December 2018

Best books read in 2018

When you’ve read more than eighty books in a year, narrowing down the best reads is quite a job, but I’ll give it a go. This year’s reading has brought home to me how writers are really pushing at genre boundaries. Now if you pick up a crime book, it is not necessarily going to be either “cosy crime” in the tradition of Agatha Christie, a jigsaw puzzle of clues to fit together with the culprit coming quietly at the end (no court room necessary) nor does it have to be modern noir, usually with a few nasty, arguably gratuitously…

Nanowrimo

November is over. For those who write, this means the end of another Nanowrimo.  A chance to splurge out a first draft of a novel in thirty days. I haven’t participated in Nanowrimo every year, but I always find it an interesting experience. Twice I  tried ‘just writing,’  starting out with no more than an idea and maybe a couple of characters, and on both those occasions I got to 25,000 words and ‘hit the wall’. While that might sound disappointing, looking back now I realise it was a positive experience. It gave me something to work with, and both those projects are much…

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