I never mean to disappear from the blog but sometimes the whole world can get too much. Then I hold on to myself and my mind. I don't want to share my thoughts or give any news. I am just eager to be me and work it out myself. It can be scary and worrying.… Continue reading Lock down
Nellie Bly, the first investigative journalist.
Honestly, the world now is more like a book I would write than a real place.
I have been missing. Missed Christmas and New Year on here... What is wrong? Well, I ended up needing an operation... Which I finally had but have picked up a tiny infection that is being treated with antibiotics and after 24 hours I'm feeling much better. The result is that I have disappeared from all… Continue reading Missing
Life can throw some lemons. So I'm making lemonade... #amwriting #lovinglife
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
It is strange meeting people you haven’t seen in years. On the honeymoon I had the opportunity to meet up with some mates I hadn’t seen in about twenty years. How much do you change in 20 years? The answer is loads and not that much at all. It was weird. They said I was… Continue reading The Meeting
You used to see that on maps, old maps… Don’t go any closer because here be monsters, and then a waterfall or illustration. But this is the chosen name for the last in the series of the Here Be Dragons children books I’ve written. Yes, there are monsters, but no they aren’t all as nasty… Continue reading Here Be Monsters