It’s a shame she was born a girl…

… but life is even tougher when you become a woman

doctors-daughter-500Today I wanted to explore the early life of a character I’d met in my historical novel, The Reluctant Scribe.

She is a doctor’s daughter, and her chosen name is Lin Min, which means intelligent (or clever) and from the woods. A fitting name, her father agrees. But Lin Min has just turned 16 and life is about to become complicated… Continue reading “It’s a shame she was born a girl…”

Can I take my hamster into space?

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NaNoWriMo day two, and a second short story is in the bag. Well, the first draft completed anyway. It needs more work before I allow anybody to read it!

I’m staying with the sci-fi theme, but this piece consists entirely of emails written by a harassed young graduate on a placement with Leicester I E Scheme (LIES). Continue reading “Can I take my hamster into space?”

NaNoWriMo 2016

ants30 Days and 30 Short Stories

This is my 6th year of participation in the annual frenzy of writing, called NaNoWriMo. And I’ve done pretty well so far.

  • 4 novels drafted
  • 1 novel (of the four) actually finished
  • 1 year of NaNo rebellion, when I drafted my non-fiction walking book
  • Publication of my non-fiction walking book, Walking the English Coast

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5 year project: October update

do you have goalsI’m taking part in Misha and Beth’s Five Year Project and my five-year goal is to write a novel and get it published. To pursue this goal, I really should be continuing my quest to find an agent interested in my historical novel, The Reluctant Scribe. But, in fact, I’ve been doing other things…

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5 year project: September update

do you have goalsI’m taking part in Misha and Beth’s Five Year Project and my five-year goal is to write a novel and get it published. So, I should have been sending my historical novel, The Reluctant Scribe, out to agents. In fact, I’m so disillusioned with the process of trying to find an agent, I’m considering abandoning the quest altogether.

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