Dexter and Christmas Wishes!

It is nearly the end of the year, and yet it is the beginning of a new era for me. After I lost Poppy I felt lost, like a part of me was missing. Although I could still function, I found that the emptiness of the house was almost unbearable and I used to have…

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The Power of Imagination

This is a post about imagination. No, NOT that lot! Read on, I’ll try to be sensible for a minute. Like most of the UK (and probably the EU too) I am completely brassic. That is to say, I am completely broke. I can just about manage the daily bills, although everything has been cut…

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Loss: Poppy Whiplington 1998-2012

As the leaves fall from the trees and the days grow colder I find myself alone as I write this. My beloved companion lurcher, Poppy, passed away on the 23rd October – peacefully and in dignity. I wish I had been as dignified at her passing but instead howled the house down as I held…

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Season’s Change – My Summer to My Autumn

I am a seasonal being. Very much like the trees, I have certain cycles to my year that match the lengthening and shortening of the days. Maybe it is because I am so close to nature – walking a lot outdoors, watching the birds, tending a garden. These rhythms not only affect my energy, thoughts…

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Writing Humour

Because we writers tend to sit on our backsides far too much, munching our way through acres of biscuits and drinking rivers of coffee, I thought I’d share a little exercise routine I found on YouTube with you. It’s made especially for writers like you and me. And this next one is for writers and…

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Ten Tips for Writing Those Pesky Sex Scenes

When I first got the idea to write this I thought that I could use the Guardian Bad Sex Writing Awards as an example of what not to write in a sex scene. However, having just ploughed my way through several extracts, there were several where I couldn’t see exactly why they were nominated (although…

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The Devil To Pay Launched!!!

At last!! Finally!! After what seems like a lifetime rewriting, editing and then pre-publishing preparation, the short novel I wrote for my MA in Creative Writing has finally been sent out into the public arena!! As usual it wasn’t without last-minute issues as Amazon KDP wouldn’t accept the carefully formatted HTML file I’d prepared (all…

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Quick Update

As usual, I’ve been a bit remiss with my posts – to be honest, I really don’t know where the days go! But it is all in a good cause: I’ve been really busy on the writing front and in looking at new business prospects! The Devil to Pay is about to launch next week…

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