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Whatever Makes You Happy

January 6th, 2020

The very first thing I want to say to you is a rather belated ‘Happy New Year’! I hope that 2020 will be happy, healthy and, of course, good for your writing.

In my last post before we finished for Christmas, I said I’d be considering New Year resolutions, but I’ve actually decided that I’m going to break with tradition and not make any this year. Instead I’m going to try something different.

You’ve probably heard about the idea that each night before you go to sleep you try to think of three things that have happened during the day that made you feel grateful. Well I’m going to try and do something different; each week I’m going to think of three things that make me happy. And I’m going to make them simple things – things that don’t cost a fortune. It’s a way of reminding myself of how good life can be, despite all the pressures we face and the worrying things we see in the news.  I’ve chosen these to start with:  going for a walk on a sunny, windy day; a visit to the seaside when the waves are rough; beans-on-toast when I’m really hungry. Couldn’t be simpler, but just thinking about them puts me in a better mood. Read the rest of this entry »




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Libraries Week

October 11th, 2019

This week (7th to 12th October) is Libraries Week and the theme this year is Celebrating Libraries in a Digital World. I think that anything that raises the profile of libraries, supports their work and brings the public’s attention to them is great. When I go into my own library it’s great to see the computer access they provide to people that might otherwise struggle to apply for jobs and benefits and the kind advice that staff often offer. Also, I really value the fact that I can borrow books from the library direct to my Kindle if I don’t have time to pop in, or I run out of reading matter in the middle of the night.

On their site they say: Libraries Week 2019 will celebrate and explore how libraries are engaging communities through technology, building digital skills and confidence, encouraging digital participation and inclusion, supporting health, wellbeing and education and supporting local business and enterprise. Read the rest of this entry »




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What Publishers Really, Really Want

January 19th, 2018

First, thanks to Victoria for last week’s post. She’s absolutely right, you know! I can’t count the number of times that I’ve finished a piece of writing, checked it thoroughly, checked it again, uploaded it… and then spotted a mistake. So, always put it to one side for a few days (or a few hours if you’re really up against a deadline) and then read it through again just to be on the safe side.

I’ve been reading through the February issue of Writing Magazine which has a regular column called ‘I wish I’d known…’ where they ask a well-known writer that question. This month they were talking to the historical novelist Victoria Cornwall who had published a couple of novels herself prior to getting a contract with a commercial publisher. She had this to say: Read the rest of this entry »




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