#WeekendCoffee Share: Ely Eel Festival

If I was having coffee I’d say that I’ve been consuming some interesting beverages recently, a mocktail, comes to mind. Yesterday I was at Grand Central Ely  (my daughter’s recommendation,) an authentic American style restaurant right by Ely waterfront. My daughter and I sampled their tasty burgers and also had some lovely mocktails, (no alcohol!) We both opted for a Cotton Candy – A sweet […]

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#BlogBattle: Week 59 – Voice

  It has been an age since I joined in #BlogBattle and I’ve missed it but I’ve been very busy editing my manuscript so I have a bit of an excuse! Anyway, this week the prompt word just seemed to speak to me: Voice. I have just the story in mind! It’s an idea inspired by my current WIP novel, The Curse of Time, which I’m currently sharing on Wattpad, (Prologue and first few chapters….) My short story is a YA Fantasy…  with a touch of wacky humour. This short story takes a quirky look at what might have happened if the main character in my WIP: Amelina, had her missing dad return as a zombie! The Knock At The Door – The Buried Voice. I heard a knocking coming from the front door, a light tapping, but persistent sound. I ran downstairs. Through the frosted glass I saw a hazy silhouette. The knocking stopped. I opened the door a fraction and peered out. I spied a half dead living body exhibit, a horror museum zombie. I staggered. This thing was gasping for breath, making terrible rasping sounds. His eyes were bleary, sad pools of stagnant misery. I clung to the door frame, seeking support, almost mimicking him. I wanted to run, to escape this visitor, but instead I let him in. I don’t know why I did. Somehow it seemed the right thing to do. One thought gave me comfort; I figured that if this stranger turned nasty I […]

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#WeekendCoffeeShare: My Two Year Anniversary

If I were having coffee I’d say I’ve put on a little weight around the middle so perhaps I’d better stick to a Skinny Witchy latte! What about you? What are you having today? ….  Are you going to have a full fat Cappucino? You wicked tease!!! It’s been a bit of an uneventful week – just been working, editing, blogging, cleaning, washing……. so I thought I’d share some news with you…. Guess what happened this week… I missed my own 2 year Blog Anniversary. What? Yes, I did, somehow I misplaced it. So today I’m picking this piece of news up and saying that Kyrosmagica turned two this April!!!! Drum roll…. This calls for a double shot of coffee and some chocolates I reckon! Don’t you agree? Oh dear, bang goes my diet! So I thought I’d share with you some of my stats…. Followers, 831. This in itself is amazing. Thank you so much for following, and engaging with me on my little piece of blog land. You lovely peeps. Views, 23,220. What this means I have no idea… I think you’ve been looking at my blog, peering at it curiously! Comments, 4010. Yes, lots of these and I love comments! So keep them coming… You chatterboxes.. 🙂 Posts, 610. Wow! Have I really written that many?  Boy, that’s a lot. Visitors: 8613. That’s astonishing. I feel quite faint. Best views Ever: 31st October, 2015   – 177 views.  That’s the one, the […]

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Three Things a Prologue Can Do

Originally posted on graemecummingdotnet:
After giving some feedback to Marje (find her on the delightfully quirky blog site Kyrosmagica) about the prologue to her current WIP, she suggested I write a post on the subject.  I suspect my enthusiasm for prologues came across quite strongly. To be fair, I think that enthusiasm stems from a misspent childhood. (Sadly, when I say misspent, I mean my life revolved around the TV rather than getting up to any more interesting shenanigans.) You see, a lot of the TV shows of the 60s and 70s opened with a scene to set up the rest of the programme. That set-up might be a crime being committed, a pursuit (surprisingly often in the case of The Avengers), or even an incident unrelated to the rest of the story, but demonstrating the hero’s abilities. The bottom line, though, is that prologues are basically pre-title sequences. I was talking to another author a couple of years ago who’d read Ravens Gathering and felt I should get rid of the prologue.  I can’t recall her exact argument, but the sense I had was that prologues were no longer considered either necessary or (for want of a better word) fashionable.  Never having been noted for my fashion sense, this wasn’t an argument I was ever going to agree with.  What matters to me is whether it works. So here’s what I think a prologue can do: Introduce a significant character…

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HELP!!!! Please Share:Wattpad: The Curse of Time Prologue

Hi all, I have some exciting news for you!!! I have shared my Prologue of my manuscript on Wattpad: https://www.wattpad.com/237280069-the-curse-of-time-prologue Second piece of news is I’ve decided to change the title. For ages I’ve been thinking of The Crystal Cottage, Krystallos…. but after much thought and some feedback from friends, family, and my blogging buddies, I’ve decided on – The Curse of […]

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#WeekendCoffeeShare

If We Were Having Coffee I’d have so much to say that quite possibly I might lose my voice! It has been some week. My husband has been away skiing on his annual trip abroad with his male friends. This year they went to Ischgl in Austria , and unfortunately one of them had to get air lifted off the mountain in a […]

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