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    It’s Publication Day!

    Today, March 15th 2022, I woke up as a published Novelist! (I know novelist makes me sound all pretentious, but I couldn’t just say ‘published’ or ‘author’ because today wasn’t the first for those. Today marks the release of my…

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    Ticking along

    It’s so cold here today I’m typing fast to keep my hands warm… …which is good, since I’ve slacked off on my blog for the past couple of weeks. I’ve been mad-busy working on the fourth novel, prepping for a…

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    November Days

    I’m nowhere near busy enough, clearly. I say this because Nano is upon us and I’m IN. Which feels like something on the brink of insanity. But first, for those not in the know, what is Nano? Nano is short…

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    Holidays and homecomings

    I’ve been away. For the first time in 18 months, we left Ireland. It was a combination trip of visiting family we haven’t seen since Covid locked down the world, and delivering our daughter to her new university life in…

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    Dinosaurs, and all that old stuff

    I’ve just finished creating a lesson about dinosaurs, so they are on my mind. I told someone the other day that one of my childhood nicknames was ‘Diplodocus’ and they thought I should use that as my pen name from…

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    Reject, Reuse, Recycle

    Someone said something to someone recently that got me thinking about a thing that happens to writers a lot. Rejection. It wasn’t even a rejection of my own work that led to this thought. Although I had my own latest…

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    Something a little different

    I’ve been writing a lot of small snippets over the last few weeks, as I’ve started a new course. So, for a change, I’m going to share some creative writing here in this blog instead of the usual vague ramblings…

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    Idols and Inspiration

    I’m listening to a Masterclass hosted by Judy Blume. I’d forgotten, until now, how much I enjoyed her books when I was a child. I devoured them. I don’t think I owned very many of the books, but I borrowed…

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    Fortunately, unfortunately

    It’s been a week of ups and downs here. Have you ever played the game Fortunately, Unfortunately? That’s what my week feels like. Here’s how it’s been: Fortunately, I finally found a kitten that felt like it might be ‘the…

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    Not what I’d planned

    There was a discussion in a writing group on Twitter this week about Planning vs Pantsing when writing. I’m not gonna lie, I’m not much of a Planner when I write. I would tend far more towards the Pantser side…