After seeing this book on numerous coffee tables, I finally have it in my possession thanks to a thoughtful birthday present from a thoughtful family member. . Letters of Note by Shaun Usher I’m three pages in and have already re-read one particular letter a few times. From 1973, the author E. B. White respondsContinue reading “Letters of Note”
After winning the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction Award last year, The Power has been on my ‘to read’ list for a while now. Fellow readers were split in their opinion of the novel so I wanted to see for myself what it was all about. It seemed quite apt that I started reading this aroundContinue reading “Sunday Reading: A Fire & The Power”
The novel I’m working on is set over 24 hours, from beginning to end, and I’m currently working my way through the second draft. Whilst editing this week (thanks to some annual leave from the day job), I started thinking more deeply about ‘time’ in writing, more specifically how to slow it down and balanceContinue reading “Disconnect to Reconnect”
The above is in no way a reference to anything ‘Fifty Shades-like’, but to one of my most favourite pieces of prose, so dear to me that it hangs on the office wall next to me as I write this entry. It’s taken from Hannah Coulter: a novel by the brilliant Wendell Berry but I stumbled acrossContinue reading “The Room of Love”
Linguistics lessons throwback on this moody Sunday evening… The Architecture of the Sentence: ‘The architect is the master of the represented space of every kind, and that means he is the master of the making mind.’ William H. Gass and Mary Gass.
If you follow Joanne Harris on Twitter, check out her #TenTweets from today all about Rewriting. Very helpful little nuggets of info if you’re in the rewriting stage. Good to ask yourself these questions… N.
This is my all time favourite TED Talk from Susan Cain (author of Quiet). Resonates completely with me… Listening to it again today, it’s interesting to hear that a third to half of the population are introverts and those individuals have extremely good leadership and creativity skills, but they likely don’t ever get the opportunity toContinue reading “Get to know the introverts”
Wartime Liverpool, with a twist. The twist is Little Italy. An area of the city occupied at the time by Italian immigrants and their families. When the May blitz of 1941 attacks Liverpool, 10 year… Source: Novel
I walked into work and saw this message stuck to my desk. It doesn’t take much to spread a bit of happiness. N.
22:03 on a Sunday evening and productivity rears its head. Who am I to say no?! Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works —Virginia Woolf N.