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Not Writing

Okay, I know I keep banging on about not writing but it seems to have become as much a preoccupation for me as writing was previously. So I fell upon the article on Not writing by Kate Colquhoun in this quarter’s edition of ‘The Author’ . In it she says... read more

On Not Writing

There’s an excellent book for writers by Stephen King called On Writing. The book is partly a memoir, and partly a practical view of the writer’s craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. It’s the sort of book I would once have pored over, constantly... read more

Belated New Year Greetings

It’s almost a year since I’ve written my blog. This is a tentative return, and I’ve no idea if it’s a one-off, occasional or something more permanent. It feels scary trying again, and have I got anything to say any more? I seemed to lose so much during the last... read more

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