Wednesday, 6 May 2020


May 6 question - Do you have any rituals that you use when you need help getting into the ZONE? Care to share?

Nothing very special, I believe. Just lots of re-reading previous work, and it helps if I read a writing style I am presently trying to produce. If I am attempting post-modernism, then I search for books of similar styles and speed-read on Kindle, listen on Audible, and search for my printed copy. Then what I produce is nothing like I'd intended! 🤗

Oh, finally published River Dark as a Kindle (sequel to Candle Dark) and hope to have a paperback available on Amazon soon. 

River Dark - Book Two - Ironbridge Gorge Series: The River Severn Adventure

"Chapter One A Terrible Enemy 
If I’d known they would hunt me down like a criminal, I’d have turned away from Atterley Hall the moment I heard that horrible screaming. But this was the first day of my new life. I wasn’t giving up now. As the pale autumn sunlight broke through the early mist over the parkland, I ran along the gravel path beside the brick wall around the stables. Then taking a deep breath, I charged through the archway into the yard and had to jump back from the sweating body of a huge black stallion, rearing up and thrashing the air with his hooves. With an angry shriek, the horse began a furious dance, swinging his body from side to side and trying to shake off the groom clinging to his lead rope. The small, grizzled-haired man, with thickset shoulders and enormous fists, was no match for the angry beast. Dragged across the yard, he punched the stallion’s neck, making him wilder than ever. Bellowing with rage, the horse gave a violent twist of his spine, and I watched in horror as the man flew into the air and landed on the yard with a sickening thud. Wild and snorting with anger, the stallion reared again, about to bring his enormous weight smashing down on his tormentor, and I yelled, ‘Thunder, don’t.’ At the sound of my voice, the horse seemed frozen in time. He hung motionless in the air, balanced on his hind legs, the muscles in his haunches rippling under the skin. I thought he would topple backwards, and I foolishly flung out my arms as if to save him. But with a tremendous effort, he heaved his body forward, his hooves clattered the cobbles, and the groom scrambled to safety. Wound up like an enormous watch spring, the stallion trotted towards me. With a few strides of his long, powerful legs he’d be on top of me, and it took all my courage to stand my ground. For one dreadful moment I thought I’d be trampled, but he sidestepped and came to a bouncing halt, his chest towering over me. In the sharp morning air, I felt the heat of his silky body. His damp breath formed white clouds around his muzzle, wetting my face. He dipped his head, stared at me with large, liquid eyes, and nipped my shoulder. He had not forgotten me."
― from "River Dark - Book Two - Ironbridge Gorge Series: The River Severn Adventure"


Monday, 16 March 2020

In Self-Isolation for a week already!

 A week now self-isolating for us two elderly people. Disabled husband already unhappy with not being able to leave the flat on his mobility scooter. Having bought a small version of backgammon with a magnetic board  he can manage we shall both become expert players. According to the government, only a year still to isolate ourselves 🤗

Saturday, 14 March 2020

Kindle return...

Now placing my books, once again, on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited. Added ‘First Wolf’ today, the Halloween adventure ‘Thin Time’ next, then the sequel, ‘River Dark’.I see the first book has already created an interest.
I shall add my other children’s books, then add books for adults, probably a series. Also using Amazon for paperbacks so that they can easily be sold in other countries. I can no longer publish my books myself with a disabled husband, and now I am pleased that friends in other countries will be able to purchase them. 
As we are self-isolating, because of our age and my invalid husband, I shall have plenty of time to write. 

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

Written in Blood

Alex's Insecure Writers Support Group Want to Know:

March 4 question - Other than the obvious holiday traditions, have you ever included any personal or family traditions/customs in your stories? 

Family Traditions - I suppose that could include a place you have visited over a period of many years, and so ‘yes’, I have included this tradition as a setting for short stories. And this part of the world, as it was in the late 1950’s, takes a central role in a novel I am writing with great difficulty. Being semi-autobiographical, it is not the easiest of books to write, and like Dickens commented about his own work, it feels as if it is being written in blood. 

Tuesday, 4 February 2020

The Legend of the Green Man

Alex's Insecure Writers Support Group Want to Know: Has a single photo or work of art ever inspired a story? What was it and did you finish it?

Yes, to both questions. Having spent years taking groups of children to Tong Church and drawing and painting and modelling the medieval carvings of the Green Man, this activity became the children's book 'Thin Time',  the time when, at Halloween, the veil between our world, and the world of the Snake-Dragon and a five hundred year old tomb dog, becomes thin. 

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