“There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort” – Emma (Jane Austen) Last week my mother and I took a trip to the lovely Jane Austen’s House Museum in Chawton, Hampshire. Jane spent the last eight years of her life at Chawton and it was the house in which she wrote and revised […]
“This writing business. Pencils and what-not. Over-rated, if you ask me.” (Eeyore, by A.A. Milne) I love Eeyore. I’ve always loved Eeyore, from the first time my mother read us Winnie the Pooh. At a young age I dragged my family all over Disney World looking for him to get his signature in my […]
ROW 80 is going really well now I’ve reassessed my priorities. I’ve done a test mile almost every day (and some days more), plus I’ve been researching and working on my plot. Yey! My plot is now in a much healthier place but I remain unsatisfied. I’m still working out how to show the things […]
Happy 200th Birthday to Charles Dickens (1812-70), the greatest of all authors and a daily inspiration. “All of us have wonders hidden in our breasts, only needing circumstances to evoke them”
One of my favourite moments in movie history (with added footage) – Charlie Chaplin in The Great Dictator.
‘Be natural my children. For the writer that is natural has fulfilled all the rules of art.‘ The last words of Charles Dickens (1812-1870).
Every year around this time I re-read ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens to get me in the mood for the weeks to come. In amongst all the shopping, wrapping, cooking and cleaning it is difficult to keep my inner Scrooge at bay. So a bit of Dickens helps me to stay focussed on what […]
If you write whenever you feel like it, you will have pages. If you write every day, you will have a book
David Gerrold (b.1944)
My mantra at the moment: “Only God gets things right the first time.” Stephen King (b.1947)
“A writer who waits for the ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper” (E.B. White, 1899-1985) This quote is dedicated to those who can only write before their children get up in the morning, while sitting on the train to work, scribbling notes during their lunch hour or […]