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October 17, 2019

A journal is a notebook with a fancy name, though not as fancy as chronicle.

Many writers keep journals filled with scribbles which are more important than they look - observations and memories and experiences and dreams, ideas for plots and characters and settings, jui...

July 2, 2019

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 kerzilli...

May 19, 2019

Yesterday, I went to the moon.

It was suspended over a pond: a portrait of the moon in three dimensions, seven metres across and every centimetre accurate.

The Museum of the Moon is being shown around the world, because the moon has meaning to all peoples, and the artist...

February 23, 2019

Word after word, sentence by sentence you fly through your imagined world, hand in hand with your made-up friend, soaring cause to effect towards the perfect ending, just beyond the horizon, over that glorious rise.

Wait. It’s flat. Where are we? No, not that word, but...

December 23, 2018

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...

November 18, 2018

Adding the rainbow to your writing

In the beginning, there was only light and dark. Then we named red. We got along fine without a name for blue until the Dark Ages, when we laid the foundations of 11 basic colour terms: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, b...

November 4, 2018

Yesterday, a roost of starlings rose as we passed, became a murmuration. Circling us, a metre from our upturned faces and awkward pirouettes, a hundred starlings swooped, dived, rose as one, looped to return to the branches, giggling for a moment, took flight again, a...

October 7, 2018

‘It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.’

Vincent van Gogh

Tucked away in sub-folders, there they lie: the stories I wrote but don’t love....

September 23, 2018

‘…Autumns seem that season of beginning.’

Truman Capote

Each new season brings hope, the sense of starting over. Autumn is my favourite.

Perhaps it’s because I loved school. I’ve never lost the excitement of a new academic year, the anticipation of so much waiting to be...

July 8, 2018

Creativity sprint - ready, set, go

‘Just write every day of your life. Read intensely. Then see what happens.’ Ray Bradbury

The only time I wrote every day for a month I was rewriting. When I signed up for Zoetic Press’s creativity sprint, Write Like You’re Alive, I was...

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About

Reading, writing and smiling

I live in Sussex by the sea, writing stories and novels which are speculative and gently 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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