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Finding inspiration in old favourites I suggested the challenge: write a story inspired by a book you love. My friends agreed. This should have been easy: books are ace, and I’m partly made of books (and cheese). Just recently I’d enjoyed every moment of writing a story inspired by The Little Prince. Yay, let’s do that again, I thought. 'Meh,' said Gonzo, my creative brain. I’ve offered her many ideas, and she’s played with some of them just long enough to get my hopes up. A first scene dripped onto a page, but it dribbled away into indifference. Since then, nope-nada-nothing doing. Sniffy Neg, my inner critic, has been telling me why I should give up. ‘That’s my job, yeah? That book’s child

Getting along with Grammar

On World Grammar Day, how to handle the old girl In the 1970s, schoolkids learned grammar by osmosis. I didn’t know Good Grammar existed, what she looked like or that she was reaching into my brain from the BBC and books. She was kept secret, I presume, because she’s not much fun, and has a habit of putting people off writing with all her pernickety objections from a rulebook written in her own language. That said, I had heard of Good Grammar's evil twin, Bad Grammar. Falling under her influence, I’d speak and be answered, ‘That’s Bad Grammar’, as if she'd put the words in my mouth. Bad Grammar, I was told, made me look a bit stupid. Naturally, I didn’t like her. Know you're onions When I f

 
 
 
About

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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