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Smiles and feet

The prompt The prompt, from the Happy Writing Society, went like this: Go to page 52 of the book you’re reading now, line 10, take the first noun – write. The whole sentence, from Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse 5 was, ‘There was so much to see – dragon’s teeth, machines, corpses with bare feet that were blue and ivory.’ Through an accident of printing, I got feet. Feet of clay, said Gonzo (my creative brain). Me: Bit of a cliché risk, isn’t it? Gonzo: How rude. That’s my best idea ever. Every idea Gonzo has is best ever. I thought I’d better look the phrase up, before Gonzo made a fool of us. It meant what I’d assumed, a character flaw in a hero/leader, except in psychology, in which it was

Why I'm not writing today

A random number of almost plausible excuses Some say that to grow as a writer, to truly inhabit the world of a writer, to grab that skinny chance of becoming the writer you might, you must write every day. They get on my nelly. Imagine my horror when my own experiments found they’re probably flippin’ right. Something peculiar, bigger than plain old practice but not quite as sparkly as magic, happens to the daily writer, to their creativity, confidence, energy, insight, and possibly even competence. As I’m well and safe and fed and free (hurrah!) what I end up doing is pretty much whatever I chose to. Which puts me in urgent need of bold excuses. Here goes nothing. I’m not writing today becau


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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