When I was a kid my teacher told me not to try going to become a vet because I just wouldn't make it. At the time I was struggling through GCSEs and trying to pick my A-Level subjects. I chose to follow the arts, because I'm good at it and It seemed easy. But I… Continue reading Nerves, Papers and Academia
So I was invited on a BAME and marginalised voices writing retreat. It was for those who are under-represented in the writing and publishing world. I guess ideally this would never have come about because no one would be on the edges and left out. The reality though is that I am less likely to… Continue reading Writing Retreats and Free Apples
No, I don’t mean we ought to kill people or small animals. It is a saying in writing circles. You kill your darlings… The parts of the book that you work so hard to get perfect and instead you have to cut them to make the story flow. In Here Be Dragons I had a… Continue reading Killing your darlings
I used to do them all the time, but I stopped advertising and they just dropped off... But I have been thinking of starting up again and drawing some wildlife. I have found myself wanting to pick up the paintbrush and the pencil and start working again. That is if I can squeeze it around… Continue reading Pet Portraits
So, I'm looking at starting on the PhD in only a few weeks. But I am worried about my writing of short stories being a little lax... I thought about it... and then decided that there was one thing I could do. Practice! All writers do it, and I actually love writing short stories, so… Continue reading Practice makes perfect… Right?
Well, of late, a lot. Which means of course, that I haven't been blogging. But then life can get in the way. The good news is that the colouring book for kids is almost ready... Just need a few more proof reads and then it will be hitting a shelf near you. Then there is… Continue reading What’s been happening?
Have I mentioned that I'm thinking about going for one? I have a masters in creative writing and I have found a project that I really want to study. Nineteenth Century industrialisation and disability... Sounds boring? It isn't. Imagine being about to interview the disabled from two centuries ago. There would be some that couldn't… Continue reading PhD’s
They do say that if a door closes then a window opens. Well, in my case the window is still closed, I have my face pressed against it, but someone has just unlocked it and yelled through the glass. "If you can open it, then you are welcome." So what's happened? Well, I was invited… Continue reading A Window has been Unlocked…
Last week I wrote a book. I don't mean I finished one or I wrote half a book. I mean I wrote a child's novel in one week. In truth I had planned it out and I knew my characters, but the actual writing was done in a week. I flew through it, getting more… Continue reading Strange times
I have decided in the next year or two to start a PhD. I mean, I am only stopped by the fact I need funding... But, and this is something I have got to come to terms with, me and postgraduate proposals do not go hand in hand. When I was studying in England I… Continue reading The PhD Blues