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December 15, 2019

'Tis the season to be jolly, a delicious word for my favourite state.

In honour of jollity (joviality, jocundity, or jocosity if you prefer)

allow me to offer obscure words for verbivores to eat, drink and make merry with this Christmas.

And there's a drunk...

July 14, 2019

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 kne...

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...

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...

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...

June 10, 2018

'Under certain circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer.' Mark Twain

Swearing is usually ace. But there are times when effing and blinding just won’t work, such as:

  • Improvising a bedtime story for your niece and/or nephew (we really should mak...

April 14, 2018

How do I love? It’s impossible, I reckon, to count the ways.

Here’s a selection in no particular order: I love Mr G, daydreaming, pokey cheese, when my sister phones, my real world friends and many of my imaginary ones, skylarks and grey herons, the first sip of the sec...

April 8, 2018

Pears for tea, that’s what me and Albie called it. Ma twisted my ear until I’d the whole cake of soap in my face, I was coughing up bubbles for hours. If I’d known it was a dirty word, I’d never have brought it into her kitchen. Got to be more careful what you pick up...

March 4, 2018

On World Grammar Day, how to handle the old girl

In the 1970s, schoolkids learned grammar by osmosis. I didn’t know Good Grammar existed, what she looked like or that she was reaching into my brain from the BBC and books.  She was kept secret, I presume, because she’s n...

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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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