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 



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 – on YA fantasy fiction and the 9-12 year olds


Eagle hunterYoung Adult fantasy fiction is popular. The cinemas echo with the boom of the contestants’ demise in Hunger Games and the volley of gunshots in Divergent. The raw passion of Twilight and the horrors of the oblation in Golden Compass not quite forgotten.

All is primitive, pulsing, power. The teenagers are satisfied and the producers replete.

Now, isn’t it time for the middlies to have some fun?

Where are their books and films? They have a whole extra world between childhood and the bite of a teen. With their fertile imagination – they are the new link from naïveté to reality and in the knowledge of what is to come, can’t they revel in what they still have permission to believe?

The Victorian boys had a surfeit of  adventure on the high seas, (stolen by their sisters on many occasions as a survey once revealed), the children of the Golden Age had Ransome, Nesbit, Blyton, Streatfield amongst countless others.

Looking at the 9-12 section in a bookstore, I think they are beginning to come. I hope the films will follow because undoubtably the two service each other for awareness.

The 9-13 year olds are reading YA but they have the freedom to enjoy themes that can satisfy their own special age, and I hope to see more of them – even as I write a few myself!

What were your favourite books at that age? If you have 9-12 year olds what are they reading? Leave a title in the comment box!


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.