Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Effortlessly cool...

Love him or loathe him, Liam Gallagher just has it.
I was reminded of this during a visit from my big sister last weekend. We discussed Gallagher's new clothing company Pretty Green, and made plans of what we wanted to buy when she heads off to London next month, (t-shirt, scarf, poster (above)).
I have to say, he may be older, but he looks alot cooler now than he did over 15 years ago when I asked for his autograph in a dingy back room at Birmingham's Jug of Ale.
Effortlessly cool?
Oh yes.
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Monday, 11 October 2010

Introducing "The English Writer" - blog review

Considering I'm really rather proud of being a writer I don't actually tell many people.
I don't have an explanation for this, but I think it may have something to do with seeing myself as a very ordinary person, and someone who writes for love rather than anything else, and so when my local newspaper reviewed "The English Writer" blog back in September, it caused a little stir at work and on the school run, and I'm more than a little buzzed up about it.
(apologies for the size of the article - click to enlarge)
And I'm really glad they chose the "Nice Guy Eddie" VW Camper holiday post to review as it is probably me at my blogging finest, oh, and I must give a huge nod for mentioning Tom Delonge as my muse - "the inspiration behind every male character I have created since 2002" - great stuff.
So, to conclude, The English Writer is for "anyone with an interest in literature or family life" as well as "combining a personal touch with insights into her creative process".
I think that just about sums it up.
Thanks for reading,
Karen.

ps. When the time is right, my local paper will be covering the "Hope & Jump" book launch - details to follow.

Friday, 1 October 2010

Girl From The North Country...

It's raining but I don't care.
After what can only be described as a pretty horrendous week at work (busy), I have a day off.
I've had a dozen cups of tea, but I am so looking forward to a well deserved glass of wine tonight.
So, Geek Post number 1...
Being an avid Daphne Du Maurier fan I went along to a workshop last week to study the "Rebecca Notebook" - the original notes and manuscripts from the novel "Rebecca". Not my favourite book by Du Maurier ("Jamaica Inn" is just brilliant and gripping), but all the same I really enjoyed it.
Anyhow, above is a picture of a copy of what is believed to be the first draft of "Rebecca" (kept at the University of Exeter), and, excuse me, I was mesmirised by it, for obvious reasons.
Geeky it may be, but as a writer, these early stages of writing are quickly forgotten once you begin editing, and even more so when the book is published, so seeing this gave me a little buzz.

I wonder if they'll be storing this first draft in Exeter at any time in the future...

...oh well, it's good to imagine anyway, and I guess I should add that the above "notebook" which was orginally named "Girl From the North Country" - wholly inspired by Bob Dylan's 'Nashville Skyline', is now novel 2 'Hope & Jump' - something I had actually forgotten.

Thanks for dropping by, and have a great weekend all,
Hugs
Karen
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Fizz Time

It's been a slightly testing evening, so now the kids are calming down (and me!) I think I'll settle down to a little glass of fi...