Dear Writer … revisited

Just as I was deciding I would find the time to get more seriously back into my adored fiction writing, along came the perfect catalyst: an email from a publisher asking me to review Carmel Bird’s Dear Writer: Revisited. I replied immediately with a big YES PLEASE because I have an old copy of the first edition of Dear Writer on my shelf and it easily rates as one of my all-time favourite books about writing. I jumped at the chance to review the new edition, revised a little and reissued as an ebook.
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Amanda’s 2012 reading list

Fiction writing is happening, slowly but surely. More news to come. By the end of 2012 when I add my final book to this reading list, fiction will have been written. I promise. In the meantime, here’s my 2012 reading list so I can keep track of the wonderful works of literature (and the not so wonderful, as the case may be) that I get through this year.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt. Long, but so worthwhile. Not new. Someone recommended it on Facebook, but as usual I’ve forgotten who. Fantastic narrative about a group of university friends and their rather important secret. Beautifully written, I can’t imagine how someone writes a novel so long but still makes it seem like she has carefully considered every single word. Continue Reading


What Amanda read in 2011

So, it’s the beginning of 2011, my fiction writing efforts have taken a big dive, and this blog has been terribly neglected – but I will get back on the horse! I’m writing a lot more at the moment (more on that to come but look at 750words.com if you need help too) and have, of course, been reading all this time. I thought the first thing to do is gather all the virtual scraps of paper where I’ve listed my 2011 reading fun and make a definitive list – I’d hate to lose the record of all these great books I’ve read and enjoyed. You’ll have seen the first twenty-odd books listed here before but I thought I’d put them all together for you … so with no further ado …

Twenty-Somewhere by Kristan Hoffman – yes, my writing friend whose blog I closely follow – someone who I know I’m going to be able to say “I knew her before she was famous”. Twenty-Somewhere was also my first ever e-book, read on my new iPad. Oh – before I forget – it’s an episodic, chick-littish read, following three college friends as their lives take different paths in their twenties – lots of fun. Continue Reading