Fiction, Life, sex, Writing

It’s cold outside – do you need warming up? Let’s talk sex…

I've just written the first (of a few planned) sex scenes in my manuscript. It is not a 'door closed' book where the reader feels only the chemistry but details are left to the imagination. There is a lot of advice out there about writing such scenes. Some people believe there are rules one should… Continue reading It’s cold outside – do you need warming up? Let’s talk sex…

DAILY WORD PROMPT, Life

Ok, hands up …

.... whose Christmas Tree only made it as far as the garden? This is precisely the sort of thing Japanese Monks would not allow to happen. They never allow a no-longer-needed item to merely congregate with further objects of past usage. They give away, recycle, burn, break down. They see items no longer needed by… Continue reading Ok, hands up …

Fiction, Life, Writing

When rejection leads to improvement

As promised, Harlequin Mills & Boon did indeed send me some feedback today on that potential first chapter and synopsis which I rather rushed in order to submit before the competition deadline last Thursday. Their email is a reassuring mix of helpful tips where I have let myself down and positive praise - they like my… Continue reading When rejection leads to improvement

DAILY WORD PROMPT, Life, WELLBEING

Don’t lose yourself..

Sometimes you compromise to the point of forgetting who the real you is.... don't let this happen. You want Chinese, he wants Indian ... one of you can compromise your first choice and that would be classed as civil; working together for the bigger picture. Try not, however, to change your whole personality or outlook… Continue reading Don’t lose yourself..

DAILY WORD PROMPT, Life, Writing

Happy Sunday Afternoon… 🖌

Oh the irony.... today marks this achievement, if it can be described as one:- 100 posts, with varying levels of interest to you - and, believe it or not, containing over 23,000 words in 2018 posts alone which could have (should have?) gone on the manuscript! But I've enjoyed blogging and in essence, the mini… Continue reading Happy Sunday Afternoon… 🖌

DAILY WORD PROMPT, Fiction, Life, Writing

Hook your agent, publisher, reader. How? Synopsis

Synopsis writing can be a dense fog through which to tip toe with a white cane, praying you don't trip on unforeseen obstacles. Lorraine Ambers breaks it down here so beautifully, I feel almost excited to have a go at writing one for my novel (which is completely ridiculous as I've only written a third… Continue reading Hook your agent, publisher, reader. How? Synopsis

COOKING, DAILY WORD PROMPT, Life, Travel

If you are vegetarian, look away now …

I've got about twenty horse rugs to go and repair, wrap and ultimately deliver to eager clients whose horses are not naked, but wearing their 'spares'.   The pressure I feel upon my shoulders I have placed there myself, as there are approx 180 in the queue behind these twenty, waiting to be washed, proofed… Continue reading If you are vegetarian, look away now …