All that concentration.
But I have found it's easier after midday, after a nice glass of Cabardes at lunchtime. The mind flows more freely.
Then in the morning, the coffee helps to correct the utter drivel you realise you've written.
My nautical project took me to glorious places, metaphorically speaking. There were parties on board. There was The World's Smallest Pirate Radio Station. Of course there were plants. And one day even a gorilla.The boat also became my 'Writer's Retreat'. I decided to become an author, writing my debut novel aboard the boat. The book, called MUDDY WATER, was naturally set in Wivenhoe. Amazingly, several local people paid good money to have their names appearing in the book, and a lot of cash was raised for worthy charities - the RNLI, MIND, The Samaritans, and The Royal British Legion.Now, my next multi-singular selling novel, FLORIDA KEY, is in 'production', due for publication in October 2017.I'm sure to be visiting writers' block along the way, as well as euphoria, self-doubt and inspiration.See how my book goes through all the stages - from initial concept to final print. I'll take you with me on my personal journey as I work on the words, on the cover, on the marketing, and on the publishing.Maybe it will inspire you too to have a go at bringing out THE BOOK IN YOU. Everyone has a story in them, just waiting to be told, and after all, if I can do it, anyone can.(Click on the tabs below to see more about the Writer's Retreat In France, the old Boat For My Potplants, Tallulah the Motorhome, Alfonso the Car, and Jane the Woman. And to find out more about MUDDY WATER the novel, click the cover to be transported to its Facebook page)
|Harry The Dog|
|Saved from the boatyard in the sky|
|The next book|
|The one what I'm doing now|
|Miss Baudet and her beau Graham keep a watchful eye on me as I beaver away aboard their boat|
|The plantless Miss Baudet with its new paint-job is nice and shiny again|
|The new carpet, without shag|
|The old, much more tasteful shag pile|
|I nearly had a sheer heart attack|
|Miss Baudet is not a lady to be messed with|