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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...

April 28, 2019

Once upon a time, I pooh-poohed writing rituals. Gonzo, my creative brain, is as disobedient as she’s frolicsome: she wouldn’t stand for structure.

Oh.

I seem to have collected, apparently accidentally, writing habits odd enough for Gonzo to have picked them. Though...

February 3, 2019

Any minute now, we’ll all have robots in our homes. Hoorah!

Even better, we won’t have to go to the office, because another robot will be doing our job - with greater reliability, less resentment, no swearing, or taking a suspiciously long time to make tea, or maintaini...

January 6, 2019

On reading that it's Hot Tea Month, my first thought was: Hooray! I know exactly how to celebrate that.

My second was: Hang on, when isn't is it?

To me, you see, every day of the year is the perfect day for the everyday magic of tea.

A mug of tea is a smile (the bigger t...

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....

August 5, 2018

A random number of almost plausible excuses

Some say that to grow as a writer, to truly inhabit the world of a writer, to grab that skinny chance of becoming the writer you might, you must write every day.

They get on my nelly.

Imagine my horror when my own experiments fo...

June 24, 2018

When heading off on holiday with your pet writer, it’s safest to assume that, whatever you’re looking forward to, the journey or arriving, climate or landscape, culture or food, the lazing or gadding about, what they’re looking forward to is the chance to do more writi...

May 19, 2018

'Spending all that time writing, nothing coming of it, must get you down.'

So said a People to me this week. Instead of changing the subject, which I did so politely that People knew I was cross, here’s how I should have replied...

True, the novels I’ve written are, righ...

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...

December 31, 2017

Poor old January. Grey and muddy. Skint and a bit self-loathing. Month of sighs and broken resolve and waistband agony. And so…flipping…long.

Seldom written about, dear old January. Mostly we grit our teeth and robot-walk through it, pretending it isn’t happening.

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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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