Thursday, June 28, 2007


This weekend, I hope to work on my novel and send it out to a few more agents and publishers. I've had a couple of requests from publishers which I am very excited about. And I am holding on to the encouraging comments I've received from agents and from friends.

I think it's really important to have faith in yourself and what you want and to listen to the positive things people say. I'm lucky enough to have some very supportive people around me so I can ignore those who choose to be negative.

So, as a reminder to me as much as anyone else, here's an excerpt from what an agent wrote to me:

'Thank you so much for sending me your novel. You are a good writer with a fresh idea... your talent is impressive and I appreciate the opportunity to know your work.'

I hope you all have a positive experience today!

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Shakespeare's Sonnets and my Proofs

I literally have ten minutes. Then I have an appointment to keep so I shall keep this short and sweet!

Stuck for how to get kids excited about Sonnets? Try this!


And something cool for you to look at:
The proofs from W H Smith!

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Hey Jude

I typed Jude into You Tube and look what I found! It made me laugh, so I thought I'd share it. There is a wonderful original Beatles version too but I opted to post the one that was funny. I guess Hugh Laurie's high on helium....Enjoy!

Sunday, June 17, 2007


Why I am blogging I have no idea. Call it a release. I have a ton of things to do and I guess this is an escape. I'm editing my manuscript, writing a report for work and editing a publication, so what did I do yesterday? I went to a classical music concert by a local symphony orchestra which was very good.

Earlier in the week, I met up with four other writers who've started up a support group locally, one of whom will be doing the MA at Winchester next year with me, although she'll be full time. It was lovely to meet some new people and good to contribute to a set of topics that we'll cover every month. All of the women as far as I could see were housewives who, after housework and kid stuff, have all day to write. Not being a housewife, I have no idea how days pan out when you are, but it sounds pretty idyllic to me.... but maybe I'm wrong.

I'm still hotly pursuing publishers and have just looked over proofs for the W H Smith series again. I hope the final set of books will be as good as possible.... I'll let you know when they hit the shelves.

Saturday, June 09, 2007


Hello one and all. Well, here I am once more in the land of blog. I am currently sending out manuscripts to publishers and agents in between work and dealing with life!!

With all this on, I thought I needed a break so yesterday, I went to see The Voice of the Heart- a tribute to Karen Carpenter, full of songs by the Carpenters. It was a last minute thing and in all, it was enjoyable although I have to say the songs were really quite sad. Well sung but sad. It was an interesting evening and my first visit to this particular theatre so I intend to go back for another performance at some stage. I want to see more live performances as I tend to go to the cinema a lot, last time to see Spiderman 3, which was good, as far as comic book tales go.

Last week, I also heard from Sarah, my friend travelling the world, who is now in Australia. It brought back memories of my travels there in 2000... I think the travel bug is setting in and I can't wait for the summer holidays. Still about five weeks to go.