Birthday

It is Diesel’s birthday today. He is thirteen years old. I don’t think he’s really 92-he acts much younger than that, although he doesn’t always hear when we call him. Hubby says that’s ‘selective hearing.’

I keep thinking of improvements to the last page of my novel. I want the reader to feel satisfied. I know I hate rushed endings or those when one has to go back and check that you haven’t missed anything.

Our writing group is going from strength to strength. Wendy Hughes has local launches of her book all this month and I am planning a ‘Music and Words,’ event in May. Most of us will be at the Southern Book Show on 4th March.

I’ll add a picture of Diesel as it’s his special day.

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Garden Birdwatch

Sunday morning, time to look for garden birds as in the book.

It’s Garden Birdwatch Day today, so hope they haven’t flown away.

We’ve put out sprinkles, balls and seeds and porage, on which pigeon feeds.

We wait to see the sparrows flock-we have an hour on the clock.

Five sparrows and two blackbirds- now, please, something special take a bow!

We know that magpies will appear, but, oh, for something new this year.

At last we see a flash of pink – is it a robin? No, I  think

It is a long tailed tit and we will list it for RSPB!

( sorry can’t find a picture – have my favourite pigeon one instead)

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More research

Checking on locations from a computer is so much easier that going there. I am noted for setting my novels in Sussex, even if I don’t name the streets or buildings but this next book is set all over the country and I haven’t the time or money to go to every place.

Thanks to the internet I can view the settings I want to use and even get reviews so I can get a real feel for each place. I have been viewing pictures of Cornwall and it makes one want to visit, it looks so beautiful. The only time I usually look at photos is when I’m choosing a book cover but I haven’t decided what to put on the cover of this one yet. I’m only 15000 words in! I saved a picture but now I can’t find it to add to the post.

Another time, perhaps!

Christmas preparations

We had an early Christmas visit from our granddaughter and our son yesterday. I don’t put family photos on line but I did try to take one of our window before they came. It didn’t come out very well due to reflections. I’ll never be a photographer!

Anyway, we had a Christmas dinner with crackers, hats, jokes and funny reindeer that raced when you wound them up! An improvement on the usual trinkets. I didn’t use the Christmas pudding. I’m keeping that for Christmas Eve.

I’m getting a few comments about the panto and I have begun the new novel. Only problem we now have a leak in the bathroom. Why do these things always happen at Christmas!IMG_0388

Christmas Fayre

The Sea Scribes attended a Christmas fayre at Heene Road Community Centre in Worthing on December 2nd with plenty of different books for sale, some of which were Christmas themed and would make excellent presents. Our festive stall was well attended but there was so much entertainment going on and such wonderful cakes for sale that many people just smiled and passed by. Friends who already had some of our books came to say hello and say how much they enjoyed our work but how could we compete with donkey rides and a £300 bottle of champagne (in the raffle) ?  It was very festive and a credit to the organisers.

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Bookmarks

New bookmarks purchased, with illustrations of book covers on, rather than my photo. While I was out I bought a display stand for the events that are coming up.I may not be writing but I shall be talking and (I hope) selling, in the next few months.My next task is to find some sketches for a spring event. I have looked on line and they just don’t seem funny. I think the secret may be to make them very local and topical but I will research Victoria Wood as she was very gifted that way. We want to mix music and words and give the takings to charity.I just hope my record player is loud enough for the hall next week as I am delivering a talk that includes recordings from the Voice of Progress. I’ll have a rehearsal as I do think having to use apparatus when public speaking is dodgy.IMG_0121

Finding a noise

Wow! Panto almost ready for recording. Only one missing sound and three of us are working hard to find it. I had fun looking at all the sounds one can find on line. A completely new experience for me and I hope I don’t forget how to do it.

Then the final module of my radio drama course came with so much information I had to print it off. It may be useful soon as I am helping in a workshop next week and promised to tell everyone how I found it.

Writing Magazine sent a Christmas parcel which looks exciting. Somehow I have to get energised to be more creative. If I get started on a musical event for 2018 I may feel I am doing something worthwhile. Meanwhile I have ordered the new bookmarks and the poetry anthology is still selling well.

Perhaps I’ll try to take more pictures next year.

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