Character Spotlight on Kim
When I was younger, the pub become a huge part of my life because I realised that I had a talent for playing pool and it was the only place I could play. I was under age but I looked older than I was and regulations were not so strict then, so I got away with it.
All sorts of people would participate – students, business people, cab drivers – many from the surrounding council estates. I made many friends.
Two guys stood slightly apart from the crowd and all the girls just loved them, including me! I was too young for them even to glance in my direction (their radar was better than the landlord’s). Kim and Flow are loosely based on them. Continue reading
Story telling in the 21st century
by J.C. Norman
As far as I can remember, I have always loved a good story. I think even one of my earliest memories was watching films such as Conan the Barbarian with my dad. Also as a 90s child I was also subject to many different kinds of animations and so have given myself a very open mind when it comes to stories and have always found time to explore as many as I could. That being said I wanted to point out the sad truth the many of the great stories will never be seen and appreciated by people who love fiction and stories, all because of the format of how the story is told. Many people I know do not read books and a few more have never read a book in their lives. Other stories again will never be shared because they are now told on a pc or console. It’s not anybody’s fault however, only that most people either simply do not have the time nor expenses to buy into such things or are dissuaded by the stigma that comes with most games. For that is what they are after all, only games. But I always like to try and point out to people outside the community that there is a very large difference in the games that separate the players from the online, competitive players, to the shut in, story based campaigners. Continue reading
The anxious manic novelist: doing an MA
by Sam Taylor-Pye
I started writing my novel the summer before starting an MA in creative writing. I had my main character pretty fleshed out. The storyline was chugging along nicely. And some of the dialogue scenes I felt were sounding impressive. I figured the degree was where I’d hone my already amazing skills and by the end I’d have, not only a certificate, but also a NYT bestseller, and possibly a lucrative deal with Netflix.
So when October came around, and classes started, I was feeling fairly confident and eager to get going.
The first thing we had to do was submit a novel synopsis, and a couple of first chapters for something called a ‘critique’. I wasn’t worried. In fact I was elated.
Euphoric even. Continue reading
A gripping mystery of jealousy, murder and lies.
An invitation to her estranged, wealthy father’s surprise 75th birthday party in New York sees Amelia and her husband, Jack, set off across the pond to meet a whole new world of family politics.
Amelia, now a successful businesswoman, feels guilty about never liking her father’s women, so does her upmost to give his new socialite partner, Evelyn, the benefit of the doubt. Wouldn’t it be nice if they could just all get along? But there’s something very dark, determined and dangerous about her…
When Amelia’s father, Roger, becomes ill, Jack grows suspicious that there is more to it. Amelia understands why, but no one else will believe them. They travel back to America to piece together the puzzle, but when Roger goes missing, the couple are driven to their wits’ end. It takes a DEA officer and a secret assassin to bring them answers, but the ruthless truth is something no one expected…
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Justine’s insight into the character of Amelia.
Amelia is a tall, intelligent and elegant lady in her mid-40s. She has dark blonde hair and loves to travel. She runs a small recruitment agency in London which she is, and always has been determined to make successful. She has high hopes for her company and hopes to expand it. Continue reading
Don’t ask a woman her age … and expect the truth
That boys lied about their ages to enlist in 1914 is common knowledge. Less well known is that women did too. This blog features two unusual women who felt age was no bar to ‘doing their bit’.
Under age munitions worker Mabel Lethbridge
In 1917, Mabel Lethbridge was desperate to become a ‘mutionette’ and work in the Danger Sheds where highly explosive materials were handled; the minimum age was 18. A rebellious teenager, she was accepted at 7 National Filling Factory at Hayes Common. On her way to work on her first morning, she rather dismissed the comments of a woman in the bus queue who, hearing Mabel’s destination, comfortingly confided, this was “one of them terrible places … twelve months come Christmas I lost my eldest … all blowed to bits she was … we never got her body home.”
In Mabel’s Shed, dangers extended beyond high explosives. The machinery they were using to fill shells with amatol had been condemned over a year ago; replacements had arrived but were not yet operational. Soon disaster struck,
A dull flash, a deafening roar and I felt myself being hurled through the air, falling down, down into the darkness. A blinding flash and I felt my body being torn asunder. Darkness, that terrifying darkness, and the agonised cries of the workers pierced my consciousness. (Mabel Lethbridge Fortune’s Grass) Continue reading
I’m delighted to welcome Pasha Adam with his guest post….
A 12 Step Guide for Turning a Bad Day into a Bouncing Baby Book (or Screenplay)
By Pasha Adam
For reasons I don’t fully understand but have always explained away with a God complex, I’ve always wanted to be a writer. Since I was fifteen, I’ve attended screenwriting expos, read writing books, listened to writers’ commentaries and podcasts. But I was never really happy with the stuff I was writing.
And then, two years ago, that all changed. I started approaching writing in a way specific to me. The ideas started to flow and I began churning things out. Since then, I’ve completed two novels, a handful of screenplays, and am in the process of redrafting another two manuscripts. Continue reading
Welcome to my first stop with 12 Days of Clink Street Christmas. Today I’m delighted to have a guest post from Matthew Redford, author of Addicted to Death and Who Killed the Mince Spy, food related crime stories.
Welcome to the book tour for this lovely children’s book.
Rosie and Friends is Helping Children to Understand That Their Uniqueness Is Not a Weakness.
Rosie the Pink Hippo asks readers “What advice would you give your friends who want to feel better about themselves” in this adventure book to help readers see that being different can be positive. Join Rosie the Pink Hippo, Olivia the Ostrich, and many others in this educational and eye-opening 28-page illustrated children’s book, Rosie and Friends Positively Different, a creative and fun teaching tool intended for parents, caregivers, teachers, and children who may have felt at some point in their life that they were different from their peers.
The book was published in August 2016 by Different Kind of Safari, LLC
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I’m delighted to welcome Helene to the blog today with a very interesting question – what is a mind and how can it create fictional characters? Over to you, Helene….
The answer to the first part of the question may seem obvious to some, a tricky and complicated puzzle for others or a question best solved by a belief in a soul which somehow separates the mind from the body.
What all may agree on though is the idea that the mind is what enables us to be conscious of the world we live in and to experience it through feelings and emotions, thoughts which lead us to develop a story of our lives. We think about ourselves within a context, certain personality traits and as a person with a past, present and a future. Continue reading
I’m very pleased to welcome to A.H. Richardson, author of Jorie and the Magic Stones, to the blog today.
Over to you, Angela.
A question that is frequently asked when someone has read ‘Jorie and the Magic Stones’ is — “Where do your ideas come from?” I loved writing this story, and it I can truthfully trace it back to my childhood.
I will try to keep this narrative short, but I want to tell my readers, that an idea (arguably the strongest force in the world) can stay with one for many, many years.
As a child of seven, I was rather headstrong and wildly imaginative, and considered a bit of a ‘handful!’ At the foot of my grandfather’s large garden, there ran a swift running little canal, at the side of which was tied a little canoe, which I found irresistible. I had been told, that under no circumstances was I to take this boat out ‘on my own’ or there would be stiff penalties. My grandmother was something of a martinet, and it was a good idea to be obedient, when she issued a decree. Continue reading