More of What I’ve Read in 2018… (28/04/18)

Hi all, just thought I’d drop an update on the books I’ve read recently. I have a stack of novels I want to read, but I seem to lose interest and dive into something else instead… it’s happened three times now. I’m currently forty books into my one hundred book challenge, which I cannot tell is good or not. Read More

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Films That Make Me Feel “Bookish”

Inspiration is a strange thing. Often, when I’m walking my dogs, I’ll get an idea I’ll never have gotten had I remained behind my laptop. There are films I’ve enjoyed that I’ve always thought would make great novels and I thought, as my output on this blog has been slow, I’d list a few and why they make me feel “bookish”. Read More

Cupid Painted Blind

Chapter 1

Music swelled and rose above the thick bouquet of coffee without drowning out Tsukiko’s tinkling laughter. She put down her phone, holding it only in slight nervousness, and gave James a look of genuine warmth. James felt a plume of euphoria as he witnessed those cute little dimples form in her cheeks. Her voice was lilted with Japanese formality yet hearing her chuckle made her seem so different. Read More

Dear Journal… What I Learned After Writing My First Novel

Well, it finally happened. I managed to finish the second draft of Cupid Painted Blind. Yeah, studio applause and all that, but it’s not all celebratory. I’ve been thinking of what’s changed since I began the first draft back in July and it’s weird how much has changed. Everything is moving forward and with every triumph and setback, you realize that’s what separates writers from people who simply just talk about writing. To begin… Read More