New Release: The Good Expat Life

The Good Expat Life

The Good Expat Life

An exciting week as I release the first series of The Good Expat Life. This started life as a number of short vignettes about the main characters, Penny and George.

The stories are influenced by one of my all time favourite TV series in the late 1970’s (when I was very young, you understand) and sparked by some of my experiences of moving to another country and have been such fun to write.

The Good Expat Life is not a tale of renovating a tumbling down property; Penny and George live in a property classed as hovel status and have no ready cash to restore it. It is not about Prosecco by the pool; more like a treck in the wild gardens of their Italian casa. It is not about the golden, hazy days of retirement; more about learning from scratch the way to self sufficiency.

The Good Expat Life is about friendships; new and old. It is about laughter; usually at the expense of Penny and George. It is about the nuances of misunderstandings; the language, the culture and the odd malapropism (or what George fondly refers to as ‘Pennyisms).

Penny and GeorgeReaders Comments:

‘I love these guys…always good for a laugh!’
‘Very funny. The dialogue keeps the pace up.’
‘What a great opening – man shackled to a lamp post. I loved it. ‘
‘I had a smile on my face reading this, all the way through.’

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My Favourite… Colours

Smarties I’ve been musing about colours and their meanings. Like you do. It started with a writing prompt that I submitted to Writers Abroad for us to have a go at this week. ‘Write about a shadow that changes colour’ – and it’s led me to all kinds of places. So I thought I’d share my top three favourite colours and what I found out about them I started to dig a little deeper. Continue reading

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Free Literary Magazine and much more…

Issue 3

Issue 3

There aren’t many things that come free in life, not that doesn’t come with a caveat or two. My on-line writing group, Writers Abroad, produce a free literary magazine every 6 months. And Issue 3 was published on 1st September. Not got your copy yet? Well you should – you could win a free e-copy of our last Anthology. Continue reading

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Meet My Character: George

PANDgCROPGeorge is one of the main characters in my series of short stories, The Good{Expat}Life. The first series was posted on Wattpad and I’ve just completed the second series. I’m looking for potential publishing possibilities. Any suggestions of potential markets would be most welcome!

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On My Reading Table

bedside tableI don’t need much encouragement to sit down with a new book and read. But for the past few years I’ve participated in the Goodreads Reading Challenge where Continue reading

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My Scrivener Favourites

Scrivener Old TimesIn a recent post I shared some of my favourite writing tools. One of these was the writing content generation tool, Scrivener. It’s name is taken for a word for scribe, notary or clerk but it’s the modern take on this role and supercharged. This fabulous piece of kit only used to be available to Mac users but for the past couple of years – could be longer – a Windows version is available. It’s a very powerful tool and in no way, matter or form can I claim to be an expert. In fact, every time I use it Continue reading

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Writing Revision Process

Revision Process

Revision Process

During March I followed the daily revision course posted by Janice Hardy over at Fiction University. I can’t put my hand on my heart and say that I completed my revision, but I can say that it has helped me identify holes to be filled and areas to trim. It was quite a feat to commit to but a worthwhile one in terms of lessons learnt. Some of it wasn’t new stuff, but what the course did do was to provide a structure, a process which I will now follow for all my drafts. Having had a week of reflection on the 31 days of March Revision, these are the key learning points that stood out for me: Continue reading

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CampNaNo – April

Camp-Participant-2015-Web-BannerThis will be a short post because I’ve got my head down. Yesterday, in the first of my monthly health check ups, I mentioned that I would be revisiting my first ever rough draft. All Will Be Well is an historical novel set in WW2 and inspired by a newspaper clipping (it was in fact an obituary) Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf

Last week I talked about my writing tool box. Today, I want to share some of my favourite reference books.

My favourite reference books

My favourite reference books

A regular: The Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi – this is a fantastic aid which I try to refer to a lot when I’m editing. Could be a scene, a short story, piece of flash fiction. When my brain freezes when I see the word ‘felt’ or ‘feeling’ and know I’ve got to ‘show and not tell’. This publication was produced by the Bookshelf Muse which has a new home at Writers Helping Writers. They have also developed two other resources, Positive and Negative Personality Traits which I may look into at some time. If this was a paperback on my bookshelf, Continue reading

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Writing Tools for the Trade

Trusty Tool BoxLike every professional, a writer needs and uses a number of tools to produce a quality product. I thought I might share some of my current favourites with you. These are not a definitive list at all, and they change over time depending on my mood but these have been the most consistent. The ones I go back to time and time again, like trusty old friends.  Continue reading

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