April 2013

WHITE RABBITS ….. and all that Jazz!

February and March blended together – mainly work, head down to the grindstone.   I was hoping to emerge in Spring but I am waiting for that switch to be ‘thrown’.

In the main I have stayed quiet on the work front, keeping my usual clients topped up with a bag of words as and when they require – concentrating mainly on my projects albeit a hard task to stitch into the day, hence my candles burn late into the morning – FLAME ON!  In fact I enjoy the late night writing, no distractions, something to be said for quiet solitude, candles and darkness, the imagination runs riot!

NOT good to write up to the bedtime line, or is it?  –  WHY after five minutes of my head hitting the pillow my mind wanders to the threads, I start thinking of amazing story lines and end up grabbing my notebook to etch the new twists and turns ……

…… ALL GOOD FUN, flame is ON!

PS    However, I have date next week to read a new book by Simon Toyne, ‘The Tower’, final book in his wonderful trilogy – if you have not read the other two books WHY NOT – GO GET, I assure you will not be disappointed.  BE sure to clear your diary as they are page turners alright!  

July 2012

July is up… or so it says on my calendar – but, by the looks of the view outside one could be forgiven for thinking it was April!  Showers in abundance, hail and horrendous storms, floods in parts – positively barmy tropical weather!

June saw some interesting commissions completed with one full on week for reading Simon Toynes second book ‘THE KEY’ – a very talented author whose third book is due out Spring next year, an exceptionally well constructed book with threads to twist and turn at an Olympic pace!

The Coldplay concert a particular recent favourite – an AMAZING unforgettable evening shaped with FAB music, fireworks galore and WARM weather – YES warm weather, as I recall it was ONE hot week, alfresco writing was in abundance with a need for a NEW pair of sunglasses to see my words forming on MAC…..Ray-Bans sourced from my wonderful opticians nestling in the heart of Birmingham, Piccadilly Opticians renowned for their wide variety of new, quirky, funky and vintage international eyewear – in a word they are FAB.

Jubilee was a wash out, despite oodles of fun.. tennis is up …. clearly more rain on the horizon!

Olympic torch sped through our local town albeit VERY early Sunday morning…. I managed to raise myself from the pit for that one… a once in a lifetimes experience to see that.

Oh yes and my ‘WANT’ list just got bigger….in my dreams ‘Leica’ camera!  Maybe for my birthday later this month 🙂  ….is that a pink pig flying over head?

PROJECT – my submission deadline date is 30th July…. THIS YEAR!  Candles are out for late night writing – the race is on…..plot drawn, timelines sorted and rearing to go….

Once again thank you to all my new followers, your kind words are appreciated.  To those who I am commissioned by a hearty thank you for allowing me to serve some words up for your various assignments.

I am off to find some evening classes who teach the art of ‘ARK’ building…. may be needing one soon or else I shall be floating away!  Food for thought with my writing, may be needing a hurricane lamp, never mind candles!

Have yourselves a superb July…..FLAME ON!

June 2012

Hello – out of the starting blocks and hitting June at full pelt this month, organisation and time management the key……….

May saw a steady mixture of commissions,  with some interesting threads laid for various people and establishments. The word pot was brimming at the end of May, organisation and planning always the key to writing, pulling words out of the bag most evenings whilst writing late by candlelight – my favourite time to lay MY words for my continual project……well… the moths were enthralled!

June is lining up nicely with a ‘hope’ and a real possibility to set aside time for my personal writing project and reading – I say ‘hope’ as one never knows just where or when the next commission strikes, as they are the bread and butter and my project is usually placed on the back burner.

Ummm! I DID incur a MAJOR dilemma during May……

…….after visiting my usual favoured Waterstones to purchase a ‘nice little read’ to take my mind out and away from work and all things dutiful I was handed a copy of ‘SANCTUS’ by Simon Toyne, it instantly felt unique, tactile and interesting…..not my usual choice of genre.  My original book choice was out of stock, this was recommended by a Waterstones representative to pacify me whilst I await my book order. As I thumbed through, read the covers and first page I decided to give it a go. Simon Toyne……to me an unknown writer, BUT one that I am convinced will be up there with the greats, certainly one to watch and follow his work.

I am not normally taken to writing book reviews in MY blog!……..BUT………this is an exceptional book, from start to finish a heady paced read, exciting, extremely well written with oodles of scene painting for my mind to toss around in a thoroughly believable direction – worthy of a film score. No stone unturned, clearly well researched, threads and plot lines AMAZING in their projection, winding the reader down paths fully loaded with detail. The imagination and plot grasped me from the onset, no moments to spare or drift off! I must add at this point, I could not put the book down, a rare occurrence for me! A thoroughly enjoyable book, first of three, my only dilemma – when to purchase book two, ‘THE KEY’, as I am finding it hard to resist the pull of my local Waterstones. For me ‘resistance WAS futile’ …. NOW that is the sign of an excellent author, when you cannot stop reading what they produce!  WELL… little did I know that this book would single-handedly lead to such a pitch of obsessive reading, even I thought reading could possibly become an Olympic Sport!

I am off now to enjoy the rest of the ‘extended’ Bank Holiday, I can feel some more R&R coming on (Reading and w’R’riting!)….ENJOY yours…x

FLAME ON……