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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...

August 19, 2018

The prompt

The prompt, from the Happy Writing Society, went like this:

Go to page 52 of the book you’re reading now, line 10, take the first noun – write.

The whole sentence, from Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse 5 was, ‘There was so much to see – dragon’s teeth, machines,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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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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