Here we are again, with week one nearly done and looking forward to an even longer week of six guest posts with a special treat at the end. Until you start on something like this you fail to appreciate the effort that goes into it. If you see someone who has put together a tour of posts then do give them a small clap because they will have done a lot of work (no, not me, I’ve had it easy!)
Anyway, this week I will be starting on Monday 21st September at the inspirational Carrot Ranch with Chief Buckaroo, Charli Mills. Very soon after I started blogging, maybe in the first week, I followed Anne Goodwin over to the Ranch. Charli hosts a non competitive weekly flash fiction prompt and I gave it a go. What a good decision. First up it has improved my writing, making me understand how a few words can say such a lot. Second I have yet to meet anyone as supportive as well as analytical and thought provoking around the writerly process as Charli (well Sacha Black maybe but they’re the tops). At the Ranch I will talk about Beta readers, how I found them and their importance.
Tuesday 22nd I shift gear and head East to Poland, over to the home of all broccoli lovers and Urszula Humienik, Ula. Ula’s blog is my sort with a mix of thought provoking pieces, writing prompts, her captivating Monday Inspirations, where writers talk about the books and authors who have influenced them, and her poetry. While chewing on some yummy brassica I will explore the themes of fathers and their influences that permeate My Father and Other Liars and why I decided on ‘that’ title.
On Wednesday 23rd and I’m to be found with a Mystery Guest who will hosting me and allowing me to talk about my favourite creation in My Father and Other Liars, the entirely fictional Church of Science and Development, how it came about and how I decided on its curiously unique philosophy.
As the week turns south, on Thursday 24th we head off to say Hi to Mel Barker-Simpson who hosts Mel’s Writing Menagerie. I met Mel at the Blogger’s Bash this August just gone and have followed her since (whenever I write that, it just sounds wrong, like a creepy stalker). Currently she is writing a story a day in September which is extraordinary but the more so because she’s linking the pieces as well as following a random set of prompts. Always after the easy life! With Mel I will look at one of the ideas that started me towards this book and that is the Adult Orphan.
We’re on the home stretch now and for Friday 25th I’ve gone west for a little bog diving in Cavan with the gloriously fantastical Ali Isaac. I may well find myself the slave puppet of some Fenian King who happens to be a house guest but assuming I can wriggle free I will be taking part in Ali’s Friday Fiction pieces with an extract for the book.
And finally for the week, Saturday sees me hightailing it to the West side of America and the shadow of the Sierras where they may be hunkering down awaiting El Nino but not before I join Autism Mom for a look at the best and worst things about the writing game.
But that’s not it! Oh no, as a special treat, next Monday week, the 28th we round off this whole shermozzle at Helen Jones‘ Journey to Ambeth. Helen has kindly given me space amongst her extraordinary output to talk about how tracing your genetic ancestry plays its part in My Father and Other Liars.
I do hope you can pop along; these wonderfully generous bloggers deserve humongous praise and your attention because they are all very generous and supremely talented and engaging. Follow, people, follow; you won’t regret it. Much like you won’t regret getting hold of a copy of My Father and Other Liars *blushes at shameless plug*….