Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Friends for life

The pen is mightier than the sword (I hope)

The title of this post was used for the first of the 10 novels in the Price series. It all started with a book of short stories with exercises and annotations that I wrote for advanced English learners and which was published. There would have been a sequel, but the publisher died and the publishing house was closed. The publisher  who took over destroyed the remaining stock of the first book and showed no interest in the writer. So much for that.
So I got the rights back! Years later I decided to use the characters in a book (hence the title of this post) and one thing led to another. That book took about 10 years and many editings to complete and I am still editing it!!!

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Final Curtain?

I'm not sure if the 10th in the Price series of novel was the last. I have made a blog for a new novel and am starting to think that it's time to for a new location and new characters. The action is really based here in Germany, but I am reluctant to write in German because my English is better! The link can be found soon in the blog list or HERE. The new book is really to keep me going through the summer months.It might contain some of the things I have experienced as a chorus director, so I'll probably invent a suitable character to take the lead! I invented a chorus director in the original novel and killed her off in the sequel! 

Wednesday, 19 April 2017


Another lovely word!

Merriman's definition:

The exact origin of tatterdemalion is uncertain, but it's probably connected to either the noun tatter ("a torn scrap or shred") or the adjective tattered ("ragged" or "wearing ragged clothes"). We do know that tatterdemalion has been used in print since the 1600s. In its first documented use, it was a noun referring to a person in ragged clothing—the type of person we might also call a ragamuffin. (Ragamuffin, incidentally, predates tatterdemalion in this sense. Like tatterdemalion, it may have been formed by combining a known word, rag, with a fanciful ending.) Soon after the first appearance of tatterdemalion, it came to be used as an adjective to describe anything or anyone ragged or disreputable.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Happy Birthday Simon

I can't believe it. I've been a grandmother for two whole years. I can't publish any photos for privacy reasons, I made a blog for the stories already written for Simon (listed in the blog list in the margin on the right), The poem on the left was written soon after my mother's death in 1990. We had a difficult relationship, but I have reason to be grateful for many things she did for me and reading the poem again makes me realize how little I knew about her and how nice it would have been to have her to talk to now. She was alone for 29 years and I have now been alone for longer! Amazing really, how time goes. Before you can really turn round you are as old and grey as Maud (not my mother's ame!) is in the poem.
It's the first day of spring today, isn't it? I think I'll go out and buy some more fragrant yellow flowers!
I'll include what I think must be the start of a whole (silly) story for grownups. I don't remember writing it. It's one of many stories I started and most of them remained unfinished.
Short story writing is an art form of a particularly persnickety ilk. Writing poetry is almost easier because you can capture the moment in succinct rhyming or non-rhyming words and choose form and length. With short stories you have to be careful not to jump out of the box you have created for yourself. When I discovered novel-writing, I knew I had come home: No restrictive boxes to mention; no brakes on the number of characters, places, days/time; the omnipotence of choosing who lives or dies.....

Sunday, 19 March 2017

On with the motley

I have started writing Murder to Go after finishing this year's review of all the previous books in the series.
I watched some spectacular tape art videos on YouTube and wondered if I could adapt the idea to my doodling. I managed to buy washi tape (self-sticking) and had a go. The tape had to be removed after the patterns were drawn and it all looked a bit odd, so I patterned the stripes as well and the result doesn't look to bad.

taped to go A3
tape removed
I'm not sure that I will repeat the experiment...

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Murder to Go

Having found a title for my newest opus, I will soon start to post it - soon being the day after I finish revising the last of the 9 novels that already exist in the series.

Why do I do this?

The answer is easy. I love writing.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Sleep, sheep and other modifications

YASNI is a search engine (search me) that sends a weekly report on how many if any have searched for one's name during the past few days. I don't write as many comments now, but this one came up and I want to hang on to it. so it's further down this entry.
The article to which I responded is HERE - you can scroll down to my comment, which also includes a painting, but I have removed it here.
Shakespeare wrote many lines about sleep. LOOK HERE for
Sleep that knits up the ravell'd sleave of care, The death of each day's life, sore labour's bath, Balm of hurt minds, great nature's second course, Chief nourisher in life's feast.