The wild garlic is poking through and while it's not at this stage yet (last year's photo) it does mean spring has sprung! I love this time of year, with random scattering of primroses popping up all over the garden, the old plum tree in full bloom - and the grass looking like it will need its first mow soon.
Many thanks to those who have purchased Legend of the Winged Lion since its release last month. Even greater thanks to those who left a review. If you haven't yet, could I ask you very nicely, please, to take a moment to do so, here, please? Thank you!
Legend of the Winged Lion is off on a 'blog tour' from 17th-21st March so that it can be talked about by, well, bloggers! The first time I've done this so a little excited to see word of the book being spread further.
A reminder that today is the last day for the 99c/p eBook offer - hurry, hurry!
Look what arrived!
The real gryphon!
My brother Justin cast the model he made for the book cover. These little beauties winged their way from Thailand to the Forest of Dean and now adorn my study. Can't wait to show them to some kids at an upcoming school visit. Pretty sure they'll be impressed!
I'm now editing River Witch, the magical realism novel set here in the Forest. The aim is to have that out by the end of summer, beginning of autumn. There will be progress news!
My local writing group's prose and poetry competition launched at the end of February. Closes 18th April, UK residents only (sorry), on the theme Signs of the Zodiac. Look forward to your entries and good luck! Go here for all the information.
And for all you avid readers, here's a site that's growing rapidly with new authors being constantly added. Ben Shepherd makes us work for our slot, asking us to recommend five other books which fit the theme of our own. A challenge! I hope you approve my choices. I know Rachel Joyce is about to garner a new fan, at least. Click on the image below to see what I'm talking about.
A short story to entertain you
This piece of flash fiction was inspired by a prompt at our monthly writing workshop. Set locally, a two to three minute to read.
Joanne (J.C.) Paulson is a highly supportive member of Twitter's #writingcommunity, which is how I got to know her. A long-time Saskatoon journalist, she has been published in newspapers including The StarPhoenix, The Western Producer, the Saskatoon Express and a variety of magazines.
Four years ago she started writing mysteries based in Saskatchewan. Check out my interview to read about Joanne and her books, including her recently released historical fiction novel, Blood and Dust.
WRITERS ARE READERS TOO
It might have been written for kids, but this CS Lewis quote (which I'm using constantly) sums up my thoughts about Inkheart.
'A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.'
To read the detail of those thoughts, take a look here.
This month I've written a post about a very exciting topic - verbs. Well, you might say, are you going to do nouns next? Seriously, verbs are the words I spend most time researching the Thesaurus to find alternatives, because a strong verb can make a sentence sing!