How to REALLY overcome Writer's Block (you're doing it wrong). Yes - you really can take control.
What's your favourite type of story? I'm keen to start a new project... But I want to put it out there, and into YOUR hands, as the potential reader. What do you like it read? What kind of conflict do you like in your stories? What are your favourite types of characters? I'm not talking … Continue reading I’m curious…
Who doesn't love a good play on words? This blog post title is my new tagline - for my writing services - launched just last week. Now that smallest person is sleeping through the night (hurrah!) I've got SO much more energy and am coming back with a big, hearty bounce. I'm starting with the … Continue reading Be happy. Find your content.
A single flame wavers gently in our living room tonight, in memory of Poppy Chapman. Today is pregnancy and infant loss remembrance day, and across the world at 7pm, candles are being lit for all those who have lost a baby before or after birth. For those who don't know, we lost a baby in … Continue reading Poppy’s poem
There's a common misconception about stay-at-home mums. It's widely believed that we do nothing but sit on our behind all day, watching daytime TV, and cooing at the baby playing happily on the floor. In truth, the reality is entirely the opposite. Last week, my sister commented that I had lost weight. 'Your butt has … Continue reading The stay-at-home mum
What is it about 2nd babies that makes following a routine so much harder than with the first? After being awake since 5.30am, I've just endured 20 minutes of solid crying with an over-tired baby, who I've been trying to settle back to sleep since 6.00 o'clock this morning. Routines. There are so many. There's … Continue reading Getting the baby into a routine
As some of you know, in October 2012 I embarked upon a new adventure when I left the world of Monday to Friday, nine-to-five, in favour of becoming a full-time mother, and writing at every available opportunity (usually when my daughter slept, which gave me a good two and a half hours each day). In November … Continue reading Planning and preparation for novel number three underway
"I prised my eyes open, and yet couldn’t seem to fully open my right lid. As I struggled to sit up off the bed, I looked down at my right arm, crooked at the elbow and curled up next to my head in my usual sleeping position, except I felt nothing but numbness. Horrified, I … Continue reading Out of body experience, dream, or just a bizarre hallucination?
I received my second (novel) rejection earlier this week, and it felt like I'd been steamrollered. I have come to realise that a rejection can easily be likened to the five stages of a bereavement or break-up. Because, like it or not, you will go through them. And as this blog is about my writing … Continue reading The big R: A writer’s worst enemy… and best friend
Blood Torn by Lindsay J. Pryor My rating: 5 of 5 stars I make no secret of the fact I am a big fan of Ms. Pryor's world of Blackthorn. The first book in the series, Blood Shadows, was a whirlwind, gripping story about fierce, feisty agent Caitlin Parish - from the Third Species Control … Continue reading Book review: Blood Torn by Lindsay J. Pryor