Why is it that taking a walk makes you feel better? Stretching your legs can make you grin and the problems you thought were bad, can seem so much smaller than before. Do I write for the deadlines or do I write for myself? It's a no-brainer. If I don't write for myself then I… Continue reading Walking
Yes, I'm venturing out to meet people who actually read my books... And I'm nervous. I've done it before, but this time I am part of an author's panel. Gulp! I'm sure I will be fine but if you are around then pop in and give me a wave in support. All the books will… Continue reading Book Fair Tomorrow
I get nervous all the time. It happens as I sit in my workshop or out when I'm walking, shopping or being with friends. Don't get me wrong there is nothing that has changed except I have friends. Five years ago I would have been hard pushed to name five, now they are everywhere and… Continue reading Nervous
Find your centre... That is the best advice I have ever been given. Find that place where you are you and relax into it. The first time I tried I laughed. Where I'm me? But I'm always me... It made no sense. I get frustrated at language and not being able to put the words… Continue reading Centre
I have issues that mean I find it difficult to read other peoples expressions and feelings. What can seem like a fake smile to a someone else I will see as genuine. I can't see it. I have tried but it is difficult. I have very little facial recognition and have lost friends because I've… Continue reading Artifical
I am super clumsy... I have a condition called dyspraxia and one of it's many quirks is that I can't balance. Not at all. When I was eleven it took my mum six months to teach me how to balance on a bike. We were living in a large town at the time and on… Continue reading Clumsy
I like to stay up with new aids for dyslexics... I mean I have to because I make money at writing and I can't sit at the computer for hours on end and not get anything done, or work too slowly. My real bug bear is the keyboard. Why is it that I can type… Continue reading New Kit
It's snowing here in Wales. What does that mean? Well, more accidents than normal. I mean, so far there have been two in a small village not far away and at least one on the coast road. Doesn't sound like much? I suppose if I lived in a large urban area it wouldn't be but I… Continue reading Snow!
At the beginning of the year it felt like I had loads of time. I set myself some tasks that were a little ambitious, especially if you consider the problems I have with words in the first place. I do have a bad case of the dyslexia... It even hit last night while I was… Continue reading Time.
The last story I wrote I found that I had written far more than I needed. The result was that I cut huge areas of the story and submitted it to the competition. It was turned down and they sent feedback. Some of the problems stemmed from the names I had given my characters (an… Continue reading Over-writing vs not