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Sticks & Stones
2023-02-03 22:12
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me Alexander William Kinglake in his Eothen, circa 1830 As an author, one is always being bombarded with ‘… Read More
2023-01-07 17:23
First, a belated Happy New Year, to those who follow the Gregorian calendar, (other New Year dates are available). I hope this brief update finds you well, at least health wise if not financ… Read More
It’s Reading, Stoopid!
2022-06-15 12:08
Idiocracy. Big Think. https://bigthink.comThis morning I was listening to a BBC Radio 4 podcast – Just One Thing with Michael Mosely.  Each week he puts forward a suggestion of on… Read More
2021-07-27 13:00
Vintage photo curtesy of Hello again, yes, it’s been a while, but hey, pandemic, etc. Double exciting news! I did a thing – well, two things… Read More
2021-01-03 16:48
Hello! Happy New Year. And welcome to the first post of 2021. It’s been a while, I know, but some of you will already be familiar with my haphazard, impetuous and remissful style of… Read More
Publishing: Trad Or Self?
2020-07-12 12:44
To print, or not to print, that is the question, Whether ’tis nobler to self-publish or suffer the endless grind of querying. Book written – novella actually. Completed… Read More
#Lockdown Sex.                            Have Sex – Stay Healthy!
2020-05-18 16:12
(Something light and fluffy for a change) Pink Fluffy Handcuffs. Image courtesy of Sex is great. I mean you feel great doing it, and pleasantly satisfi… Read More
2019-12-26 16:56
V’s revolutionary speech – V for Vendetta Many of you will be familiar with the graphic novel, or film of aforesaid, ‘V For Vendetta’, by Alan Moore. Moore is an E… Read More
Reboots – Good Or Bad?
2019-09-19 12:02
Which is your Pennywise? Definition- ‘something, especially a series of films or television programmes, that has been restarted or revived.’ ( It isn’t a n… Read More
Should I Have A Website?
2019-06-12 18:29
Having an online presence seems to be increasingly important for writers. Although I can’t imagine Beatrix Potter or Joseph Conrad would have had much truck with all this social m… Read More
Frugal Living: DIY Your Life
2019-05-10 15:34
Apparently, frugal living is a huge thing, yes it is my friends, all that wartime spirit of Make-Do-And-Mend is back with a vengeance. On Pinterest you can discover lovely little picture… Read More
Black Javert
2019-02-04 10:58
David Oyelowo as Inspector Javert Over the past six weeks the BBC has been showing their latest adaptation of Les Miserables (UK). It seemed from the start that what a lot of people co… Read More
Let’s Talk About Death
2019-01-25 19:17
So my dad died last week. At the time of writing this we still haven’t had the funeral. So many old people have died that the undertakers, crematoriums and churches are fully booked. W… Read More
In With The Old (TV)
2019-01-07 17:05
New Year, Old You and Happy New Year to you all. Happy New Year, dahlings.Being poorly is pretty crap. Being ill over Christmas and New Year is downright shitty. You might think that you cou… Read More
Plough On Or Chill Out?
2018-12-15 12:53
We’re fast approaching the end of 2018 – has it been a good one for you? A wild ride? Productive? Or has it been a fallow year, with less accomplished than you had hoped? I know… Read More
What’s Gone Wrong With Doctor Who?
2018-12-03 11:16
People have been seriously divided by the new Doctor Who series; fans and critics alike. Regular and long-term viewers will all be aware of the flurry of discussions that went on precedin… Read More
2018-11-26 16:43
Apologies for the huge gap between my last post and this – it’s been a busy time. NaNoWriMo 2018We haven’t quite reached the end of the month – but – I have hit… Read More
Fantasycon –
2018-10-21 18:27
This is a loooonnnnnggggg post, so grab a G&T and a settle in… So this weekend – happening now, as I write – is the Fantasycon 2018 convention. I, unfortunately, was… Read More
Caveat Emptor
2018-10-12 11:20
Writers Beware! This week I received an unsolicited e-mail from this company, FlipLoud. So what? We all get this kind of stuff. I hate it with a disproportionate vengeance. Except, I h… Read More
How’s Your Brexit Going?
2018-09-22 15:37
With just 6 months to go until this thing we’re calling Brexit goes ahead, how’s it shaping up around the UK? Current negotiations are, in the words of Malcolm Tucker (The Thic… Read More
2018-08-31 13:14
The Life and Crimes of Lockhart & Doppler Steampunk AdventuresI forgot to mention – This: A book, I wrote! The Life and Crimes of Lockhart & Doppler: An Illustrated Journal of… Read More
Getting Into TTRPG Writing
2018-08-15 18:03
Image curtesy of  @TTRPG Twitter You all know I write stuff. ‘Course I do, I write this blog for one. Had some stuff published. Done posts for other blog sites. So, what’s t… Read More
TV Review: Who Is America?
2018-08-07 13:17
Who Is America? (Image curtesy of Google) Genre: Political Satire Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen Release Date: 15th July 2018 (UK) Created By: Sacha Baron Cohen Network: ShowtimePremise: Baron… Read More
Build-A-Blog (For Absolute Beginners)
2018-07-31 11:01
Build a blog at any age.(Image curtesy of Wikipedia)The blogosphere is an exciting space online for people to build communities and express yourself. You might be a manager of a corporation… Read More
Writing Interruptus
2018-07-21 13:24
Walter Matthau as Max Goldman – in reality, I might have strangled him!So, the schools and colleges and universities of England have broken up for the summer holidays – no, not v… Read More
Phew Wot A Scorcher!
2018-06-29 11:51
Due to current ‘heat-wave’ blogger offers shortest post. Newspapers present information and ideas about topics – and must constantly battle with each other to gain customer… Read More
Overwhelmed? Think Things Through…
2018-06-22 14:55
The patented Cat organiser!Division of Labour If you’re a writer, whether that be fiction, non-fiction, blogging, or similar, then you probably have a ‘real’ job too. By … Read More
World Environment Day 2018
2018-06-05 15:56
Rant time! Today. One day. There are 365 days in the year and we are dedicating 1, one, ONE! to raising awareness of our environment. I find it completely and utterly mind-blowingly stupefy… Read More
2018-05-25 12:51
Update to – Writing is like…Keeping an Allotment – Jul 31, 2017 Spring has been late in arriving this year; especially in the North of England. Although there are some… Read More
Review: Safe (Netflix UK)
2018-05-22 12:17
Currently – On Netflix (UK) Starring – Michael C. Hall, Amanda Abbington, Audrey Fleurot, Marc Warren Genre – Drama. Thriller Writer – Harlan Coben Premièred… Read More
Writing Is Like… Bowel Movements
2018-05-11 10:41
Toilet GraffitiWarning You may not want to read this if  –  you have a sensitive nature, you haven’t eaten yet, or, you have just eaten. Writing is much like taking a… Read More
I Can’t Handle The Metric System
2018-05-08 11:01
The Metric system began it’s life in 18th century France (made compulsory in 1837) Britain adopted the Metric system in 1965 – coincidentally the year I was born – so why… Read More
How Do I Write?
2018-04-27 10:55
How do I write? Let me count the ways…. [to paraphrase Elizabeth Barrett Browning] I write from the depth of my soul and the bottom of my heart I write daily (sort of) from dawn to d… Read More
Write For Money (or Not)
2018-04-24 09:12
Okay, heads up people, this is going to be a short one – I have a tonne of editing to do, illustrations to make, and a cover to design – so, for your delectation I have compiled… Read More
The Write Way To Connect
2018-04-20 11:26
Hi folks. So you still want to write? (you mad impetuous fools *chuckles) What exciting times we live in, when the opportunities for writers is so huge, huger than it’s ever been, huge… Read More
So You Want To Be A Fiction Writer?
2018-04-05 11:39
Where to Begin – Stop Prevaricating. Easier said than done, I hear you cry. Been there, done that. I have dabbled on and off throughout my whole life (mostly off B.D – before d… Read More
Is Facebook Selling Your Data?
2018-03-20 12:23
You ‘protect’ your physical privacy – why not your electronic?We like our privacy in the UK. We build walls, fences and hedges around our homes. We pull our curtains tight… Read More
Fiction Writing Opportunities
2018-03-16 13:12
Hi there! I’m in the process of editing a novella length story, writing a short Horror piece and a short Sci-Fi piece, plus some other stuff that may (or may not) happen. But I am stil… Read More
How Do You Not Know That!?
2018-03-13 12:24
We all read, see or hear stuff that makes our mouths drop. Common sense in society in general, seems to have taken a holiday. My daughter used to regularly come home from school and then col… Read More
I Just Wrote To Say…
2018-03-02 14:27
Good Morning FollowersHow many Followers a blogger has is all relative. How many Followers actually read posts? How many bloggers and Followers communicate with each other? How current or &l&hell…Read More
PDA Syndrome
2018-02-27 12:54
* WARNING * *May contain images offensive to some people * I had a funny conversation with friends last night. They are a married couple and were complaining about public displays of aff… Read More
Let’s Play Dungeons And Dragons!
2018-02-23 11:54
Running a D & D Game Is Much Like Writing a Story I was recently asked by some young uns, how to go about playing Dungeons and Dragons. There is literally tons of stuff out there for new… Read More
Can The Brits ‘do’ Hygge?
2018-02-20 14:59
The Danes have a word we do not have in English – Hygge. How do you even say it? I hear you cry (if you’re British, or American, that is). Check out this YouTube lesson by Broen… Read More
You’re Never Too Old For Premiere Pro
2018-02-06 11:33
Premier Pro ScreenI think I may have mentioned before I am not a young person. I have a grown up daughter, I have some grey hairs coming through, middle-aged spread, oh, and arthritis down t… Read More
2018-01-30 16:55
Genre: Action Thriller  Starring: Jackie Chan, Pierce Brosnan Based on: The Chinaman, 1992 novel by Stephen Leather  Release Date: 30 Sept. 2017 Director: Martin CampbellProduction… Read More
2018-01-26 15:56
Some basic advice for students… As a Media Student, you will be asked to complete a number of videos. Music videos, Presentation Techniques and Documentaries (more than one; yes) Havi… Read More
Let’s Hear It For The Boys
2018-01-23 12:29
or – In Praise Of Good Men. There has been a LOT of negativity in the news and social media recently about men and the awful things some of them have done. It is quite right; I believe… Read More
‘Why Can’t A Woman Be Like A Man?’
2018-01-19 11:50
“Women are irrational, that’s all there is to that!There heads are full of cotton, hay, and rags!They’re nothing but exasperating, irritating,vacillating, calculating, agi… Read More
2018-01-17 19:52
Here’s my latest post as guest content writer for the School For Autism Blog – Chikitsya. If you’ve been following this series, you will be familiar with the object of… Read More
Edit, Compile, Publish???
2018-01-16 10:53
I am currently editing and compiling a series of my own short stories. No! No more editing, I can’t take it anymore!They were begun in 2014, when I first became involved in the world o… Read More
2018-01-12 18:38
Genre: Crime, Thriller, MysteryPub Date: 9 Nov. 2017Publisher: HutchinsonLength: 288 pagesHardback: £12.99 Synopsis “ Abby Williams returns to the small town where she grew up. N… Read More
Who’s The Best Mum In The World?
2018-01-09 14:03
Okay, I’m going to get this off my chest once and for all. I have not spoken about parenting before. But I can’t bear it anymore; so many stories I hear about child rearing infur… Read More
C Is For…Christmas Cards
2017-12-15 16:37
It’s that time of year again folks! I was thinking, as I wrote my cards this year, how is it, that we live in a world of E-mails, Text Messaging, Snapchat, Twitter, Virtual Reality, et… Read More
Christmas Story…
2017-12-12 14:31
Each year, members of Wirral Writers pen a short Christmas themed story each. The only rules are – it has to be between 500 and 600 words, and Christmas orientated. Each year I post my… Read More
What I Have Learnt This NaNoWriMo
2017-11-28 09:34
During a storm in Nottinghamshire, in 1558, a child was carried off in the winds. Ghyll is Old Norse for deep ravine. You could be engaged at 7 years of age – in the 16 and 17th centu… Read More
Google Digital Garage
2017-11-21 12:59
Google Digital Garage, free digital marketing training and certification Google Digital GarageA lot of the information included in Digital Garage is not relevant to myself as a writer, beca… Read More
Aphorisms On NaNoWriMo
2017-11-17 17:17
NaNo turns the spectator into the actor – the reader into the writer – the internal dialogue is expanded for all. For anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel, implying… Read More
2017-11-14 11:16
migraine (n.) late 14c., megrim, from Old French migraigne (13c.), from vulgar pronunciation of Late Latin hemicrania “pain in one side of the head, headache,” from Greek hemikra… Read More
2017-11-10 17:53
In the mid 80s I went to a Polytechnic (now a University! Of course it is, aren’t they all) to study Fine Art. Whilst there, I met my future husband who not only taught me patience, th… Read More
Reason To Love New Horror Anthology
2017-11-03 14:08
‘Covering four specific horror-related themes: Halloween, ghost stories, nautical terrors, and cosmic horror, The Asterisk Anthology: Volume 1, brings readers eight extraordinary tales… Read More
Inglish, It’s An Odd One
2017-10-27 14:18
I know I mis-spelt the word in the heading! Irritating? Confusing? Not as much as the following will be… I guess you have to be born in Britain to fully understand the peculiarit… Read More

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