Ever struggled to find a moment to yourself?

Ever struggled to find a moment to …

I wrote this piece back in 2015 when Olivia was only two. As part of my university module on contemporary literature I had to write a response to Kathleen Jamie’s Sightlines, focusing on moments of…

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Cape Cod, Summer Home of the Great White

Cape Cod, Summer Home of the Great …

“It’s a bit Jaws-esque,” Chris says as we climb out of the car. “What does that mean?” Olivia asks. “Nothing,” I say, shooting a warning look at Chris who really should know better than to…

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I am ill and convinced it’s a tropical disease

I am ill and convinced it’s …

I JUMP out of bed, race to the door, and start screaming. Someone is coming to murder me. I scream louder. I’m so loud I wake myself up. “What’re you doing?” Chris is sitting bolt…

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Making the daily commute more bearable

Making the daily commute more bearable

IT is Wednesday and the traffic is crawling along. It is only the third day back after our two-week holiday and already the 60-mile daily commute is bringing out the worst in me. I sit…

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Writing update

Writing update

It’s been a long time since my last update, so there’s a lot to catch up on. The most exciting thing is that I’m now being mentored by two novelists. Susan Elliot Wright and Russ…

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My blogging journey

My blogging journey

Blogging is a big part of my writing life. As well as writing and blogging for clients, I also write my own blogs. I love everything about blogging –  writing posts, reading other people’s blogs, and generally being…

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Too many writing workshops, and not enough writing

Too many writing workshops, and not enough …

Too many writing workshops, and not enough writing. Does that sound familiar to anyone? It’s exactly what happened to me last week. Workshop after workshop after workshop, but it wasn’t a waste of writing time at…

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Writing Life – Spring inspiration comes early

Writing Life – Spring inspiration comes early

I can’t believe it’s March already. We’re already two months into 2016. Time seems to be speeding up. Not that I’m complaining, because I love this time of year. I love that the mornings and…

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Reading as a writer can improve your writing

Reading as a writer can improve your …

Last week I made two people cry. Well not me personally, but my writing. We had to submit a short story to the Comma Press writing group in Sheffield. As with all writing groups, the…

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Writing Life week five

Writing Life week five

This post should have been written last week, but  life got in the way. It was a very busy week, with the usual drama of escaping ponies, rats at the stables and hyperactive dogs. But…

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