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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IWSG: March – Upcycling Stories

Look at that – I aim to blog every week or so, but it’s the first of the month already!

Although I know what took the time up; preparing for half term, half term, and recovering from half term. Damn – I should be better prepared! 😉

Anyhow. The first of the month means it’s Insecure Writers Support Group time again. And this month they’re asking;

Have you ever pulled out a really old story and reworked it? Did it work out?

Well, the short answer is yes. Continue reading

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#IWSG Feb: Bookshelf Philosophy

Tony was so fed up with the tatty old shelves that had been taken apart and put back together over the years that, when we renovated our house, he had the carpenter make these for me.
I love my bookcase ❤

I didn’t just put this picture up to show off (ok, maybe a little bit 😉 ) but also to demonstrate how my reading habits have changed.
Thing is, some of that is due to the rise of the kindle too, and as this month’s Insecure Writers Support Group question is, How has being a writer changed your experience as a reader? I’ll have to save that for another post. And maybe yet another post; What does your bookcase say about you? Hmm maybe I’ll do a three-parter. Tune in next week too! Continue reading

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Storytime Blog Hop

It’s a bright, but frosty morning here in Devon.

The sun is so bright that if you’re heading east, you can’t see a thing. But if you stand still too long your feet stick to the ground. (Yes, I do realise that this is NOTHING to the extreme weather you probably get in your part of the world, but we don’t get exciting weather very often, so when we do, we like to shout about it.) (Really – the Eskimo’s may have 90 words for snow, but that’s nothing to the number of cusses a Devonian can come up with for rain.) Continue reading

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