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Quick happiness hits

Being a writer, I spend lots of time alone and indoors, assailed by doubts, foreseeing an array of personal humiliations and disappointing futures. As a result, happiness has become kind of a hobby. You’re probably as distracted as I am right now, so I’ll keep this brief - here are my top tricks for a quick happiness hit: Crack out the fairy lights. Utmost sparkle. Read your comfort book. Mine is The Little Prince. Wear your favourite clothes – dress up, be a dandy or a diva or a hero, whatever works. Write in your journal – only wonders and absurdities and wild ideas allowed. Lie down and watch the sky and/or open your windows and listen. This works especially well if you can find a sunny s

Books reviews: better reading, better writing

If we believed social media, we might assume that book reviewing is every bookworm's duty, that we owe authors a debt of quotable tribute, that we're responsible for guiding bewildered book-buyers, that posting book reviews is basic good manners and proof we're not aliens or bots or trolls or ninnies. Maybe all that's true. The trouble is, it places book reviewing into the dreaded obligation category, along with activities like dusting, eating kale, and faking workplace enthusiasm. There's another, deliciously selfish reason for posting book reviews. Let me tell you a secret: I review books because it's making me a better reader, which is helping me to write my own books. Better reading Revi

 
 
 
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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Book Reviews

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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