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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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The Bunion Bugle: Stage Seven

It’s Over, Mr. Fabulous Day 50: You’ll have to excuse me for a moment while I have a quick weep. It’s probably for the best but I saw Mr. Fabulous, my handsome Hungarian Orthopaedic Surgeon, for the last time yesterday. This, … Continue reading

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The Bunion Bugle: Stage Six

The Darco Nightmare, Jimmy Choo Fantasy And The Ethel Reality Day 40: What with scabs and dry skin falling off (and big toenail refusing to grow much at all) and Bio Oil rubbings and foot-elevation (yep, still), this bunion op … 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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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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Review: The Land of Decoration by Grace McCleen

Religious people talk to God and some say it’s a sign of madness when God talks back (see When God Talks Back: Madness or Mysticism by Tasha E. Mansfield). Judith and her father have no doubt spent the ten years … Continue reading

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Driven by Grief, Guilt… and Love – ‘Sister’ by Rosamund Lupton

Jeffrey Deaver’s words were splashed over the front cover, declaring Sister to exist “in that rare place where crime fiction and literature coincide”, which made it a tempting enough choice for me. The book begins “Dearest Tess” and tells us of … Continue reading

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My WIP – Books That Helped Me Write Through the Blues

I haven’t written a blog post since January for two reasons. First: I reduced the level of my antidepressant to a half-dose. Which resulted in the return of the grey depression which has been a spirit-robbing Dementor in my life. It’s … Continue reading

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