WORDS FROM THE WRITING DESK

September 2, 2019

I often feel like Greece is on another planet, or at least on a far out part of this one.  Whenever I look out at the headland meeting the sea, I think about the film Jason and the Argonauts and one particular scene where the metal statue of the Colossus Talos awakens...

August 30, 2019

Well, it’s been a while. Almost 4 months – yikes!  But what better time and place to make a return to blogging than when in Greece in the lovely sunshine?  I have breakfasted well this morning (peaches and banana with gorgeous Greek yoghurt and honey), Keith is away at...

May 15, 2019

My holiday is drawing ever closer.  Just two weeks of work left and then I can take a deep breath and relax.  Before I go I have my parents’ birthdays this Saturday. It will be the first time in all their married life that they have spent their birthday night apart.  T...

May 13, 2019

I think I am finally getting my mojo back to what it used to be.  I have not been able to settle to anything for quite a while, and have been a little haphazard with my submitting to say the least.  This was brought home to me last week when a publisher I sent somethin...

May 10, 2019

Tomorrow it is my fortnightly City Voices meeting.  This is the writing group of which I am chair.  I always have a lot of adventures with them, mostly when June Palmer is away and everything seems to happen at once.  Our guest, who was going to be running a workshop,...

May 8, 2019

My writing life is definitely a series of hills and valleys.  I’ve had a few rejections and passes lately, but certainly, the quality of the rejections I get these days is better than it used to be.  Now, the rejection of my work involves discussion, and advice, and re...

May 3, 2019

I can’t believe that this time last week I was preparing for the launch of Lisa Blower’s short story collection.  It seems like the blink of an eye. 

This week has been a very intense and sad one.  A cousin passed away very suddenly and unexpectedly at the age...

May 1, 2019

Wednesday is usually the mid part of the week where I witter on about something or other, to do with writing or my struggles.  But this one is hard.  I can’t witter on.  Our family has suffered a tragic loss, and all I can say is just go and hug your loved ones, apprec...

April 29, 2019

On Saturday I was very proud to host Lisa Blower at Hanley Library for a very special City Voices meeting. Lisa was reading from and talking about her first short story collection, It’s Gone Dark Over Bill’s Mother’s”, which is a charming collection of stories that hav...

April 26, 2019

Another week is coming to a close – time is just whizzing by.  As always, I am using Friday as a focus on work and all the jobs in hand.  Tomorrow I am hosting an event at Hanley Library, as Chair of City Voices, to launch Lisa Blower’s first collection of short storie...