The first rule of book club is…

In a weird twist of fate, I was asked a couple of months ago how I felt about a book group selecting one of my books to read. Understandably, I said I would be delighted. As the group was purely women I suggested Yallah! as being my most open and appropriate book for the audience. …

The First 20k.

They say the first cut is the deepest. By they, I mean animal-print-clad pork swordsman Rod Stewart. I can’t account for that. I suppose it’s possible the first cut could be like a tester and then they could really take the plunge. Initially see how malleable the flesh is, then go up to the hilt. …

NaNoWriMo Cometh.

It’s that time of year again when I’m panicking and making spreadsheets and clearing my diary and wondering how close to the brink I will get as I throw myself into another novel-writing month. For those who are new to the project, here are my tips from earlier this year when I took part in …

Workbook

In February 2016 I spent a week in a gypsy caravan where I recorded twenty songs in the hopes it could become my first album. It was bitterly cold and I had to turn off the storage heater in between takes. I brought home those songs and let them sit for a little while. Then …

Coming Down to Machu Picchu.

I’m a chancer. That’s a given. I will take any opportunity. I’m happy to take a leg up. I enter a lot of competitions. I apply for a lot of things and I always live in hope that one day one of them would get me to the place I want to be. The latest …

Camp NaNoWriMo – Day 24

Day 24 of Camp NaNoWriMo 2016. 38,000 words in. The countdown is saying I’m going to finish on the 1st August which is technically outside of July. Once you’re into August it’s time up. That means I need to write more words than I currently am. I’ve never taken part in Camp NaNoWriMo and not …