What I have seen

Apologies for repeating the last post but I couldn’t find it when I searched for it and didn’t know how else to check on visitors.

I don’t have a poem at present but I would like to comment on a TV programme we have been watching. Bradley Walsh and his son have been swanning around the USA having adventures and the pleasure they showed¬† couldn’t have been acting all the time, even if some of the singing as they drove might have been just for the cameras.

There are a lot of these travel shows on TV at the moment, with railways  and cars featuring quite often but it is usually the interaction between the participants that leaves a lasting impression. The films of India always keep me enthralled and as I age it is possible that these scenes of distant lands are the most valuable programmes on TV.

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Writing Crime

Wow – how difficult is that! I’ve been reading a lot of crime stories recently and am amazed at the plots. I love watching Vera on TV and find police shows interesting but I’m not so keen on police procedural novels. I think I need to identify with the detective and when it’s a grumpy old man I’m not always on his side. It’s different if it is a maverick rebel. Robert Goddard is good at writing those.

I am really trying to watch which posts get the most views as I would like to connect with a few more people. I think giving the posts a good title is probably key. I’ll see if this one works. meanwhile, I’ve done the short story for the competition. That’s two this month.

I use the bookworm picture when I’m posting about books or writing. Is this a good idea?bookwormclipart

Old age

Time for blogging has been at a premium this week, partly because I haven’t been well, partly because I have been trying to get rid of paper and partly because I am now using one of my few free afternoons trying to get fit.

Bandana is a new exercise class where the trainer fits the exercises to the individual and each person gets personal advice on exercise and nutrition. Today the TV suggested old folk should do exercise to keep their brains active.

I sat in bed this morning and wrote a poem about feeling more like a tortoise than a bird.Hopefully it will be in the new poetry anthology I am planning. I may not have ideas for a seventh novel but I am writing poetry again. I think maybe I ought to read more as my verses echo those of fifty years ago! If I don’t blog as often it will be because I am writing, at last!

Vera

Maybe if I put a few book reviews on here my followers will come back.

I am reading The Crow Trap by Ann Cleves and , even before I have finished I know I will look out for more of her books. Three women conduct an environmental assessment for a proposed quarry but a murder brings detective inspector Vera Stanhope onto the scene.

Whereas the TV series concentrates on the detective this book has much more about the other characters and the writing style is perfect for this type of story.I love the detail about the environment that the three women are examining.I’ll put more on Goodreads when I have got to the end.