Wednesday, 4 October 2017

IWSG: Ellie's Story

It's October's Insecure Writer's Support Group post and, as per usual, I'm writing it on the day it's due. I've finally accepted I'm an 'at-the-last-minute' kind of person and I'm good with it. It's just the way my brain works and that's okay. 

Phew. Now that I've kicked that insecurity demon into touch, on with today's post. Before answering this month's question, you can learn more about the IWSG group and it's founder Alex J. Cavanaugh here. The awesome co-hosts for October's post are Olga Godim, Chemist Ken, Jennifer Hawes, and Tamara Narayan.

Time for this month's question:

Have you ever slipped any of your personal information into your characters, either by accident or on purpose?

No, and yes. Let me explain. I've never intentionally used deeply personal information to create characters. It's important to separate personal and writing lives. However, I know that my own life has and will continue to influence the characters and stories I write. What makes our writing unique is the sum of all our life experiences. However, I've also chosen to create characters that are the opposite of me in many ways. I enjoyed the challenge of thinking and behaving in ways alien to my own. I guess that's one of the many bonuses of writing - we get to live life in a myriad of ways. 

What about you? Do you put the personal into your characters or stories?

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Bronte Parsonage & Book Bouquet

Before I start this week's post, I must say a heartfelt thanks to everyone who offered advice regarding my author name in Reader, I Married Him. Although I've still not decided whether to continue using my maiden name or use my married name, your comments have given me lots to consider.

Whilst we were on honeymoon, Mr PS and I took a slight detour to visit Haworth in Yorkshire. Apart from it being a ten-minute drive from where he lived many years ago, it's also the home of the Bronte Parsonage Museum. The opportunity to visit where the Bronte sisters lived and wrote their classic novels was not to be missed. If you have the chance to visit the Parsonage, go. You can almost feel Heathcliff and Catherine's presence as you walk around the brooding village, surrounded by the moorland of Wuthering Heights.

What really made our visit special, was taking part in the re-creation of Wuthering Heights. Running from April 6th until December 31st, artist Clare Twomey is inviting visitors to be part of a hand written copy of Emily Bronte's famous novel.


It was also fascinating to see the table upon which all the Bronte novels where written.

Changing the subject, but sticking with books - when we were planning our wedding, I already knew I wanted something rather unique and different for my bouquet. I needed one that could travel with us on our long journey to the Isle of Skye and I wanted to be able to keep it. After a lot of research, I discovered bouquets and button holes made from book paper. What could be more perfect?

It took me a while to find a seller I was confident could make one I'd love, but I'll admit I still had some doubts before it arrived. I'd even promised a close friend that if it wasn't right, I'd switch to flowers. In the end, I needn't have worried.

In case you're curious, the bouquet and Mr PS's button hole were made from the pages of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. This was something of a novelty for the Etsy seller, as nearly everyone she makes is Harry Potter!