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


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



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!)


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TUESDAY THESAURUS – a change in the air!

OwlWelcome to Tuesday Thesaurus if you have ended up here!

Monday Mix, and Wednesday Words are no longer!…

Tuesday Thesaurus combines the best of both, and saves me precious writing time. I know all the writers amongst you will understand, and I hope all the readers amongst you will forgive me on the grounds that a little less blogging equals a lot more story, and a faster turnaround for the sequel to Toxics.

I would like Tuesday Thesaurus to combine:

… any news on the novels (important news will also appear on their own pages – Toxics and Oceans).

…any interesting articles I have come across for writers, readers, conservationists, philosophers, poets, and general bloggers who are just bored.

…beautiful photography from Snap and artwork from Abigail, without whom this blog would be very grey!

…guest posts from other authors and friends

…competitions and offers on the novels- news of which I will try always to remember to post on their pages for those that want to skip straight to THE BOOKS!

Once a month I will gather together a précis version, including, as always, all the novel activity. To receive this please sign up on the Mailchimp form and you will receive one in due course!

You can also find me enjoying Twitter over lunch, and I do share my blog with Facebook, but I don’t spend much time there.

I hope you enjoy the new Tuesday Thesaurus – and ALWAYS feel free to leave comments – I do reply to each and every one.

See you next Tuesday!

Notes: Tuesday – named after the Germanic God Tiw (associated with Mars). Thesaurus – a book that lists words in groups of related concepts.

WEDNESDAY WORDS – Talking to readers


All of you who have been following Wednesday posts, know they are all about my novel, Toxics.

This story is for young adults, primarily, but of course it’s just a story, and anyone who enjoys it, irrespective of age.

Most people aged 11-14 or so will not be reading a WordPress Wednesday Post – they will be abseiling off Tumbler pics, Instagram, etc etc etc, as the King of Siam says, in the movies.

But if you know someone of around that age, who would enjoy a love adventure, in a beautiful, organic world – then this is their story!

To recap, for any new readers: Toxics is set in the Old World – a world almost in parallel to ours. It is like earth, with similar climate and topography, but with no development. All is from the earth, and quite primitive.

Or is it?

In its sequel, Oceans, perhaps all was not quite as it seemed, in Toxics.

But for now, back to Toxics. Felicity, its heroine, is mysteriously taken there. Why? As the story unfolds, it becomes clear the Old World anticipated her arrival. Things are not so much fun, for Felicity, back home, so with initial reluctance, she allows herself to become more and more involved with the wonderful, and not so wonderful, creatures and plants that she meets.

But, if you HAVE been following Wednesday Words, you will have met Reuben. Is Reuben the real reason Felicity becomes slowly drawn into the troubles, and exotic beauty of this very special world?

Well, once you have read Toxics – you can decide for yourself.


WEDNESDAY WORDS – Talking to readers

Hello! I was thinking you might like to hear a little about Reuben and the Orion today.

Reuben is an Orion, and if you look back you will see what the Orion are. They are mostly like us – but a little more physically skilful. They have extra spring in their legs, like the cat families in our world – big and small!. All Orion have a fluffy, black and white tail, but Reuben does not. No-one knows why, but his mother alone suspects the truth. They are very attractive, and this can lead, with some of them, to a tendency for vanity.

You wouldn’t know Reuben was not a boy. If the sun touches his skin, Felicity can see his face and body have a sheen of fine down, – but many humans have that too. He has dark, slippy hair, that he ties back from his face with a cord.

During the story, Reuben grows up, and becomes a man. He grew up in a large settlement, called Orionwood. Felicity travels there with him, and below is an extract in which Felicity meets Reuben’s mother for the first time:

    ‘Felicity was fascinated by her. She was quite tall, but smaller than Reuben. Her hair was dark and silky like Reuben’s but flecked with grey. Her eyes were huge yellow-amber orbs. She moved with a grace that Felicity envied. She was truly a beautiful creature. Felicity felt shy. Reuben stepped back and took her hand. He pulled her in front of his parents.

‘Mother, Father, I introduce to you Felicity Isabel Penfold. She has come from a world apart and is the stranger I was first sent to seek for the quest.’

See you next time!


© Isabel Burt 2013