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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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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