Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Happy F**king Birthday!

(yeah, you at the school gates, I mean you!)
This is not my usual subject to blog about, but I just have to say this...
I f**king hate the sentiment behind children's birthday party invitations.
Anyone who has kids will understand exactly what I'm saying, so,
"Dear stuck up parent, my son didn't want to go to your son's party anyway!"

Monday, 27 February 2012

Love, Sex, Music and Tears...

I recently posted some photos on my Facebook 'Like' page 'The English Writer' offering a sneaky insight into the novel I am currently working on, also called 'THE ENGLISH WRITER' - which is where I stole the title for this blog.

It's set in London, and centres around 'Elodie', a successful writer and novelist and her affairs of the heart.

So, meet 'Elodie and Miller' (top picture) - confused ex-lovers who just can't seem to let go. Miller decides to return to New York to give Elodie space in the hope they can work it all out and realise they can't live without each other...
...but no one expects Elodie to meet 'George' (see below) - a small town Indie boy who has just arrived in London with his band from the North. He's fresh, a little naive, but very keen to please.
In this book we see the return of 'Jefferson Howie' and his beautiful wife 'Lily' (from 'A Love That Makes Life Drunk'), as well as the more graphic sexual scenes featured in the first novel that readers appeared to like so much!

The first draft is written, so now I face the gruelling task of editing and revising...
Plenty of coffee and Lana Del Rey and I'll be fine (I hope)
I'll keep you posted.

Monday, 20 February 2012

Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Roll...

...is not what I expected when I downloaded the brilliant Blake Nelson's 'Girl' to my eReader before going on holiday last week, but thankfully it's what I got.
I stumbled upon this book accidentally whilst reading an article in Elle magazine featuring 'Juno' writer Cody Diablo talking about the books that have most inspired her.
'Girl' sounded like my kind of story, and to prove it was, I devoured it in just 3 days.
Now I know Blake Nelson is classed as a Young Adult writer, and yes, I am well into my 30's, but so in awe of this book, on my return from holiday I eagerly ordered the sequel 'Dream School' (no download as yet) and wait impatiently to yet again enter the world of Andrea Marr.

Thursday, 9 February 2012


Growing up in the Midlands was pretty uninspiring for me. The industrial town in which I was born was particularly dull, a place I could not wait to escape from.
Then came 'Madchester', and boy, did life a get a little more exciting.
I was 15 when I first heard The Stone Roses, I was stydying for my GCSE's, and still aiming to be a Journalist.
But this music scene wasn't just about the music, although this was hugely influencial on me and the route my life later took, it also introduced me to a city that even today I adore - Manchester.
Over the past 20 plus years I have spent a fair bit of time in Manchester. At one point in time we almost moved there - but it wasn't to be, and Cheshire was a far as we got.
Yesterday, I was trying to pack for our holiday when I found myself reading through an old manuscript. Around 2005 (pregnant with son number 1), I was Manchester mad. We'd spent alot of time there during 2003 and 2004 and so my head was aswim with the place. Reading those manuscripts made me pine. It made me remember how that City moulded me, probably created who I am today, including how I write.
Sadly it's been a few years now since we've made that trip up North, and in truth, I miss it. Very much.
I miss the coolness, the accent, the shops, the deli's, the bars, the Cornerhouse, the Northern Quarter, Piccadilly Gardens, the Lowry Centre, the tram, oh everything!
In another life this would have been my home.
I think I need to get myself back up there, even for a few days.
Thank goodness for memories.

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Happy Chicks!

As most of you may know, I dream of having chickens in my Cornish garden, and so as this reality shifts closer, I thought I should find out if there are any nice people out there where I could purchase a few, and that's when I stumbled upon the brilliant 'Happy Chicks' 
Being a veggie, and caring so much about animals, who I choose to buy from is important, (they also care for, and sell ex-battery hens) and Happy Chicks seemed to tap into this, and they even deliver all the way down to Cornwall!
Of course, I'm not a total novice when it comes to keeping chickens. This is Polly and Livvy in their pink Eglu when we still lived 'up country'. We safely re-homed them before we moved, but I've never really been able to forget.
So, with a garden, and not just a courtyard edging closer, I could soon be sharing with you our extended family.
I wonder what the cats will think!

Geek Dress

I don't know why I keep referring to this dress as 'geeky', because as I'm fairly geeky anyway surely it's no surpris...