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Another One Bites The Dust

May 6th, 2016

newday-blogThis week is something of a miscellany because there are a few things I want to mention. First, I can’t say I was really surprised when I heard that the two-month old newspaper, New Day, from the Trinity Mirror group was closing down.

I’m a hybrid when it comes to getting my news fix. I pick up what I want online, still enjoy sitting down and watching bulletins on TV and then I buy a big, bulky, satisfying newspaper on Sunday and thoroughly enjoy it. I love the supplements, the in-depth features and the fact that the coverage it gives is still truly international. There’s a postal strike in Venezuela that’s been going on for the last month? Wow, how could I live without that snippet! Read the rest of this entry »




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Finding Time to Write at Christmas

December 11th, 2015

October-2015-Front-Cover-blogFirst, thanks to Sue for last week’s blog. I know that meticulously recording all your sources isn’t the most exciting part of writing – it’s not exactly creative, is it? But it’s important and Sue should know, especially when you look at the list of non-fiction books she’s had published!

We’ve now started the run-up to Christmas. I tend to be quite laid-back about the whole thing because I don’t have a large family to cater for, but some people I know have already gone into panic-mode.  One of the less enjoyable things about Christmas is that it seems to suck up huge amounts of time.  If you’re a writer this can be particularly irritating. It’s difficult enough to find time to write during the rest of the year and it becomes virtually impossible at Christmas. Read the rest of this entry »




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