I’ve been awarded a blog nomination

Yeah, yeah, yeah. Yada, yada, yada. I know, these are sort of the blog equivalent of chain letters and I don’t like the pass-it-on aspects, but I also can’t resist the opportunity to witter on about myself either. Continue reading

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A-Z of fictional characters: H is for Harriet

Harriet Stone by Angela Wooldridge.

Don’t panic – you didn’t miss anything!

Harriet is currently gathering dust on my shelf. I hope to return to her one of these days but I needed to go off and write about other things and different people.
Harriet’s is my first novel and I recognised that there’s a lot of ‘first novel’ all over the manuscript. I need some distance before I go back and make some fundamental changes. But there’s a lot of history to Harriet and she wouldn’t be happy if I left her on the shelf forever. Writing about her here gives her a bit of exposure and reminds me of all the things I love about her. Continue reading

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#IWSG I can’t believe it’s May already!!?

Yes, it’s the first Wednesday in May, and that means it’s IWSG day.

The co-hosts for the May posting of the IWSG are; Nancy Gideon, Tamara Narayan, Liesbet @ Roaming About, Michelle Wallace, and Feather Stone!. Do stop by and visit their blogs to say hi.

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The IWSG was founded by Alex J Cavanaugh, where writers can blog about their hopes, dreams and fears. If you want to join this merry band of writers Click here to add your name to the list.

I didn’t have a hope of posting in April, I was just about treading water through the Easter holidays. (Riding the wave, but pleease don’t ask me to think about anything!)

Then I got back from a girl’s weekend in Bucharest at 1am this morning, so please ignore the matchsticks propping up my eyelids, while I tell you about the weird places that research can take you. Continue reading

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Storytime blog hop: April 2017

I’m storytime blog-hopping again. Joining up with other writers of spec-fic around the world to give you a smorgasbord of coffee break tales.

Here’s my offering, and don’t forget to follow the links below for more stories!

Never kid a kidder. Continue reading

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Making up maps

I’ve been a little slack on the blogging front lately, but that’s because I’ve been concentrating on the writing end of things, so that’s good, right?

I’ve been working on my Skye & Poggitt world, and have decided to stick with Alternative to Frog, as a title. I like it, it works and making that decision has helped me clarify a few things in the story. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, then the origin stories Alternative to Frog and Uninvited Guests, will get you up to speed. Continue reading

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Ten reasons why you should employ a writer

And of course it’s only fair to follow up my last post with the flip side of the coin!

  1. Documents will be well written.
  2. One day you’ll be able to say, “I used to work with her/him.”
  3. Word of the day can be an interesting and fun game.
  4. They’re very handy in quizzes.
  5. They spend a lot of time daydreaming, so you can blame anything that goes wrong on them.
  6. If you’re nice (especially if you ignore the time they spend writing when they should be working), they might dedicate a book to you.
  7. They might base a character on you.
  8. They might not base a character on you!
  9. People may actually read your company’s blog posts.
  10. They’re really nice people. (Honest guv).
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Ten reasons why you shouldn’t employ a writer

I was determined to be a bit more timely with my blog posts this month.
Yeah, we all know how that sort of thing works out, right?
So, this morning I sat down (with determination!) and thought about what I’d planned to write and realised, Oh god, that’ll take ages!
Then, while I was procrastinating trying to find my notes, I came across this;

10 reasons you shouldn’t employ a writer; Continue reading

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