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Lost words I’ve loved this year

Why do we love finding new words so much? I think it’s because they make wisps of ideas whole, they tickle up stories, are beautiful music, make us giggle, or are simply delicious to say. Here are my favourites from this year, found in Jeff Kacirk’s excellent Forgotten English calendar and writing my logophilic blogs. Emily Dickinson wrote that a word begins to live the day it’s said. Why not give these words the kiss of life? planetstruck: affected by the influence of the planets, and a flipping brilliant excuse for mistakes or misdemeanours, large or small jackanape: a pert fellow and frankly my favourite kind fondling: a person or thing fondled croozle: to make a low whispering sound (per


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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