To SPAM eaters everywhere: sandwich, anyone?

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Can’t stomach the ‘meat’ personally; I find it tasteless: always have. My dilemma, though, is not with this so-called ‘meat’, but with the other kind of SPAM – unsolicited mail.

My computer, like any other computer, filters through the SPAMS, but occasionally a couple will get through into my SPAM queue, and if they do I will read them. But the fact of the matter is, I am loathe to respond to any of them because they’re in my SPAM.

The thing I find weird is that these SPAMS all refer to blogs I have posted, and the fact they are ‘awesome’ as someone wrote. If the senders of these SPAMS enjoy reading my blog, then why, oh why, do they not respond by clicking onto the ‘Leave a reply’ at the head of the blog. Does my picture and potted history on my author page strike fear into my readers? I hope not. Or is it the fact it seems rather formal to ask, ‘leave a reply’. I suppose it’s like replying to the RSVP on a formal invitation. But, I think I may have solved the problem, and only time will tell. I’ll put a ‘think bubble’ in place of, ‘leave a reply’. Something bright, welcoming and, I hope, more user friendly.

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My next task is to seek out my computer expert as I haven’t the foggiest idea how to go about inserting a ‘think bubble’ into the blog. Got better things to do than tamper for hours, trying to work out how its done: things like writing for instance: might shuffle off my coil tomorrow and I want to finish the novel I am half-way through, so no time for learning new IT skills, I have an expert living in the same house.

For those of you who read my books, and my blog, keep your eyes peeled for the new ‘think bubble’. I quite like the one above. Something, though, will appear.  It may not be today, or even tomorrow as I have to coerce, bribe, or even blackmail my ‘expert’ into completing this task for me, but I can assure you it will be done.

In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to continue sending me your comments as I really do appreciate them. They make this ageing author’s day.

And they say writing a novel is easy!

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Only once have I fallen out of bed, and that was in my late teens when my boyfriend and I were babysitting his younger siblings. Even though I went with an almighty thump to the floor, it didn’t wake the said siblings, but it did dampen his ardour as I couldn’t stop laughing. So I would say it is easier falling out of bed than writing a novel.

I am now in the process of writing my sixth book. I have the story-line and am 40,000 words in, but as it’s my first detective story I have a little research yet to do.  I’m an avid reader, but despair of reading lengthy novels that are filled with padded passages, not plain, to-the-point, prose. When I buy a book I like to read it all, not skip pages to get to where the story moves on because it is not holding my attention. Readers are very discerning people, and it is often the fast-paced shorter novels that fair much better than the lengthy tomes. But, I have to plead guilty on this score as I have written two lengthy tomes and they didn’t do very well – well that’s an understatement, one of them went down like the Hindenburg. My shorter novels have done much better, and my last, FORBIDDEN LIAISON, which can be found in the German pigeon-hole, was doing quite well when last I looked.

Actors are often type-cast; authors pigeon-holed; and because I can’t be put into any one particular pigeon-hole, to stay there, I feel I have made my writer’s life much harder. Saying that though, I thoroughly enjoy what I do, and like to write beyond one particular genre. And, I do find it mind-blowing that I have reached a staggering 37 countries with my blog in only eighteen months – I won’t bore you by listing them all, but the most surprising have been Kazakhstan, Oman and Lebanon.

I just love being a writer, even though it often feels like self-flagellation at times, which leads me on to think I must have some closeted masochistic tendencies.