Friday, 29 July 2011

Review - The End of the Alphabet


The End of the Alphabet

Do you like Amiee Bender's quirky plots? 
Do you like Raymond Carver's sparse writing style? 
Do you like Andrew Kaufman's novels? 
Do you like the alphabet? 

If you answered yes to more than one of the above questions then you will love CS Richardson's short novel, The End of the Alphabet. Ambrose Zephyr is obsessed with the alphabet. Around the the of his 50th birthday, he fails a medical. The doctor tells him he has only a month to live, give or take a few days. In the time that he has left, he decides to travel with his wife, Zipper Ashkenazi, to places he has always wanted to go, in strict alphabetical order. This book is quirky and charming and definitely not sickly. 

This is a great short novel and people who like the above authors will love this book. 

Monday, 25 July 2011

A Shower of Writing Links

Lets not talk about the fact that I went back to the doctors and have another round of antibiotics. It's worse than a broken MP3 file. All I will tell you is that it feels like someone is repeatedly punching my ribs. And it is highly likely that I will turn into an antibiotic.

There have been lots of great articles appearing on the internet recently:

Blake Butler over at HTML Giant tells us about the '22 things I learned from submitting writing'.

Kirsty Logan shows us the ideal covering letter. Cover letters.

Michael Amos provides writers with a helpful PDF on organising your novel on Microsoft Word. A novel approach to Word.

John Harding gives a few pointers to help get that publishing deal. A few tips to help you get published.

The New Yorker looks at the Art of Writing. Words, Words, Words.

Elizabeth S. Craig talks about the '8 things you need to know about living with a writer.'

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Ultimate Desk Search

Today I am over at Hazel Foster's place talking about the history of my desks. Hazel is currently running a brilliant series called The Ultimate Desk Search.

You can read my post by click on the next sentence : Ultimate Desk Search - Jessica Patient

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Gone Coughing

Sorry for neglecting you little old blog. I can see you have spiders hanging from the corners with huge webs full of dead flies. Not nice at all. 


Originally I had a long blog post about mucus, being sick, coughing, more coughing, the number of tissues used compared to the number of cough mixtures I had drowned my sorrows in. 


For the past four weeks I have been suffering from bronchitis. I have been to the doctors over six times and to the hospital twice. The doctor banned me from work and the gym. My duvet became my best friend forever. 


I am still suffering with costochondritis - inflamed cartilage around the ribcage, which then rubs the lining of the lung. 


Anyway, I'm off to have a nap - the pain killers have kicked in and my eyelids are h-e-a-v-y.