Genesis of a book

When I gave a talk about Antarctica to my granddaughter’s class (I survived Class 5) I was asked about how I had written “Furthest South“. I briefly (it was getting near lunchtime) explained the process of writing, revising, improving and proof reading. I could have said more had I had the time, and the time to think about it. So with a bit of thought I have managed to turn a two sentence reply into this 2,500 word essay. Now my blogs  are usually closer to 700 words so this is going to be rather longer than normal! Continue reading “Genesis of a book”

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I survived class 5

The topic which my granddaughter’s class is focusing on this half term is “Extreme earth” and they have been reading Meredith Hooper’s book “Ice trap!” about Shackleton’s Endurance expedition as well as finding out about Antarctica. I had given her a copy of my Furthest South book to take in and on Monday when I went to collect the girls from school I was asked by her class teacher if I would go in and talk to the class about Antarctica. Of course I agreed and 11am on Wednesday morning was the time set for me to do this. Continue reading “I survived class 5”

Blog to book or not to book?

Every so often I see an offer to turn my blog into a book. Should I try to do this? I like to have the printed word  in hard copy so that I can feel it in my hand. I often print out longer documents to read rather than trying to digest them on the screen. And of course you can make comments and add annotations or just add “Post-it” notes on key pages. If you’re not quite sure what you are looking for it is easier to flick through a book rather than try to use a search function when you don’t know what word to use. Continue reading “Blog to book or not to book?”