54% of traditionally published authors…

Am I in the 54% – suspect so, but won’t know for sure until April…

Here’s an interesting and thought-provoking and possibly a little dispiriting article. But hey if I am in the 54% then I’m in good company – lots better than thinking it’s only me down here!


Mapping England

Lovely maps, but where’s Scotland?? I just love early maps, and have some lovely illustrations from Blaeu of the areas I write about – and like Pat I am amazed at hoe good some of these early maps were.

I can’t wait to get to Ulster in my current series of books following the Munro family because Thomas Raven did stunning maps in the early years of the 17th century there. (And was hauled up before the Star Chamber – but that’s another story…)


Astley? Never heard of him? Neither had I, but this is fascinating…

This is obviously my days for reading fascinating posts – thanks to Mike Rendell for this post on Philip Astley – and like many readers I’m sure, I wish I had such a treasure trove of family memorabilia to delve into.

A handbill from 1771 would be fantastic on it’s own, but chests of the stuff… have to admit to being a little green!


Mantel Adaptations – stage and TV

This is probably the most interesting article I’ve seen this week – a behind the scenes look at how Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies have been adapted for the RSC (and a wee reference to the TV adaptations to come – interesting that they will not be screened now until 2015.)

As someone who didn’t finish Wolf hall – I got so frustrated by the lack of dialogue tags and a few other issues – but really enjoyed Bring Up the Bodies, I would love to see both of these on stage – interesting premise that the target for Wolf Hall was to reduce it to 25,000 words!

Good too that Mantel was closely involved in the adaptation.


The plight of mid-list authors

Mid-list is where I hope to be in a couple of years time – defined as selling a moderate number of copies of an individual book – and hoping that I might gradually build a following. This article from the Guardian is interesting reading, if not exactly encouraging…


Sad but true…

A couple of days ago I heard a news item about an Afghan girl of c 9 who had been found wearing a suicide vest, the Taliban having intended her to carry out a suicide bombing.

Very sobering for me and somewhat uncanny as the main character in the short story of mine which has just been placed 3rd in the Rubery International Short Story Award was an Afghan girl of 10 who is tasked with triggering an improvised explosive device.

3rd in Rubery International Short Story Competition

Delighted to be 3rd in Rubery Short Story Competition – pity about the commas! (Though I don’t think I had too many – in fact re-reading the story between finding out I’d been placed and actually seeing the adjudication I noticed a couple of places where I would have inserted one!

Here’s the link to the adjudication – http://www.ruberybookaward.com/2013-short-story-winners.html

And here’s a pic of me with the rather lovely trophy – IMG_20131227_190731

Question for my readers – do you think the use of commas is a generational thing?