Friday, 19 January 2018

Guest Posts

Got something to say? Then why not say it here.

Dusty Pages is looking for some writers to do Guest Posts on Fridays. They can be about anything you like, but I'd especially love posts about writing or reading.

Why post here instead of on your own blog? Simple. New viewers. Getting them is extremely hard and it helps to take a spot on another persons in order to reach new audiences.

What other benefits are there? If your a writer with a book coming out the same applies. A spot on my blog will open you up to new readers and in turn, any readers that follow you to my blog will learn about me as well. Its win win.

What's the catch? No catch. It's 100% free. I like helping out other writers and if in turn they wish to help me out further down the line, I won't say no.

Requirements: One ready made Blog post. One 3rd Person one paragraph Bio. An image - be it of you or your favourite avatar. Your social media links - we want readers to be able to track you back to where you live on the net. If you're a writer with a book - you can include a book cover and a teaser blurb.

To apply: Applicants are welcome to use the Contact me form on this blog or email me directly at

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Dusty Pages Review: The Miniaturist

On an autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman knocks at the door of a grand house in the wealthiest quarter of Amsterdam. She has come from the country to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt, but instead she is met by his sharp-tongued sister, Marin. Only later does Johannes appear and present her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. It is to be furnished by an elusive miniaturist, whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in unexpected ways . . .
Nella is at first mystified by the closed world of the Brandt household, but as she uncovers its secrets she realizes the escalating dangers that await them all. Does the miniaturist hold their fate in her hands? And will she be the key to their salvation or the architect of their downfall?

 I picked up this book after watching the BBC adaptation that was televised over the Christmas period hoping that there would be more to the book and the ending would be more satisfying than how the two episode mini series left off. I was sadly disappointed. Though it was nice to see that an adaptation had kept so closely to the original material, I was still left unsatisfied with the ending. So much had happened over the course of the book, you are left wondering what happens to the characters next, how do they survive the tragedy but my questions were left unanswered.

However, despite this, the book is a very enjoyable read. I liked the story a great deal, the characters were engaging and I can see exactly why it ended up on the best sellers list for so long. The setting is wonderfully described and the mystery that the miniaturist presents is intriguing. Poor Nella has so many things to deal with at such a young age that you wonder how she copes. She at times seems more modern a woman than the setting and times in which she lives. I find this a common thing in historically themed novels as we cannot truly know how any person in bygone times would have reacted to the situations the authors imagination presents.

I was left wanting more, which can be viewed as both a good and a bad thing. Good because it shows how well written a book it is but bad because there doesn't seem to be any sign that the story will continue and we will ever know what happens to the remaining cast of characters.

I give it

Monday, 15 January 2018

New Year, New Me BS

Every year you see a slew of these posts on social media and the like. New Year's Resolutions. About being nicer to people. Drinking Less. Losing Weight. Losing people who made last year hell. Promising ourselves this year will be our year and that we will be better.

Bull Shit!

I never make New Year resolutions. Simply because I know myself well enough to know that I will not keep to them. I've stopped tricking myself into believing that at my age I can change the way I do things. I may be stuck in a routine but I'm comfortable there. I like doing things the way I do them and, most of the time, I like who I am.

Around about half the women I know are now saying "Right. Christmas is over. Back on the diet." I watch them, and the absolute misery they put themselves through trying to get to what the media tells them is the desired body shape. I would rather spend a year eating what makes me happy rather than spending a year making myself miserable over not being able to eat anything. By the by, half of them won't last a week without a cookie. lol.

I could set myself writing goals for the year and I sort of do but I leave them very loose and very flexible because I don't want to find myself not achieving them. Life has this inevitable ability to get in the way. I'd hate to say to fans, such and such book will be out in May - giving me four months to write it and then find that come the end of April the book is only half finished or not of the quality I would like and having to put back release.

I know there are projects I am looking to work on this year but now without even a small press publisher behind me, its more of an uphill battle. Its not just getting the writing done but then its editing and formatting the book. Finding money for cover art. Publishing the book. Getting the print book available. Marketing. When you spend time trying to concentrate on getting sales so you have money to produce the next book, you struggle to find the time to write it. Having deadlines just adds more pressure that I don't need, so I don't do it to myself.

I strive yearly to be the best person I can anyway. Not because it was something I promised myself when I was too drunk after the music and fireworks were over.