The thrill and excitement as as story starts to unfurl…Sand between my toes on an empty beach… Evenings spent cooking, eating and laughing with friends and family… Stepping into a new bookshop, wondering what delights await… The perfect cup of tea…
‘About Me’ pages never say much of any substance about the soul or the heart of the writer. I could be informative with brisk descriptions of the myriad elements of what I think is called my ‘portfolio career’, or I could list my achievements, or I could mortify my family by waxing lyrical about them. But none of that would be especially interesting and this is not a CV.
Better still to tell you about my passions and enthusiasms, the things that you, dear reader, might identify with and share, because why else would you bother to read a blog whose writer you have nothing in common with? The purpose of this blog is to talk about writing – both mine and other people’s – to write about the things I love and that make me happy; the books I’ve read and enjoyed; and places – especially bookshops – that I’ve visited. I’ll also talk about other things that I get up and that I love, whether that’s my relatively infrequent culinary successes or exhibitions I’ve seen.
So welcome, pull up a chair, pour yourself a cuppa and say hello….
I get sent many books by publishers and authors (for which thank you) but I also buy a large number myself. The former are marked with an * although my opinions are my own and I can’t be bribed or cajoled into saying nice things about a book I didn’t like. Nor do I have time or inclination to write about every one of them although I do read at least part of all of them. My reviews are pretty short. That’s why I call them Shelf Notes – they’re the kind of thing I used to write on staff recommendation cards in the bookshop.
And a word on advertising and affiliate links. I don’t do them. Frankly, they’re not going to make me cash of any noticeable amount and I’m bored with reading blogs that have endless adverts flashing up and/or where a brand and a blogger clearly have a very cosy relationship. So, no affiliate links – I just provide useful links where appropriate or useful to my readers and take no kickbacks.