Wednesday, 20 May 2009

The Gargoyle

" The Gargoyle " by Andrew Davidson
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I've just finished reading "The Gargoyle" by Andrew Davidson.
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This was a fascinating book. At the beginning I wasn't sure I could continue reading this book so explicit and horrifying were the descriptions of the main character's burn injuries and subsequent medical treatment. However, I'm very glad I did. This novel is full of endearing interweaving stories and fantastically created characters. It carries you on a thrilling journey that includes romance, fantasy & mystery. This is a book I would definitely recommend reading. If nothing else, you will marvel at the incredible amount of research the author must have had to do and the creative way he uses that information. Apparently it took him seven years to write.
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I found an interesting Guardian article that explains a little more about the book and gives a wonderful insight into the author Andrew Davidson. Worth a read.
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I am a little slow with my writing this week. I could do with a burst of energy. I'm still enjoying Twitter and this is the best place to keep up to date with my daily writing journey.
Okay must go and work on my YA novel as it has not had enough of my attention this week.

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Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Short Stories & Spring Flowers

Photo above: some of the hundreds of bluebells spread throughout my garden.

Especially at the moment, it's a real pleasure writing in my hut at the bottom of the garden. The sun is warming the small space and keeping my mood afloat. It takes me forever to cross the small lawn (mobility has been poor) but that's okay because I have to pass masses of spring flowers including the above bluebells. Just before my writing hut is a huge Jasmine bush that has a sweet intoxicating fragrance. Once in my hut the running stream provides a constant melody. I am loving the people who planted this garden and saw fit to construct a summer house.

This past week I have managed to write two short stories and two more chapters of my YA novel. Having recently focused on novel writing I haven't written short stories for a while. I came across a useful site 'The Short Story Website'. Its contents contain advice on writing and reading the short story, competitions, events and projects.

I've just finished reading 'Sepulchre' by Kate Mosse. Not an easy read but certainly worth the effort. The story, characters and descriptions are skillfully written. An engaging read. It has been my companion for more days than a book would normally need to be and so now I've finished I feel a little bereft.
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