The fierce whine of the siren cuts straight through the beginnings of Annabel’s sleep, and her eyes fly open. She feels nothing but annoyance as she pulls back the corner of the bamboo blind, blearily peering down at the fire engine parked a few feet below.
Then exhaustion reclaims her, and she flops back beneath the covers, snores filling the darkened room within a few moments.
The next morning, rested and refreshed she sets off on her normal route to work. Music blares within her ears, but her quick strides are halted when she sees the blackened shell on the corner.
I'm a thirty something woman who lives in the north of England. I have been a writer for as long as I can remember, creating stories both written and verbal since childhood. While studying at Edge Hill College, I got several poems published by a small publisher in the USA, and in Europe. I have been part of several writing groups, and done quite a few courses in a attempt to hone my writing skills further. I love reading different genres of fiction, knowing that the best way to develop my own writing, and my vocabulary is by exposing myself to the different ways that other people choose to describe things.
The most recent writing course that I've been part of, run by a published author, included a exercise in which we were challenged to read things that we would never usually even look at.
It inspired me to take up a challenge. Namely to attempt to read at least one book by every author which is stocked in my local library. I soon realised that I was being far too ambitious, especially given the fact that every library rotates their stock too often for me to keep track.
I've decided to instead attempt to read a book every day, starting with a author whose surname begins with A, and ending with a author whose surname begins with Z. It doesn't matter what the topic of the book is, or if it's fiction or non fiction, everything is useful for me at the minute.
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