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Storm Doris

I lay in bed this morning and listened to Storm Doris battering the house (and that was before the winds reached their full force) and thought about my own Storm Doris – or perhaps I should think about a new name rather than jumping on poor old Doris’s back! I... read more

Can it be February already?

I can’t believe it’s 2nd February, 1/12th of the way through 2017 already. Usually in January, I blog about plans for the year, mainly writing plans, or like last year LACK of writing plans. But always about writing. But this year nothing. NOTHING And as King Lear said to Cordelia:... read more

Christmas 2016

Happy Christmas! May Christmas 2016 be happy, peaceful and kind to you. Whether you are spending it alone, with a couple of close friends or family, or a big nosy group, I hope there will be moments of joy. If we can shed our usual sceptism for a dose of... read more

Happy Birthday ‘The Broken Road’!

How could I have forgotten? ‘The Broken Road’ was launched in December 2015. Happy first birthday to my third novel! The last half of 2015 included a frenetic amount of activity – writing and rewriting, polishing the final draft, finalising the front cover, organising the launch, and dealing with pre-publication... read more

And so it goes on!

I meant to write an update before now, but the second cycle was so challenging, I couldn’t manage it. I had a succession of side effects, together with extra side effects from drugs given to cope with the side effects. It was so horrible, I began to think I couldn’t... read more

The End of the Beginning

I’ve finished my first cycle of treatment, and today I’m starting on the second, so I thought I’d try to write something before the fog descends again! The first cycle proved quite a challenge in terms of side effects. There were a number of nasty, personal things – which you... read more

National Poetry Day + One

I intended to write yesterday, but ‘other’ events got in the way. I felt sad as for the last twelve years, I’ve been teaching a writing class when it was National Poetry Day, and have always given it a mention, but this year I’ve had to cancel my classes. But... read more

Thank you!

I wanted to say thank you for your support. The comments on here, and the messages from people sent separately, are lovely, and certainly help lift my spirits. It gives me a warm feeling to know people are thinking of me and wishing me well. By coincidence, I came across... read more

September

Outside the leaves on the trees constricted slightly; they were the deep done green of the beginning of autumn. It was a Sunday in September. There would only be four. The clouds were high and the swallows would be here for another month or so before they left for the... read more

Are you still a writer if you’re not writing?

I was going to write a post about not writing, and not really having written any thing much this year when I discovered this post from August 2010: ‘In July I spent two weeks in the Algarve. Wonderful! Blue, blue sky, hot sunshine day after day (bliss after the dismal... read more