A short fiction piece, for anyone who has ever struggled to find their place in the world.
Corfe Castle is as its name suggests; a castle nestled high on the hill in the village it dominates and lends its title to. As a child, on our way to Studland Bay, I’d gaze wistfully at its majestic beauty, my forehead pressed up against the window as I dreamed of lords and ladies and … Continue reading Beautiful Corfe. Have you been?
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…
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
The Sicilian's Unexpected Duty by Michelle Smart My rating: 5 of 5 stars When innocent Cara Delaney spent a wild weekend with sexy Sicilian Pepe Mastrangelo, she definitely got more than she bargained for. Not only did he leave her high and dry without so much as a goodbye, but she's found herself tied to … Continue reading Book Review: The Sicilian’s Unexpected Duty by Michelle Smart
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
I decided to take a day off today. I never stop. Never. Never get a day off. Never get to just impulsively hop in my car and disappear for the day. Not without intricate planning. That is a luxury pre-parenthood. Because, let's face it, once you become a parent, your life is no longer your … Continue reading I think I’ll take the day off… oh no, wait, I’m a mother
The Dragon Legacy by Jane Hunt My rating: 4 of 5 stars I don't normally read books which travel into the realms of fantasy, unless it's something to do with vampires, preferring instead to be transported by film or television. So when I read The Dragon Legacy by Jane Hunt, I was pleasantly intrigued. Fleur … Continue reading Book Review: The Dragon Legacy by Jane Hunt