And she’s off … well, sort of …

Yesterday didn’t start as planned and by the time I settled down to work, it was almost time to start the ghostwriting gig. Scrivener I’d already tried and failed to open the Scrivener file for this work on Sunday. I’ve reinstalled Scrivener to my computer and I failed to copy across the templates I’ve generated…

As busy as a bee 🐝

Image by chezbeate from Pixabay After watching the weather, the poet decided to go fishing on Friday. So I put together an editing bag and took the work with me that came in on Thursday morning. By the end of the afternoon, I’d finished the hard-copy edits. By the time we got home, a new…

Broadening horizons

(Image by Lenka Novotná from Pixabay) I’ve been umming and ahhing for well over a year about turning my hand to ghostwriting. Of course, much of my B2B and SEO work is ghostwriting. I don’t get to add my name to it and I have no future claim over it. (I keep copyright on work…

Oops, forgot to give it a title!

Dog walk The dog and I once again attempted to find the circular path the three-legged dog and its humans had used, this time armed with the poet. Last week, it was just the dog and me, and I gave up and turned around when I thought the path between the houses and the old…

Where to hide a body

Sorry for the “click bait”, but  I didn’t know what else to call it today! 😇 This picture was originally tucked inside an envelope and given to me on my birthday one year, by a friend I worked with at the National Grid. I have no idea what he was trying to suggest … I…

Proofreading and writing

This picture is a magazine mock-up that my Smoggie snapper (Teesside photographer) made for me when I left Corus/Tata. The front cover image is of a blowout and I wanted to use this image on the front of a live RD&T Magazine. I was the editor and I thought it was a fantastic picture. But…

Decluttering the cluttered computer

This clock was made for me by a friend many moons ago, possibly in the mid-90s. Her boyfriend was just setting up in business making and selling dolls houses and he moved on to miniature scene boxes. It has his name and address on the back and they split up a few years later, but…

Writing a stream of consciousness + permissions

Disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. (Qualifying links updated at 11:50am UK time on Monday 14 September 2020.) Last week we were watching an episode of The Blacklist, which we’ve been binge-watching on Sky. But I got the feeling that one of their plotlines was a bit weak, a bit thin,…

My new office

I always wanted one of those offices that were next to the front door, at the bottom of the stairs. And now I have one. (See first picture.) The room is still looking a bit bare. There should be 2 noticeboards on that wall and a calendar – if you look closely, you can see…

Book review: Fall Down Dead

This feature is in association with NetGalley. Fall Down Dead,  Stephen Booth Thanks to NetGalley and to Little, Brown Book Group UK for an advance copy of Fall Down Dead by Stephen Booth. I’m a massive Stephen Booth fan and I know that this book was completed while the author was recovering from surgery. However,…

Using a murder board

The murder board My murder board isn’t up yet, but every time I open this tin of bits that go with the murder board, it cheers me up no end. I think it’s all the colours. The murder board is a large whiteboard that goes on every wall in every office I ever have. Whenever…

Getting back into a routine

I had a lot of admin work to do yesterday in the end, and there’s still a load more to do. First job, of course, right after writing yesterday’s blog post, was the diary. Then I had to renew my membership of the Crime Writers’ Association, which expired on 31 August. I chased a new…

Hello, Finningley!

For the past two weeks we’ve been moving house (again!), and now we’re in the village of Finningley, which used to be in Nottinghamshire but is now in South Yorkshire. It’s amazing how borders can change like that. There’s an airfield here that used to be RAF Finningley and for 35 years the airfield hosted…

Book review: The Sailor from Casablanca

This feature is in association with NetGalley. The Sailor from Casablanca,  Charline Malaval Thanks to NetGalley and to Hodder & Stoughton for an advance copy of The Sailor from Casablanca by Charline Malaval. If you like a dangling denouement, then you might enjoy this story. I prefer to have everything neatly resolved without questions still…

Squeezing the work in

This morning I finally started the next book for NetGalley. Well, actually, I re-started it as I’d already read a couple of chapters and I wanted to refresh my memory. The work came in from Hong Kong. The publisher has worked so hard to get this material to me this week rather than next week….

Clearing the decks

I realised that we get the keys to the new house next Wednesday. That’s just over a week away. So I’ve decided to close the office on Tuesday. I won’t be able to concentrate properly after then anyway, so I may as well. The first thing I did was notify all of my regular clients…

Purging and packing

The end of last week was mostly spent on a client job, which I got back to the client during Friday evening. We had a discussion too about either me rejigging my diary for him or him sending me the work on a different day. I tend to do client work of an afternoon, but…

Pitching for work + Creating mockups

Pitching for work I don’t actually need more work at the moment, but I still like to keep an eye on what’s available, and I still keep looking because you never know when a current client no longer has any work for you, or if they go bust, or if you fall out, or anything….

I published a book

I didn’t get around to writing any of Catch the Rainbow yesterday, but I did sort some of the rest of the material into some sort of order. This one may not get finished before the end of August, but then again, it might … The Life of Richard Cadbury was also neglected. I need to…