Yvonne Spence is a novelist and writer. Her first novel, availablas an ebook, Drawings in Sand is available as an e-book in Amazon’s Kindle store, and 5 star rated.


  • Writing a River http://writingariver.blogspot.co.uk/

    A blog about writing, with suggestions for how to overcome writer’s block, reviews of useful books and occasional fiction pieces.


  • Solitude and Delight

    I'm excited. Drawings In Sand just got another 5 star review. "Literature at its finest," apparently. Needless to say I am delighted, overwhelmed,... Read more

    Posted on 13 January 2014
  • Ode to Skinny Jeans (And Other Nonsense) A Frivolous TToT

    This week I have been gathering up thankfulness as the days went along. On Monday I was thankful for skinny jeans. Having never owned these until Christmas Day... Read more

    Posted on 11 January 2014
  • Find Your Own Writing Process

    I'm a member of a few writing groups - all online though in the past I've been in some off-line ones too. One topic of conversation that crops up over and over... Read more

    Posted on 09 January 2014
  • His Grandparents' House (Extract)

    The theme for this week's Creative Buzz Hop is "Fresh."  Before I read this, I had already decided that I wanted to showcase an excerpt from my short... Read more

    Posted on 06 January 2014
  • Thankful, Thoughtful

    This morning after my husband left for work I was thankful I didn't need to get up too. I snuggled under the quilt, went back to sleep  and dreamed that... Read more

    Posted on 05 January 2014
  • "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom" Reviewed

    Last night a friend and I went to see Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom. Neither of us have read Nelson Mandela's autobiography, but like most people we knew that... Read more

    Posted on 04 January 2014
  • The Friday Review: The Economist Style Guide

    Friday Review: Economist Style Guide

    A book on writing by The Economist magazine may not seem the obvious choice for someone who mainly writes fiction. And yes, I am pretty sure The Economist... Read more

    Posted on 02 January 2014
  • Thank You For the Days: Precious Memories of 2013

    Thank Days: Precious Memories 2013

    The last days of any year are traditionally a time of reflection, and so the 10 Things of Thankful blog hop is the 12 Things of Thankful review. Read more

    Posted on 31 December 2013
  • Kitty's Conundrum (A Short Story)

    Kitty's Conundrum Short Story)

    The theme for this week's Creative Buzz Hop is FUN. I think this story fits the bill. Kitty's Conundrum There’s something strange going on. I’ve worried about i... Read more

    Posted on 30 December 2013
  • If Trees Were Like Humans (A Christmas Story)

    Trees Were Like Humans Christmas Story)

    Imaginative Mondays The second of my posts for the Creative Buzz Hop is  a fun story for Christmas.The Tree That Wanted To Be Different The leaves on Ola the oa... Read more

    Posted on 23 December 2013
  • Thankful For Friends and More

    Thankful Friends More

    Last weekend's was to be the last Ten Things of Thankyou blog hop for 2013. I'd already decided to write at gratitude post this weekend anyway, when Lizzi... Read more

    Posted on 21 December 2013
  • The Friday Review: Becoming a Writer by Dorothea Brande

    Becoming a Writer was one of the first books about the writing process I ever read. The tutor of a writing class I was taking recommended it, so I did. Read more

    Posted on 20 December 2013
  • Who Writes Your Stories?

    Writes Your Stories?

    Many times, I have sat down to write with a plan in my head of how an article or novel chapter should be, and when I've finished writing it is something very... Read more

    Posted on 18 December 2013
  • Holding


    Imaginative MondaysIt might have been more conventional to start a new theme for your blog in the new year, but I have never been conventional. So today I've... Read more

    Posted on 16 December 2013
  • The Friday Review: The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron

    Although The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron has similarities to the books about the writing process that I've reviewed so far, it also has significant... Read more

    Posted on 13 December 2013
  • Mindfulness for Writers (or for Anyone)

    Mindfulness Writers Anyone)

    Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom.- Theodore Isaac RubinWhat does kindness have to do with... Read more

    Posted on 10 December 2013
  • When Did "Daddy" Become a Dirty Word?

    The darker side of e-book publishing The meaning of Daddy, you would think, is pretty clear. If you were to go onto any on-line bookstore, you might expect... Read more

    Posted on 09 December 2013
  • Ten Things of Thankful: First Ever Blogging Award

    There's a saying, "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade." Generally, it's the modern equivalent of: "Buck up." What people who say... Read more

    Posted on 08 December 2013
  • The Friday Review: Write Right! by Jan Venolia

    Friday Review: Write Right! Venolia

    First off, a confession: my copy of Write Right! (yes the exclamation mark is part of the title) is very old. As in very, very old. It's so old that the spine... Read more

    Posted on 06 December 2013