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How to love January

Poor old January. Grey and muddy. Skint and a bit self-loathing. Month of sighs and broken resolve and waistband agony. And so…flipping…long. Seldom written about, dear old January. Mostly we grit our teeth and robot-walk through it, pretending it isn’t happening. Some of us will be leaping through the fiery rings of personal re-invention and won’t care what month it is. Woohoo for you. Don’t singe the carpet. Here's how I’m going to give some love to January. First principles January has loads of time in it. I love time. January is named after a doorway. Who doesn’t love doorways? Especially when you can choose where it goes. Zhooshing January Words. They are free and delicious and powerful

Midwinter words

Delicious terms to use this Christmas I've been raiding my old Roget again. These words are making my Christmas even better. Hope they do yours. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas Jolly. As it might come from jol, the old Norse that gave us Yule, now is the time to jolly well include it in most sentences. Effulgence. A brilliant radiance, shining forth. Say it ten times and see how you feel. Lambent. A soft glow of light or fire. From the Latin to lick. Bedizzen. To dress up or decorate gaudily. Can be with one z but why not use two when you have the chance? Tintinnabulary. Relating to the ringing of bells. Caution: use before sherry. Baby, it’s cold outside Brumal. Wintry. Comes fr

What to give your writer for Christmas

Budget and deluxe options for the writer in your life There they are, tapping away at their keyboard, haven't spoken to you for days, except to ask for a synonym. How are you supposed to know what they want for Christmas? Fret no longer, writer's friend, here's their Christmas list. Time. Sweet, precious empty time with nothing in it but whatever words they can make. Budget option: go out all day and take all the chores with you. Lux option: provide them with a second income and a writing cabin with a wood stove and their favourite wilderness view, and probably better throw in a butler. Material. Food for their creative brains. Budget option: Keep doing and saying surprising and also ill-adv


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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