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Marion Chesney (M.C.Beaton)

Routine Matters

Marion Chesney (M.C. Beaton)Marion Chesney (M.C. Beaton)

Marion Chesney is known primarily for the more than 100 historical romance novels she has published under her own name and under several pseudonyms: Helen Crampton, Ann Fairfax, Jennie Tremaine, and Charlotte Ward. But with the creation of Constable Hamish Macbeth in 1985 followed by amateur sleuth Agatha Raisin in 1992, she shifted from romances to writing the mystery novels that she is best known for writing under the pseudonym M.C. Beaton.


She lives with husband Harry at a cottage in the Cotswolds and writes in a small office on the top floor. Her writing routine is very simple but incredibly productive –

I crawl out of bed at nine o’clock – well maybe ten –  and write for two hours fortified by a cup of black coffee and cigarettes. You crank up the film in your head, and write what you see there. As an…

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This is a poem by my WordPress pal Dermott over at Postcard from a Pigeon.

Postcard from a Pigeon

Is it good to remember who we were,

does memory have an age?

To remember times when we were young,

returning youth to our doting stage.

How can a memory be old,

Stuck in the age when it unfolds?

Memory is time’s mirror,

Reflecting images lost in years,

Distorted thoughts,

A fairground terror .

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Update: Writing, Books…and Pods! #amwriting #writing #writerslife

This is a delightful post from Miss Georgina Cromarty over at the Writing Chimp.

And this is my adorable cat Halo Solero helping me while I was staying on Corfu.

G.L. Cromarty

Where we write…

I thought I would begin my writing update by sharing a little about my writer’s nook (or pod in my case).

The funny looking structure above is my writer’s pod (The bit on the left…the big bit is a bedroom). I call it a pod, because…it really is a little pod on stilts and the perfect place to hideaway and write.

Here is the view into the valley from my window, which of course I never look at because I’m so focused on my writing! Okay sometimes I peak.

The inside of my writer’s pod…it doesn’t normally look quite that tidy! And I am also normally squished onto one side of the desk to make space for my cats…and their blanket.

And this is Toby, who was snoozing beside me while I was writing yesterday.

Writing Update…

I’ve been busy with a couple of writerly things. Firstly…

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The 80th Anniversary of ‘The Hobbit’

I have just come across this excellent blog which definitely needs to be shared … so here you are.

Literati Pulp

by Lee Cross


It’s been 80 years since The Hobbit was first published.

How do you follow a statement like that; truthfully, I don’t know, and it could be argued that every pure fantasy writer has spent the last eight decades trying to follow in the legacy of J.R.R. Tolkien’s legendary book (just a quick FYI: for me The Hobbit is part of the longer story known collectively as The Lord of the Rings).

I could write reams about how The Hobbit’s influence can still be felt, about the superb homages and in-references that I’ve come across, at those times when I have my Fant-Sci head on; and if Jeannie (who puts this site and my ramblings together) was to let me off the leash here, I could turn the air blue talking about horrifying rips offs

(There’s one particular series, by Terry Brooks, that infuriates me. I…

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Why You Should Still Be Going To Bookstores

Such a good and timely post. A newly discovered blog which I am now following with interest.

Ah, yes. Bookstores. Remember those? They were great. But does anyone actually go to them anymore? In an age where everything is digital, it’s hard to keep the bookstores alive. But guess what? We have to. And here’s why.

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Typewriter Surveillance

Here is a post from Steve over at Write Elephant. If you have a passion for typewriters then this is definitely the blog for you.



“No, you misunderstand me, Helga. When I say the typewriter has been tapped, I mean by someone other than yourself …”

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Pamela L. Travers and “The Tale of Beatrix Potter” (Part I)

This is part 1 of a 2-part post about two quite remarkable writers.
A really well written piece.

The Mary Poppins Effect

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I have long held that the secret of the successful children’s book is that it is not written for children. … Outside appreciation of any kind is of secondary importance to the true children’s writer. For him the first and ultimate requirement is that the book should please himself. For he is the one for whom the  book is written. With it he puts to sleep his wakeful youth and tells the story of the hidden child within him.Such works are more often than not the results of an imaginative mind playing its light over lonely childhoods. What the child lacked in those tender years the imagination gives back to it. 

Pamela L. Travers 

This is what Pamela L. Travers wrote, under the pen name of Milo Reve, in her review of Beatrix Potter’s biography “The Tale of Beatrix Potter” written by Margaret Lane.  

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