Consequences 1: Burt on a Friday

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A new year has begun – so let’s tweak the Friday quotes – to spice it up in 2016 let’s play the old game of consequences, or whatever you call it over the Ocean?!

Each Friday quote should link…and off we go – I’ll begin!

(If you want to join in, just add one in a comment, and I will pick it up and carry on from there…)

‘…all that happens leaves its traces upon the earth by nightfall…’

Isabel Burt, TOXICS 

Tuesday Thesaurus – The Sequel!

Footprints in the sand

Writing the sequel, OCEANS, to my first fantasy novel has been a challenge.

Life planted itself firmly in the way – and would not budge.

The sequel shunted up like the folds on a walrus’ neck!

Layer upon layer of plot, geography, woven world, and enticing characters all clamouring in my head, and tripping up on the page as the gaps to expound them lengthened with the increasingly suffocating grip of life.

What a horrible sequel to the smooth and happy experience of Toxics, which calmly flowed as time stood still to allow me the space to write.3d3

But as the pressure increased, so did my resolve.

I couldn’t leave Felicity and Reuben as they were last seen, could I?

Tell us your experiences of writing a sequel, and meanwhile here are some others’ thoughts on the subject:

Writing a sequel

Sequel thoughts 

TUESDAY THESAURUS – Chorleywood Indie Fair

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I am escaping! My favourite thing – off to have some fun with other authors, and have a lovely afternoon chatting of books and men!

Actually, it’s not till November, but I had to mention it now – Felicity, Reuben and I are going along, and I may even bring them out of Toxics to life, for a moment.

Meanwhile, in order to prepare for that, we are going to practice meeting our readers -I may even share with you my early experiences of reading aloud to my victims – something I have successfully avoided doing since school days :)

I would love to hear how it went for you, if you found yourself, as a new indie author – holding your book in your hands, and speaking those words aloud for the very first time!

 

Chorleywood Indie Fair

TUESDAY THESAURUS – CHILDREN’S LITERATURE

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As I am an author, and write for children and young adults, perhaps it is time I wrote a post on children’s literature!

But as I try to keep Tuesday Thesaurus a snippet we will not discuss the changing landscape of children’s literature from its early beginnings in the 1800’s – helped by the advent of the printing press, and cheaper, more widely available literature in Great Britain.

Although it is a fascinating topic, especially as we are now in a new revolution of the digital age.

Sitting on a train by a pink and blue i-padded pair with an accumulative age of approximately seven and three-quarters,  it was fascinating to watch the interaction of their chubby hands with the fast-changing, squeaking and bleeping reading screens in front of them.

My children had the early interactive books, but the ipad toddler has apps.

Speaking with another author, about creating a book app was absolutely fascinating. This idea seems an obvious progression from the fuzzy lumps, squeaky, lighting-up books with flaps and questions for the 1980/90’s toddler.

Meanwhile, I continue to write for their elder brother and sisters, but hold on – where has Ferdinand Fox gone?!

Ferdinand Fox Book App

 

TUESDAY THESAURUS OF THOUGHTS – Escape!

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It’s time to escape…

 

The call of the sea, and its breath is too strong,

Toxics is written – its lovers still wronged.

As Oceans awaits its tortuous birth,

The skies still echo the cry of a girl.

 

Where is Reuben?

 

(Blogs will arrive, and blogs be read,

Posts will appear, and tweets be said.

A flippant rhyme, as I pack my things –

yet Tuesdays and Fridays I will still pop in!)

 

9781781321867-Cover.inddPippiFootprints in the sand

 

Friday Fruitfulness flees for the Easter Hop!

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Your Friday quotation is not here!

You will find it at the bottom of this post, along with a lovely surprise…

Easter is a time of exciting change, and this Friday I would like to share a wonderful group of authors with you, in the SilverWood Authors Spring Hop 2014. Here is the introduction from SilverWood’s Publishing director, Helen Hart:

Welcome to the SilverWood Books Blog Hop!

A few of our authors have come together to share a variety of articles and items of interest on their blogs for your enjoyment. There are some lovely giveaway prizes, and – to stay in keeping with the Spring and rebirth theme at this time of year – some colourful Easter eggs. Feel free to collect the eggs, and use them where you like. They were drawn by SilverWood author Peter St John who writes the ‘Gang’ series about a boy who was evacuated to a village near Ipswich during WWII. Meet Peter and his characters on the Blog Hop, along with a host of eggcellent SilverWood authors. ;-)

 Have fun!

Helen Hart

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After Friday Fruitfulness – hop over and see what they have in store, too!

NOAH with Russell Crowe has just been released. It has, of course, caused a stir. With its biblical theme, inevitably not all are at peace with its messages. I hope, though, that all the world, and all religions would agree that change is an inevitable part of life, and love, whatever your beliefs.

Just as a new mother struggles to keep up with the changing daily needs of her tiny creation; so must the older mother adapt to the quiet departure of her full-grown child.

We live in a changing world. Animal kingdoms become extinct daily, and the climate seems to be performing alarming jumps of behaviour. The internet reshapes itself second-by-second. Like an intelligent virus it reforms within moments – swallowed by hungry teenagers, commerce, governments. Religion adapts. College terms clash with Easter, but the Pope and the Dalai Lama tweet.

To be at peace, we must embrace change.

Within the time it has taken me to write these lines, what has changed? The dishwasher beeps its end, the dog has woken, the flower unfurled.

Spring has filled the hedgerows with blossom, and the fields with crops…

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A new world of writing awaits, and the characters in a special Old World are stirring to be released. My own novel, TOXICS was published by SilverWood last December, and I must now embrace change if its sequel is ever to reach its readers. I must learn to talk about the one, whilst I find the peace to finish the other!

Easter, and spring, are such a wonderful time – I hope you enjoy clicking on the links below for a lovely variety of articles, and the surprise? – A lucky draw for all who comment below – the winner, of course, receives a signed copy of TOXICS (please ensure you leave contact details for me to find you if you win!)

 Happy Reading :)

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Helen Hollick : Let us talk of many things – Fictional Reality

http://ofhistoryandkings.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/fictional-reality-silverwood-blog-hop.html

Alison Morton : Roma Nova – How the Romans Celebrated Spring

http://alison-morton.com/2014/04/17/how-the-romans-celebrated-spring-2/

Anna Belfrage : Is freezing in a garret a prerequisite?

 https://annabelfrage.wordpress.com/2014/04/16/is-freezing-in-a-garret-a-prerequisite/

Edward Hancox : Iceland Defrosted – Seaweed and Cocoa

http://www.icelanddefrosted.com/

Lucienne Boyce : Lucienne Boyce Blogspot -The Female Writer’s Apology

 http://francesca-scriblerus.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/the-female-writers-apology-or-then-and.html

Matlock the Hare : Matlock the Hare Blog – Pid-padding the self-published Pathway

http://matlockthehare.blogspot.co.uk/

Michael Wills : Michael Wills  – A Doomed Army

http://www.michaelwills.eu/2014/04/a-doomed-army/

John Rigg : An Ordinary Spectator – Television Lines

http://www.anordinaryspectator.com/news-blog

Debbie Young : Young By Nature – The Alchemy of Chocolate

http://authordebbieyoung.com/2014/04/17/the-alchemy-of-chocolate/

Peter St John : Jenno’s Blog  – My Village

http://jennospot.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/my-village_16.html

Caz Greenham: Springtime and Hanging Baskets

http://cazgreenhamdotblogspotdotwordpressdotcom.wordpress.com/2014/04/16/silverwood-authors-spring-blog-hop-springtime-and-hanging-baskets/

Helen Hart : SilverWood Books Ltd

 http://www.silverwoodbooks.co.uk/

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‘There is no question that climate change is happening; the only arguable point is what part humans are playing in it.’

David Attenborough