This is how it began. My sister Anna, a brilliant and witty writer, suggested that we should try to write a romance novel according to the guidelines published by Mills & Boon. Not as easy as it sounds, apparently. She created a finely judged opening paragraph and sent it to me. And, intoxicated by the stylistic possibilities that are simply not offered by my usual literary output of press releases on Bedfordshire’s latest social housing project, I have taken up the gauntlet. The idea is that we will take it in turns to develop the story, in full view of you, dear reader.

We are taking this project seriously, but I am already acutely aware that writing about simmering desire with one’s own sister might be possible only with tongue tentatively in cheek. We have agreed not to discuss our plot ideas, so the novel will unfold as unpredictably to us as to our readers. This could lead to trouble later on, but for now it seems a very liberating way to start.

Who knows where this project will take us? To the dizzying heights of publication by the world’s leading romance brand? Probably not. But wherever we end up, it should be fun getting there…

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Saturday is Caption Day

I love Mammasaurus – she’s full of ways to entice the witty, the curious and the simply prurient to blogs near and far. Like this fun caption linky thingy.

I like to think she does it because she loves us all, but it’s probably to get a good laugh out of our bad home décor and hamfisted attempts at photography. Never mind. Just post a caption to this photo and boost my stats while you’re at it.


21 comments:

  1. The long arm of the law finally caught up with mummy

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    1. Brilliant! I want to see a young Archie next...

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  3. The family holiday in North Korea seemed to have made a lasting impression on their little princess.

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  4. I could arrest you for this. Or... I could just join in with the laaaaaads!

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  5. Auditions for the new rock version of the Village People were in full swing.

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  6. You have the right to remain silent... but not me RARRRRRRR!


    (as if I would giggle at anything - I am serious* blogger)

    *seriously daft

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  7. I arrest you for improper use of the camera!

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    1. That sounds like the real police, what with anti-terrorism laws and all!

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    1. You jest, Mrs L-Plate, but kids these days...

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  9. Staaaaand and deliver!

    By the way, there's an award for you over on mine. You don't have to do anything about it if you don't want to!!
    http://www.sarahhague.com/2012/01/liebster-blog-award.html

    Hope it'll bring you more traffic. :)

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    1. Wow, thanks Sarah! My first award. I'll pass it on.

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  10. You think my shouting is scary? Just see what's behind my back.

    (Came over via Sarah)

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    1. Thanks so much for dropping by. That Sarah is a Good Egg...

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