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How to have an idea

In honour of International Ideas Month..... Instructions to myself on how to have an idea Firstly and most importantly: stop trying to have ideas. Gonzo, your creative brain, does not like to be watched while she is working. Look the other way. Look busy. She knows what's she's doing. Two: fill your head to busting with the kind of stuff you don't need to know. Be educated, irritated, baffled, or tickled by: Mr Google, Madam Facebook, Miss Twitter and all their lovely linkages. Books, especially those you're not sure you want to read. Listening to the experiences and insights of actual people known to you, eavesdropping those you don't. Documentary films. Not the cutesy-fluffy kind, but the

Serpents, knuckers and pharisees: my neighbours the mythical creatures

Yesterday, I read an article about the fabulous beasts of England and the novels they inspired. I knew giants lived nearby, and wondered who else. Here be dragons ‘They do say, that a dunnamany years ago there was a gert dragon lived in that big pond there.’ Sussex is crawling with knuckers, or water monsters. They live in knuckerholes, which'll be my word of the week. Knuckerholes are bottomless ponds, perpetually springing, with water cold all year but never freezing, giving off a vapour on frosty days. Some believe they go down to the other side of the world. Knuckers eat anything that comes to claw: incautious villagers, blundering farm animals and the occasional fair maiden. If no tasty


Reading, writing and smiling

I live in Sussex by the sea, writing stories and novels which are speculative, historical and literary. I blog and tweet about inspiration, happy writing and delicious words. My goal is to share a little everyday magic.


You can find my work in the NonBinary Review, Write Like You're AliveTrue Tales from the Old Hill , Hysteria 6, Everyday Epics, Stories for Homes, and Every Day Fiction.

There are also some tiny fictions on this site which I hope you enjoy.

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My book reviews are over on Goodreads. I'm always delighted to receive requests from authors. If your book appeals to me I'll buy it, read it and review it. I'd love to hear from you.

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