFiction – THE CASTLE – #fantasy #dragons

And now for something completely different… When readers ask authors the inevitable question – “Where do you get your ideas?” – many of us can’t give a straight answer. Often, our stories spring from our imagination, and sometimes there seems to be no obvious trigger. For once, I experienced a trigger I can pinpoint, and here […]

Do you know how traditional publishers pay their authors?

Neil Gaiman comes up with such wonderful quotes! I’ve wanted to be an author since I was able to read, it was something I always assumed I would do. It wasn’t until I was older that I realised it wasn’t (at that time) as straightforward as that. Once I’d written a book that I believed […]

Farewell, Mister Frodo #losingapet #heartbroken

A little over 3 days ago a small but very intense light went out, leaving my life forever darker, and I am heartbroken. Those of you who have never shared your life with a pet may not understand, but the rest of you will. I never contemplated having children – my maternal instincts are all for animals, […]