Wednesday, 10 March 2021

Let there be cheerful lights

A couple of houses near me continue to bring cheer to the local neighbourhood in these trying times. Yes, you're seeing right - they've still got their Christmas lights on in March!

Fair play to them, I say!

Do any of your neighbours have their Christmas lights on still?

Friday, 12 February 2021

WriteOnCon kidlit writing conference – 19th-21st February 2021

Once again, WriteOnCon are holding their online kidlit writing conference. There are a mix of blog posts, Q&A sessions, workshops, discussions and feedback sessions all geared towards kidlit writers (anyone can attend, though, as a lot of advice will be universal). There’s still time to register, and there are different tiers of attendance, depending on your requirements. 

The forums are up and running from today, and you can polish your Twitter pitches, queries and the first 500 words of your manuscript with the aid of fellow writers. There’s even a ‘Supers’ district where agents, editors and professional writers might drop by to give feedback.

Hope to 'see' you there!

Sunday, 10 January 2021

How many books did I read in 2020?

Yes, once again it's time for my annual round-up! It's pretty much on par with the previous year, although I've got through more e-books this time around. I visited just one library last year (in February), but I borrowed a lot of Libraries West's e-books once lockdown started.

Here are my stats:

Borrowed from library: 1 physical book and 25 e-books.

My books: 16 physical books and 42 e-books.

Beta reads: 1 book.

Total: 17 physical books, 67 e-books and 1 beta read = 85 books. Not bad, eh?

How about you? How many books did you read in 2020?

Thursday, 3 December 2020

Merry Christmas 2020!

Well, this has been a tough year for everyone, that's for sure.

I'd like to wish all my readers a


and a


Let's hope 2021 is a much better year for all!


Wednesday, 11 November 2020

Poppies, Pumpkins and Autumn leaves

Whilst out and about on my daily walks recently, I've been heartened to see poppies on display in windows, pumpkins on garden walls, and the rich colours of Autumn leaves.

Sunday, 25 October 2020

A Fox in Autumn

Whilst out on my morning walk the other day, I spotted a fox loitering around. The photo doesn't show it, but this is in quite a residential area, and I was surprised how brazen it was!

The trees and hedgerow look lovely in the background, just turning colour now that autumn's arrived.