G is for Ghost Writer

  Number 7 in The A to Z of the Writer’s Affliction, part of the A to Z blogging challenge. I was recently contacted by one of my readers, Algernon Worth, who not… Continue reading

F is for Flash Fiction

Number 6 in The A to Z of the Writer’s Affliction, part of the A to Z blogging challenge. As I’ve already mentioned, my first novel, French Sally, was long. 301,587 words, to… Continue reading

E is for Experiencing

Number 5 in The A to Z of the Writer’s Affliction, part of the A to Z blogging challenge. Writers are readers too, and like all readers, they like to get as full… Continue reading

D is for Dialogue

Number 4 in The A to Z of the Writer’s Affliction, part of the A to Z blogging challenge. ‘How’s the novel coming on?’ enquired Miranda timidly, staring at her shoes. Whenever she… Continue reading

C is for Crazy

Number 3 in The A to Z of the Writer’s Affliction, part of the A to Z blogging challenge. My first attempt at writing a novel was back in the eighties. No, I… Continue reading

B is for Book in Bar

N° 2 in the The Writer’s Affliction, part of A to Z Blogging Challenge Normal behaviour: go into a bookshop, browse, buy a book (maybe). Strange behaviour: buy a book on Amazon, go into a… Continue reading

A is for Agent

To kick off my series, the A to Z of the Writer’s Affliction, I’m very pleased to start with the letter A. It could have been Author, Anxiety or Amazon, but no, I’ve… Continue reading

The A to Z Blogging Challenge

The condition is so tenacious that pharmaceutical companies have given up looking for a cure. Symptoms include fretting over commas and semicolons, living with a crowd of fictitious characters in your head, craving… Continue reading

Discovering the debaa

Rosine and Bacar of the madrassati (debaa group) Toyaria, pose in their salouvas.  One thing leads to another… Way back last March, I wrote a post about Mayotte for Clara Wiggins, author of… Continue reading

Yes, he has a life!

Now, when you imagine me (which of course you often do), you no doubt see me sitting at the computer eight or nine hours a day, taking just the occasional break to eat,… Continue reading

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