on the writing & reading trail

Edit diary and other things

October 22

Editing: Reduced time available over weekend. The today – real life intruded early – personal issues to attend to – and then penetrating and worrying talk in the library interfered with concentration. In spite of all some work was managed for several chapters but will need to be revisited.

Reading: Completed reading Denise Leith’s searing story, What remains: an incredible fiction based on detailed research about the work of war reporters and photojournalists. The blurb says, Sometimes only a work of fiction can reveal the truth… The debut novel by Denise Leith . . . an epic story of love, war and friendship that will stay with you forever. Visit her website at http://deniseleith.com/

It is my good luck that Denise’s book includes a fair chunk of material relevant to the timeframe and place for my character.  Gives me confidence to develop fictional incidents and responses for Present tense and Future hope.

Anthology: By chance members of our Writers Group have been given a wonderful opportunity to talk about our experience in developing our Ten Minute Tales Anthology as a curtain-raiser for an author talk by a well-known writer. The anthology can be found by Googling Ten Minute Tales anthology. It is free. Such fun we had getting this modest little production together and what a lot we learned along the way.

Book launch: The book launch of my author friend Pat Noad was a great success. I include two photographs – one of the author herself, and one of her trusty helpers Kym and Jaymie Tilbury at the book table on the night, where all five of Pat’s Annie Bryce mysteries were available, singly or as a package. Thanks for permission to print pictures. Details of Pat’s books can be found on her website at http://www.bypatnoad.com.au.Happy reading.

Pat with her book

Kym and Jaymie

Special thoughts: Very best wishes and loving thoughts to friends and relatives with health issues both here in Australia and in the UK. Stay strong. Be well.

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