Oct 132014
 

A bit late I know but I’ve been busy!!

This year was the 20th Anniversary of the Heritage Open Day events. When I discovered this I was ashamed that I’d only been frequenting this gem of an event since 2009.  A veritable newbie.

This year I really enjoyed the Gloucester History Festival, (6-19September 2014).  Partly because I was asked to do a book talk and signing at the Folk Museum and was featured in this year’s Official Programme.  The talk went really well – I thought! – even though the printed ticket had the City Museum as the venue and consequently some people arrived late – not their fault!  An audience of about 40 people came to hear me speak about the research I undertook and what inspired me to write the novel.  I hadn’t done any public speaking in a very long time but surprised myself at how UN-nervous I was.  I’ve put this down to the fact that I was talking about something I know!

If you didn’t get to go to any events this year make a date in your diary for next year.  I can’t recommend it enough.

Heritage Open Days 10-13 September 2015.

The Gloucester History Festival usually takes place two weeks either side of these dates. 

Nov 012013
 

Yes, it starts today and I’ve decided to give it a go.

If you sign up to Join this mammoth task you are sent regular pep talks.  this one came today and i felt it was so relevant and inspirational i am sharing it with you.

Pep Talk from James Patterson

James Patterson

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So Writer, you’re trying to write a novel in 30 days. Has anyone told you you’re crazy yet?

You’re not crazy. I promise. I know because I’ve written a novel in a couple of months. And yes, I’m a human being (just ask my editor, or my wife) and I do sleep. The book even got published. So anyone who tells you it’s impossible is wrong and you should probably stop taking their advice. Unless it’s your mom. Then just stop taking her advice about writing (you should still floss once a day).

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