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Are you a blobtit or a fluttergrub?

31 Sussex words to love Walking a whapple-way Finding a delicious new word makes my day. I like forgotten or obscure words best, those that make me wonder or giggle. The other day I stumbled into Reverend Parish’s Dictionary of Sussex Dialect from 1875. Hooray! I knew that Sussex dialect has 30 names for mud and its own for magical creatures, but Rev Parish was a revelation. So many lovable sounds. So many kays, cues and zeds! My favourites are for mood, weather, character, dialogue and bother. They’re below (with a few others I can’t bring myself to leave out). Call me a daydreamer, but I've a notion words enjoy being spoken and written. So, I hope you enjoy them, and that you start using t

Writing from visual prompts

Using photographs to spark creativity Why I found it so hard and how to make it work. It’ll be easy, I thought: Complete writing rituals, as normal. Look at the photographs. Gonzo (my creative brain) will hop up and down (the way she does) yelling a kerzillion ideas. Note them down before she wanders off. Write her ideas into tiny fictions. Just. Like. That. The photographs are Mr G’s and I love them all. It should be easy. Hey, me and Gonzo’s first attempt went to plan - we made a flash - hurrah! But Gonzo plays on her own terms (borderline unreasonable) and in her own sweet time (often inappropriate). She doesn’t enjoy being told what to care about. Our second, third and fourth attempts to


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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