September 7, 2012, 1:56 pm
Thanks to Chris E for sending me the link (below). I have to say that it makes me very proud that my dual nationality entitles me to call myself a New Zealand citizen.
Since researching for Secret Smile, I have a far greater affinity with our fighting forces. The rigours that personnel from any of our services have to endure are horrific enough but to do so when the country you represent is ambivalent about why you’re there must sap one’s resolve.
(See the Secret Smile page for details of organisations that help the wounded and comfort the bereaved. If this touches you - get your hand in your pocket!)
September 7, 2012, 1:38 pm
Eta Ingham Lawrie
My writing buddy Jenny dragged me to a local exhibition of wall hangings. Wow – not the usual uninspiring, overpriced amateurish offering at all. If you EVER have the chance to view this lady’s work, don’t miss it. The prices are extremely reasonable and she runs courses as well.
The craftsmanship is exquisite. The crossover from abstract to illustrative takes place as you walk further away from them – suddenly from amongst these swathes of stunning colour, you can see heather covered hills and stone walls and a flock of sheep. Or a waterfall between massive rocks onto which a blossom tree is clinging. I could go on (and on and on).
Unfortunately there is no dedicated website but I have managed to find this picture.
July 31, 2012, 1:29 pm
Don’t you love it when friends recommend a book and they get it right? Well, just finished Janet Evanovich Hard Eight (thank you, Gill). Must say it was a great relax after all the Victorian research and I did laugh out aloud on several occasions . . .
Stephanie Plum’s elderly neighbour is complaining (as ever) . . .
“Another thing,’ he said, ‘half the men in this country have breasts. I’m telling you, it’s from those hormones they feed the cows. You drink the milk from the cows and you grow breasts.’
Ah, I thought, if only it was that easy.
Anyway, back to more serious things. I’ve had a great time trawling through websites and blogs in the interests of getting Unmapped Country out there. Gosh, you could easily spend your whole life reading about other people’s literary loves. And how many books? I’ll never read all those suggested.
Special thank you to Claire of thecaptivereader.wordpress.com who has introduced me to a little known play by A A Milne (do visit her blog – there’s a great excerpt featured). I’ve ordered it from the wonderful Amazon – thinking it could be a piece the Ashdown Pantomimers might be interested in performing. Mmmm – have to think about costumes.
Also had interest from a couple of literary bloggers who want to do a review of Unmapped Country – very encouraging. I’ll keep you posted.
Quote of the blog: ‘If I’d asked my customers what they wanted, they would have said a faster horse’ Henry Ford (one of Steve Jobs favourite quotes - easy to see why!)
July 31, 2012, 1:09 pm
Well, here I am on my website, at last. It’s taken a while but I am so very grateful to my great techie friend Peter who designed it and taught me how to up-date it. I would certainly never have got this far without his support. We were colleagues in the distant past and have remained friends ever since. As we are both self-employed with our own businesses within the graphics industry (which can be a lonely existence) it is great to have someone to gas with and to indulge in a bit of brain-picking!
So, congratulations and mega-thanks to Peter. And Welcome to everyone else!
As you will see, Unmapped Country is now on Kindle and I am exploring ways of upping its profile. I didn’t start writing to publish but with nagging from my little group of readers and similar encouragement from my writing buddy Jenny, here it is. The second Victorian book will be going up on Kindle in the next few weeks – just doing some last minute editing. So watch this space.
It’s been lovely to catch with people as they have responded to Facebook, the website and my global email. Thank you to all who have got in touch – let’s keep up a dialogue.
I’m sifting my way through some really amazing book sites/blogs. I’ll report on those that I think the most interesting and helpful. And that is how the time flies! How many other people say ‘I’ll just look up . . . ‘ and then find it’s two hours later – and you have gone off on so many tangents it’s difficult to remember why you sat down in the first place.
I will pass on any good sites I come across and also any bits of my research for the next book that I think you might be interested in but that’s it for now folks. Bye.
Quote of the blog: "Your submission is both novel and interesting. Unfortunately the parts which are interesting are not novel and those that are novel are not interesting." Does anyone know who said this ?