Category Archives: Books

Teething Problems & Big Issues

Today has been an up-and-down day. Firstly, (and if you are the sort of person who is 30 minutes early for every appointment, brace yourself), I was late for the dentist (I say by 12 minutes, the receptionist insisted it … Continue reading

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On Doing ‘Writerly Things’ for Free

Still on the subject of ‘How much do writers earn?’ (see last post), author Joanne Harris* (of ‘Chocolat’ fame. And by the way, can you believe it’s 20 years since that novel was published?) has revealed – in a tweet … Continue reading

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How Much Do Writers Earn?

Not much, is the answer. Sorry. But you knew that really, didn’t you? I’ll come back to this in a moment. In the meantime, I have good news! Last week, I had 3 short stories accepted by The People’s Friend … Continue reading

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Michelle & The ‘Meet Cute’: Ideas for Characters’ First Meetings

I have almost finished reading Michelle Obama’s memoir Becoming and I’m enjoying it but I must admit, I got frustrated with the first few chapters, about her working-class-but-loving-childhood and hard-working adolescence and getting to Princeton – all very worthy and … Continue reading

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My Christmas, actually

So, Christmas is over and it’s time for me to hang up my pudding earrings once more. Hurrah! Did you have a good Christmas? ‘Quiet’ is the usual, required answer, isn’t it? But mine was anything but… Christmas Day (and … Continue reading

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The ‘Crime’ – Or Joy – Of Not Finishing a Book!

I so agree with this post on The Guardian website, about how it’s OK not to finish a book you’re not enjoying, that I had to write a quick post and ask what YOU think? I have to admit, that … Continue reading

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What’s Your Problem?

My problems are (very First World-y – ie: not problems at all): 1. I have failed at NaNoWriMo, due to TMGO (too much going on, including a laptop breakdown!) and I’m thinking that perhaps I will try again in January, … Continue reading

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