Book review: Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s

So I said, ‘What about Breakfast at Tiffany’s’? I think I knew a lot more about the movie starring Audrey Hepburn, or the song by Deep Blue Something than I knew about the book, and even that, well, my knowledge was limited to the classic shot of black dress and beehive hairdo, pearls and aContinue reading “Book review: Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s”

Project Songbird: Week 5

This has been a week of doing lots of things that weren’t writing my novel, including an online course, reading, doing some editing work, and maintaining some reasonable exercise habits. So I almost didn’t post today, because it almost isn’t worth the update, but I thought I would anyway, just to keep my wordpress streakContinue reading “Project Songbird: Week 5”

Book review: Howl’s Moving Castle

After reading the rather intense and historical Mr Peacock’s Possessions, I turned my attention to one of the books that I found through our building’s system of ‘abandon crap I’m otherwise donating to the charity shops outside my door for a couple of hours to see if I can avoid the trip to the donationContinue reading “Book review: Howl’s Moving Castle”

Project Songbird: Week 4

So I’ve been writing this for a little over a month, including various notes scribbled in notebooks, plot points scoped out in MS Excel, and the Scrivener project I wrote on the trial for twenty-something days before coughing up for the full version. This week, my aim was to keep it ticking over, but takeContinue reading “Project Songbird: Week 4”

Book Review: Lydia Syson’s Mr Peacock’s Possessions

So I’ve been keeping up pretty well with a reasonable reading rate over the past few weeks, reading to devour some books, and nibbling at others (looking at you, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell.) Lydia Syson’s Mr Peacock’s Possessions was book three out of my box of stories that I ordered – a cover thatContinue reading “Book Review: Lydia Syson’s Mr Peacock’s Possessions”

Project Songbird: Week 3

It’s been a delightful weekend, at the end of a pretty good week. We enjoyed some sunshine, got Alex a bike and went on a bike adventure, went on a socially distant picnic with friends in our local park, started our wine kit… and, well, I haven’t felt much like writing. I’ve been struggling withContinue reading “Project Songbird: Week 3”

Book review: Stephen King’s On Writing

Major leagues, in terms of novelist royalty. Stephen King has been outside my consideration for way too long. Like, I knew he existed, and wrote quite a lot, but I think neither of my parents were a fan of creepy stuff, so consequently, I never really saw a pile of Stephen King fiction on aContinue reading “Book review: Stephen King’s On Writing”

Project Songbird: Week 2

Week two of working on Project Songbird in a serious and methodical way went reasonably well. I feel like getting into this practice now will get me writing-fit (like fighting-fit, geddit?) for NaNoWriMo, coming up in November. The thought of averaging about 1667 words a day for 30 days is still pretty daunting, so IContinue reading “Project Songbird: Week 2”

Book Review: Homesick by Marc Raabe

Part of being a better writer is being a better reader. This is something I’ve been working on over time, and is, in itself, part of my shift of habits over the past few months. I just wanted to read more. So I did! So far, I’ve managed to read 15 books, and I’ve beenContinue reading “Book Review: Homesick by Marc Raabe”

Project Songbird: Week 1

I’ve been listening to Stephen King’s On Writing, in which he shows some disregard for the act of painstakingly plotting your work before you get writing, saying that this often kills the story. So I’ve been working on that and the still very vague outline I have for the project in Scrivener, and I’ve beenContinue reading “Project Songbird: Week 1”