Wednesday, 27 May 2015


An alpinist is a climber of high mountains (generally, but not neccessarily the Alps). I'm not an alpinist.

I don't know if there's a word for climbers of not very high mountains, only when it's sunny, the path doesn't look too treacherous and regular stops are permitted, but if there is, I'm one of them.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015


Specious means either misleadingly attractive or superficially plausible, but actually wrong.

Custard made with salt instead of sugar would add speciosity to your trifle. An example of speciousness is the specious claim that as chocolate is dervived from plants, a family sized bar of Aero counts as one of your five a day. That's only true if you choose the orange flavoured one (she adds speciously*)

*mint's a plant, so the green ones are OK too.

Thursday, 14 May 2015


I've been working jolly hard at 'not-the-day-job' as you can see by the rucksack of camera gear I'm carrying.

The occasion was the naming ceremony for  Gosport's shiny new ferry 'Harbour Spirit'. I was very excited that we had a tug escort with water jet for our trip.
It wasn't all fun though. I conducted vital research into the kind of mini cakes I might want to serve at a book launch. With the latest book currently being assessed by a publisher that's something I just might need to know.
Actually the hardest bit was resisting pressing the big red button labelled 'ship's horn'.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015


A monticule is a small hill. Sounds rather friendly, doesn't it? The sort of place you'd walk up to enjoy a picnic involving ginger beer and home made cake. A monticule can also be a mini mound caused by a volcano.

Here's the view from a hill (quite a big one) I climbed up last summer. Recognise it?

Clue ... instead of climbing up, you could just swan about down the bottom.

Saturday, 9 May 2015

The End is Nigh!

If Dystopian, dark, weird or horror is your thing and you fancy writing about the apocalypse then you'll be nuts about this competition. Like most of the competitions I mention it's free to enter and as always you're advised to read the t&cs before taking part.

The prize includes £100 and exposure (I don't think they mean the horrible death in a nuclear winter kind)

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

IWSG - and some news

It's the first Wednesday of the month, so time for an Insecure Writer's Support Group post.

Insecure doesn't cover how I'm feeling at the moment. Neither does secure. Apprehensive is sort of there, but too negative. Hopeful, perhaps that's it?

Maybe I should just tell you my news? I sent the synopsis and first three chapters of my fireman story to a publisher and they've asked to see the rest. There must be a word for that.

I hope that however you're feeling, you need positive words to describe your state of mind.