Last weekend I did some writing in a coffee shop, as is the style of Edinburgh based persons with an interest in penning fiction for children.
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Haven’t done this for a while, but this week’s photo challenge is curves, which was simple to put a bookish twist on!
The book in question is Hell’s Bells by John Connolly, a sequel to his YA debute The Gates. Both are very funny and worth a look – and if you enjoy them you’ll be pleased to hear the last in the trilogy, The Creeps, is due to be published in the autumn.
Disclaimer: I’ve never read Mr Connolly’s grown up thriller type books (although I have read The Book of Lost Things, which was fun) so you can’t hold me responsible if you love Charlie Parker and don’t like these!
I was going to write you a blog post but unfortunately I didn’t have time, so instead here’s a list of five things I have read this week that I found funny, interesting and/or helpful. Enjoy!
- 10 Reasons not to be a writer by Matt Haig
- Part Five of The Working Barbarian, The Riddle of the Runes, by Sam Kurd
- Design student Philipp Meyer develops comic book for the blind
- Why don’t we take children’s books seriously? by Julia Donaldson in The Telegraph
- Work hard and be nice – interview with Kirsty Logan including her tips for writers on Writers’ Circle Scotland
This evening I am going along to a literary salon in Edinburgh to talk about 12 books in 12 months as part of a literary blog themed event.
I think this sounds rather grand for two reasons.
- If you know your history or have a Wikipedia tab open you’ll know salons started in 17th century France as a way to gather lots of very bright types to talk about literature and philosophy.
- I have been known to read a few literary blogs, and they are often maintained by very knowledgable people, far better read than I, who discuss worthy books in a sensible way.
Then there’s me, struggling for weeks to get through Life of Pi but cheerfully staying up all night to read George R. R. Martin in a hostel in Ljbljana.