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    Invisibility Cloak

    One of my fellow 2022 debut authors wrote a long Twitter thread today about the struggle of being small. In this context, ‘small’ means ‘we are published traditionally, but with a small, independent publisher, and not one of the few…

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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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    It’s the final countdown!

    With only days until the official release of Dear Isobel, things have got busy around here. I did my first Instagram live interview last night, with the lovely, bubbly, Shelly Mack. You can watch it here: Shelly Mack Interview. I…

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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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    Scenes of storm-crushed daffodils

    You have probably heard the saying that Ireland often has all four seasons in any one day. This is often true, and it certainly has been true this week. To a point. The problem, this week, is that three out…

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    A Tough Edit

    We had some more tree work done yesterday. One of the reasons we fell in love with our property is that is has lots of huge and very mature trees. However, over the years, we have learned that old trees…

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    Losing Wilf

    I’ve had a mad morning. My Friday lessons are usually smooth and easy and fun, but this week sees the culmination of the Chinese New Year celebrations and many of my students are either back in school, or about to…

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    A Flash of Inspiration

    Hello! Happy Friday! (I have to admit, Fridays aren’t too special for me, as I work over the weekend at my teaching job, but hopefully you are all enjoying a Friday feeling.) I’ve been thinking a bit more about where…

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    Choices and Rules

    I’ve been having some discussions lately about rules in writing. Do this; do that. Don’t do this; don’t do that. Some exampls include: Should a writer always use ‘said’ for dialogue? Never use ‘said’? Describe their characters? Let the readers…

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    Say ‘Cheese’

    One of my dogs is sulking. I told my husband this and he replied, “Say ‘cheese’ to him.” He’s got a point. But I should back up a bit. Today (Thursday, which will be tomorrow by the time I publish…