Tag: my writing

P is for Poetry and Procrastination #AtoZChallenge

P is for Poetry and Procrastination #AtoZChallenge

The Blogging from A-Z Challenge continues today. Throughout April I’m posting about my life as a writer, including my inspirations, frustrations and celebrations. For the letter P, I’m talking about two of my writing weaknesses. Poetry I have a confession to make. I can’t write ‘serious poetry’. I’ve always admired T.S Elliott, Alan Ginsberg, Phillip Larkin and the Romantic poets like Wordsworth and Blake. I spent a lot of my teenage years and early twenties trying to write deeply profound poetry and most of it is pretentious drivel. Still, it gives me a chuckle when I read it. You’ll find […]


O is for “Opal and Onyx”-my #WEPFF entry for ‘Jewel Box’ #AtoZChallenge

O is for “Opal and Onyx”-my   #WEPFF entry for ‘Jewel Box’  #AtoZChallenge

Today I’m combining my Blogging from A-Z Challenge post for the letter ‘O’ with April’s WEP Challenge, for which the prompt is ‘Jewel box’. Write…Edit…Publish post on the third Wednesday of every second month and the challenges are open to all. To join in, you submit your name to the list, write an entry for the prompt (1000 words or less) and edit it. Then on the date given, you publish it to your blog, stating your feedback preferences. You can also read and leave comments on the other entries and share the challenge far and wide on social media. The […]


N is for Naming Characters #AtoZChallenge

N is for Naming Characters #AtoZChallenge

The Blogging from A-Z Challenge continues today. Throughout April I’m posting about my life as a writer, including my inspirations, frustrations and celebrations. I love the process of naming characters. I probably take it far too seriously than I should, as I spend a lot of time thinking up interesting names. Here are some of the criteria I use when considering character names: Has an interesting meaning or association, preferably not too obvious. Fits with my internal image of the character. Works well in context (i.e realistic for the time period and setting). Looks aesthetically pleasing when written down. Sounds […]


M is for Marketing and Masquerade #AtoZChallenge

M is for Marketing and Masquerade #AtoZChallenge

The Blogging from A-Z Challenge continues today. Throughout April I’m posting about my life as a writer, including my inspirations, frustrations and celebrations. This year, my fellow authors and I, along with The IWSG and Dancing Lemur Press, have been busy promoting our YA romance anthology, Masquerade: Oddly Suited. It’s been great to get a taste of what marketing a book is like from the perspective of an author, as usually I’m promoting the books I’ve read and reviewed as a blogger. Here are some of the things we planned together: Story Spotlights L.G Keltner put together our author page […]


L is for Learning #AtoZChallenge

L is for Learning #AtoZChallenge

The Blogging from A-Z Challenge continues today. Throughout April I’m posting about my life as a writer, including my inspirations, frustrations and celebrations. Do we ever stop learning? I don’t think so. The world we live in is the product of thousands of different cultures, each with their own rich and complex histories. There are new scientific and technological advances happening every day all over the world. Even if we’re not studying or researching, we’re picking up new facts and information from the things we read, see and hear every single day of our lives. Writing is the kind of […]


K is for Knowing When to Quit or Keep Going #AtoZChallenge

K is for Knowing When to Quit or Keep Going #AtoZChallenge

The Blogging from A-Z Challenge continues today. Throughout April I’m posting about my life as a writer, including my inspirations, frustrations and celebrations. A few of weeks ago, I decided to enter another short story competition. The theme really appealed to me and I had a promising idea for a story that might fit the brief. I was excited to start writing and see where it took me. But then life happened. My daughter got ill and my day job became more challenging than usual. I started to feel stressed and under-the-weather. I kept up with my other commitments, but […]


J is for Juggling Jobs #AtoZChallenge

J is for Juggling Jobs #AtoZChallenge

The Blogging from A-Z Challenge continues today. Throughout April I’m posting about my life as a writer, including my inspirations, frustrations and celebrations. Finding time to write is something I struggle with. I work full time and I’m also mum to a three year-old. So, as you can imagine, life gets pretty crazy. If I want to write I have to sacrifice sleep, quality time with friends and family, or free time that I would normally spend reading or blogging. I know many other writers are in the same position, juggling one or more jobs, parenting and other responsibilities. It’s […]


I is for Inspiration and Insecurities #AtoZChallenge

I is for Inspiration and Insecurities #AtoZChallenge

The Blogging from A-Z Challenge continues today. Throughout April I’m posting about my life as a writer, including my inspirations, frustrations and celebrations. Inspiration I’m inspired by all sorts of things, such as nature, art, music and poetry. I get lots of ideas for fantasy stories from researching ancient mythology, folklore and philosophy. I also get inspiration for sci-fi and dystopian stories from articles about scientific breakthroughs and advanced technology. News stories, radio interviews and overheard conversations also spark my imagination and sometimes develop into interesting ideas. Today, I discuss the inspiration behind my story “Sea of Sorrows” and share […]