A Boat For My Potplants

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)

Monday, 19 May 2014

Record Breaker!

I understand - partly thanks to the magnificent weather over the weekend - that this year's Wivenhoe Open Gardens has broken the record for most attended and most money raised.

Okay, the adjudicator hasn't yet finally adjudicated, but I reckon it's a safe bet to say that 2014 has been the best so far in the history of Wiv Gardens.

I'd like to think that it's been all thanks to the Gorilla In The Midst atop the Boat For My Potplants - but I can't legitimately lay claim. It's been down to the hard work and dedication of those who took part and opened up their gardens to the public.

And of corse The Wivenhoe Society, ably abetted by Jeannie and Pat.

If my gorilla could raise its Captain's hat to them, I'm sure it would.

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