Archive for the ‘Novel In Progress’ Category



They say that writing is a solitary craft. Most of the time you’re working on your own unless you count the characters in your head. I’m not sure I want to go down the road of counting them as “helping” me write. Hinder more like! There are some writing double acts. P.J. Tracey are a […]

What do weather forecasters know? Sometimes they don’t seem to be able to predict the weather for the next few days, let alone long-term. That said, they have predicted the weather for the next few months and good old blighty can apparently expect the worst winter in living memory. They’re saying there is potential for […]

Well. I packed for the campsite in virtual NaNo’land and arrived and had a look around. Even in these virtual places you need to see where to pitch your virtual tent so you can see the virtual stars light up the virtual sky at night. **  Crazy man alert  ** Hello. Sorry. Lost myself there […]

I’m a planner. I might have mentioned that a few times. It wasn’t always that way. I probably shouldn’t admit this, but I used to do my homework on the bus in the morning on the way to school. For years my teachers probably thought I had a problem with writing as my scrawl will […]

I’ve read a number of posts recently about bloggers scaling back their activities in the blog world to concentrate on their writing. I must admit that I’ve been doing the same, just without telling you that I’m doing it! Over the last couple of weeks, my day job has again dominated my thinking and dreaming. […]

June already!


May whizzed by in a blur. Can you believe it’s JUNE already? Wow! The A to Z Challenge in April now a distant memory, I decided to take a few weeks away from the online world to recharge my batteries. I think there are times when you need to step back and have a break. […]



I know I bang on about NaNoWriMo and its summer offerings in Camp NaNo, but I’m going to do it again. Today is the N day and it seemed an appropriate time to bang this drum again. I’m sure you know all about the National Novel Writing Month. You have to write 50,000 words in […]

Blood Analysis


Okay. Now that A is history and those pesky ADVERBS are under control, on to the letter B. I’m a crime-fiction writer. One of my WIPs is a police procedural and the other WIP is a crime novel. There will be blood! One of the courses I studied with the Open University was on Forensic […]

No, I’m not taking part in the A to Z Blogging Challenge AND Camp NaNo in the same month. I’m MAD, but not stupid. No, I’m not stupid. My first experience of NaNoWriMo in any of its forms happened in the August edition of Camp NaNo last year. I was a Happy Camper when I […]

Today is my birthday! I had a nice day. We drove out into Derbyshire to see some countryside and stopped off at the Moorlands pub on the way, which is a fabulous place to eat a carvery. I LOVE a roast dinner so an easy choice to make about where to eat on my birthday. […]