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October 2016

  • Book Review: 'A Street Cat Named Bob' - Cat lovers: brace yourselves as the cat cuteness factor is ramped up with this review of 'A Street Cat Named Bob'. Cat haters: prepare to be surprised.
  • My 'The Walking Dead' Writing Process - Season 7 of 'The Walking Dead' is upon us! The bad ass characters are a dream writing team. Take their advice. You'd be as brain dead as a zombie not to.
  • Bernie Bookworm's Reading Rules - Meet Bernie Bookworm. He isn't afraid to assert his rules and laws of reading etiquette. Bernie's views are all his own. I am merely the scribe.
  • The Letter: World Mental Health Day - Today is World Mental Health Day; an initiative to reach out to those in distress. Raising awareness of mental health issues is close to my heart. Closer than you may think.

September 2016

  • Showing and Promoting the Library Love - All hail libraries! Writers and readers would be lost without them. Libraries across the world are threatened with closure. Use them or lose them. Show them the love!
  • The Hiding Place of the Will to Write - I miss the fire in my heart to write. I yearn for the highs of exciting ideas popping into my head. I am heartbroken that words have become obstacles rather than stepping stones.
  • Advice from a Writer's Husband - Today the Husband has been given a voice to share with all you wonderful supporters of writers how to get through this relationship alive and fairly well.
  • Writing is a Just Like a Piece of Cake - Don't be fooled into thinking the title of this post is literal; writing most certainly is NOT a piece of cake but it's like it. Warning: you may get cake cravings.

August 2016

  • Lessons in Dog - A Response To Lessons In Kitten - Check out this fab blog post in response to my Lessons in Kittenpost. Written by Chantelle Atkins, a YA author and leader of my writing group. It’s a great read!
  • A Non-Stalkerish Homage to 'The Bloggess' - For those of you who have not encountered Jenny Lawson, aka 'The Bloggess', where have you been? She's funny, honest, brave and her work is well worth a read!
  • Essential Lessons in the Ways of 'Kitten' - You probably know by now that there's a new boy in my life. If not, where have you been? Avoiding the kitten pictures and posts? He may be little but he is ever so wise.
  • The Most Telling Signs of Being a Writer - Writers, nod along in painful recognition. Non-writers, send wine and chocolate. You'll see we are a pretty messed up bunch. Spot the signs.
  • The Cruel Thief Named Depression - Depression steals so much once it sets up home in your mind and your life. Knowing it is happening means winning half the battle in taking your life back.
  • The Multitasking Nature of the Writer - If I had a pound for every time someone asked me what being a writer entails, I'd be... skint seeing as the pound is worth naff all now. Here's multitasking at its best.

July 2016

June 2016

  • I've Won a Blogging Competition!! - I have won a competition, held on the Positive Writer website (a multiple award-winning site for writers), for a competition called 'Writers' Crushing Doubt'!
  • Celebrating My First Ever Guest Post! - Okay, I know that for many bloggers this isn't a big deal but we've all got to start somewhere, and I am very excited! I have just written my first guest post.
  • Writing as a Form of Additional Therapy - Writing can be a means of therapy, be it a journal, a letter, a poem, a novel... When you cannot express it vocally, written words can be your outlet.
  • Oh so Very Routine: a new way for Mondays! - Mondays are about to get more awesome, bearable or annoying. You decide. From now on, there will be a new shiny blog post for your reading pleasure.
  • Writing Lessons Learned From Teaching - I used to be an English teacher. In my head sometimes I still am. Those pesky pupils taught me a great deal about how I can be a writer. Really.
  • Job's a (Sort of) Good 'Un, I Hope... - I HAVE FINISHED THE FIRST DRAFT OF MY FIRST EVER, EVER NOVEL, PEOPLE! Shouty caps required to express this writing miracle. Let's not mention editing...
  • Kitty, Cat, Moggy, Feline Fest - Today's post is brought to you via the medium of the cat. This is a rebellious attack againstThe Blog Police's (TM) obsession with cat memes to boost stats.

May 2016

  • The End is Nigh. Brace Yourselves! - Cautiously declaring that I'm getting near to the end of the first draft of my novel and silently cursing myself for now being publicly accountable!
  • Unemployed in the Thoughts Factory - Thoughts and ideas are wily little blighters in 'writery world'.I used to wonder where authors got their ideas from. Now I'm a writer, I'm, still asking...
  • 'Never Be a Writer' They Said... - My motives for writing this post are entirely dishonourable. If I can put off just one talented and upcoming writer from continuing, I may stand a chance.
  • The Ageing Guide to Continuing Dreaming - Getting older is not the end of the world. Sure, it's literally near the end of your life, but it can be amazing. Really. Dare to follow your dreams.
  • I'm Stuck In The Middle With Nowt - One minute you're typing faster than you can think and the next minute, it strikes, the sticky middle part of the novel. Help! Is there a way out?
  • 'It Rubs the Lotion on its Skin' - If I had a quid for every time a writer advises a newbie to develop a thick skin to survive, I'd still not be rich given the dodginess of the pound.
  • Is There Anybody Out There? - Blogging and writing are initially solo exploits. However when you start engaging and communicating, the blogosphere becomes a whole lot more social.
  • Crushed By A Cheeseburger - This post was entered into the Positive Writer Blogging Contest 2016 and I won! I once doubted my writing ability because of a cheeseburger. Really.
  • Grumpy Git's Disappointing Day Out - As part of our getting to know the area where we live better initiative , the Husband and I visited the birthplace of Thomas Hardy. I wish we hadn't.
  • Writing in the Darkness of Depression - Depression is soul-destroying and can be defeating. I'm thankful that I kept journals through the dark times that will now come to light in my novel.
  • All Hail the Birthday Boy Husband! - Because it makes me look good showing what a dutiful, loving wife I am to wish my husband 'happy birthday' in a blog post. Shows more effort than a crappy card.

April 2016

  • Asking and Answering the BIG Question - There are other BIG questions than proposals. A more tricky question to answer is, 'So what are you writing?' You think it it's easy to answer and yet...
  • I Need You and The Village People - No-one actually need the Village People, but they had a good tag line for new recruits. Come and join my crew. You don't even need to dress up.
  • Writing What You Know and Pants. - I'm sure many of us are familiar with the old adage, 'Write what you know'. There are arguments for and against this. I explain where I am with my novel.
  • Sharing My Writing For the First Time! - So, here it is. If you read my last blog entry '#What You Don't See' this will make sense. If you haven't, I explain it again. It's so important and linked to my novel.
  • #What You Don't See: Depression Awareness - For Depression Awareness Week, Blurt Foundation are running a campaign: #WhatYouDontSee. Breaking stigmas around mental illness are so important.
  • Learning Lessons from Jane and Bertha - I am sure many of you are aware of the famous line, 'Reader, I married him' from the amazing novel, Jane Eyre, written by Charlotte Bronte. I modified it for this blog.
  • Imagination at the Centre of my Life - Welcome to my new blog! This is a blog to document my writing progress, get a little silly and honest. Let's see how this goes! Thanks for being here.