What I’m Reading

I was lucky to have a copy sent to me by the publisher. I was very taken with Strandberg’s Blood Cruise and I’m happy to inform you that The Home is also excellent – albeit a quieter and more intimate horror. “Once inseparable, Joel and Nina haven’t spoken in twenty years. When Joel’s mother Monika developsContinue reading “What I’m Reading”

Writing About Writing About Writing Review 8

Part 8 of an intermittent series where I read or re-read the writing books on my shelf to see if they’re worth keeping. See previous part here I’ve been on my holidays for a couple of weeks but i still managed to re-read a couple of the books on the shelf. I got the BestsellerContinue reading “Writing About Writing About Writing Review 8”

Writing about writing about writing Review 7

Part 7 of an intermittent series where I read or re-read the writing books on my shelf to see if they’re worth keeping. See previous part here So we are onto ‘How to Fiction’ books and I started with the subject of reading. All writers start as readers and the writer’s path should start withContinue reading “Writing about writing about writing Review 7”

Writing about writing about writing Review 6

Part 6 of an intermittent series where I read or re-read the writing books on my shelf to see if they’re worth keeping. See previous part here As explained last time I’ve been reading the poetry ‘how to’s’ on my shelf. I feel that prose writers can learn a lot from poetry. About rhythm, cadenceContinue reading “Writing about writing about writing Review 6”

Review: Mime by Chrissey Harrison

Full disclosure – Chrissey is a member of my writing group. I supported her excellent Kickstarter for this novel (you can find a lot more info about the novel and Chrissey on the Kickstarter page.) I know how hard Chrissey has worked on this novel and it shows. It’s excellently plotted and the prose reallyContinue reading “Review: Mime by Chrissey Harrison”

Writing about writing about writing Review 5

Part 5 of an intermittent series where I read or re-read the writing books on my shelf to see if they’re worth keeping. See previous part here Metaphors We Live By by Lakoff & Johnson. Keeping to the dull cover theme that runs through this series the first up was this book that blew myContinue reading “Writing about writing about writing Review 5”

Writing about writing about writing Review 4

4th in an intermittent series of reviewing my writing books, with an aim of reducing how many I have. The previous post is here The subtitle for this one should be: 3 books about sentences and one about flourishes. I’m going to confess that I’ve never been able to finish this book, and if itContinue reading “Writing about writing about writing Review 4”

Writing about writing about writing Review 3

3rd in an intermittent series of reviewing my writing books, with an aim of reducing how many I have. (4th really but the on and off the shelves post didn’t include any reviews) Exercises In Style by Raymond Quineau This is an odd little book. On a crowded bus at midday, the narrator observes oneContinue reading “Writing about writing about writing Review 3”

Half way through the year that feels like a decade

Well the first half of the year was pretty eventful.</understatement> I gave myself a challenge this year to try not buy any books and reduce the TBR. That’s been going pretty well, but mainly because I’ve not been to any bookshops or events for the last 4 months! So far this year I’ve read 79Continue reading “Half way through the year that feels like a decade”

Writing about writing about writing – on and off the shelves

I have a number of books spread over the shelves that are written by authors I have fiction books from. I don’t plan to put these to the test. I’ve previously read them and placed them on the shelves. Some of these are collected non-fiction or essays which may include writing advice. Some are writingContinue reading “Writing about writing about writing – on and off the shelves”