Seed packets from Writers’ Greenhouse

My writing group, Writing at Rosy’s, met last Wednesday. After a discussion about how walking isn’t as good exercise as you think it is, we managed to move to a proper table and start on the task at hand. Which was to examine the Premise versus Plot seed packets we’d been sent by Writers’ Greenhouse.… Continue reading Seed packets from Writers’ Greenhouse

The Secrets We Left Behind by Susan Elliot Wright

Susan Elliot Wright’s work sits very much in the ‘Like Maggie O’Farrell? You love this!’ genre. Serious women’s lit, I suppose. Chick lit for grown ups. I don’t know. Please not ‘Mum lit.’ Anyway, I can see where the comparisons are coming from – both writers feature female protagonists who deal with personal issues, often… Continue reading The Secrets We Left Behind by Susan Elliot Wright

Review: Alice Hoffman – The Museum of Extraordinary Things

I’ve read Alice Hoffman books before but not for several years and in my memory her magical-y tales of witches and fables were the stuff of light hearted beach reads. So it was with pleasure to discover, with The Museum of Extraordinary Things, that she’s changed and, dare I say, matured somewhat. The Museum of Extraordinary… Continue reading Review: Alice Hoffman – The Museum of Extraordinary Things

Britmums book review: Above All Things – Tanis Rideout

I’ll be honest. I was nervous about this one. I did indeed make the mistake of judging the book by its cover. The cover is terrible. It looked far too much like romantic fiction for old ladies for my liking. Luckily the contents of the book are far better than the cover. Above All Things… Continue reading Britmums book review: Above All Things – Tanis Rideout

Where am I? Researching a location

A few months ago I submitted a piece for feedback – it was a conversation between two protagonists, one secretly bidding the other farewell as she resolves not to see him again. The feedback I received was all to do with how poor the location work was – about how the reader needs to trust… Continue reading Where am I? Researching a location

Austen Project – Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility by Joanna Trollope that is. An updated version. I signed up for this project because I genuinely thought it would be interesting. I didn’t subscribe to the view that this would be a dumbing down exercise. There have been fabulous modern day adaptations of Austen and I enjoyed them as much (and… Continue reading Austen Project – Sense and Sensibility

Diary entry: a rainy Monday morning

The bus is late and the heavens, not content with soaking us for the last three days, have yet more rain to offer. I don’t usually work Mondays but I have non-negotiable training today and a trip to Birmingham awaits. When it turns up, the damp bodies and gloomy atmosphere make the crowding seem worse.… Continue reading Diary entry: a rainy Monday morning

Fantastic classics

Joanna Trollope has said something a bit daft this week.  The gist of it was that she was concerned that young people read too much fantasy fiction and that they should be reading the classics instead. The classics will equip them better for the big bad wide world. It’s similar to the statement made recently… Continue reading Fantastic classics