Oh hello! Fancy meeting you here. So this is my blog, welcome, come on in, have a look around. Although there’s not much to see as yet, this being the first post and all. And can I just tell you, the pressure of this first post has weighed heavily on my feeble intellect. The more I thought about it, the more unsure I was, the more I took refuge in, oh I don’t know… chocolate, wine and Netflix.

Then I thought, for God’s sake, woman! Just start! Just heave it all onto the page, sift out the chunky bits and see what’s left over. Apologies for the vomitus analogy – if it’s left you feeling a little bilious, I can promise there will be no further references to peas and carrots.

To get back on track, my blog, as it says just above this post, will be about reading, writing and life. Writing because it’s something I love to do – I find arranging words on a page very satisfying. Reading because for me it’s like breathing – if I ceased to do it, I may very well shrivel up and die. And life because I just like to witter on sometimes about whatever takes my fancy.

So, what am I reading right now? I’m so glad you asked. I often read more than one book at a time so at the moment there’s:

  • The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
  • Hester and Harriot by Hilary Spiers
  • Life or Death by Michael Robotham

As to what I’m writing it’s the same story, really. At the moment I’m working on:

  • The Lost Garden, a short story. Summary: 1970s Australia, lost generation, mystery and weeds.
  • My Phyllida Grey novel. It’s my second book and the first in what will be a series. Summary: 1950s England, big old houses, ghosties and such.
  • Final edit of The Outliers, my first novel. Summary: future dystopia, environmental devastation, lots of running from bitey things,

Clearly, I have the attention span of a fruit bat, but believe it or not, somewhere in the chaos, I actually get things finished. It may look like the equivalent of a teenager’s bedroom in my head, but meh, it works for me.

I will from time to time on the blog try to share what scant pearls of wisdom I have gathered on these three topics. I’ll be doing this because I hope what I’ll be having here is a conversation with a bunch of groovy people (this means you), because I think it could be fun, and also in the hope that somehow, in some way, it might help somebody. We all need to dream, don’t we?

So, I’m glad you dropped by. Pop in again, (I’ll be posting every Sunday) and we’ll have a cup of tea and a chat about reading, writing and/or life. I’m open to all three.

Cheers and, in the words of the great Dave Allen, may your god go with you.

Is there something you’ve been putting off starting? Drop me a line and I’ll be happy to commiserate.