Showing posts from November, 2012

National Short Story Week on the radio

What did you do for National Short Story Week?  I wrote an odd little short story inspired by a painting in Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery.  The story, 'Bottled Up', was recorded for Sine FM's special broadcast by a fantastic local actor, and I really enjoyed hearing how she brought the story to life.  You can listen to it, and four other literary delights, here: Happy listening!

November NaNo Madness

Just in case anyone's wondering where I've been all November, I should perhaps explain that my blog's been derailed by two things: one is some internet connection issues and the other, perhaps more important and certainly more exciting, is NaNoWriMo. Every year I am convinced that the entire world has heard of NaNoWriMo by now, and every year I'm surprised to come across someone who hasn't.  So, since the person reading this might just be that person, I'll explain.  NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month, and it's a month-long writing challenge to write 50,000 words (the length of a short novel) in... you guessed it... a month. If the link to the lovely counter that the people in NaNo land have made works, you should be able to watch my progress here: Wish me luck! And if you feel like joining in or just reading more, visit

Halloween Blog Hop and Giveaway - the winner is...

Firstly a huge thank-you to everyone who visited during the Wild Roses blog hop.  I hope you enjoyed the hope and maybe discovered some new authors, or rediscovered some old favourites.  Special thanks to those who shared their thoughts about the joys of Halloween - I wish I could give you all a prize, but since I only have one to give away, the winner, as selected by's random number generator, is: Drum roll and fanfare... JeanMP! Congratulations Jean, a copy of Desperate Bid will be hitting your inbox in the next few days.  I hope you enjoy it (and please don't be shy about letting me know what you think - like most writers, I love to hear from readers - feedback, both positive and negative, is how we learn!) Finally, before we wrap up Halloween for this year, here's something for those of you who wanted to know about my Halloween costume.  This is me playing dress-up - thanks to the Friends of Hyde Park cemetery for the costume, and for a fantast