Moving My Goalposts

It’s been a tough old six months for my writing. I broke up with it. Then, unsure, I decided on a trial reconciliation, broke up again, stayed depressed on the sofa, became addicted to Facebook, games and morning TV and just generally bummed around feeling bad about myself. Writing had been a part of my…

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What Does ‘Local’ Mean These Days?

Just a little musing I’ve been doing of late (usually before my coffee fix!)… When I went food shopping the other day I realised that one of my criteria for buying was to go for produce that was as local to me as possible. That way, not only am I supporting local farmers and industry,…

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For What It’s Worth: My Take on the Horsemeat Affair

Having read and heard so much now about horsemeat being found in products described as beef, I feel I need just to add my own tuppence, mainly because I feel quite a few commentators don’t seem to grasp all of the possible consequences. First of all, to state my own stance: I would never knowingly…

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Richard III Reactions (and My Reactions to Them): A Minor Rant

Yesterday was an exciting day for historians and anyone interested in history. Amidst great hype, it was confirmed that the skeleton found in a Leicester car park was indeed that of Richard III. And last night there was an accompanying program about the find on Channel 4. Afterwards I saw many reactions to the day…

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How Long Is a Piece of String?

Sounds like a question for quantum physics, doesn’t it? But I can assure you that I am wholly unqualified to talk about string theory or Schrödinger’s’ Cat, and I’m sure that you’re pretty relieved about that too! So what am I talking about? Novels. How long should it take to write one. I have lately…

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Chocolates

The famous line from Forrest Gump goes: ‘life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.’ Last year life offered me a lovely box of chocolates, all tempting and sticky-finger making: the sort you don’t mind getting a bit fatter for. My writing was going well but not earning me…

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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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