#BlogFlash2012: 30 Days, 30 Prompts, 30 Posts: #6 – Reading


This month Mr B and I are taking part in #BlogFlash2012, run by Terri Giuliano Long.

The idea is simple: 30 Days, 30 Prompts, 30 Posts. Every day there’s a new visual prompt and you have to produce 50-100 words on the theme. The beauty of it is, you can produce anything from a simple anecdote to a piece of flash fiction.

There’s also a Facebook page so you can follow along and swap links.

I am also taking part in NaBloPoMo August.


#BlogFlash2012: #6 Reading


I follow the great Stephen King in the belief that to be a good writer you must first be a reader. I’m at my happiest lost in a good book. It doesn’t have to be fiction, it can be a biography or history for me, but that feeling of escapism and being taken somewhere else is what it is all about.

As I write my own novels I always hope that they will evoke the same feelings in readers as the likes of Tolkien, Murakami, Orwell, Irving and Pratchett do for me whenever I dip into one of their books.




I am devouring crime, law and thriller novels at the moment at an alarming rate. In the last month alone I have been through 15 Seconds (Andrew Gross), The Preacher (Camilla Lackberg), Law and Disorder (Tim Kevan), Relentless (Simon Kernick), The Lost Symbol (Dan Brown), and I’m currently reading The Dinner (Herman Koch).

I don’t know what it is about this particular genre that I find so easy to dip in to. I’ll try not to reflect what that says about my character or state of mind! But I certainly love a good mystery!


What was the first candy you ever tried?

I think I inadvertently answered this over the weekend, forgetting that there’s a NaBloPoMo Break! So here’s my answer again:

“I have pondered this one and I honestly have no memory of this.  Instead, I’ve opted for one of my earliest memories of buying sweets. 20p would buy you a nice little bag of penny sweets – though if you felt really adventurous you could spend 2p for a large sweet or even – if you really wanted to go crazy – 10p for a giant cola bottle. I still love those penny sweets but I have a feeling that 20p wouldn’t get you so many these days…”

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Donna Brown

Ever developing teacher and learner (online and offline!). Avid reader/audiobook listener, fan of podcasts, prone to the odd Netflix binge. Mum to six crazy and incredible rescue cats. Occasional writer of short stories and poetry.
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  1. The escape is definitely what draws me to reading and why often when reading fiction I don't want to read anything too realistic. I don't want to think "that could really happen to me"

    It is great to find a genre to get lost in and that reads quickly. There are times that I just need a fast, fun read if I've been reading books that take more thinking or that are darker.

    1. Books are the best way to escape for me. Movies do all the work for you with the visuals and everything but they still have their own beauty. Books are epic journeys and were often my salvation in a previous job where I spent four years travelling by train to work. The service in the UK is poor to say the least. A lot of waiting around. Lucky for me I always had books to hand to pass the time and assuage the annoyance.

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