Tuesday, 29 January 2019

A Commonplace Book Anyone?

This is something I’ve been meaning to begin for sometime, but deciding what to include, so that it would be useful, was difficult. So I found several YouTube videos compiled by others and decided to begin with fiction, poetry, ideas for creative writing, and see where it leads me.

Anyone else busy with their own Commonplace Book, and which format have you chosen?

Emma Darwin, descendant of Charles Darwin, lecturer, author, and speaker.

Thursday, 20 September 2018


I’m looking for Fymm now that the early frosts are nipping my fingers and toes, like a bite from his small sharp teeth. It’s nearly a year since I last saw him, and I’m scared and excited too. It won’t be long before Thin Time is here again. I think I’d better say who I am before I tell you what happened the last time I met Fymm. I’m Alice Griffin, and I’m telling you my name first because that’s what got me into trouble, and it’s the worst trouble that ever happened to me. Well the worst so far and I’m lucky to be alive. If I’d gone straight home from school it wouldn’t have happened, but after my mum died, and my dad married again, home wasn’t the same any more. Now I had a stepmother and a five-year-old stepbrother, and he followed me around all day and wouldn’t leave me alone. Then my stepmother started shouting at me for nothing. Whatever I did made her cross. So I did things to annoy her, and that got me into loads more trouble, and just when I thought things couldn’t get any worse, they did, a lot worse! It was after school at Halloween that the weird things began to happen. Thin Time - A story by Carole Anne Carr Author is set in Tong Church, nr. Shifnal. A book for 8 to 11 yr. olds. 


Some of the characters in the story can be found in the church. At the request of the girls I meet at book signings, the story has a girl hero! 


Sunday, 12 August 2018

It is no good pretending, I have a book to edit, a book to write, and Sunday lunch to prepare. Speaking of Sunday and food always reminds me of the lady who said to me in a kindly fashion, after I had given the weekly sermon, ‘When you preach we can’t think about the Sunday roast, you pin our ears to the wall.’ Always makes me smile 🤗

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

I.W.S.G. July!

The July 4th IWSG Question is “What are your ultimate writing goals, and how have they changed over time (if at all)?

A very interesting question and I’m looking forward to reading other writers’ answers. 


Being late in life, my goal is to achieve my MA, the course ends in October, complete my first book for adults, and send to a publisher. I know that to achieve publication, it is not necessary to have a masters degree, however it increases the chances of success. We'll see 😊. 

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

I.W.S.G. And It's May!

Another question from Alex's support group, and I wonder how many people reply in a positive or negative fashion to this query.  Maybe the answer lies in where you live. Being in a cold country, that sees every six months as cold and grey, Spring is such a relief that the last thing I want to do is stay indoors and sit at the computer.  Perhaps I could go out with a notebook, but I'm struggling through a degree in literature, so it's the computer for me! 
 QUESTION: It's spring! Does this season inspire you to write more than others, or not?  

Monday, 30 April 2018


Giving a talk about my children's books to one group on Wednesday, and then reading my poetry to another group Saturday. I haven't done this for some time, or undertaken book signings, so looking forward to sharing my work with readers. https://caroleannecarr.co.uk
#amwriting #poetry

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

April and IWSG question!

When your writing life is a bit cloudy or filled with rain, what do you do to dig down and keep on writing? 
(I love these questions, makes it much more fun)

Having taken on another writing course, a degree course in Creative Writing, and having paid for it, the urge to achieve, and not to waste the money, becomes sufficient motivation! 👹👹👹 though I must admit to wilting a little from time to time...

Monday, 12 March 2018

River Dark - Chapter One

RIVER DARK - an Ironbridge Gorge Adventure Chapter One

A Terrible Enemy

 If I'd known I'd be hunted down like a criminal, I would have turned away from Atterley Hall when I heard that horrible screaming. But this was the first day of my new life, and I wasn't giving up now. As the wintery sunlight broke through the early morning mist over the parkland, I took a deep breath, charged through the archway into the stable yard, and had to jump back from a huge black stallion, rearing up and thrashing the air with his polished hooves. He shrieked with anger, trying to shake off a small, grizzled haired man who clung to the leading rein. The groom, despite his broad shoulders and shovel fists, was no match for the angry, enormous beast. His riding boots slid on the damp cobbles as angry horse reared, plunged, and drummed his hooves in a wild, furious dance. Frantic to control the stallion, the groom punched the animal's neck with his fist, making the powerful creature wilder than ever. With a violent twist of his spine the horse flung the man into the air, and I watched in horror as he landed on the cobbles with a sickening thump. Then the thoroughbred reared again, ready to bring his weight crashing down on his tormentor, and I yelled, 'Thunder, don't!'

 At the sound of my voice, the stallion seemed frozen in time with his head thrust back, his mane rippling with a life of its own. His heavy body hung motionless, balanced on his hind legs, the muscles in his haunches straining under the shining skin. Afraid he would topple and break his back I foolishly flung out my arms to save him. But with a tremendous effort, he heaved his weight forward; his hooves clattered the yard, and the groom scuttled to safety. Now the stallion swung his head in my direction, trotted towards me, and it took every bit of courage to stand my ground. For a terrified moment I thought I'd be trampled, but he came to a skittering halt, his huge chest towering above me, and in the sharp morning air, I was close enough to feel the heat of his silky body. His damp breath formed clouds around his whiskered muzzle, wetting my skin like fine rain; he dipped his head and playfully nipped me on the shoulder. He had not forgotten me. With joyful relief, I reached up to pat his powerful neck and out of the corner of my eye noticed the groom striding towards me, a furious, twisted expression on his face. Without a word, he snatched up Thunder's dangling lead rope, grabbed me, and almost jerked me off my feet. Held in his fierce grip, his tweed jacket reeking of sour sweat, and his red, weather-roughened face thrust close to mine, his anger shocked me, if I hadn't shouted when I did Thunder might have killed him.... to be continued...

Saturday, 10 March 2018

River Dark

I shall be posting excerpts from my latest book,  River Dark, sequel to the Ironbridge Gorge adventure Candle Dark on Mondays, here, on my website https://caroleannecarr.co.uk and Facebook.

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

March already and IWSG time!

I.W.S.G. http://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/p/iwsg-sign-up.html

Having spent the last month reviewing Angela Carter's books and articles for a thesis, and with International Women's Day happening with marches for female equality taking place in many countries, I hope everyone will be thinking what they can do to support the event, now and in the future. There are signs that women are becoming aware that the battle for equality in every walk of life did not achieve the needed result when the Suffragettes won the vote. It was only a very minor step. Pleasing to see that Carter's novels are being reprinted in the Suffragettes' anniversary year and that the books are now available on Audible! #internationalwomensday 

Monday, 26 February 2018

Favourite Genre and Favourite Author?

I have had to read the author Angela Carter and I find her work brilliant, even though I am not a fan of her genre. But as she wrote many genres, there is something for everyone. What author and genre do you prefer?

A Commonplace Book Anyone? This is something I’ve been meaning to begin for sometime, but deciding what to include, so that it would be us...