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  • New Year, New You, New Pseudonym? – Simon Whaley
    drawbacks to writing under a pseudonym It makes it difficult to do signings she says I don t make enough to hire a ghost And when people find out they always ask why and telling the story again becomes irksome Yvonne also encountered another problem Like Patsy she choose one of her characters names as her pseudonym perhaps because of the familiarity Yvonne was a character in my first couple of books and I knew and liked both her and her name On later consideration I decided it wasn t a great idea to write as one of my characters since it appeared to limit her access to my other characters stories But by then it was too late Yvonne was established as an author so in later editions I changed the name of the character However despite this Yvonne feels that having a pseudonym has its benefits A pseudonym frees you up to be someone else I m an amateur actor and early on I was struggling with self consciousness so the director suggested I wear a moustache so that the person on stage wasn t me but the character I was portraying A pseudonym can be like a moustache it frees you up to be the uninhibited person you want to be Type Transition Another business reason for taking up a pseudonym is when a writer who is already established in one market wants to broaden into new markets Established writers become a brand for that style of writing and readers expect more of the same from that brand Forging off into new markets can mean creating a whole new brand This is what Writing Magazine columnist Lorraine Mace had to do I was already known and had a following for my humour writing she explains As my crime novels are dark and edgy I didn t want to disappoint readers who might have been expecting a more light hearted approach to crime writing I am also an author of children s novels The first two in a trilogy Vlad the Inhaler and Vlad s Quest are published and I was worried that a young reader would see one of my crime novels in a bookshop or library and take it home to read under the covers at night Imagine the scene when the poor parents would later have to comfort a traumatised child Like Patsy and Yvonne finding the right name takes time and Lorraine considered many options until she settled on Frances di Plino http www francesdiplino com I did try out quite a few variations on my maiden name my mother s maiden name the woman next door s maiden name but elected in the end to stick with my Italian roots Lorraine s pseudonym is inspired by her Italian great grandfather s name Francesco di Plino The downside to creating a pseudonym is that you re starting from scratch again Previously published writers have worked for years creating their brand and when you create

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  • Christmas in Kirkby Lonsdale – Simon Whaley
    out the watercourse seen nearest to the path Over the years the river has adopted both routes creating the small island Continue along the path passing an old mill house on the left and then a picnic area on the right The path becomes narrower following the water s edge closely and at the corner of a wall turns left up Radical Steps 2 Radical Risers Uneven worn and steep these 86 steps were created in 1820 when Dr Pearson became frustrated at having so many people walk through his garden He managed to get the footpath diverted alongside the river requiring the need for these steps Their name comes not from their unusualness but from the politics that Dr Pearson practised at the time 3 Ruskin s View At the top of the steps turn right onto a level path to gaze at a view that John Ruskin called one of the loveliest views in England therefore the World On a late winter s afternoon when the setting sun casts a warm orange glow on the cold rounded flanks of Barbon Low Fell and the curve of the Lune it s easy to see why JMW Turner was inspired to paint this scene from the nearby graveyard in 1822 Return toward the Radical Steps but fork right through St Mary s graveyard Look out for the open hand hewn stone coffin near the main entrance to St Mary s Church and step inside to view its interior pillars some decorated in a similar style to those in Durham Cathedral Leave the churchyard through the large metal gates dropping into pedestrianised Church Street with the Sun Inn on the left to reach Market Street 4 Festive Fayre Kirkby Lonsdale gained its market charter in 1227 and Market Street was busy with traders passing east west between the Yorkshire Dales and Cumbria and those travelling north south A new market place was built round the corner in 1822 but market street is still packed with wonderful independent retailers many of whom have traded here for years For some local Cumbrian and Lancastrian meats perfect for any Christmas meal turn right briefly for Dales Traditional Butchers Established in 1906 by Herbert Dale staff will happily share preparation and cooking tips for its award winning produce This small market town was so busy with traders and shoppers in the 18th century it once boasted 29 local hostelries Today there are fewer although both the Sun Inn and the Kings Arms opposite have roaring fires to warm the souls of those cold from their riverside wander Take Market Street with its fine boutiques and gift shops and follow the road round to the right into Main Street Dog lovers may get side tracked by Tails at KL on the corner full of pooch pressies and stocking fillers The narrowness of Main Street cocoons shoppers from the cold with plenty of opportunities to buy a unique present from the traditional ironmongers antique shops or gift

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  • Business of Writing – Christmas Gifts – Simon Whaley
    to dispense advice to a poor writer from the South West seeking help for his tendency to dangle modifiers in inappropriate places In the corner furthest away from the editor s office I spot an old roll top wooden bureau surrounded by piles of books Michael Allen the Grumpy Old Bookman who isn t really grumpy but don t tell him I told you that pulls up a chair from a neighbouring empty desk and beckons me to join him By about the age of eleven he begins I was already interested in writing for newspapers and magazines I had not yet contemplated writing a book but I would soon do so I hadn t spent long on the writing for the press business before I discovered that I would get nowhere unless my manuscripts were not in fact manuscripts but typescripts So I made enquiries about the cost of typewriters The results were discouraging The cheapest portable typewriter on sale in shops was priced at 19 19s 6d Or thereabouts Maybe 11d if you have the faintest idea of how old money worked This was way beyond my pocket money he explains We are talking about 1953 and 20 then was equal to about 510 today So the first naggings addressed to my parents naturally elicited no response Then tara the Chancellor s budget in the spring following that first Christmas included a reduction in Purchase Tax So I rushed off to the shop to see how much this reduced the cost of a typewriter Alas There was no Purchase Tax on portable typewriters so I was no nearer success But like all successful writers Michael never gave up I continued to nag and by Christmas of 1954 my parents were so fed up with this continual questioning of their gift giving strategy that they did something to end it They bought me a second hand typewriter As with some previous expensive gifts such as a bicycle this was not the machine of my dreams But it was serviceable it worked and it lasted me a good few years And I did get into print Be realistic with gift ideas Do we really need the latest gadget or could something simpler be just as useful Several Christmases ago I asked for a digital voice activated dictaphone What I got was a cassette dictaphone with clunky Stop Record buttons But it did its job and enabled me to do my first magazine interviews Alison Chisholm calls me over to her desk It s not far five steps turn right then seven steps turn left and then five steps later I m by her side I think I ve just haiku ed across the room My best present ever she says was from my Uncle Fred a secondhand electric typewriter he reconditioned for me to replace my manual office machine which was so old it had a cork roller It made me and my manuscripts feel like a real professional writer

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  • Dating With Non-Fiction – Simon Whaley
    see if your book will fit an existing series My first book was 100 Ways For A Dog To Train Its Human The publisher had already published 100 Ways For A Cat To Train Its Human written by another author A friend s first published book was 100 Ways For A Chicken To Train Its Human Have you spotted the trend See the mimicry It s not copying because the books focus on different animals but the style format length and tone are the same I wrote my dog book to fit the publisher s 100 Ways format and sales now exceed 252 000 copies I did the same with Best Walks in the Welsh Borders Other authors wrote Best Walks in North Wales and Best Walks in South Wales so my book follows the same format but covers a different area What to Wear Do you spend hours deciding how to dress to impress The same goes with non fiction A novel has to be written in full before it can be submitted A nonfiction book is different Usually the publisher commissions the book from a proposal and then asks you to write the book The proposal is the first impression you make on a publisher so dress carefully Underwear Give your proposal a front sheet bearing the title of your proposed book your name address email address telephone number and state that it is a book proposal Shirt Blouse Follow with a brief introduction about your book who your target reader is and what the demand is for your book Use quantifiable figures For my book Fundraising For A Community Project I told the publishers how many applications the National Lottery grant scheme Awards For All received from community groups over a 12 month period The chicken book author used circulation figures of chicken magazines to indicate the number of people interested in chickens Trousers Skirt Detail how many chapters you will have and provide a brief paragraph for each one explaining what is covered and the level of detail Shoes Give a total word length for the book and say if illustrations or photographs will be needed State whether you can supply the images and in what format Overcoat The biggest garment reflects the biggest part of your proposal Show publishers your style and writing capabilities by including the first chapter or at least 5 000 words if your chapters are short Make up Remember first impressions so type your proposal to impress Most proposals can be emailed although some publishers still prefer a paper copy via the post Eye Contact What do you do when you meet someone new You ask for their name Find out who to address your proposal to Get a name and check the spelling Previous Flirtations Have you ever investigated who else has been out with your date Look at the books your target publisher has already printed about your topic How does yours differ The fact that they ve published

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  • Lakeland’s Autumnal Colours – Simon Whaley
    is one giant mirror reflecting that wondrous autumnal sight I m getting two views for the price of one Somehow I continue to wander along the stone track without taking my eyes off the view until I turn a sharp corner and see a swathe of yellow larches amongst the deeper reds and browns of bracken It s as if an artist has brushed a splash of brightness across the scene before me The track descends steeply and arrives at a junction with a quiet lane It s still downhill to Grasmere and I think about those poor bearers having to carry coffins along such a route It can t have been easy but the views must have helped them on their way On the side of a road is a large flat topped rock just large enough to rest a coffin on for a few minutes allowing the bearers to give their shoulders a well deserved break Glancing down the lane I spy the first few cottages on the outskirts of Grasmere Five minutes later I m outside Dove Cottage where Wordsworth first lived with his sister Dorothy in 1799 He moved to Rydal Mount in 1813 when he could afford to rent a larger property Dove Cottage is small yet Wordsworth managed to live here with his sister Dorothy his wife Mary and three children Before he moved in it used to be a pub called the Dove and Olive Bough My route takes me over the main Ambleside to Keswick road and then I follow the main thoroughfare through Grasmere with all of its tourist shops to St Oswald s church Sited in the centre of the village this must have been a welcome sight to those coffin bearers In some ways I m a little disappointed because St Oswald s looks a bit grey and drab on the outside Stepping inside soon changes my opinion It s huge vaulted ceiling and whitewashed walls give it a sense of space and grandeur In fact the roof was rebuilt in 1562 and a second tier of arches had to be added to the supporting wall Its wonderful stained glass windows offer a colour fix at any time of year St Oswald s is where Wordsworth was buried and I wonder whether his coffin was brought along the route I ve just walked A steady stream of tourists wander along the narrow tarmac path through the graveyard to the cluster of gravestones that forms the Wordsworth family plot Wordsworth isn t the only poet buried here Hartley Coleridge son of Samuel Taylor Coleridge was also a poet and writer and lies only a few feet away from Wordsworth A sweet spicy aroma attracts the attention of my nostrils It s not what I was expecting to smell in a graveyard but as I follow my nose along the tarmac path I stumble across Sarah Nelson s Gingerbread Shop This tiny shop was originally built as a village school but

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  • Features – Page 2 – Simon Whaley
    s damp Perspiring even As if it has been exercising rather than those who ve clambered up them Leaf litter huddles against the rising face of the next step but it s mostly decayed stalks now brown and black fibrous material Read More Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Like this Like Loading Let the Train Take The Strain On The Heart of Wales Line By simonwhaley On 28 August 2015 In British Travel NEWS Look out for my piece in the September issue of BBC Countryfile magazine about the Heart of Wales Railway line BBC Countryfile magazine Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Like this Like Loading Brown Clee Hill By simonwhaley On 5 June 2015 In Walking The June issue of Country Walking has my route exploring Brown Clee Hill in Shropshire It s a 6 5 mile route with some fantastic views View the video for a hint of what s available from this route For those of you with Trailzilla access the route code is TZID 26505 Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Like this Like Loading Ragleth Hill By simonwhaley On 4 May 2015 In British Travel NEWS The June 2015 issue has one of my photos for it s Viewpoint section It s an image of the Long Mynd taken from ragleth Hill in the evening sunlight proof that the sun does shine some days This was taken on one of those wonderfully calm June evenings when the air was still the heat had gone from the sun but it wasn t cold wearing a T shirt and my ears were bombarded by the numerous skylarks singing their joy at such a lovely evening And all this just 40 miles as the buzzard flies from Birmingham City Centre Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Like this Like Loading Business of Writing Don t Avoid The Diversion By simonwhaley On 1 May 2015 In Features Keeping our writing business afloat isn t easy Simon Whaley chats to two writers who ve

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  • The Spectre of Kington – Simon Whaley
    at the road junction continuing through the hamlet Climbing Hergest After New House Farm on the left take the next signed footpath on the right through a gate onto a bridleway Climb up between trees Pass through another gate to enter open hillside Bear left away from the tall obvious signpost and look for a shorter waymarker post From here climb uphill as waymarked on a wide grassy path Look behind for great views across Herefordshire towards the Brecon Beacons Pass a couple more waymarker posts and then a large pile of stones At the next waymarker post bear left as directed between the highest point of Hergest Ridge on your left and the trig point on the right towards a tall signpost Drop gently over a crossing track to reach another wide crossing track Ridge Descent Turn right with magnificent views across Wales on your left and follow this track Pick up the Offa s Dyke National Trail which joins from the left soon after and follow this as it travels through the old racecourse passing a small pool on the right Follow Offa s Dyke s long descent down Hergest Ridge towards a large wooden gate Pass through to join a tarmac lane This drops back into Kington passing Hergest Croft Gardens to reach the main road Vaughan s Vault Cross straight over onto a minor lane forking left then right into the grounds of St Mary s Church Enter the church and turn right to find the Vaughan family vault Return outside turning left dropping through the grounds to the main road Turn left and follow the main road down into the town centre Turn right into Mill Street passing the old Market Hall on the corner where Vaughan s ghostly bull terrorised local stall holders to return to the car park The Hound of the Vaughans According to folklore Sir Thomas Vaughan was an evil squire who walked his huge black bloodhound around Kington s streets and lanes often setting his dog loose on walkers who annoyed him When Vaughan was beheaded during the 1469 Battle of Banbury a turning point in the War of the Roses his faithful bloodhound dashed across the bloody battlefield picked up his head and carried it home to Hergest Court Vaughan s headless body was also returned to Kington and buried in a marble tomb inside St Mary s Church But Vaughan remained restless His ever changing black ghostly spirit haunted the locals As a black fly it would torment farmer s horses As a black bull it terrorised worshippers in St Mary s Church and locals in the market hall so much so people feared going out Anyone who saw Vaughan take the shape of his faithful black hound knew death would come knocking soon In the end twelve priests carried out an exorcism in St Mary s Church reducing Vaughan s spirit to the size of a fly placing it into a snuff box and securing it under

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  • Let the Train Take The Strain … On The Heart of Wales Line – Simon Whaley
    The Positively Productive Writer Photography for Writers Running A Writers Circle Fundraising For A Community Project Ten Teatime Tales Best Walks in the Welsh Borders The Bluffer s Guide To Hiking 100 Greatest Walks In Britain The Little Book Of Alternative Garden Wisdom The Bluffer s Guide To Banking The Freelance Photographer s Project Book Chapter 18 100 Stories For Queensland Photography Greetings Cards Short Stories Read Short Stories Writing Courses Writers Resources Info for Writers Competition Judging Links Let the Train Take The Strain On The Heart of Wales Line By simonwhaley On 28 August 2015 In British Travel NEWS Look out for my piece in the September issue of BBC Countryfile magazine about the Heart of Wales Railway line BBC Countryfile magazine Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Like this Like Loading Previous The Bluffer s Guide to Dogs Microsite Next Blogging about Surprises Comments are closed Welcome Click on the photo to find out About Me More links NEWS Free Downloads Mindful Moment Search this site Recent Updates A Positively Productive Review 15 February 2016 Frozen Flow 15 February 2016 Teme Twister 14 February 2016 Slowing Up 13 February 2016 Weaving Water 12 February 2016 Publications Amateur Photographer BBC Countryfile BBC Midlands Today BBC One o clock News Best of British Country Border Life Country Walking Cumbria Daily Telegraph Discover Britain Ezee Writer Freelance Market News Great Walks Australia Holiday Cottages Lakeland Walker Outdoor Photography Outdoor Pursuits That s Life Fast Fiction The Author The Independent The Observer The People s Friend The Simple Things The

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