Skip to main content

Looking Back and Looking Forward

Looking back always makes me feel a bit nostalgic and there are points in this year that I could relive time and time again.

Highlights for me were being there at the launch of Virginia's historical fiction novel Day's Dying Glory in April and then the Perthshire holiday straight after. That was a super relaxing time that will remain in my most treasured memories for years. Here are some pictures of the holiday:

Virginia at her book launch for "Day's Dying Glory"


Just down the road from where we stayed in Perthshire


You may have recognised the ruined house as the one we used in the Ghost Story Competition video. That was another highlight of 2017 - our first competition encouraged about 100 entries and all the stories I read from the longlist were absolutely superb. It was a tricky business creating the shortlist but we got there in the end.

I have also reviewed some very good books, and read some super books that I will post throughout January.

Take a look at some of the books I've read here.

And after such an amazing year, I'm now looking forward to 2018 with some fairly hefty targets to meet.

As well as completing my probationary teaching year, alongside all the reading, marking and research I need to conduct, I am also looking forward to being on the publishing team for "Child of the Isle" in Summer. This is a book of memoirs taken from blog posts here but with a few extra chapters and photos. The blog got quite a following throughout the year and I look forward to reaching those readers and more next year.

Another book we are hoping to publish is "The Backwater" which is a ghost story set in Lincolnshire. It is full of intrigue and quite scary so it's not for the faint hearted! We are hoping to coincide this launch with the launch of the next Ghost Story Competition.

My personal New Year's Resolution is to take my first draft of my Middle Grade novel and edit it to publishable standard! Although this is quite a big job, I think it will have to be a holiday activity as there is so much happening with my teaching job. I'm hoping to publish my book (I really need to think of a proper title for it too - not my favourite part!) in Summer 2019.

Now, I am heading off to continue the marketing plan for Child of the Isle. It's all go-go-go!

Best wishes for 2018!

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

GUEST POST - "Hallo teachers! Would you like to write a book?" by Jessica Norrie

  The Magic Carpet  is available at  http://getbook.at/TheMagicCarpet I'm absolutely thrilled to share this gem of a blog by Jessica Norrie on the Crowvus Book Blog. It's personally relatable for me, too, as I'm teacher who also writes children's fiction. I just love all the comments made in this blog - they are so true! It's a delight to meet another author/teacher/soprano! Check out the links to Jessica Norrie's books at the end of the blog too! Hallo teachers! Would you like to write a book? Primary and English teachers spend their days with books. It’s not surprising many dream of writing their own. Some make the big time - think Philip Pullman, Eoin Colfer, Michael Morpurgo. Teachers start with several professional advantages: 1) All child and adult human life enters the classroom. Teachers overhear conversations, respond to different personalities, encounter heartrending or enviable household  circumstances. They see family and cultural likenesses and cont

#IndieApril Craggy Blog: On the Hoof!

When people say they’re doing something “on the hoof”, it generally implies they’re making it up as they go along. When it came to writing my first book, I did so on the hoof in more ways than one. The photos that feature in Craggy the Coo Wants a Place to Call Home  were snapped all over Scotland, from the top of mountains to the surface of Loch Ness. But the words that accompany the pictures were largely concocted near my hometown of Langholm in Dumfries and Galloway. I’m relatively notorious in these parts for embarking on epic walks of 20-30 miles around the surrounding hills. And while most people would carry their phone to chart their route or maybe listen to music, I used mine to put words to my pictures. Having all the photos of Craggy’s travels on my iPhone meant I could weave a clear narrative together based on where he happened to be, and what could be seen in each image. So I would set off on a long walk armed with all I needed to create the verses and his direction of trav

#IndieApril Craggy Blog: My Inspiration

When I’m asked who my favourite author is, I also tend to consider who my favourite writers have been at various stages of my life. When I was very young, Roald Dahl could not be beaten. Like many children, I found his sense of mischief combined with superlative storytelling and Quentin Blake’s glorious illustrations irresistible. In my angsty teenage years, I must have re-read JD Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye  about 20 times, dreaming of leaving boarding school and running off to the States with just a rucksack on my back (which I actually did for a year when I was 17. I wasn’t quite as rebellious as Holden Caulfield though. It was all above board.) But the writer who has stood the test of time with me most, and was taken from us far too soon, is Iain Banks. I love the twisty intrigue of Complicity , in which my hometown of Langholm has an early cameo. I adore the assault on the hypocrisies of organised religion that lie at the heart of Whit . In my teens, I was traumatised in a can’t