Jenni Belsay

Jenni Belsay

58 years old
Female
Location
Perpignan
France
Current Status
Gosh.
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  • Are you a ...?
    Unpublished writer (so far)
    What genre do you primarily write in?
    Crime
    If you write in more than one area, what is your next most favoured genre?
    General Fiction
    Are your reading habits ...?
    Omnivorous
    Who is your favourite author(s)?
    Depends entirely on my mood
    And your all time favourite books? (You can change these at any time, by the way ...)
    I'll have to get back to you on that one.
    What are your working habits when you write?
    Procastinatory
    Are you the edit-every-sentence-ten-times type, or do you prefer to let rip?
    Ten times? Why so little?
    Your ultimate writing ambition?
    To be traditionally published.
    Your worst habit?
    Polishing the last chapter (again) before moving on to the next. Oh, and housework denial.
    Your opinion on the books industry?
    Too much celebrity and hype, but good books still get through
    Where do you write?
    In the spare bedroom.
    What else do you want Word Clouders to know? eg: do you have 9 cats / like paragliding / eat nothing but tinned fish / work in the bath / live in Kettering?
    When not writing I'm usually walking with my dog in the foothills of the Pyrenees. A great area for percolating plots.

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    Jenni Belsay
    "Jenni Belsay" commented on John Alty's Blog "Ancient wisdom".
    Could well have been, Alty. Interesting to see that not much has changed over the centuries ;-)
    1 month ago
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    "Jenni Belsay" commented on John Alty's Blog "Ancient wisdom".
    That's a great quotation. I love the idea of 1st Century BC one-liners! Retaining one's sense of humour (and indeed the rest of one's wits) can be hard as one gets older but, as Dolly says, it's worth hanging onto. Too-late witty ripostes? Yup, I'm ...
    1 month ago
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    "Jenni Belsay" commented on RichardB's Blog "Uncle Harold's Last Flight".
    This is wonderful, Richard. Hooked me from the poignant start. Very much enjoyed it and thank you for sharing it.
    1 month ago
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    Jenni Belsay commented on John Alty's wall:
    Such a funny anecdote in the comp thread, John!
    3 months ago
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    Jenni Belsay commented on RichardB's wall:
    Basques in one exit - yes, very good!
    3 months ago
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    "Jenni Belsay" commented on Hilly's Blog "Need help re: agents predilections".
    Hi Hilly, Haven't subbed anything for some years but were I to do it now, even though I'd have the same fears as you, I would give them my address and contact details for France. As others have suggested, I'd make it clear that I make regular trips ...
    3 months ago
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    "Jenni Belsay" commented on Raine's Blog "Pre-York Confession".
    Really sorry to hear this. Can imagine that gutted feeling. Wishing you all the best at York - hopefully you'll bag another, better agent there or subsequently, and you'll end up relieved that Zeno let you down.
    3 months ago
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    Jenni Belsay commented on Clytemnestra's picture.
    Indeed most beautiful. Seem to remember this was one of Amarantha's favourite butterflies. Ama was (is?) also in Brighton. You have much in common - perhaps you even know each other?! :-)
    3 months ago
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    "Jenni Belsay" commented on RichardB's Blog "'Days like this are rare...'".
    Not being into racing, I'd never heard of Nuvolari, but really enjoyed this blog, Richard. You brought the man to life - especially in that Ferrari!
    3 months ago
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    "Jenni Belsay" commented on Hilly's Blog "Andalucian Tales: little red bike".
    Lovely, heartwarming story, Hilly. Made me smile. I could just see you - on both bikes - like a hell's snail, up and down the mountains.
    3 months ago
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    "Jenni Belsay" commented on Jenni Belsay's Blog "It's a Spider's Life".
    Thanks, Whisks. Ooh, I never thought of formic acid - interesting theory. Don't think it would kill her though - some spiders do eat ants. Perhaps she considers these just too small to bother with? Who knows. Have only photographed one kill in ...
    3 months ago
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    "Jenni Belsay" commented on Giselle's Blog "A note to our guests".
    Feel free to hire a car. There's an excellent guest house in the village. And restaurants. We'd LOVE to meet you one evening for dinner.
    3 months ago
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    Caducean Whisks
    "Caducean Whisks" commented on Jenni Belsay's Blog "It's a Spider's Life".
    What a lovely blog - acutely observed and rivetingly interesting. I was with you and Thomasina all the way. The vid was smashing too - you caught so many kills! That's impressive. As for why she didn't eat the ant? Could it be the formic acid ...
    3 months ago
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    "Jenni Belsay" commented on Jenni Belsay's Blog "It's a Spider's Life".
    Pleased to announce that Thomasina's second brood started to emerge this morning, at dawn. Babies doing well. As for Mum.......... ....she had a brief walkabout at midday and then settled back on the nest again, so I think more spiderlings have yet ...
    3 months ago
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    "Jenni Belsay" commented on Jenni Belsay's Blog "It's a Spider's Life".
    @ Yo - Agree fear is no reason to squish spiders (or anything) and I've never done so. When I was a kid my sister and mum assumed spider duties, which involved scooping the critters up and putting them outside. Never killing. I must have been in my ...
    3 months ago

About

In 2016 I've finally said goodbye to the crime novel I've been working on for too many years. Time to start something new.

Or not.

Should it be crime genre or fantasy? Light and funny or dark and serious? Adult or YA? Crossover genre/market? What do I really want to write? And what am I capable of writing? I'm all this way and that way. A mither of indecision.


From time to time I dip my toes into non-fiction too, and blog (as Lesley McLaren) about natural history stuff. http://www.mediterraneanpyrenees.com

Twitter @lesleymclaren43



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  • Hilly
    by Hilly 4 months ago
    Thanks, Jenni.
  • Hilly
    by Hilly 4 months ago
    Great (if horrific) comp entry, Jenni B. I hope we never get to that 'future' world.
  • Mashie Niblick
    by Mashie Niblick 4 months ago
    Ooh, a strong whiff of Cormac McCarthy in your story, filmic too. Great wrting.
  • Hilly
    by Hilly 5 months ago
    Hi Jenni B. Thought your caption comp was very clever. Had to squint at the pic.
  • SecretSpi
    by SecretSpi 6 months ago
    Thanks, Jenni! As a regular challengee (yeurgh!!! - I wish I hadn't typed that) I am sure Alan would let you have a readers' ticket, and that the rest of us would welcome you in. There were some cracking stories in that particular challenge.
  • BellaM
    by BellaM 7 months ago
    Thanks, Jenni. My condolences to your sister. I wouldn't wish it on anyone.
  • Caducean Whisks
    by Caducean Whisks 7 months ago
    Oh, I didn't know about social wasps - hadn't looked that closely, so maybe that's what I'm seeing on my figworts? People in yellow and black stripy jumpers anyway.
    Yes, the flowers are insignificant to us - but not to the wasp!
  • Caducean Whisks
    by Caducean Whisks 7 months ago
    Ah, so it's a labiate. I was close! Knew I sort of recognised it and had to show off. Well done for running it down.
    Yes, figworts are beloved by bees and so spread prolifically. I have them too and they're always surrounded by bees.
  • Newbie
    by Newbie 8 months ago
    Thank you, Jenni. No it isn't my birthday but thanks for the good wishes.
  • Newbie
    by Newbie 8 months ago
    I really felt for Jamie in your comp entry - poor girl. The cottage sounded beautiful but grim. Her journey from car park to abode unfolded like a moving picture. Lovely.