A New Talk

Instead of wasting time on twitter I am spending the rest of the day writing a new talk. Most local groups have now heard me speak on my life and works so I am creating a new talk on Sussex in Fiction. This gives me the opportunity to show the two different ways Sussex can be used in novels, either absolutely accurately, as in the books of Peter James, or as an inspiration as used by Simon Brett. The more I look into the writing of Sussex authors the more crime stories I find. Of course, there are also historical romances, like those of Pam Weaver. I have been buying books and taking some out of the library so that I can quote from each author. The most interesting part will be if the listeners can identify places that are not named in the books. It’s easy enough in my books when I don’t name the town but do say it has a pier, a hospital, a Leisure Centre and is near the Downs!

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Writing a talk

No more poems at present as I am researching Sussex Writers for my 2019 talks at Womens’ Institute meetings.

After talking for about two dozen times on my life and works I thought I should branch out and introduce people to other local writers, old and new but this involves reading about their lives as well as sampling their books so it is taking time. Thank goodness for the internet or it would be a much harder job.

My story for the competition has been posted and, as usual I thought of ways to improve it after it had gone. Never mind, it was a free one!

This weekend is all parties and Christmas lunches. It seems early. I haven’t done my Christmas shopping yet. The weather has been unpredictable so we are beginning to hibernate. I did buy a Christmas wreath for the front door but it isn’t up yet.WP_20161214_001

Food Fair

Not feeling poetic today but I did take a picture of the paella at the Worthing Food Fair today. We had some for lunch, with some local cider and wandered round the stalls selling food from all over the world. We brought back some baklava and had it with a cup of tea on our return. ( honey and almond)

I’m giving two talks next week and without a printer I’ll have to work from notes. I don’t often stick to the script anyway. This time it isn’t WI but a Parkinson’s group and a Church Fellowship Group. I think my stories should appeal to them and as the first talk is in Chichester I’m going to treat myself to a day out.

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Story homework

Just typed out a story for Worthy Words, our local writing group. Suffering with a painful jaw as have had a tooth out this morning. I don’t expect any sympathy as the rest of the family are on facebook and I’m staying here. I think I need to take the advice I got on twitter and send details of my website and books to my email list. Perhaps I’ll wait until Christmas as I usually do one of those dreaded round robins.

My first sale of “A Lesson for the Teacher” has been made on Amazon. If people look at my juliecround websites they will find the rest ( mostly cheap, second hand)

Next task, looking out familiar poems for reading at a care home. They won’t know mine but I have a few short or funny ones that should amuse them,especially from “Green Fingers” by Richard Arkell  1934.

Keep trying

I have just sent off an article to Mature Times as the magazine I first offered it to have not replied.If I get it published I’ll be content but wouldn’t it be nice if they asked for more?

I’ll be up in the loft this weekend for more copies of “A Lesson for the Teacher” to take on holiday.As it contains scenes in Chatham,Greenford,Ealing, Shoreham,Brighton, Burnham  and Torquay I can’t expect Worthing people to buy it to find places they recognise as I could with the other five books. It has to rely on folk who remember the 1960’s. Luckily, we may be with a few of those!

The last copy of “Honey and Humbug” will be sold this weekend. (I have archived one)We enjoyed producing our own poetry anthology but we didn’t ISBN it and the 100 we had printed were often given away as presents so it was expensive.

I am trying to think of another story for a competition. Writing Magazine have a whole year of competitions in their last issue. Talks are great but I need to be creating!

Places

It seems I am getting known at last. I have had two more bookings for a talk in 2017 and will need to remember more about my life before writing as listeners seem to prefer hearing about all the places we have lived in and the jobs I have done. I have recently met some people who are now retired and who have never lived anywhere other than their home village or town.

When we were about to retire I thought about what we would like- nearby shops, the sea, a railway station, theatre or cinema and some countryside. But I suspect we need different things at different stages of our lives. I was in London in my youth, which was great for entertainment, I was in the country at college, and on the coast when we got married. We were in the suburbs with our children and then the Green Belt which was almost perfect.

Now we are by the sea again and all the boxes are ticked. I don’t think we’ll move again.

Writing Group

Worthy Words had a great meeting in Worthing Library yesterday where we all had a chance to read what we had been writing.

Wendy gave us ‘homework’ for the summer and we congratulated a member on her prizewinning efforts with poetry. It is good that we have a mix of writers from those who are writing autobiographies to novelists, short story writers and some who have a go at everything.

I’ll miss Sea Scribes this week as I am giving a talk at a WI group. Happily, sales of “A Lesson for the Teacher” are going well. The trick is to carry a copy wherever you go!