The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor

What a gem of a book this is. It’s funny, scary, sad and happy and really well written. I was surprised to find that the author is a woman as the chief protagonist is male. We follow his hap hazard childhood with his gang of friends through to adulthood. With all the stresses and tensions of life thrown into a small Southern English town. Well paced and written and a pretty original storyline which keeps the reader, well this reader, interested and wanting more right up until the last page. It was one of those books I couldn’t put down but feel a bit lost because it’s ended.

To say this is a first book from this author I would suspect there are many more to come. I, for one, will eagerly await the next one.

New Year Resolutions

We’re well into January now and all those good intentions should be firmly taking route. Dry January, Gym visits, Smoking patches, and the dreaded Diet , etc means we should all be feeling pretty good about ourselves and our new regimes.

Sadly, for most of us, that will not be the case. My promise to myself (I find it easier not to proclaim my resolutions to anyone but myself.) has already fallen at the first hurdle. My 2018 To-do-list is topped by:

Write a blog post every week.

Second is: Edit a scene from the first draft of my novel every day.

Both of these, sadly, have failed to happen as life, like so often happens, has gotten in the way. So I’ve managed neither of those but I intend to change that and pretend that today is New Years Day and in my new world calendar I’m starting as I mean to go on.

So everything is reset, my new list is on track, I feel inspired and renewed and all is well with the world. Perhaps.

Picture Story – Writing 101 – Day 4


They do say that every picture tells a story, well for me they do. But how do I get the picture?

I’m quite a keen photographer, although I don’t blog about it. There are much better picture takers than me who do, so I’m happy to let them. There are a couple of snaps on this blog but they are just snaps. I own quite a nice DSLR camera with various interchangeable lenses and a smaller point and shoot camera, but the strange thing is that most of my shots, these days, are taken using my phone. The cameras only come out when I pre-plan what I’m going to take pictures of. I don’t really have the patience to hang around for hours to get that all important shot; the one that everyone will love. I find that most of my photo opportunities come upon me suddenly, when I don’t have a camera with me. I always carry my phone.

I’ve always owned a camera and, at one time, I used to carry it with me everywhere, but not any more. In fact, I don’t think I’ll buy another camera I’ll just make sure I buy phones which are capable of taking decent pictures. I could never have imagined, as a small boy given a Kodak Box Brownie camera, that I would now forsake the camera in favour of a phone. Amazing.

Why I Write

I write because I love the journey my writing takes me on. I love how the characters form their own personalities on the page as my mind adds ‘what if’s’ to their personalities. I like to be carried along as the plot twists and turns as they take on form and make their own decisions.

Sometimes I feel that I have no control over the events unfolding on the page before me

What is it about Wednesday’s ?

Wednesday is thought by some to be the link between weekends. For those of us who work Monday to Friday, Wednesday is the middle support column of the bridge we call the working week. It can also be the day when the realisation dawns that less than half the work has been completed, placing pressure on us to catch up or worse, tell the boss things are running late. So are we guilty of wishing our lives away? Americans often refer to it as ‘Hump day’ as we move from the upward slope of Monday and Tuesday but before we commence the downward glide towards the following weekend. It’s the day that all children born on are ‘Full of woe’ according to the folk rhyme. Solomon Grundy was married on Wednesday. Sheffield has a football team named after it. ‘Ash Wednesday’ is the first day of Lent in the Christian calendar. So forget Happy Monday’s, Pancake Tuesday, Maundy Thursday and Black Friday; enjoy Wednesday, it’s just another day.