Learning to fly (Etiquette on a foreign holiday.)

There are a number of factors taken into consideration when travelling abroad. Age, budget, going with family or friends, ability to handle the sun and level of pretentiousness being just a few. Above all, in an effort to get away from it all and unwind, you want to be confident that wherever you are going … More Learning to fly (Etiquette on a foreign holiday.)

Leg It (Part forty)

I looked out over the garden. “This all your work?” “Yeah.” “You’ve definitely got a skill there, Gilbert.” “Can I ask you something, Pete?” “Fire away.” “It’s just that … it doesn’t matter, it’s not important.” “No, go on.” “Well, you’ve been away for fifteen years.” “Yeah?” “You’ve just come home and you’ve got me, … More Leg It (Part forty)

Time to write. (How long does it take to write a novel Pt.3)

In my previous blogs I have tried to outline how long it is taking me to write my latest novel. I’d got up to the second read through of the first draft and that had taken me 140 hours. Synopsis and character profiles – 10 hours Plot outline – 30 hours Write first draft – … More Time to write. (How long does it take to write a novel Pt.3)

From lazy to legging it. (Why I’m running the Great North Run)

I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m lazy. Most people are. Why choose the difficult path when there are far easier options available? I see people climbing mountains, trekking across deserts or rowing across the Atlantic and despite having some admiration for the effort, my overriding feeling is why bother? I know someone who once … More From lazy to legging it. (Why I’m running the Great North Run)

Time to write (How long does it take to write a novel?)

Writer’s get asked many questions “what’s your proper job?”, “are you rich?” and “have you thought about writing about a wizard who lives under the stairs?” being just a few of them. One of the most frequent questions is “How long does it take to write a novel?” It’s a question I rarely have an … More Time to write (How long does it take to write a novel?)