At last I have completed my talk on Sussex in Fiction. Of course there are many writers I have not included but I have a good mix of crime writers, historical writers and children’s writers. I nearly forgot Winnie the Pooh!
I only have one booking for this year so far and may have to go back onto twitter to let people know I am available.
Now I can start on the poetry anthology. I have about 15 poems, some of which have been on this blog and a friend has given me about ten more so I have been sorting them into sections. It’s funny how many we have both written about our gardens and nature. We had to buy a new bird feeder this week as the squirrel ( or a fox) had run off with the one that held the fat balls.
As for Google + I hardly ever used it so I won’t really miss it.
Now we are in 2019 I feel I should be starting something new. I have completed my talk and once I decide on the readings to accompany it I will be ready to try it out.
The other task I wanted to complete was to publish a poetry anthology, either on my own or with another member of the Sea Scribes but that needs finding and sorting an I’m not in the mood.
A twitter writer suggested turning Christmas cards into book marks, but my book marks are part of my marketing strategy so giving away alternatives wouldn’t work.
I wish all my followers from all over the world a Happy New Year. I am grateful for any comments and always ready to contribute to discussions if I know anything about the subject.
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!
Happy Christmas, everyone
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.
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.
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.
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!