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January 29, 2017

What would I be like if there’d been no migration into the places I’ve lived?

I wouldn’t have played with children from homes with utterly different ways of doing things, some of which impressed me. I might not have asked myself why things happened as they did in my hom...

January 21, 2017

'Creative process' is an oxymoron, in my experience.

The creative part of my brain doesn't care for sensible steps, defies common sense. It is reckless and utterly ungovernable. I have decided it should have its own name, and that name should be Gonzo.

For months, ideas...

January 15, 2017

‘Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.’

Here are a few things I think I might have learned this week.

1.Gandhi didn’t say many of the things he famously said. He is often given credit for the aphorism above, but he didn’t say it. It w...

January 8, 2017

On Romney Marsh I saw a sign for E.Nesbit’s grave. I remembered her name on the shiny dustcover of a childhood treasure, and that this name, with its mysterious initial, was one I once held in the highest esteem.

With the usual help from Mr Google, I found The Story of...

January 2, 2017

I have a rent-paying job to go back to. That means less writing time. Huff.

It is no longer a surprise to me that being cross doesn't help.

With wrinkled nose, I remind myself how marvelous my job is:

  1. To get to work, I go outside. Outside is a fascinating place.

  2. ...

September 4, 2016

I just found out what it’s like to live inside my head for a month.

I had a request for the manuscript of my novel: huzzah! The end of the summer seemed a reasonable deadline: yee-haw!

Then came advice, welcome and resented in equal parts, as good advice always is. I und...

June 29, 2016

At Winchester Writers' Festival, my new hero Meg Rosoff compared our minds to colanders. Stuff gets stuck in them.

My mind is more like an antiquarian bookshop - I'm not sure what I'll find in there, can't resist sidling between the stacks, and usually find something od...

June 1, 2016

You’re going to enjoy writing this story. All you need to find is:

  1. A character you need to know better e.g. weird guy in the fruit aisle, moonbeast, gadget showing signs of internal motivation.

  2. A place and time you want to hang out in (usually for longer than y...

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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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