Monthly Archives: September 2012

Cuthbert Collingwood

Name ring a bell? Probably not. Everyone’s heard of Admiral Nelson, but few know the name of his old friend and second-in-command Admiral Collingwood. But they should. Being interested in naval history I already knew a bit about him, but … Continue reading

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Origins of Sayings

I came across this one on a ghost hunting programme (!) I saw recently involving a very old, supposedly haunted bed. The bed itself was a very old, crudely made one. Instead of a solid base or wooden slats beneath … Continue reading

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Covering Letters

After discussing synopses recently, it seemed appropriate to add a bit about covering letters. Isn’t it strange how such a little thing as an accompanying letter can cause so much trepidation! But it’s understandable, because this is where the ‘judging’ … Continue reading

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Origins of words and sayings

Among the many scraps of paper in my bulging folder of ideas for future writing projects is one for a novel set in Anglo-Saxon England, and some research I was doing recently gave me an idea for today’s posting. There … Continue reading

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The Infernal World of Branwell Bronte

I’ve just finished reading this book by one of my favourite authors – Daphne Du Maurier. Unlike her more famous book, this is a biography and explores the life of one of the least known of the Brontes. The whole … Continue reading

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Synopsis Writing

Synopses can be tricky to write, and they cause a lot of headaches among new writers. My main advice is to keep it short and factual. Put yourself in the position of an editor, agent, or someone employed by them … Continue reading

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Ferney

I’ve just finished this unusual and interesting novel and I strongly recommend it. I love any well written story that involves time travel, timeslips and so on, and this is a variation on that theme because, without giving too much … Continue reading

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