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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Anybody hopping?

storytime bloghop

The first storytime blog hop for 2017 is NEXT WEEK!!!

I don’t have anything ready for it this time, but I’ll be reading everyone else’s stories. Could your story be one of them?

If you have a 1,000 word speculative short story that you’d like to add to the mix, pop on over to Juneta Key’s site for more information.

And if you want to see what previous hops were like, you can look here, here and here.

Happy hopping people! 🙂

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Family Heirlooms

Yay! I have a story in this week’s People’s Friend magazine!



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#IWSG: We could all use a little suncreen

I’m slowly crawling out from the fug of Christmas and squinting into the sparkly gleam of a new year, but I have to concentrate on getting the kids back to school first!

Being the first Wednesday of the month, this is my posting for the Insecure Writers Support Group. However as it’s also my first posting of the year, this is for anyone else too.

Anything I have to say is rather neatly encapsulated in this link. If you haven’t heard it before, it’s definitely worth taking the time out to listen. If you have, it’s still worth a re-listen. (And if you haven’t got time, stick it on while you do the washing up or cook tea).

Whoever you are, whatever your plans; we could all do with a little sunscreen. Continue reading

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#IWSG December: What next?

It’s the first Wednesday of the month again when

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The awesome co-hosts for the December 7 posting of the IWSG are; Jennifer Hawes, Jen Chandler, Nick Wilford, Juneta Key, JH Moncrieff, Diane Burton, and MJ Fifield!

Before I continue, (and because I know everyone is itching to know), Yes! I completed Na-no!
I rocked in on day 30 with just over 50,000 words of a novel.
That novel still isn’t finished and I need to crack back on with it today as I feel as if I’ve spent the last week catching up with the stuff I didn’t get done in November because I was concentrating on Na-no! (Hey ho, one step forward…) Continue reading

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