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Lover of words. Usually found with a book or a pen in my hand.

Monday, 21 February 2011

Writebulb Logo

How exciting, Writebulb now has its own logo courtesy of my very good friend Gill Sanchez.

Gill is a very busy man – as well as creator of our wonderful logo, he is a talented artist and Mayor of Delmont, Pennsylvania.  From this description he may sound to be a brooding and serious man….not the Gill I know!  He is charismatic and funny......and a true friend (not many of those about these days).

The logo is important to our group as it's another step forward, another building block that cements us together.  We're already talking about the next step - business cards.

All this has had a positive impact upon my writing.  I've critically reviewed my NaNo and concluded it requires a total rewrite.  A year ago this would have been a daunting task and one I felt unable to tackle.  But now, with all the support around me I'm in a positive frame of mind and believe I can do it.  And I will - I have pledged to have the first three chapters completed by the end of June - yikes!

Thanks, Bulbs!  And thanks, Gill!

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Sister by Rosamund Lupton

Last month I read Sister by Rosamund Lupton which is one of the best reads I've had in a long time.  I became immersed in the story and it is one of those books that I was sad to put down at the finish.  I love it when a book can do that to me.

The other day a friend gave me an article she had read in the Daily Mail about Ms Lupton and how Sister was created....and it is such a lovely story.

A housewife with two small children, Rosamund explored ways of going back to work in order to ease the financial burden on her over-worked husband.  Of course, employment had to fit around the children and so it was that she decided to write a book.  After just three chapters she sent it to an agent who liked it.  From there Sister has realised publication, going into the top ten in its first week and remaining there for fourteen weeks.  It has been featured on Radio 4's Book at Bedtime and chosen by Richard and Judy for their Book Club.  And the icing on the cake - film rights have been sold.

I find Rosamund Lupton's story inspiring.  She wanted to write a book, and she did.  No procrastination or hours spent 'studying the market', she just got on and did it.

So what am I waiting for?  I'm heading back to my novel right now.

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

writebulb and Essex Book Festival

We had our second Writebulb meeting on Saturday - and we were really chuffed with the posters designed by Chelmsford Library.  It's hard to believe that we officially formed the group on 21st December 2010, have had our second meeting and received so much interest and enthusiasm.

Our next meeting hosts a talk by Penelope Fletcher (of Demon Girl fame) and we are attending the Essex Book Festival Launch on 3rd March.  Added to that, we are attending various Book Festival events around the county.  March will be a busy month for us but incredibly exciting.  Just hope I can continue with editing my NaNo novel - time marches on!