Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Not such a Nice project

I got the response on my "Nice" project today and sadly for me it was not the one I wanted. It was my first ever attempt at a "romance" for Mills and Boon so I guess I shouldn't have been surprised that I didn't get it right first time. It hasn't been a total waste because I learned a lot whilst writing it and I do think that the basic premise is okay. Maybe I'll stick it in a drawer (so to speak) for a while and then look at it again. I'm not sure what prompted me to write it other than it seemed like a good idea at the time. I hope I'm not coming across as despondent because that's not how I feel. At the end of the day it's just part of life's rich tapestry.

Friday, 27 July 2012

Letter writing and not much else.

I haven't done a lot of writing this week. Well, for that you could read almost non which would be more accurate. I did write a letter to The Guardian though which is something I suppose. It was part of my "experiment" and also something that I have never done before. I don't usually have time to read a newspaper but I flicked through the magazine part last week and found something that actually caught my interest so I gave them my opinion on it. We'll see if they take note of it but I'm not holding my breath. I have also read a couple of issues of WN like I said I would but I don't think I have anything in my current works in progress that fits the bill so I will have to come up with a new idea. I have however had a very relaxing week. I've had a potter or two in tha garden, the odd sweep of a paint brush (on walls not canvas) and finished the biography of Mary Tudor that my youngest son bought me for Mother's Day. Today (Friday, Himself and I are off to Northallerton for the day. It's a bit of a trek but it will be worth it. I was offerred a job there lat year and we went to see if I could manage the commute but I decided that I couldn't. The driving didn't bother me it was the thought of sitting in the car for an hour and a bit after work each day. The ten minutes that it takes me now is much more to my liking. Anyway, I digress a little but that is what we will be doing today and then the weekend is for relaxation before going back to the day job on Monday. One last thing. Bit of a random question I know but can anyone come up with what to buy a man (Himself) as a pearl wedding anniversary present? Ta x

Sunday, 22 July 2012


I have to be honest and say that my experiment has stalled somewhat due to circumstances that were mainly beyond my control but it is sitting on the back burner and I will get back to it in due course. I have bought the last few issues of WN though in an attempt to see where I'm going wrong there. I have enjoyed some success with them before but nothing for ages so I'm trying to work out what it is that Jill is looking for these days. They were the first magazine to publish me in this country so I have a soft spot for them. The stories that I had published with them were a while ago though, before I spent time writing just non fiction so I need to get in tune with them again I think. Other than that I have a week off work this week which I am looking forward to. I don't expect to get a lot of writing done because Himself is also off work and while we haven't "booked" anywhere I'm sure well be out a lot. NRIMH is surrently sitting at a little over 26,000 words. It is the first draft and is basically just the skeleton of the story which I am probably about half way through telling. Okay, so time to read this weeks stories in WN and I'll keep you up to date with my retuning efforts. Oh and by the way - Go Wiggo, go Wiggo!!! (reference to Bradley Wiggins for those of you that don't follow the Tour de France)