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.

Writing 101 – Day 15

As a young teenager in the 1960’s I was surrounded by new music. This,  of course,  wasn’t my first taste of popular listening. My mother was a huge fan of musicals. I still know all the words to the songs from ‘Oklahoma’,  ‘Kismet’, ‘South Pacific’ and most of the others of the day. She regularly took me to the cinema to watch them and I loved them as much she did; I still do.

We  had all the soundtracks at home and these were played throughout the day whilst my mother did her chores to them. She was also a huge fan of Mario Lanza, the opera singer, so that was where I got my love of that genre. My mother had a signed photograph of Mario on her dressing table, much to my Father’s disgust.

Growing up in those circumstances and the explosion of popular music,  in the 1960’s made it almost impossible for me not to love music of all types. I still listen every day, except when I’m writing, as I lose concentration when I my attention wanders off to listen to the words.

I have my Mother to thank for that.

Editing Blog Posts


My editing technique is pretty basic.  When I write I ramble and generally follow what spills from my brain and it often has no particular order. It definitely has very little flow as I jump from sentence to sentence, as the jumble of my thoughts make their way onto the page. So realising that the finished article may even be read by other people; most of whom are not party to my scatty brain patterns, I have to edit my ramblings.

I thank Word-press for the ‘Preview’ and spell-check facilities, as I’ve found that I can read my texts in the editor several times and find it okay. As soon as I view it in preview, however, I immediately see where my mistakes are. The double and and or the of of jump out and shout at me, although I’ve never noticed them before. I think it’s about the way our brains process what we see and skips over the errors. I used to print them out first and then go over them with a pen but with the increased cost of ink and in an attempt to save the world resources I find that option no longer viable.

These days the time spent on the editing process is almost as long as the initial writing but it works for me

How do you edit?