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A sense of loss

I'm feeling as though I've lost a great friend. I've only known them for a few months, but they've become such a huge part of my life. I've come to love them and now they're gone.

And also this morning I'm reminded of the great TS Eliot quotation -

"Words strain, Crack and sometimes break, under the burden,
Under the tension, slip, slide, perish, Decay with imprecision, will not stay in place..."

It's difficult to sum up the emotions but that's a part of this writing lark, so I'll have a go.

An Unnecessary Murder was like... Read more

Those book choices..

A fine time appeared had by all at last night's World Book Event in Plymouth Central Library. I certainly enjoyed myself, and found the other panellists' choices fascinating.

As promised, my 3 literary picks (after all due agonising) -

1. Favourite Book as a Child - The Nonsense Rhymes of Edward Lear. 

I chose this because Lear gave me the great gift of friends to accompany everywhere with his characters (I was an only child and life could get lonely), and because I loved the imagination and rhythm and rhyme of the verse.  The humour was wonderful, too. 

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Tricky literary choice

I've been engaged in some enjoyable emotional wrestling of a literary kind - trying to choose some books of great importance to me.  And I'm wondering how you'd get on with the challenge?

Monday (April 23rd) is World Book Night, and I've been invited to Plymouth to be part of a panel to discuss some of our favourite books. But the cunning librarians have made it a lot tougher than that.

They've asked us to pick three books, in these categories -

1. You favourite book as a child

2. The book which has influenced you the most

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Counting down

It's a week to the opening of An Unnecessary Murder and I'm busily engaged in self-management.

I'm trying to distract myself with work, writing, exercise, composing even dafter than usual tweets (quick aside - I'm proud to now be followed by the UK Asparagus Festival - how wonderfully random is that?!), but not much is working.  The play won't leave my mind.

I'm not surprised.  It's the first time I've tried a venture like this, and you know what doing something new can be like. Plus with this writing lark you inevitably expose part of yourself, a piece of your... Read more

The simple pleasures

Time after time as I wander through this strange place called life, I've been grateful for one particular element of my outlook.  I'm blessed with not being materialistic.

Don't get me wrong, I like a few pleasures like any of us - a fine ale, good meal, a new shirt (not always terribly tasteful, it's true), but I'm not driven by accumulating wealth.

This little musing arises from a question I received about the tvdetective books, and Dan in particular.  As some seem to think he and I share much in common - how could they, when he's so bumbling... Read more

Going Cruising

No, not that sort of crusing, before you even start thinking it.  The proper type, like what on a big ship, see?

I've never tried a cruise before. So, it was a very pleasant surprise to be invited upon one to talk about the tvdetective books.  I'm off down to the Cape Verde islands later in the year, since you ask, sailing from Southampton, and with a few stops on the way.

To earn my passage, I've got to give a series of talks, and that's what is currently causing me more than a twitch of angst.  Six in total... Read more

Entertaining extras

I must just mention this, as it's been amusing me for days.

The producer of An Unnecessary Murder has hauled in a few extras for various scenes, and they're tending to be friends of both hers and mine.

Now, my friends are a wonderful, but by no means shy and quiet bunch, as I suspect you can imagine.  But when it came to their first rehearsal and the fledgling flaps into their parts... what a fascinating transformation!

They were so cutely touching.  A normally self assured and confident bunch went all withdrawn and bashful!  Ahhh!

I can appreciate it's intimidating,... Read more