June 23rd, 2011

View from study (sunny)

Small evengelical chapel, Hay-on-Wye

25/52 for the group T189ers Photo-a-week

This week's theme: Churches

I don't know what this chapel is called, but it looked very attractive against the blue sky. It seems to be some kind of independent evangelical church.

Taken on a recent visit to Hay-on-Wye.




In other news, I am suffering from the diary writer/blogger's eternal problem. When I have interesting things to write about, I'm too busy to blog. When I have plenty of time, I have nothing to talk about.

Suffice it to say that we have been zooming up and down Wales like a yo-yo recently. Since our last trip to Caerleon, we have been to:

- My dad's 90th birthday party in Llandudno
- Next day travelled down to Glasbury near Hay-on-Wye for a one day conference G had to attend.
- I spent the day wandering around Hay while G attended the conference at the posh hotel that used to be Laura Ashley's residence.

Tomorrow we're off to Caerleon again, then staying in South Wales for the weekend to attend our grandson's christening on Sunday.

It's always the same, we don't go anywhere for months and then have umpteen trips in about four weeks!

View from study (sunny)

Bull in a china shop, Hay-on-Wye

25/52 for the group 52 in Twenty Eleven

This week's theme was: Doors and windows.

The sign on the door said that the shop had moved to other premises, but I loved the flower-garlanded bull's head in the window.

Hay-on-Wye is famous for being a book town, but this is one of the shops that sells something other then books. :)

Bedtime reading

The rest of the Hay-on-Wye photos

I've been to Hay-on-Wye a few times, the first time being for papersky's wedding. The first few times I visited, I came back laden with books. These days, not so much.

OK, I admit that "not so much" did amount to 6 books for a grand total of £20, but compared to what I used to come home with, it's not a lot. Why so little? Mostly it's a realisation that there's no point in adding to the To Read Pile, but switching to ebooks has really put me off buying novels from bookshops. I would much rather read a novel on the iPod than on paper these days. Also, of course, I no longer need to buy classics because I can download from Project Gutenberg. What I do still buy in paper format are non-fiction books and novels that not old enough to be copyright free but are unlikely to be available in ebook form.

Anyway, have a few more photos from the day out.

Murder and Mayhem bookshop, Hay-on-Wye

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Bedtime reading

Write to be Published by Nicola Morgan

Write to be PublishedWrite to be Published by Nicola Morgan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A really really useful book that covers everything that you need to get right in order to be published. It was particularly nice that it was from a UK angle; so many How To books are US-centred. Of course most things apply wherever you are based, but it was just refreshing to see a British perspective.

It's not actually a How To book in that it doesn't claim to teach you how to write. As Nicola Morgan says, you should regard her as a GP rather than a specialist. Reading the book will point you in the direction of what you might need to work on, then you need more focused guidance.

But as an overall book on what you need to know in order to be a professional writer, I thought it worked really well.



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