Tuesday Thesaurus – The Sequel!

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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 – Walter Mitty on dreaming

the lone ranger Over Christmas I went to see The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

What a film! Iceland, in all its barren beauty, is so beautifully captured, and this generous portrayal of an old story, promotes a message of hope that fits into the beginning of a New Year.

But rather than I simply review the film; I will pass on the link to a review by an author who happens to have written a book titled ‘Iceland’.

Who better to describe this film, for you…

http://icelanddefrosted.com/2013/12/29/review-the-secret-life-of-walter-mitty/

TUESDAY THESAURUS – Christmas spirit

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Christmas, and all its trimmings, are over.

The turkey carcass rots, and the tree lies slumped on the back lawn.

Half-eaten bags of waxy chocolate coins, and TV guides missing outer covers, strew sticky coffee tables across the country.

But to Christians, this was a wonderful time of remembrance, and celebration.

C.S. Lewis, of course, was a celebrated author, who invested his beautiful stories with a warmth, and humanity, that continues to shine.

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday, whatever your beliefs or otherwise.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/22/cs-lewis-50-year-death_n_4325358.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003&ir=Books