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    The Gardener’s Daughter

    Firstly, apologies for skipping last week. The sun was shining. It was 30 degrees. That’s hot for Ireland. I lazed around in the sun in the snatched spare moments between a jam-packed week of work and webinars. I’ve been making…

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    Bobbing along

    I suggested last week that I may write more about how Bob Sparrow had arrived in my head. Revisiting Bob has made me consider how very long it is since I’ve been anywhere! I know I’m not the only one…

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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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    Acknowledging

    Hello! Sorry I missed last week – life came along and got in the way. I said I’d write about Beta readers, and to a point, I will, but also … more. I was writing the acknowledgements for Dear Isobel…

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    Only this

    I am sorry. I was going to write intelligently and at great length – or exactly the correct length so as not to bore you – about Beta readers and how they help, but then this happened: So that’s that.…

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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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    You tube debut

    I’m keeping it brief this week, as you already got a little extra on Sunday, and I’m under pressure for work today. Therefore, today’s blog is uncharacteristically all about the housekeeping/promotion side of this ‘being a debut author‘ lark. I’ll…

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    Extra! Newsflash!

    LIVE LAUNCH of KALEIDOSCOPE Today (May 9th 2021) at 8 pm British Summer Time (3 pm EST) I will be part of the live launch for the Kaleidoscope anthology. As you know, I have two stories in this. Early Advanced…

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    Pride and productivity

    I’ve finished another book! (Writing one, not reading, although I’ve read a few too.) Yes! My second cosy mystery book, A Hover of Trout, is now with Beta readers. I set myself a target of getting the first draft down…

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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…