Progress Update: Includes Kitten

Well, my mini writing challenge (15,000 new words, write first thing every morning) has been going really well, but I’m going to have to switch projects from the ‘new shiny’ to the official WIP.

I heard back from Agent Fabulous re. the latest rewrite and I have a little more work to do. It’s exciting, though, as I can really see how to improve this draft and the finish line is in sight!

However, progress might be slightly banjaxed (in the cutest possible way) by the arrival of a new member of our household: Zelda Kitzgerald.

Is there anything sweeter than a tiny grey tabby kitten curled up on your lap? No. No, there is not.
Look! Zelda matches our sofa - we obviously had no choice but to adopt her...
Look! Zelda matches our sofa – we obviously had no choice but to adopt her…

Short Story News and Not Doing NaNoWriMo

wintertalesThe nice folk at Write Romantics have put together an anthology of winter-themed short stories in order to raise money for The Cystic Fibrosis Trust and The Teenage Cancer Trust.

Titled Winter Tales, the anthology features bestselling writers such as Annie Lyons, Helen Phifer and, um, me. (Meep!)

My story is called ‘The Art of Giving’ and it features Iris Harper. So, if you enjoyed The Language of Spells and wanted a peek into Iris’s past or you fancy an excellent selection of uplifting stories or you just feel like doing something good for charity, please consider purchasing a copy.

Winter Tales is out on Saturday 8th November (tomorrow!) in Kindle format with paperback to follow soon. There’s a launch event tomorrow afternoon on Facebook with competitions and giveaways.

In other news, I will (yet again) not be taking part in NaNoWriMo. I think it’s a brilliant event and I wish everyone taking part lots of luck, but I know it’s not for me. The pressure of 50,000 words just makes my brain freeze.

I do love writing challenges, though, so I’m joining author Karen Mahoney’s cut-down version.

After sending off the latest rewrite of the book to my agent, I wanted to have a fairly chilled month, plus I respond well to a low bar, so I set my target at 15,000 words.

Hop over to her blog if you’d like to join in, too.


What I’ve Been Reading


As well as lots of research books for my WIP, I’ve had a binge on ‘just for fun’ fiction recently, and I’ve read some absolute crackers.

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

If you’ve managed not to read or hear anything about this book then I urge you to borrow/buy it immediately. Don’t be tempted to Google it or to read any reviews as they are spoilerific. I read this book purely on a recommendation, without knowing anything about it at all, and I think that’s the best way… So. Go read it. It’s good. It’s really, really good.

gospelThe Gospel of Loki by Joanne Harris.

Maybe you’re not as obsessed with myths as I am, but I’d still heartily recommend this retelling of Loki’s life. Joanne Harris a brilliant storyteller and, as befits a trickster God, the voice is beguiling and witty.


The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Yes, I’m incredibly late to the party on this one, but I’m adding my voice to the choir, anyway… ¬†Agent Fabulous recommended I read this and I’m so glad I did. The character of Don Tillman is compelling, funny, and touching, and I absolutely didn’t want it to end.



The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

Yes, it’s fashionable to say snidey things about J.K. Rowling’s prose but I’ve never been fashionable and I’m not about to start now. The Silkworm is an excellent ¬†mystery set within the literary scene of London. I adore the crime-solving duo of private detective Cormoran Strike and his assistant/Doctor Watson Robin Ellacott, and am already looking forward to their next adventure.

How about you guys? Read anything fabulous recently?