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Haven’t written here for ages, but it’s 29th February, and if I can’t find the time to post on my blog with a whole extra day to celebrate, something’s going wrong somewhere! So, a quick catch up on a few happenings: One of my short stories has been longlisted in... read more

Five Reasons to be Happy.

Everything seems to be about lists these days: The top 100 books of all time The fifty richest people The ten items on my bucket list And a bizarre one I found: Ten sordid insights into the Victorian Opium Age. So, I thought I’d compile my own list. You’ve been... read more

Thank you!

Thank you all so much for your lovely comments and messages in response to my plaintive post last week. You are wonderful, and I truly appreciate them. Some brilliant advice, which I will try to take. And now here’s something that made me smile. I saw an offer on the... read more

2016 so far!

2016 is one twelfth over, so in spite of speeding by, how’s it going so far? Horrible! Sorry to be depressing, but I feel so despondent. I’ve been resisting blogging because nobody wants to read a string of misery, but I felt I’d neglected the blog for long enough. I... read more

Pining for my characters!

I started off the year feeling despondent. I wondered if I even wanted to write any more. It all seemed pointless. The hard work, the missed outings with friends, the long hours at the computer suddenly appeared without value. I couldn’t understand my mood. I had just produced my third... read more

A writer’s life isn’t all writing

First of all thank you to everyone who made nice comments on the blog or sent me messages after my ‘down’ post the other day. I really appreciate your thoughts. I still haven’t written anything creative (although in some ways the blog is a gentle limbering up), but the idea... read more

Writing AIMS

Over the last few days of festive overload, I’ve been looking forward to today. A new year, a new start, a new writing project. The trouble is I don’t know what I want that project to be. A new novel? Short stories? Something I haven’t tried before? Last year I... read more

Happy New York!

I sent my daughter a text this morning (she’s working today) to wish her Happy New Year. It wasn’t until I got her reply saying ‘Happy New York to you too!’ that I realised predictive texting had got the better of me. Doesn’t bode well for writing during the year... read more

Ho! Ho! Ho!

Happy Christmas, everyone! My blog is ending the year on something of a whimper. A combination of the book launch, a horrible lurgy and trying to get ready for Christmas has forced blogging into the back seat. But I couldn’t not send good wishes to all of you who read... read more

Launch Day + 9

It’s nine days since the launch of The Broken Road. In the stressful, frenetic run-up to the launch (and in the months before that trying to get the book finished!), I imagined the joy of the post-launch aura. Some light Christmas shopping perhaps. Catching up with friends I’d neglected. Some... read more