Sunday, 11 December 2016

Not Long To Go...

A gem of a book...

Not long to go has a few meanings.

Christmas is of course fast approaching, and this coming Wednesday it's Awards Night at the writers' club.

I may have a few photos I can share next week...

College and Uni finish this coming Friday so I'll have a houseful from next weekend until early New Year. As much as I love my brood, it does mean any quiet time to write is reduced to a dripping tap that quickly gets fixed.

So there will only be a couple more posts until after Christmas.

Meanwhile I've been considering ideas for both my blog and Serena's.

I've also been catching up on my reading while I've had a spare ten minutes, or while waiting for appointments...

One of my recommended reads that would make an ideal Christmas present is From Story Idea to Reader by Patsy Collins and Rosemary J. Kind. And it's not because I know the authors.

This is a book I wish had been around when I first started writing, as it has a friendly and very comfortable and clear style; but there are sections more experienced writers can dip into that inspire me, and (new to me) techniques to try out. It's available on Kindle and as a paperback via Createspace, either from Alfie Dog (see link below) or Amazon.

I haven't finished reading it yet as I've not had enough free-time, so that's another delight to come over the holidays.

Earlier this year Patsy guest posted about using Createspace to turn her e-book novels and short story collections into paperbacks; and Rosemary is the owner and editor of Alfie Dog Fiction.

If you're in the UK and are signed up to Goodreads then there's an opportunity to win a copy. Click here.

I still have a number of photos to finish sorting and labelling up too, and I want to get a few blog posts written up for those busy times...

More soon...


  1. It will be lovely to have your brood home for Christmas :-) Patsy and Rosemary's book sounds great!
    Hope you have a lovely time at awards night x

    1. It will be good to have all my family together, Teresa.

      Patsy and Rosemary's book is very good.

  2. Thanks so much for the mention, Carol. I'm glad you found the book useful.

    1. You're welcome, Patsy. It's a very good book. :-)

  3. Thank you. So pleased you are enjoying the book.

    1. You're welcome Alfie Dog. It's a must have book for writers of any level. :-)

  4. Hope you get some time to yourself, Carol, when the house fills up! Enjoy the awards evening.

    1. Thanks, Rosemary.

      The only drawback with everyone at home is the time it takes to cook everything needed. :-)


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