Category Archives: On Writing

Sharing: Kodak Moments by @AlarnaRoseGray

When I noticed the new blogpost email for blogpal and Australian Twitter friend, Alarna Rose Gray, I did the usual thing: I read it immediately.  Alarna, who is the author of the charming Pepi rhyming books for children, is one of those writers … Continue reading

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Learning Curves

Reading, Writing And Breaking Free of Genre It Started With A Book: The Villages by Dave Hutchinson Reading So, Dave’s kicked off a Big Thing for me, here. No, not chained me up! This is a metaphorical picture. Originally, I … Continue reading

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Art and I: An Open Relationship

Art and I didn’t always get on. I didn’t know much about it. My parents were folk who thought art was the one print of ‘The Haywain‘ on the dining-room wall, or the lairy ’70s green, geometrically-patterned wallpaper in the … Continue reading

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Fifty Tangents

I find this whole Fifty Shades of Grey thing very funny. It apparently began life as a Twilight fanfic piece. I’m not a particularly jealous author. Well, no more than any other. (I’m writing something quite different and, I hope, … Continue reading

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The Big Question: What If I Could Only Ever Write One Book?

I am now happily mid-WIP, first draft. This novel’s been through the foundation and scaffolding stage of creating an outline. Characters have been sketched and expanded upon, settings painted, much research done and, at last, I’m getting to grips with … Continue reading

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Mum, As In Mum – What Do You Call Your Mother?

Mummy was back. Mummy, bless her, was literally at the helm. Of a royal barge. Remembering to wave to all 58,789,194 of us, at the time of writing, even mid-conversation. Doing her duty as ever, even over a weekend that … Continue reading

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It’d Be Rude Not To Mention It – Researching And Planning A New Book

For someone who hates committing to anything more than a cream tea – even that’s out of the question on this poxy diet – and, having made the colossal commitment (mistake?) of saying I would join in with both #JuNoWriMo … Continue reading

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#Lucky7 – Page 77, Line 7 And Those 7 Sentences

I like the occasional writerly gauntlet being hurled my way. So today, I’m taking up the latest challenge. I noticed on the Goodreads (Annie Gracie) website: “there’s a new twitter thing going around between writers. When you get tagged, you’re supposed … Continue reading

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A Pregnant Pause

For someone labelled a chatterbox from the moment I could say “Mum, mum, mum,” I’ve been oddly quiet lately. Well, here’s the thing. I’m pregnant again! No, not physically (ha!) I mean, creatively. I am experiencing what I call pen-swell. … Continue reading

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Bah, Flu Bug! My Yuletide Room 101

Having recovered from this Christmas Present’s bout of almost-killer-flu, here’s a very bad-tempered post listing what I could quite do without for Christmas Future.  It’s my ten-point Christmas Room 101 to be borne in mind for 2012 and beyond: Flu in the run-up to, or … Continue reading

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