Monday, 24 October 2016

The saddest episode ever... #TWD #TheWalkingDeadSeason7Premiere

I've just watched it..... The Walking Dead, Season 7, Episode 1.

If you haven't seen it yet and don't want to know who meets Lucille, don't read any further.

My original posts about it: HERE and HERE.

I don't think I've ever loathed a fictional character so much.  I hate Negan!   So I was wrong about who it would be, and I wish I wasn't ~ I loved Abraham, the funniest character in the whole show ... he 'took it like a champ' (even offered himself up, in the last ep of Season 6), and he'd made the most of every post apocalyptic moment, but it was still so shocking to see.  

Even more gut wrenching, somehow, was the second death.  Yeah, yeah, I know it's how it is in the comic books (I haven't read that far), but this is real life; how could the producers do it to us???!!!  Don't know about you, but when they were all sitting there in the clearing, after Negan and the Saviour demons had all gone, I blubbed.  I mean, my eyes didn't just water, I cried real tears.  That bit when Sasha approached Maggie... 

So the Atlanta 5 become the Atlanta 4I'm hoping Daryl doesn't get blamed for Glenn, because he pounced on Negan ('I told you, you get the first one free'), or because this all started when he wasted the Saviours....

...but then again, if he hadn't killed them, they would have killed him, Abraham and Sasha.   And, as Rick said, they would have come for them sometime, whoever killed who first.   Wonder what the hell is going to happen to Daryl - cross fingers he gets to make the revolting Dwight history pretty soon.

I've read that Maggie isn't going to spend the rest of the series in a sodden heap, but is going to become a fighting badass.  Good. 

It's the saddest episode ever.  Even more than when Carl & Daryl had to put Lori and Merle down, or when Rick and Carl thought Judith had been eaten by walkers when the prison blew up ... or even the death of Hershel/Beth/Tyreese/Bob/T-Dog (I can feel a saddest moments post coming on...).  Saddest of all, though, is what could have been....

“Bet you thought you were all going to grow old together, sitting around the table at Sunday dinner with a happily ever after.” 

~ RIP Abraham and Glenn ~

and perhaps there is hope of new allies.....

Friday, 7 October 2016

Tips for new writers, thoughts on self-publishing, and more...

Of all the almost 300 posts I've written on here over the past four and a half years, those about writing have had some of the most views, which tells me that there are a lot of writers out there, particular those new at the game, who are eager to read anything they can get their hands on by those who've been at it a while!

I had the idea to put the links all in one place and add some articles by others, and I'll keep adding to it as I see others and write more myself  (nb, I don't give 'how to write' advice as such because a) I am not qualified to do so,  and b) if you can't write already you won't learn how to do so from blog posts).  Some of the advice in my own posts may be duplicated, as the posts have been written over a period of several years, and some stuff a) occurs to me over and over again and b) can't be said too often ~ but I hope this won't be too tiresome.

Here they all are, then ~ I've included reviews of a few books I think are worth getting, too.  Click the name of the post/title of the book to read it.

Let's start at the beginning ~ I wrote some Dos and Don'ts for First Time Novelists, and also, on my review blog, my thoughts on Back To Creative Writing School by Bridget Whelan, which I thought a very good choice for absolute beginners.

More debut author advice posts here:
Ten miscellaneous tips for debut writers 
7 myths that can hold new writers back 
Three mistakes new writers are still making 

I've just seen this very good post called What to do if you have just decided to write a book, a guest post by a lady called Lucy Adams on the blog of writer Nicholas Rossis

Bearing in mind the first piece of advice in the Dos and Don'ts article, I wrote two pieces entitled What Reading has taught me about Writing; there is a link to the first one on the second.  

If you're finding it hard to get that first novel finished, you might like to read THIS POST.

No novel should be self-published or sent to a publisher without a professional proofread.  Read ALL you need to know about the hows and the whys from top UK proofreader Julia Gibbs, HERE.

....and once it's finished, you'll want to decide whether you want to self-publish, submit to an independent publisher, or aim for the dizzy heights of the agent/traditional publisher route.   I've written a much read and commented on piece about why Self-publishing is a creative choice, not a last resort.

And here's How to self-publish an ebook by writer/editor Alison Williams.  She's also written a brilliant piece about the few writers published by small independents who look down on the self-published and think they are 'better' than them, simply because they can now mention 'my publisher' in conversations, and talk about deadlinesSelf-Publishing and the Snobbery Issue.

Here are some more words of wisdom from Alison, about vanity publishers:
It's a Jungle out there 
and an article I wrote for Rosie Amber's blog about things to look out for if you're going to sign with small publishers and vanity presses 

Watch out for this one: The grammatical error that even the most intelligent people make...

Turning your back on the so-called 'rules' ~ my post about this is HERE

If you've decided to self-publish, you might like to read this post about the dreaded (and very difficult to get right) Book Blurbs

I review a lot of books for a book blog (submissions from authors), and come across the same debut novelist slip-ups over and over again. THIS POST outlines them.

Worried about reviews?  Here's mine for Rayne Hall's Getting Book Reviews

.... and here's how NOT to get reviewed by a book blogger, on Rosie Amber!
Now, the nasty stuff.  We all get them sometimes.  Here's How to deal with Bad Reviews.

...and here's another post by Alison Williams, about why not every 1 or 2* comes from a 'troll' ~ Why You Shouldn't Ignore Bad Reviews

So much has been written about promotion for the self/indie published, and I'm no expert.  But I will say that Twitter can be a writer's best friend if used wisely, and I've written lots of posts about how to get the most out of it HERE, and (although a year in Twitter is a long time and some bits might have dated slightly).  

I've recently written a guest post on Swirl and Thread book blog, giving some basic tips for writers using social media for the first time.  I can also recommend Rayne Hall's book Twitter For Writers.


Now a couple of fun posts!

Before I started this self-publishing thing I used to.... 

...and NOT to be taken seriously: How to Write a Romcom in one Easy Lesson! 

But after all that, let's take a moment to Remember Why We Write


Monday, 3 October 2016

THE DEVIL YOU KNOW at half price

THE DEVIL YOU KNOW is on offer: just 99p/99c from Oct 4-10

Available on Amazon UK and, (and all other Amazon sites).  Lots of very good reviews, from both book bloggers and the reading public :)

What would you do if you feared the serial killer was someone you knew, loved, or maybe even a member of your family?

Every serial killer is someone's friend, spouse, lover or child.... 

Young women are being murdered in the Lincolnshire town of Lyndford, where five people fear someone close to them might be the monster the police are searching for.

One of them is right.

Juliet sees an expert's profile of the average serial killer and realises that her abusive husband, Paul, ticks ALL the boxes.  

Maisie thinks her mum's new boyfriend seems too good to be true.  Is she the only person who can see through Gary's friendly, sensitive façade? 

Tamsin is besotted with her office crush, Jake.  Then love turns to suspicion... 

Steve is used to his childhood friend, Dan, being a loud mouthed Lothario with little respect for the truth.  But is a new influence in his life leading him down a more sinister path? 

Dorothy's beloved son, Orlando, is keeping a secret from her—a chilling discovery forces her to confront her worst fears. 

THE DEVIL YOU KNOW is a character-driven psychological drama that will keep you guessing until the very end.