tribute to Roald Dahl

Phil Deane:

Without doubt the best children’s author of all time.

Originally posted on whizzbang 1698:

CCF-RDBritish novelist, short story writer, poet, fighter pilot & screenwriter Roald Dahl sadly passed away on 23rd November 1990 at the age of 74 of a blood disease, myelodysplastic syndrome, in Oxford, and was buried in the cemetery at St Peter and St Paul’s Church in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, England.Born 13 September 1916 in Llandaff, Cardiff, Wales. He was named after the polar explorer Roald Amundsen. Dahl first attended The Cathedral School, Llandaff. Thereafter, he transferred to Saint Peter’s Boarding School in Weston-super-Mare, and in 1929, he attended Repton School in Derbyshire, During his school years He was never seen as a particularly talented writer , although He excelled at sports, and was made captain of the school fives and squash teams, and also played  football. As well as having a passion for literature, he also developed an interest in photography and often carried a camera with him. During his years…

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Five free books from the PDP Catalogue

Phil Deane:

Great Offer, from a small independant publisher.

Grab them while you can!

Originally posted on Paddy's Daddy Publishing Blog:

Grab yourself five FREE kindle books from Paddy’s Daddy Publishing’s catalogue. On promotion from 20th November 2013 until the 22nd November 2013. We hope you enjoy the novels and consider leaving reviews once you’ve completed them.

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Friday Feeling….


keep-writing-with-friday-feelingI seem to have woken up this morning (late morning) with that Friday feeling, I am not sure why necessarily, it could be I got a good nights sleep, or simply I am not working today (That’s real work, not writing work)




But I do get to spend the rest of the day hopefully finishing the revisions to my book, and get it back to my editor.

On that note, I really need to express thanks to Stephanie Dagg, who is editing the book. She really is making the difference to the quality and flow of the book.

When I sent it to her, I thought it was pretty tight. I had worked hard on the grammar (not my strong suit), and spelling, and in a way, kind of hoped she would send it back and tell it was perfect the way it was.

Not that I mind revisions, or that I find criticism hard to take, but I wanted to see how good I was.

Well good news, is that there were not that many spelling errors (Thanks F7!), but the grammar was obviously pretty bad!

After I fixed all the issues, and worked through the revisions (not too many thankfully), and I am reading it back, it now seems to flow so much better. I hate it when you are reading a book, and then you think

“Whoa, hold on a minute, what did that say?”

And then you scan back up to re-read a passage to make sure you know exactly what is going on.

Well, with her work, I have not found myself doing that at all, it seems to flow nicely, the language is tightened, and the extra “fluff” bits have been removed.

And although it still needs to go through a final proofread, and maybe a couple of small changes, it is so close to being ready.

So thanks Steph!

Now, back to writing.

Enjoy your Friday!



Stephanie Dagg’s website can be found at 

She also has twitter, a blog and all sorts of great interesting tips and tricks to read about.

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My Book is being Edited…. And the Editor is…..


The editing of my book is underway…..


It was a tough decision who to pick to edit the book.

I narrowed it down to two editors, based on personal recommendation, and agreement they would edit a small sample, so I could see how they work.

I sent it along to both of them, and waited for it to come back.

The standard of work from both, was of a super high standard.

I sent the first two chapters, both of which I had been over and over and over, so as far as I was concerned they were perfect.


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My Book is Finished–An Emotional Rollercoaster.


Well, I am feeling kind of emotional right now.

I just completed the final draft of my book and am about to send it off to be edited.

This book has been on-going since November 2011, and has gone through four different drafts.

An emotional rollercoaster is an understatement.

I have laughed and cried. And even just today, I started laughing while I was crying.



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Phil Deane:

I love a good rant. But when the topic is so right, it makes it all the more wonderful.

Maybe if people realised what all their tax money paid for, including killing and maiming people in other countries, they would stop leaning on people who are down on their luck, and start to ask proper questions.

Originally posted on the life of a moomin:

“This Morning” is a British breakfast programme with celebrity gossip, fashion, cooking and some debate of current affairs. Today they’re featuring a benefit claimant who says she’d never consider getting a job because she gets £70k worth of benefits – propaganda on “This Morning”‘s part as she gets THE EQUIVALENT of £70k, apparently she’s getting her daughter’s tuition fees paid for (I didn’t even think they did that) and that’s included, which will presumably take it up by £9k a year for three years. Anyway, cue the regular comments about everyone on benefits being subservient to taxpayers and completely inferior and all being workshy layabouts. I wrote and posted this, both on the status (it’s on Facebook) and on the page itself, and the comments are mysteriously vanishing – I wonder why? However, please read this, and share it as much as you can – on Facebook, or wherever. People…

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Creativity–Old School


Photo 26-02-2013 16 06 49I really like fountain pens. I would go as far as to say I LOVE fountain pens.

I love how they write, how they look and how they feel in the hand.

They have changed my writing experience immensely.


Now, I don’t always use my laptop, sometimes i just sit with a notebook and pen, and let my mind wander.


And that is what I did today…..

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