I'm having to admit that, sometimes, my NaNoWriMo mantra of don't think just write can be counterproductive. It's easy to get trapped in the need to produce a set number of words each day and forget about the rationale behind making the effort in the first place.While having a reason for not … [Read more...] about When NaNoWriMo Bites Back
Welcome to the blog where I talk about boys and cats, share news and snippets of WiP and snark about the little annoyances without which life would be boring like running out of coffee or accidentally locking the cat into the bathroom... I might also muse about my day job or aim to make you ditch your diet by reminiscing about my favourite recipes, which is part of my day job. Sort of.
If I can work out how to handle image copyrights, I could even regale you with visual inspiration for my characters... now wouldn't that be nice? Screenfuls of Lawrence Nicotra and David Gandy. Yum.
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So, the postman just brought shinies in the form of one large poster print and I'm hunting around for a suitable frame, nails and a hammer, because I can't wait to have this over my desk. Firsts are always exciting - and having had covers designed specifically for something I've written is still a … [Read more...] about Celebrating Grit and Guile: The Kickass Anthology
So... I've been busy making plans for NaNoWriMo, since life doesn't stop just because I want to write. I've not done a full NaNoWriMo in a while, but after signing a contract for Job Hunt and shortly going to be seeing two of my short stories in an anthology, I'm now properly motivated to make a go … [Read more...] about NaNoWriMo… Or Plans to Survive November
When the Muse wakes me at 3am and demands that I write - after keeping me from doing much in the way of paid work the previous day - I give in and go where she pushes me.As long as flashfic and drabbles are on the menu, that's fine. Those I can use as handy character studies, and as ways to work … [Read more...] about On Being a Writer… at 3am
Reading cookery books - preferably in the bath, with a glass of red wine for company - is a guilty pleasure of mine.And while I've been known to order the odd recipe book from Amazon, cookery and food books are usually something I buy when I'm in a bookstore or visit a historical property.The … [Read more...] about In the Presence of Poison Or Why I Love Reading Cookery Books
It's the beginning of October and apart from the fact that it gets dark gone half past seven, there's not much sign of autumn yet.Instead, we have this mellow calm, like a deep breath taken and held. You know it's an illusion. You know it can't last. You know that there'll be rain and gloom and … [Read more...] about Glimpses: A Butterfly Drunk on Sunlight